We invite everyone to wear purple this Friday as part of the visible support to our rainbow youth. For those involved with the LGBTIQ+ community, we wear purple as a show of solidarity for our youth as they learn more about their identity.
Wear it Purple was founded in 2010 due to the very real response from youth around the world struggling and finding support in their communities and families. Sadly, several rainbow youths have taken their lives due to the pressure placed on them for who they are. Often the best way we can support others in this situation is with our visual cues: wearing purple, awareness ribbons and bracelets, rainbow lanyards, etc. This shows those out there they have support for who they are and who they want to become.
#WearItPurple because we empower people together
It’s time to get your game face on, Griffith students. Registrations are closing this Friday 20 July for our Hackathon competition.
What the hack is a Hackathon? Just 30 hours of epic fun and your chance to win some serious money, that’s all.
The event will be held over the weekend of 4 – 5 August in the Gold Coast campus library. That’s right, you will be staying overnight in the library innovating, creating and developing an app that will greatly improve your student life. You’ll probably drink too much coffee and won’t get any sleep, but that’s just #studentlife, right?!
You don’t need to be a techie or have coding skills to enter the Hackathon. The competition is open to students with all kinds of skill sets. In addition to IT students and coders, we’re looking for people with marketing, business, project management and design experience, or any other genius expertise you can bring to the table.
Did we mention there is awesome prize money up for grabs?
$2,000 – Winning Team
$1,000 – Runner-Up Team
$500 – Best User Interface Design
Here’s what some of the participants from last year’s Hackathon had to say about the event.
‘My favourite thing about the Hackathon was the amazing new friends I made and the awesome abundance of free food and goodies.’ – Brooke Scott, Bachelor of Digital Media
‘The support from the staff at all times, the food, experts, the environment, it was all too much fun.’ – Harley Jarrett, Bachelor of IT
‘The ability to pitch an idea in front of high level university executives.’ – Joshua Murchie, Master of IT
‘I learnt a lot about implementation of websites and web hosting, how to manage time for a project when time is scarce, and how to manage the scope of a project so that it does not become too ambitious.’ – Jack Kearsley, Bachelor of Computer Science
‘Camaraderie in our sleep deprived states. We all became closer as we faced the highs and lows of app development together. Also the food was amazing.’ – Jaden Van lersel, Bachelor of Software Engineering
Head over to our Hackathon website to register as an individual or team. Registrations will be open until 5pm Friday 20 July 2018.
Show us your best Library Shelfie to go in the draw to win a $300 prepaid Visa card.
What the heck is a Library Shelfie? A Library Shelfie is simply a selfie taken in one of our Griffith University libraries.
We want you to get creative and take a shelfie in your favourite library study nook, reading a book, studying, hanging with your mates, or having fun in the library when you’re meant to be studying *coughs*. You might even like to impress us with a bookface shelfie.
Why are we doing this? Well, it’s a little bit silly, a whole lotta fun and we know how much you love the chance to win some sweet cash.
How to enter
To enter our Library Shelfie competition, all you need to do is:
- 1. Follow @griffithlibrary on Instagram.
- 2. Take a selfie in any Griffith University Library.
- 3. Post it on Instagram and tag @griffithlibrary and #libraryshelfie #griffithlibrary.
Entries will be displayed on the Library blog during Week 5 and put to a student vote. The entry with the most votes scores $300!
Check out our full terms and conditions below.
- The Library Shelfie competition is run by the Griffith University Library.
- The prize is a $300 prepaid Visa Card.
- Entry into this competition is considered acceptance of these terms and conditions.
- The promotion commences at 9:00 am AEST Monday 2 July 2018 and closes at 5:00 pm AEST Friday 3 August 2018.
- Entry is free. Entrants can enter as many times as they like.
- Only commencing and current Griffith University students are eligible to enter the competition. Current staff and direct family members are not eligible to enter the competition.
- The Library Shelfie must be taken within a Griffith University Library.
- Entrants must be following @griffithlibrary on Instagram.
- Entrants must tag @griffithlibrary in their post and use the hashtags #libraryshelfie #griffithlibrary.
- Griffith University Library reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of the entries and entrants (including their identity) and to disqualify any entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with the terms and conditions. Errors and omissions may be accepted at Griffith University Library’s discretion.
- All entries will be displayed on the Griffith Library Blog during Week 5 (Monday 6 August – Friday 10 August) and put to a student vote. The entry with the most votes wins.
- The winner will be notified via email by COB Friday 17 August 2018.
- If the winner does not respond to the email within 48 hours, the entry with the second highest amount of votes wins.
- Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable for cash. If the prize is unavailable, Griffith University Library, at its discretion, reserves the right to substitute the prize with a prize to the equal value and/or specification.
- Proof of identification, including student number, will be requested from the winner to validate their entry.
- If this competition cannot be run due to any reason beyond Griffith University Library’s control, Griffith University Library reserves the right to modify, suspend or cancel the competition.
- Any costs associated with collecting the prize are the entrant’s responsibility.
- Winners names will be published on Griffith University Library Social Media. Griffith University Library will deal with each entrant’s personal information in accordance with the Griffith University Privacy Plan.
- The University will not be liable for any loss, expense, damage or injury sustained by any entrant in connection with this prize draw, the prize or redemption of the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (in which case, that liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law).
It’s free and everyone can participate!
Do you get a thrill out of creating something innovative with a great bunch of people in a fast-paced environment? Do you enjoy delicious free food and want to have a chance at winning big prize money–$2,000 anyone? Then our upcoming Hackathon event with 30 hours of hacking fun, exciting guest speakers, delicious food and great prize money is just what you have been looking for!
What the hack is a Hackathon?
A Hackathon is a social coding event that brings together a group of people with various skills (techy and non-techy) to collaboratively create a new computer program (aka software or online application).
And guess what? We are hosting one of these cool events on the weekend 4 – 5 August 2018 at the Gold Coast Campus Library where we want you– brilliant masterminds– to design, develop and showcase a mobile application that would greatly improve your and your fellow peers’ student lives.
Who can participate?
Everyone who is passionate to work together with a bunch of cool people to create something new and amazing! You don’t need to be a coder or tech savvy to take part in the Hackathon. Although we are definitely looking for techy students to write the code, teams will also require students with marketing, graphic design, project management or any other genius skill that can contribute to creating an awesome app.
How do I register?
Simply head over to our Hackathon website to register as an individual or team. Join us for an awesome weekend full of fun, with the opportunity to meet new people, enhance your skill sets and the chance to win big! It is going to be awesome!
Registrations will be open until 5pm Friday 20 July 2018.
Prizes up for grabs
$2,000 – Winning Team
$1,000 – Runner-Up Team
$500 – Best User Interface Design
Congratulations to Bachelor of Creative Interactive Media student Ruzena Spacek, who won a sweet $1,500 for her entry into our Hackathon App Ideas Challenge.
Ruzena won the judges over with her Study Planner app idea aimed at helping students better plan their study and assessment to reduce anxiety and improve grades. If you’re one of those people who freak out because you’ve left your assignment to the last minute, this app would be perfect for you!
Second and third prize
Bachelor of Business student Jamie Henke walked away with an impressive $750 for her Griffith OpportUNIty app idea. Her interactive swipe app would provide students with a one-stop-shop for all opportunities they are presented with – think uni events, market days, internships and work experience.
Bachelor of Counselling student Harley Best went home with $500 thanks to his Uni Saver app idea. Uni Saver will not only save key assignment-related information for you, it will also save your butt with assessment notifications to keep you on track.
Thank you to all who entered our Hackathon App Ideas Challenge. The calibre of entries was beyond impressive.
Disappointed you missed out on the money? Don’t be! Enter our Hackathon event to win your share in a massive $3,500 prize pool.
Win big at Hackathon weekend!
Get ready to transform your awesome ideas into something real at our 30-hour Hackathon event from 4-5 August 2018.
You don’t need to be tech-savvy to take part in the Hackathon. All you need to bring to the table is your creativity, skills and passion to design, develop and showcase a mobile application that would greatly improve your student life.
Register now as an individual or team for 30-hours of fun and your chance to win big!
Get ready to rock your rainbow colours next Thursday 17 May in support of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
At Griffith University, we are committed to supporting an inclusive, safe and respectful culture both on campus and in our wider community. We’re thrilled to be celebrating IDAHOBIT this year across all five campuses with a bright and brilliant display of pride and diversity (and rainbow cupcakes!).
Join us as we raise our rainbow flag and stand with our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ) mates to support equality and the inclusion of our Griffith staff, students and community, who are sexually diverse and have diverse gender identities. While you’re there, you can enjoy a delicious rainbow cupcake and pick up some cool Griffith Ally merchandise.
Gold Coast campus – 10 am
South Bank campus – 10 am
Mt Gravatt campus – 11.30 am
Logan campus – 11.30 am
Nathan campus – 2 pm
Be sure to register your interest on our Griffith Ally Facebook page.
Did you know?
75 % of LGBTIQ youth experience some form of discrimination*
61 % of LGBTIQ youth experience verbal abuse*
19 % of LGBTIQ youth experience physical bullying*
24.4 % of lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience depression*
36.2 % of Trans Australians experience depression*
On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases. The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia launched in 2004 to celebrate LGBTI people globally.
Want to help spread the message of inclusion? Join the Ally Network at one of our IDAHOBIT events. At Griffith everyone belongs.
*Statistics sourced from idahobit.org.au
What happens when you get a group of people together in one room sharing their life stories, confronting social stigma and challenging prejudice? Magic!
Gold Coast campus library hosted its second Human Library on Wednesday 21 March 2018, where students and staff had the opportunity to borrow and ‘read’ a person instead of a book. Our human books shared their personal stories about their lives faced with discrimination and prejudice.
Griffith student Blair participated in the Human Library as a Transgender book.
‘They were genuinely curious to find out more information,’ Blair said.
‘I expected to be discriminated against, but it wasn’t like that at all. People were genuinely curious to learn.’
Student Jazmina said her participation in the Human Library as a Hijabi Muslim book was freeing.
‘I was able to say things to people that I’ve never said before,’ Jazmina said.
‘It gave me a chance to articulate what I’ve been thinking my whole life.’
It was great to see everyone connecting with each other, sharing their different life stories and social and cultural backgrounds. It just shows that by being open and respectful, asking questions and sharing experiences we can create a better and more understanding world!
Take a sneak peek at some of the amazing moments that our books and readers shared!
At Griffith, everyone belongs.