App Idea Competition Winners

We have a winner!!!

Shouting huge congrats to Joshua Murchie who took out first prize in the Hack-a-thon App Idea competition and just walked away with a hefty $1500!

There were hundreds of submissions and some brilliant ideas. Now you have the chance to turn those ideas into something real. Sign up for the Hack-a-thon weekend and win part of a huge $3500 prize pool!

About Josh

Josh is studying a Master of IT and about to begin a dissertation with a technology innovation education theme and is a current student ambassador for the Mayor of the Gold Coast. He is also the co-founder and president of the Griffith Uni Start-up Entrepreneurs Club, where they promote collaboration and entrepreneurship in the student community.

Josh was frustrated with planning out his degree; which course to take when, without missing pre-requisites or having to wait a trimester for the next offering. His idea focussed on creating an awesome timetabling experience for the user and easing student frustrations.

More Prizes

Second prize of $750 went to Tahnee Webb, studying a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her fantastic ‘CramSession’ idea is a great social enhancer allowing students to collaborate. Third prize of $500 went to Christian Frost, studying Master of Philosophy in the school of Human Services and Social Work. He had an innovative idea to ease parking and transport issues around campus.

The Hack-a-thon Weekend

Are you a totally tech savvy student? Maybe you’re involved in IT, marketing, app development, or project management? Or maybe you just want to learn how to create an app (hey, that’ll look sweet on your #resume #workskills).

You can now use these great ideas that were submitted and get involved in designing the app – from the ground up!

To get involved, you can register as an individual or as a team. Ultimately, you’ll be working in groups of three to four people to develop a web/mobile application and showcase it to the judges. Oh, and you can also win a lot of money:

  • $2000 for the winning team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $1000 for the runner-up team of the Hack-a-thon
  • $500 for best UI design

So, how’s this all going to work? We throw open the doors to the Gold Coast Library at 9am Saturday 29 April and you have 30 hours to work on the app and enjoy life! And, we are totally feeding you as well so register now and just tell everyone you were there to build an app.

When: 9am 29 April to 4pm 30 April 2017
Where: Gold Coast Campus Library (The Cow Patch area)

You’ll be wrapped with these festive apps


Oh deer, Christmas is here!  It’s a busy time of year with presents to buy (and wrap) a gazillion parties to attend, family to visit and food to prepare.

To help you stay merry and bright during the holiday hustle and bustle, we’ve sleighed through the best Christmas Apps for 2016.

From festive recipes to DIY gift wrapping, we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of Apple and Android apps that will give you clause for celebration.


  • Find a flavoursome festive recipe with Christmas Food, or create a captivating cake with the help of Best Christmas Cake Recipes.
  • Hosting a Christmas event? Or just love Christmas? Stream a festive playlist with this Christmas Music Radio
  • Hark the herald angels sing. No wait, that’s just my phone. Download a custom Christmas Ringtone to your phone.
  • Keep yourself busy playing some Christmas themed games such as Arthur Christmas: Elf Run and Bubble Blast Holiday.
  • Unleash your creative side and use the DIY Christmas Decorations app to make easy DIY and up-cycled Christmas decorations. If you are on a tight budget over the money-draining Christmas period, use this app to DIY a cute Christmas gift for your friends and family. Thoughtful, personal and inexpensive!
  • Keep track of your Christmas shopping using Xmas Organizer. This app helps you organise, plan and keep track of your gifts and budget.


  • Love Christmas? Wish you could decorate everywhere? GlowTunes Christmas lets you decorate a tree on your phone. Even better – you can decorate it with lights that play festive tunes. Christmas lovers, rejoice.
  • Do you have children, grand children, a little brother or sister, or maybe a young niece or nephew? Try the Twas the Night Before Christmas app which lets you read interactive festive stories.
  • Where’s Wally was so 2001. Where’s Santa? That’s more like it.
  • Get into the Christmas spirit by decorating your phone’s screen too! The Live Christmas Tree app lets you download a live Christmas tree – including an animation screen, ambience lighting and wallpaper.
  • Add a Christmas filter to your holiday snaps with Dr Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition. This nifty app even lets you create personalised Christmas cards and share them via Facebook, Instagram, Messages, Email, Twitter, or just save to Photos.
  • Forgot to mail your Christmas cards this year? Or just want to save a bit of coin on the exxy postage costs? Use Christmas Lifecards to design your own Christmas cards and share them via email, Facebook, Flickr, or Twitter.
  • Use DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas to assist you through the gift wrapping process, with tutorials as well as design and packing ideas.

Have you discovered any good Christmas apps? Let us know in the comments below!

4 free apps to help you search library databases


Griffith University Library subscribes to a gazillion databases (this may be a slight exaggeration) to provide you with the information you need for work or study. And you probably search them on a daily basis to write your essay, thesis or academic paper.

But did you know that some of your favourite databases have a mobile app? They make it super easy to access information on your mobile device, regardless whether it’s a smartphone or tablet; android or apple device.

We’ve rounded up 4 database apps to help you out.

1. PressReader

Available: iTunes and Google Play
Get your favourite publications and discover new titles that you’re sure to love. Choose from thousands of magazines and newspapers and read it from cover to cover, just the way the title was printed. See the PressReader page on the Library website for instructions on how to access publications from home.

2. EBSCOhost

Available: iTunes and Google Play
Whether you need eBooks, magazine articles, journal articles or newspapers, EBSCOhost has a database for you. And they cover a variety of subject areas – business, science, art, nursing, criminal justice. The list is endless. This free app ensures you get the most from searching EBSCOhost database content, provided courtesy of your library.

3. AustLII

Available: iTunes and Google Play
AustLII puts the power of Australia’s most popular online free-access resource for legal information right into the palm of your hand. Get access to law on your mobile device wherever you are. Browse legislation from the Commonwealth and from every Australian State and Territory, and cases from over 140 courts, tribunals and boards.

4. Bluefire Reader

Available: iTunes and Google Play
Download eBooks from Proquest’s Ebrary on your mobile device and read them on Bluefire Reader. With just a tap you can highlight, bookmark, annotate, look up a definition and share excerpts via email, Facebook and Twitter.

5 free apps for people who are obsessed with books

Photo of book collection in bedroom

If you constantly have your nose in a book, you may need to take a break and download these five awesome bookish apps.

1. Litsy

By Catch-84, Inc.
Available: iTunes
Litsy is a social networking app where you can discover and share your favorite books with your favorite people. The Litsy community is a groundswell of passionate readers, authors, celebrities, and more. Share bookish moments with Quotes, Reviews, and Blurbs. It’s fun.  It’s simple.  It’s all about the book.

2. Goodreads

By Goodreads
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Find new and interesting books by browsing personalized recommendations based on books you’ve read and your favorite genres. See what your friends are reading, write book reviews, and keep track of what you want to read.

3. Free Books

By Digital Press Publishing
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Free Books unlocks a world of public domain content, allowing you to acquire the great books of human history. Letters of leaders, the collected works of geniuses, the finest Victorian novels, the plays of Shakespeare, the philosophy of Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Andrew Carnegie. It’s all here, along with tens of thousands of other books.

4. Shelfie

By BitLit Media Inc.
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Get eBooks and audiobooks for books you own. You can digitise your library by simply taking a photo of your shelf (a shelfie!). The folks at Shelfie will let you know which ones are available as eBooks and audiobooks. They work with over 1400 publishers and offer over 250,000 titles.

5. Libib

By Libib, Inc.
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Libib is a home library cataloging app, that allows you to scan in your books, movies, music and video games. You can tag, review, rate, import, make notes and publish your library.

Woo – another semester completed

No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks!

It’s time to sing it loud and proud – you’ve made it through another semester.  And don’t think about results just yet, find a place to warm up: go skiing or snowboarding down south, or hike the Himalayas you may not get a better time.  Or maybe just go to the beach, the water temperature isn’t that much different during winter.

You’ve earned the break, so relax with your feet up and here’s a few things to do:

Congratulations to those who have finished in their higher education pursuit, yay for getting through another semester for those still in the throes of studying, and huge YES! to those of you who just completed their first semester – you all rocked it!Sleep Red

3 free apps to help you give back

Photo of woman walking past a yellow wall

You can make a difference.

There as so many amazing opportunities out there to give something back to society. You can volunteer your time at a hospital, charity or State Emergency Service. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to walk the doggies staying at the local animal shelter?

But with university, work and family commitments you simply don’t have a spare minute, let alone a whole day!  So how can you change the world, when you barely have time to change your sheets (ewww)?

It’s easy in this era of digital innovation! Download one of these apps and donate cash to a worthy cause.

GIVIT – Goods for good causes

By GIVIT Listed Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
The GIVIT app allows you to donate items safely and easily to community members in need. Somewhere in Australia, there is a pair of unwanted work boots that could help a father secure work to support his family, a reliable washing machine that will allow a single mother the time to apply for work instead of washing clothes by hand and a bed that could provide someone the chance to sleep in their own home.

GiveEasy – donate & give to your charity & cause

By GiveEasy
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
GiveEasy changes the future of giving. The App allows you to donate funds to appeals and charities directly from your credit card, anytime, anywhere. Your friends and colleagues are notified of your donations through Facebook and Twitter.

Good Thnx

By Good Thnx Pty Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
When someone does good, say thnx! Good Thnx is a platform that rewards good behaviour by allowing people to say thank you, with the money going to charity in a contemporary new way. Write a message and add an amount for a charity or cause. It can be as little as 10c, or as much as you like. The thnx notifies your friend and they choose where the money goes.

3 free apps to help you save money


Show me the money! No matter our financial situation, we are always looking for ways to keep our bank balance healthy. Nobody wants to throw their hard earned cash down the drain! So we rounded up three free apps to help you pinch those pennies.

GasBuddy – Find cheap fuel prices
By: GasBuddy Organization Inc
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
GasBuddy is now available in Australia! Fuel prices change on average, 3 to 4 times a day. Stay up to date and save heaps at the servo by finding the cheapest fuel with GasBuddy.

Hitch-A-Ride – Rideshare with friends
By Hitch-A-Ride Pty Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes
If you’re a driver looking to share commuting costs, or a passenger who needs to get somewhere, Hitch A Ride will make your life easier. It uses Facebook to connect with Friends, or Friends-of-Friends to either Hitch or Drive within your area. Set up a university group on Hitch-A-Ride to arrange carpooling options with classmates who live nearby. You all share the same destination, so why not share some of the costs of getting here too?

Acorns AU – Invest spare change from everyday purchases
By: Acorns Grow Australia Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Acorns helps you save & invest spare change from your everyday purchases and invest into a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds. You can easily get started in minutes: anytime, anywhere. Featured in: TIME, The New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, Forbes, WIRED, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, USA Today, and The Verge.