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.

Register: griffith.edu.au/student-computing/hack-a-thon
When: 9am 29 April to 4pm 30 April 2017
Where: Gold Coast Campus Library (The Cow Patch area)


Want to win $2000? Register for the Hack-a-thon

The first-ever Griffith University Student Hack-a-thon is getting closer!

It’s going to be held on 29-30 April at our Gold Coast campus library (that’s only three weeks away people!). So we need to get cracking and find our teams of student hackers.

Are you keen? If you want to develop and showcase a web/mobile application and potentially WIN a stash of cash (in the form of a pre-paid Visa Card) you need to head on over to the Hack-a-thon web page.

Registrations for the Hack-a-thon have just opened and we strongly encourage you to apply. Simply, fill out our online form and register for the weekend event.

You can register as an individual, a pair or a group of three or four. If you register as an individual or pair, you will be assigned to a group before the Hack-a-thon commences.

Although, we are most definitely looking for techy-types to write the code (is this you? Sign up now!), we need students with other skills as well.

If you are studying graphic design, marketing, project management, or anything really, sign up to be part of our crack team of student hackers.

It’s going to be 30 hours of hacking fun with guest speakers, pizza and prize money. Here’s the breakdown of what prizes are up for grabs:

  • $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

Registrations will be open until 5pm, Friday 21 April 2017. Register now!


Tell us your awesome app idea and WIN!

Okay, all you creative and entrepreneurial Griffith students, it’s time to put your thinking caps on. We have an important question we’d like you to answer, and time is running out.

What app would greatly improve your life as a student? Submit your awesome app idea by Friday 31 March and you could win $1500. That’s right, a whopping $1500 just for an idea.

The catch is – the idea has to be brilliant and impress our hard to impress judges. Your idea will have to be the best of the best.

But don’t worry, there’s more than one prize. Second place is still quite lucrative with $750 up for grabs, and third place will receive a respectable $500.

Concerned about your lack of coding skills? Don’t be. You don’t actually have to build it, or do anything remotely techy. You just need to brainstorm a brilliant app, go to the Hack-a-thon web page, and submit it. Easy peasy and potentially very profitable.

Quick, get your entries in today (yes, plural. You can enter as many times as you like). Entries close at 5pm on Friday. Winners will be contacted and announced via Library social media.

But that’s not it. What good is an idea without some action? Once the ideas have been collected and winners have been chosen, there will be Student Hack-a-thon event.

That’s when we give your app ideas to a bunch of clever students (with coding skills), feed them some pizza, and get them to develop an app in two-days. Head to the Hack-a-thon webpage for details.


And the winner of the O-Week Mini Golf competition is…

Photo of the winner of the Mini Golf competition

Congratulations Emily!

O-Week is but a distant memory. It’s Week 2 and you’re well and truly into the swing of uni life.

But think back to that fun, carefree week. When there were no classes and all you had to do was explore your campus, visit Market Day stalls, and pick up stacks of freebies.

You may have even entered a competition or two and you’ve been wondering ever since if you could be the winner of an awesome prize.

Well, wonder no more. If you were one of the hundreds of students who entered the Library Mini Golf competition, you could have won the ultimate Uni Survival Pack. And we’d like to tell one and all that we have drawn a winner.

Congratulations Emily! You are the lucky student who gets to take home the giant jar of Nutella, a box of Mi Goreng noodles, a Griffith bucket hat, water bottle, sports bag and much more.

Thanks to all the lovely students who visited the Library Market Day stall and entered our competition. We hope you had a hole lot of fun!


Putt and win the Uni Survival Pack

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Get into the swing of O’Week and have a shot at our Mini Golf competition. It’s a ‘hole lot of fun!

If your golf skills are above par and you sink the ball into the hole, you could go into the draw to win the ultimate Uni Survival Pack.

Who can possibly survive uni without a giant jar of Nutella and many, many packets of Mi Goreng noodles? Nobody, that’s who.

That’s why we’ve included these two vital food groups in the Survival Pack, with other uni necessities like a bucket hat, laptop case, sports bag, water bottle, bookshop voucher and much more.

Come and visit us (the lovely library team) at our Market Day stall and play some putt putt.

We are visiting each campus over the next two weeks, and Gold Coast you’re up first! We are heading your way on Monday with our tees, balls and putters.

To play, you’ll just need to like the Griffith Library Facebook page. Show us that you like us on your device, then grab a club and take your best three shots.

If you get a hole in one, two or three, you will go into the draw to win the Uni Survival Pack. That’s right, you’ve got three chances to get the ball in the hole.

There will be no mulligans allowed (it’s a golf term; look it up!). And if your ball goes off the green, you will be disqualified.

The winner of the Uni Survival Pack will be announced on Monday 6 March 2017.


Solve the world’s problems and win US$1 million!

Can we build sustainable, scalable social enterprises that restore the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022?

Well, that depends on you.

Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton is asking university students around the world for their innovative solutions to the global refugee problem.

And he’s putting his money where his mouth his. Simply, devise the best social enterprise solution and you’ll score a sweet US$1 million for you and your team mates.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves. There’s a few things you need to know before booking your plane ticket to receive your cash prize from the former president.

First things first. What are you actually entering? It’s called the Hult Prize, President’s Challenge. It’s an annual challenge organised by the Hult Prize Foundation.

With a different focus each year, this year’s challenge is Refugees – Reawakening Human Potential and Restoring the Dignity of 10M People by 2022.

You can download the 2017 President’s Challenge here. Authored by the Hult Prize Foundation, in close collaboration with Bill Clinton and his team, it’s your guiding document to constructing your social venture.

How do you enter? Well, Griffith University is hosting the HultPrize@Griffith Competition in December. Think of it as the first round in your quest to win a million. Register your team to compete at the HultPrize@Griffith by 25 November 2016. 

The HultPrize@Griffith Competition is open to Griffith University undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni.

If you win the HultPrize@Griffith, you’ll have an opportunity to compete in the Regional Finals, and ultimately, the Global Finals in September.

See the HultPrize@Griffith web page for event details.  Key dates for the Hult Prize are listed below.

Key dates 

25 November 2016
Griffith University Team registrations close.

2 December 2016
HultPrize@Griffith Competition
Judges will decide which team will receive a fully sponsored trip to compete in the London Regional Finals.

3-4 March 2017
Hult Prize Regional Finals
Regional finals take place in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai.

1 June 2017
Hult Accelerator commences
Five regional finalists will attend the Hult Prize Accelerator, a six-week program of intensive entrepreneurial seminars hosted by Hult International Business School.

September 2017
Hult Prize Global Finals
Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton will host the Hult Prize Global Finals.


Love organising? Sort out our website and win!

Photo of playing cards

So we are working on a brand-spanking new library website and we need your help.

The website is going to look super schmick when it goes live next year, but beauty is only skin-deep. It also needs to be easy to navigate.

We want you to be able to find what you need quickly and easily. And that’s where you come in. Simply, complete this online card-sorting activity and help organise the content into groups that make sense to you.

Once you have your groups sorted, just give them a name, and you’re done! It should only take 10-15 mins. If you’re indecisive or a perfectionist, try not to overthink it.

And if having an efficient, streamlined and user-friendly library website isn’t reward enough, how does $100 grab you?

Complete the card-sorting activity to go into the draw to win a $100 pre-paid VISA card. But be quick! You only have until Friday 11 November to do it. Read the rest of this entry »