The winner of our Find the Millennium Falcon in your Library competition is…

Library Week (21 – 27 May) has just passed. To celebrate, we did the obvious thing: we held a Star Wars competition.

No, really, there was a link between the two! Solo: A Star Wars Story was released in cinemas during library week. With the 2018 Library Week theme being ‘find yourself in a library’, we thought, why not challenge our students to find the Millennium Falcon in our library!

And you guys certainly did!

Thank you to all our brave and daring students who solved the clues and located the Millennium Falcon on our shelves at location GA97.I22.

We transmitted the location coordinates to Han, and he’s retrieved his freighter and returned to the Rebel Alliance. You’ll probably catch him next on the screen in your local cinema!

But you want to know who won the competition, don’t you?

The winner of our ‘find the Millennium Falcon in our library’ competition and the $50 Event Cinemas voucher is… drumroll… Ryan Toukatly from South Bank campus!

Ryan—we hope you use your voucher to grab some popcorn, a frozen drink (in a limited edition Han Solo cup?) and see the movie in style!


Bring your idea to life at the Hackathon

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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

REGISTER NOW


Are you the winner of our awesome App Ideas Challenge?

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!


Got a great student life hack? Share your idea and WIN!

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Have you ever thought ‘an app for that’ would greatly improve your life as a student? Do you have a brilliant idea for an app that you and your fellow students would find super useful?

Submit your app ideas to the Griffith Hackathon Apps Ideas Challenge by Friday 23 March 2018 for your chance to win a share of over $5,000 in prizes.

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

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

Get your entries in today! You can enter as many times as you like. Entries close at 5 pm on Friday 23 March. Winners will be contacted and announced via Library social media.

We have some more exciting news! What good is an idea without some action? Once the ideas have been collected and winners have been chosen, we will be holding a Student Hackathon 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.

Check out the winning app 2017 from Griffith University students Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Munchie.

We can’t wait to see your best app ideas! Terms and Conditions apply. Head to the Hackathon webpage for details.


PebblePad and Win!

Have you heard of PebblePad?

If not, let us enlighten you. In fact, there might even be some sweet $$moola$$ in it for you!

Enter the About Me Challenge listed below and you could win gift cards, coffee vouchers and PebblePad gifts.

PebblePad is a platform to collect, curate, create, communicate and share achievements, personal capabilities and professional skills via an electronic portfolio like Katherine, Rebecca and Sophie have.

Using PebblePad throughout your degree provides a wonderful opportunity to create an online portfolio where you can record your learning, achievements, skills and experiences and experiences gained during your time at Griffith on a digital platform that’s easy to update as you go.

You’ll be able to showcase your skills, what you have learnt, and what you have created, when looking for employment.

But step one is getting started.

Learning Futures are currently running a competition to help you stay ahead of the game, and learn how to use PebblePad so that when you do use it in a course you’ll already be comfortable with it: the About Me Challenge.

When
Now – Week 9 of Trimester 3 (12 January 2018)

What
There are two challenges. For Challenge 1, open up PebblePad and create an About Me portfolio that includes:

  • A Welcome page (Who am I?)
  • Curricular goals (Why am I at Griffith?)
  • Co-curricular and extracurricular activities (What do I do outside of class?)

For a chance to win even more prizes, why not continue on with Challenge 2? This includes:

  • Creating an ‘Aspirational Me in a Minute’ video
  • Reflection on your journey so far at Griffith, touching on progress on your goals from Challenge 1
  • Using the blog tool in PebblePad to tell us about an experience at Griffith that is helping you progress towards your career

Prizes
Go into the draw to win 2 x $50 Westfield gift cards, 2 x $50 Visa gift cards, PebblePad gifts and coffee vouchers

Need help?
Check out the PebblePad Student Support page

For further information and details on the challenges, visit the About Me page.


Paint for TerraCycling and win a share of $100

As you walk into our campus libraries this week, you’ll see some colourful painting stations set up.

Starting this morning, Monday 28 August, until this Friday 1 September, our libraries are running a painting competition to raise awareness of TerraCycling and celebrate Sustainability Week

Though our painting stations do have a bit of a twist…

Simply mosey over to one of our painting stations (they’re located in the foyer of all our libraries), and one of our friendly staff will help you choose an A3 design to paint… with a toothbrush (yes, a toothbrush! Sounds fun, right?).

Not only do you get to take a respite from the busyness of Week 9 of trimester with a bit of mindful painting relaxation, but you could score yourself some cash, too!  A winning artwork will be selected from each campus, with each winner getting a $20 pre-paid VISA.

All painting supplies are environmentally friendly, and your finished artwork will be displayed around the TerraCycle painting stations.

Though, while you’re enjoying yourself painting, don’t forget to come back with your oral waste. You’ll find TerraCycling bins at all campus libraries, where you can drop off toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging and floss containers.

If you’re keen to learn more about recycling and sustainability, check out our science databases.

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Get TerraCycling and win!

We want you!

…. to recycle your toothbrush (and oral care packaging).

Earlier this year, we partnered with TerraCycle to recycle oral care product packaging. Since then, staff and students have been diligently disposing of their oral care waste in our recycling bins (you’ll find them at all our campus libraries).

Though in the spirit of Sustainability Week – that’s next week, btw! – we want to step it up a bit, encourage even more people to join in, and maybe have a little fun while we’re at it.

From Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September Griffith Libraries will be running a TerraCycling promotion.

Simply visit any campus library and you’ll see a painting station set up – we’ll be getting you to create artwork using recycled toothbrushes.

Painting supplies will be environmentally friendly, and your finished artwork will be displayed around the TerraCycle painting stations.

Not only do you get to take a respite from the busyness of Week 9 of trimester with a bit of mindful painting relaxation, but you can win a bit of moolah while you’re at it!

A winning artwork will be selected from each campus, with each winner getting a $20 pre-paid VISA.

Though, while you’re enjoying yourself painting, don’t forget to come back with your oral waste. You can drop off toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging and floss containers.

We do ask however, that you remove excess product from your items before you place them in the recycling bins. Is there still foamy paste clinging to the bristles of your brush? Is the cap crusted over with old toothpaste? Maybe give them a good rinse first. And don’t forget to dry. We can’t ship dripping packages.

TerraCycle recycles the vast majority of the waste that we collect. According to their website, ‘the tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products’.

If you’re keen to learn more about recycling and sustainability, check out our science databases.

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