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)

How to find available computers on campus

Photo of a computer lab

So, you’re at uni and have a ghastly four-hour break between lectures. What do you do? Some people may suggest catching up with friends, grabbing a bite to eat, or hitting one of our on-campus gyms.

But we’re the library, so of course we’re going to suggest you get a bit of study in! Plus, start studying early and your week 12 self will so thank you for it, we promise.

To help you study, you’ll find an array of common use computer labs across all campuses. Super keen? We even have dedicated 24-hour computer labs.

And don’t forget that Griffith students are welcome to use resources at any campus – enrolled at South Bank but want to study at Logan? No problems!

Find out all computer lab locations (including which ones are 24 hours) here. You can even check in advance how many computers are free in the lab you’re intending to go to.

All computers in common use computer labs will have standard software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and various internet browsers.

Sometimes you require specialised software or hardware for your course. In these instances, your School may provide access to this through school-based computer labs (for further info about these facilities, contact your school).

Software may vary between locations, and you can check out the full list of available software on computers here.  

Check out our student computing page for more information on using our computers.

This Week in the Library – Semester 2, Week 3




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Book and attend any of the highlighted referencing-related workshops during Week 3 to receive a coffee voucher and go into the draw for a $50 voucher for the Co-op Book Shop.  (One book voucher each at Nathan and Gold Coast campuses).

Workshop Date Start Time Campus Room
EndNote** Monday, 11 August 09:30 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Researching for your assignment Monday, 11 August 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49
Referencing Monday, 11 August 12:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
EndNote** Monday, 11 August 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Excel: formulas and organising data Tuesday, 12 August 09:30 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Word essentials Tuesday, 12 August 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Referencing Tuesday, 12 August 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49
Using the ideas and words of others Tuesday, 12 August 10:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.25
Using the ideas and words of others Tuesday, 12 August 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Referencing Wednesday, 13 August 12:00 PM Online Online
Excel: formulas and organising data Wednesday, 13 August 09:30 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Researching for your assignment Wednesday, 13 August 12:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
Word: formatting for consistency Thursday, 14 August 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.50
Research survey tool – Introductory Thursday, 14 August 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Setting up your own topic or research question Thursday, 14 August 09:30 AM Online Online
Building an academic argument Thursday, 14 August 10:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.25
Referencing Thursday, 14 August 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49
Research survey tool – Introductory Friday, 15 August 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.50
Referencing Friday, 15 August 12:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
Moving beyond description Friday, 15 August 10:30 AM Nathan N53_1.51
Word: theses and other long documents Friday, 15 August 09:30 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04

** Postgraduate students, HDR students and staff only

To view the semester timetable of all FREE workshops, visit the Workshops and Training webpage on the library website.  Please note that some workshops require bookings – check on the website for more information.

Don’t forget about our consultation services – they can help with your Academic, Computing and Library Research Skills.

Need help getting all your “IT” stuff sorted? We have your back


We know that student computing plays a big part in life at UNI. Even though some of us might miss the scratch of the pen on the page and the sound of that page when it turns (anyone? No? Just me?), almost everything is done electronically and/or online these days. Knowing this, and because we like to be as helpful as possible, we’ve compiled all the information related to computing that you need on one website (which has had a facelift and looks quite fancy, by the way).

On the student computing website you’ll find information on available software, storing files, using your own devices on campus, training and support, and the Griffith App. Cool, huh?

Head on over to check it out and let us know what you think. Happy computing!

Earlybird Workshops filling up fast!

  • Have you enrolled yet for our FREE Computing Earlybird Workshops held 21-26 July?

No? Well you better get on it! As always, our Computing Earlybird Workshops are filling up fast! The three workshops on offer, Introduction to Griffith’s Online Environment (3 hours), Getting started with a Mac (2hrs) and Getting started with a PC (2hrs), are almost full. Book now! If you can’t make it to these sessions – don’t fret – there’ll be plenty more in the first few weeks of Semester Two.

In addition to these two computing workshops that you must pre-book for, we also have the following Earlybird Workshops on offer. No bookings necessary for these – just fly on in:

  • Strategies for study at university (2hrs)
  • Academic writing (2hrs)
  • Getting started on your assignment (2hrs)
  • Get ready to research (1.5hrs)
  • Reading and note taking (2hrs)
  • Understanding referencing(1.5hrs)

For workshop dates, times and locations, see page 2 of the Earlybird flyer.

Enrol here for the computing workshops. Enrolment for other workshops is not necessary – just show up on the day!

To view the workshops you are currently enrolled in visit Book-it and click on the “View/cancel bookings” in the left hand column. For more information visit the library website or call Library and IT Help on (07) 3735 5555.

How safe is your mobile device?

How safe is your mobile device?

  • TRUE STORY: A baby bought a car on eBay while playing with her dad’s phone! How safe is your mobile device?

When you lend your mobile device, did you realise you are also sharing your internet account, email, Facebook and as this dad discovered, your eBay account too?

Luckily we’ve got some tips to help you protect your digital life on your mobile device:

  • Don’t keep passwords near your laptop and never share or give them to someone else.
  • Remembering strong passwords or access numbers can be a challenge. However, leaving them in your laptop case or on your laptop is like leaving your keys in your car. Don’t make it easy for a thief to get to your personal information.
  • Scammers, hackers and identity thieves are looking to steal your personal information – and your money. Don’t worry – there are steps you can take to protect yourself, like keeping your computer software up-to-date and giving out your personal information only when you have a good reason.
  • After your first registration of your mobile device on Griffith Wi-Fi, you never have to log on to use the internet again. While this makes it convenient and easy for you to use, remember not to share the device with someone else, as all their internet use will be billed and logged against you!

For more information check out the Use of IT Resources Code of Practice Policy or visit the website.

New to Griffith and new to computers?

  • In addition to lectures, assignments and eating noodles, having a handle on all things IT is essential for success at uni.

That’s where we come in. The library offers a range of workshops, consultations and online resources to help students increase their computing skills including:

  • Workshops: You can attend a variety of workshops covering PowerPoint, Excel, Word, EndNote, Google and social media. All these workshops are free, but bookings are essential.
  • Drop-in sessions: Drop-in and consult with an ICT Literacy Specialist. These sessions can be used to revise what was learned in a workshop or to explore solutions for a computing related problem. No bookings required. Just turn up! Tuesdays 2pm – 4pm at Nathan (N53_1.50) and Thursdays 10am-12pm at Gold Coast (G10_2.04).
  • Self-help resources: Not only can you attend our free workshops in person, you can access online self-help resources for EndNote, Excel, Social Media, Word and PowerPoint. There are also resources for Access, HTML, Dreamweaver and SPSS. These easy to follow guides provide you with links to online training, info on how to access the software, links to relevant Library material and where to seek assistance when necessary.

For more information visit the library website, chat to the librarian on your campus helpdesk or call Library and IT Help.