Hackathon 2018 a success!

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Last weekend, 4 – 5 August, we held our annual Hackathon.

Students arrived at 9 am and settled in to design, develop and showcase a mobile app.

Working in groups, our students hacked away for 30 hours. Some went home for a quick nap and shower, some rested on beanbags, others grew massive wings from copious amounts of Red Bull.

We had IT Architects on hand, to provide guidance and help with any curly questions. And food, of course, to keep their brains fuelled.

By Sunday afternoon, our student groups had come up with some stellar ideas with options that could be implemented into the Griffith University app or future app design, and showcased these to the crowd.

Our winners were the GPAMATE team: Codie Little, Rusty Blewitt, Ryan Taylor and Shayne Poole.

The GPAMATE team began as two separate groups, but when some members didn’t show they combined their forces together to create a power group.

Their app idea was based on eliminating the anxiety that comes with uncertainty over subject grades, while giving students a direction with goals to be achieved.

The app they developed allows students to monitor their GPA throughout the trimester in two key ways:

  1. 1. Entering results from assessments will update a student’s GPA score in real time.
  2. 2. Based on the weight of an assessment item within a course, the app will predict the marks a student needs in order to maintain a certain GPA score.

The consensus around the room proved this idea is much needed and desired by the students. Who else loves this app idea and can’t wait to use it?

Second place went to Group #5: Samuel Bruhn, Joshua Nicholl, Carl Humphries and Harrison Croakes. Best User Interface (UI) went to Group #1 – Uni Connect: Hannah Bryce, Michelle Beattie and Zihao Huang.

Head to our Library Facebook album for more photos from the event.

We’d like to thank our sponsors Red Bull, Microsoft, Grove Juice and Home Fresh Organics, for helping keep our students fed, hydrated, awake and engaged during the event!


Free live music—coming to a library near you!

Are you not a fan of Mondays? The fun of the weekend’s over and it’s back to the grind of study and classes.

Well, the next few Mondays at Griffith aren’t your typical Monday. No need to lament the weekend passed. Cure your Mondayitis and attend Music in the Library!

Take a break from study and visit your friendly Griffith library to listen to the sweet tunes of our very own talented Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University music students.

Popular music performers Sophia Coop, Gerard Rees, Patrick Williams and Eil Marchini will be performing at the Gold Coast campus library, and classical performers from the Anemoi Wind Quintet and the Darana Quartet at the Nathan campus library, over the next few weeks.

Gold Coast Library – Monday 16 July

  • Location: Gold Coast Library
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Performers:
    Sophia Koop (Solo/Keys/Vocals), 1.00 pm -1.30 pm
    Gerard Rees (Solo/Keys – instrumental), 1.30 pm – 2 pm

Nathan Library – Monday 23 July

Gold Coast Library – Monday 30 July

  • Location: Gold Coast Library
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Performers:
    Patrik Williams (solo/guitar/ukelele/vocals), 1.00 pm -1.30 pm
    Eil Marchini (Solo/guitar/vocals), 1.30 pm – 2 pm

Nathan Library – Monday 20 August

  • Location: Nathan Library
  • Time: 1 pm
  • Performers:
    Darana Quartet, 1 – 2 pm

Happy new year!

It’s Monday 1 January. Yep, 2040 is officially closer than 1995. Scary, right?

But before we delve into the scary/exciting (your call) future of driverless cars, lab-made meat and information injections, let’s take a look at some of the achievements of the year that was.

Yep, we did some pretty cool stuff. And there’s waaaay more to come in 2018!

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Rock Art: the battle to save our nation’s heritage

Van Gogh versus rock art. Both priceless. But one sits behind glass in a temperature controlled museum heavily guarded. The other is left out in the open, subject to vandals, insects and inclement weather.

It’s not practical to collect and store Australia’s rock art in museums, so Professor Paul Taçon of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research is doing the next best thing. He is dedicating his career to travelling Australia, finding and documenting rock art. The aim is simple: gather more information about Australia’s heritage, showcase these brilliant specimens properly and save the works for generations to come.

There are more than 100,000 rock art site believed to be scattered across Australia, with the possibility of even more undiscovered treasures. Professor Taçon has spent the last three decades travelling extensively to these sites in remote areas of Australia to unravel the stories of our past and save them for our future.

Want to know more? Friends of the Library are hosting an event at the Gold Coast campus,  where you can hear Professor Taçon discuss his experiences and challenges in his battle to safeguard Australian rock art.

When
5:30pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 9 November

Where
The Red Zone (G40)
Gold Coast Campus

Cost
General Admission: $15
Students: $10
Griffith Staff: $10
Friends of the Library members: FREE

Book here

Food and beverages are included in the ticket price.


Masters and Slaves: watch a literary showdown!

What are you doing this Thursday night? Studying studiously, late-night shopping, chilling in bed?

While all the aforementioned are great options – let us suggest an even better one: come along to our annual Masters and Slaves event.

Who doesn’t love a good duel? Whether it’s between Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, or our School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences students and literary greats…

In this must see event, our students will duel with their literary heroes in a live theatre battle for supremacy. Their performances will centre around one main question: who are the great literary masters and who are the slaves?

Hosted by Friends of the Library, Masters and Slaves is a crowd favourite; after all, who doesn’t love take-down critiques, satirical rants, author dedications and painful homages?

When
5:30pm – 7:30pm, Thursday 24 August

Where
Drama Theatre
The Link (G07)
Gold Coast Campus

Cost
General Admission: $15
Students: $10
Griffith Staff: $10
Friends of the Library members: FREE

Book here

Food and beverages are included in the ticket price.


Griffith Flicks and chill

Photo of a pug in bed

Okay, okay, so we know the best part of Netflix is that you get to lay under your warm doona in your comfortable bed.

But hey, it’s always good to shake up your routine a bit. So why not try Griffith Flicks instead?

We’ve already told you about The Learning Space, which has heaps of activities open to the public. Including Griffith Flicks – films and animations created by our very own Griffith University students.  

Griffith Flicks is held on the last Thursday of every month, and it just so happens that’s next week!

It might be just the excuse you need to emerge from your doona cocoon and enter the outside (besides when you go to uni and work, of course). Also, it’s free, so that never hurts!

The Learning Space have thoughtfully scheduled this event to coincide with late-night shopping. So scope out the shops, hit up the food court for some eats, and come enjoy Griffith Flicks.

This month Griffith Flicks will be screening Edgy Cinema, short films that explore themes of incest, chauvinism, power, and tragedy.

The Learning Space is limited to a 40 person capacity so be early to secure your seat!  

  • Date: Thursday 27 July
  • Time: 6:30pm – 7:40pm
  • Location: The Learning Space, Westfield Garden City, Upper Mount Gravatt
  • More information

Check out The Learning Space

Did you know Griffith is also at Westfield Garden City? Well, maybe we don’t have a campus there, but we do have a Learning Space.

The Learning Space is a community partnership between Westfield Garden City and Griffith University. It provides relevant, interesting and useful activities for the community, such as:

Community Events

Check out the community events being held at the Learning Space – you’ll find new workshops are always being added! Currently, you can find out about groundbreaking scientific research, or join in the excitement of National Science Week with a series of activities.

School Holiday Activities

Have a younger sibling, child, niece or nephew? The days of boring school holidays are over, with the Learning Space’s range of free activities on offer during the school breaks. Book them in for one of the sessions, and catch up on all the shopping (ahem, errands) you’ve been meaning to do.

Research Space

Are you a budding researcher? Then you should book the Research Space! Griffith students and staff are able to reserve it Thursdays from 10am to 1pm to set up survey stations, focus groups or other research activities and tap into Garden City’s 17 million visits per year.

Griffith Flicks

Ever wondered what our Griffith film students got up to? They sure are a talented bunch, so why not come along and watch some of their animations? Griffith Flicks is regularly held, and presents Griffith animation films to the public.

The Learning Space is located on Level 2 of Westfield Garden City, Upper Mt Gravatt.  So drop on by and say hi!