Adapt or Die: the truth about climate change – find out more at our Lightning Talks

Who loves polar bears? 🙋 Did you know that polar bears are actually starving to death, and that their global population will be reduced by two thirds by 2050, because of climate change (National Geographic, 2018)?

There is no debating the truth about climate change—scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

The question is: where do we focus our efforts and how quickly can we adapt?

Find out from our library’s Lightning Talks. Lightning Talks allow you to gain insightful knowledge in bite-sized presentations which you can be a part of.

They are similar to TED Talks, in that speakers (our academics) are given a limited time (10 minutes) to give voice on a topical issue. The difference? Instead of watching online, you’re invited to join in the conversation and share your opinions too.

Our library is excited to host the next series of Lightning Talks during Sustainability Week, where we’ll have an opportunity to listen our academics’ action for survival in a world of climate change.

What have our researchers discovered? What does that mean for life in the Human era? Expect to be challenged!

When:
12 – 1 pm, Tuesday 4 September 2018

Where:
The Shard (outside the library (G10) entrance), Gold Coast campus

Speakers:

Register your interest on our Griffith University Library Facebook events page.


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

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


Changes to Gold Coast and South Bank library hours this weekend

 

We all know the importance of maintenance. Maintaining your grades, your fitness levels, your meme game…

We also need to maintain our buildings! To do so, our QCA and Gold Coast Libraries will have changes in opening hours over this weekend.

Saturday 20 January

  • QCA library will be closed all day. Now, if you were planning to trek into South Bank today to visit the library, don’t fret! QCGU library will be open longer hours–9 am to 5 pm–to account for the QCA closure.

Sunday 21January

  • Gold Coast library will be opening late, at 12 pm (instead of the usual 10 am) due to an Energex electricity outage. Good news is that it’s business as usual from midday, and you can come enjoy the air con, library spaces and see our wonderful smiling faces.

Changes to Nathan and Gold Coast library hours

Hats off, it’s an early knock off!

Nathan library will be closing at 5 pm today (Friday), and be closed all weekend for maintenance works. Nathan library will open 7 am on Monday for normal hours (we know, you missed our smiling faces!)

Gold Coast library will also be closing early tonight, at 7 pm, and the 24/7 study lounge in G11 will be closed between 7 pm Friday and 9 am Saturday. Gold Coast library will be open as usual for the rest of the weekend, so come and enjoy the air con!

Remember, you can also contact us by phone, email or chat in the meanwhile, visit another campus library (check out opening hours here), or visit a computer lab.

 


Music in the Library is going POP!

Gold Coast campus is playing host to the next installment of Music in the Library and boy are you guys in for a performance!

Head to the Library at 1pm, Monday 15 May, and you will be treated to a line-up of talented singers and guitarists: Sophia Koop and Monique Matthews accompanied by Ryan Stegman.

Sophia Koop

Sophia Koop is an upcoming 19-year-old pop/electronic artist. Growing up, Sophia always had a love for music and as a result began piano and dancing lessons.

With her rich and soulful vocals, comes forth an explosion of new age pop/electronic music – one that will mesmerise you from the moment you hear it.

You can find Sophia on Facebook and Soundcloud

Monique Matthews

Monique is a newcomer to the alternative-pop scene. Influenced by a wide array of sounds, her creative undertone is a refreshing and fearless take on pop music.

Radiating a bold warmth that introduces you to a world of sincere storytelling, Monique is sure to take you on a journey. Swelling guitars, punchy drums and rich vocals capture the creative vision of an artist who emerges with a sophisticated depth.

Swelling guitars, punchy drums and rich vocals capture the creative vision of an artist who emerges with a sophisticated depth.

You can find Monique on Facebook and Instagram


Hack-a-thon, a success!

Our first Hack-a-thon was an awesome success!

A huge congrats to all participants who worked their behinds off and pumped out some amazing work!

The event kicked off with guest speaker, Daniel Ngo from Entrepreneur Haus (check out Daniel’s speech on Facebook). The students were given a short brief and let loose for 30 hours to develop an innovative and creative app.

There was yawning, there was napping, there were odd smells… but nothing an emergency supply of toothbrushes and toothpaste couldn’t fix. The energy drinks were flowing, the brains were pumping and the students created some amazing work and learnt some valuable lessons. “I learnt that the presentation is just as, if not more important, as the product itself” said one student.  Another student loved the real world experience “where like-minded people gather and work towards a common goal”.

Congratulations to our innovative first prize winners. Taking home $2000 was Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Murchie. They blew the judges away with their creative answer to planning your degree and subject choices.

Taking out second prize and $1000 was Jaden Vaniersel, Ian Murnane, Harley Jarrett. They built an app allowing you to share locations, events, study tips and a very helpful assignment countdown clock – what student doesn’t need that?!

Best User Interface and $500, went to Harrison Croaker, William Fischer and Carl Humphries for their ‘M8te’ design.

Thank you to Greg Phipps, our very own alumni and Technical Program Manager, Google Maps, and Leigh Ellen Potter, Senior Lecturer, School of ICT, who provided some wise words to the participants. Their videos provided relief and inspiration during their short breaks.

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