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.

Thanks to our sponsor, Grove Juice for keeping the students hydrated. Read the rest of this entry »

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)

Gold Coast Library welcomes The Voice


Do you love watching The Voice Australia? Well think back a few years… you may recall this special contestant, blonde hair, killer voice, named Candice Skjonnemand.

Need a reminder? Hit play above and hear her amazing performance of Katy Perry’s hit song, Unconditionally.

Candice is now one of our very own and is studying at the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU).

At 1pm today Candice will perform in our Gold Coast Library alongside fellow student, Angus Oastler who has also had musical success with his Seed Album 5. Take a listen.

But the best news is – you’re invited! Join us on level 2 of the Gold Coast library for an hour of free live music!

The Gold Coast Library performance is the second stop on our Music in the Library Semester 2 live tour.

Music in the Library is an exciting innovation to enliven the campus library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience.

Got a lecture or on another campus? Don’t worry, you’ll have plenty more chances to enjoy the music as students from QCGU visit each campus to showcase their talents.

Free Earlybird workshops 18-20 July


A little preparation before you start university makes your study experience easier. Prior to Semester 2, 2016, Griffith University is offering the following Earlybird workshops.


These are all free and you only need to register* for one of them!

18 July (Mon) 19 July (Tues) 20 July (Wed)
Gold Coast 10 am
Strategies for study at university (2hrs)
Learning Commons (G11_4.29)1pm
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment (1.5hrs)*
Library (G10_2.04
10 am
Researching and Referencing for your assignment (2hrs)
Learning Commons (G1_4.29)1 pm
Getting started on your assignment (2hrs)
Learning Commons (G11_4.29)
10 am
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment (1.5hrs)*
Library (G10_2.04
Logan 10 am
Getting started on your assignment (2hrs)
Library (LO3_3.30)
10 am
Researching and Referencing for your assignment (2hrs)
Lecture Theatre 1 (LO8_LT1)
Nathan 10 am
Strategies for study at university (2hrs)
Central Theatre (N18_LT2)10 am
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment (1.5hrs)*
Library (N53_1.50
10 am
Reading and note-taking (2hrs)
Central Theatre (N18_LT2)
10 am
Researching and Referencing for your assignment (2hrs)
Health Sciences (N48_0.14)1 pm
Getting started on your assignment (2hrs)
Health Sciences (N48_0.14)1.30 pm
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment (1.5hrs)*
Library (N53_1.50
*Registration required, please use book-it to ensure your place or join the waiting list.

Book in for a free dental check up

Photo of dental clinic

Smile! The Griffith University Dental Clinic on the Gold Coast is offering free dental check-ups for new patients at their Student Clinic*.

You can have your teeth examined by an undergraduate or postgraduate dental student, under the direct supervision of a dental professional.

Located at the Griffith Health Centre (G40), the Griffith Dental Clinic includes the Professional Clinic and the Student Clinic.

The Professional Clinic has registered dentists, specialists, academics and dental prosthetists. As a Griffith University student or staff member, you are eligible for a 10% discount at the Professional Clinic.

The Student Clinic is the teaching clinic for Griffith University dental students. Undergraduate students study and train for five years to become dentists and the postgraduate students are qualified dentists studying to become dental specialists.

To determine your suitability for a free checkup at the Student Dental Clinic, a screening appointment will be booked for you with a professional dentist (at no cost as well). In this appointment, an OPG X-ray will be done (bulk billed via Medicare), and the dentist will review your overall health and initial dental needs.

A comprehensive check up appointment will then be booked with a student.

For more information or to book an appointment, please visit the GU Dental Clinic web page or call the clinic directly on 1800 188 295.

* Conditions apply

Gold Coast Marathon this weekend

It’s time to Marathonlace up the shoes and get in an extra week of endurance training!

This weekend is the Gold Coast Airport Marathon, and there is nothing like finishing exercise and ‘earning’ three days of rest.

Or perhaps you are still on a high since exams have finished?  Or did you get some results early and you know you have passed?

Whatever the reason to get you up and moving, here are some excuses of why you should be in one of the events this weekend:

  • you promised yourself you would complete some kind of “marathon” by the time you were 25 or 30 or 35 or 40 or even up to 75 (we know some of you are studying!),
  • you really want an excuse to be ‘busy’ this weekend,
  • you want to sleep in on Monday and saying you were at a marathon all weekend is a good excuse,
  • you and your friends are looking for something to do,
  • you are curious to see if you could even complete the 5.7km challenge, let alone a half or full marathon,
  • you want to get a medal with a cool inscription saying you completed it and in what time to show off to everyone.

All good reasons to enter and you can still enter up until 1 July!  So get a group of friends together and register today.

Have you entered our Name the Space comp yet?

name the space

Are you one of the 67 students who has submitted an entry in our Name the Space competition?

Clever you! You are now in with a shot to win one hundred smackeroos (that’s dollars, in case you were unsure).

If you haven’t entered, there is still plenty of time. The competition is open until 5pm, Friday 27 May 2016. To enter, simply mastermind an awesome name for the new student space at the Gold Coast campus library, visit the original blog post, and share your idea in the comments.

Please don’t comment with your ideas on this post. We couldn’t possibly cope with having to check two different places for entries (you know we have things to do, places to go, people to see).

Plenty of creative names have been submitted already. You should totally go check out the competition in this competition.

The Library Social Media Team is quite partial to a few of the names already. And just so you know, we aren’t choosing the winner. A panel of higher powers will be responsible for that.

Here are five entries that have caught our attention so far:

  • The Habitat Lounge
  • Bamboo Lounge
  • MySpace
  • The Green Hive
  • Spacey McSpaceFace

Which name do you like?  Vote on your favourite name in the original blog post. We can’t guarantee it will influence the outcome, but you never know. If you want to win the $100, be sure to submit your own super creative, original yet fitting name.