Download the Griffith App to make your time at uni easier

Griffith App screen

Are you new to Griffith and finding trying to navigate your way around campus harder than trying to get an Ed Sheeran song out of your head? Or maybe you’ve been here a few years yet still cringe at the thought of finding those obscure buildings like N72.

Do you wish there was a way to find locations of available computers before you turn up to the computer lab and notice all the seats taken?

If this is you, it sounds like you don’t have the Griffith App on your smartphone. In which case you better get on it, stat!

The Griffith App is full of useful and time-saving features, including:

  • Ask Us: find instant answers to your all burning questions (well, maybe not all, that’s what Siri’s for, right? But we’ve got most of your Griffith-related queries covered!)
  • Computers: save time by checking where available computers are in labs across campuses first
  • Directory: need to contact your lecturer? Simply search the Griffith phone directory
  • Email: easily access your student email
  • Emergency: feel safe with quick access to emergency phone numbers and websites
  • Events: stay up to date with compiled event information for a range of university calendars
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn: easily access your course content
  • Library: look up library hours, search for resources and place holds
  • Maps: never get lost again with Google maps of each campus that show building locations
  • Transit: browse bus schedules and find out when buses are coming or going
  • GriffithPAY: access the 24 hour shop for Griffith products
  • CareerBoard: prepare for your career and search job vacancies on CareerBoard
  • Textbooks: get organised and search for your textbooks via Griffith’s Textbook Exchange or the Co-op Bookshop Textbook Search

The app is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices, from the App Store or Google play.

While this super handy app has been around for a few years, we have a committed team who regularly update it to ensure it stays super handy. In fact, they’ve only just released a new version.

So check it out and let us know what you think – there’s a Feedback option in the app just waiting for your suggestions, which will be incorporated into the next app update! 


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)


Download the free Griffith App

Griffith App screen

We love our smartphones, and we’re pretty certain that you do too. It has everything you need – Facebook, Google, Spotify, Email and Messages.

Well, almost everything. As a Griffith University student, you are going to need access to information such as lecture notes, class timetables, staff contact details and library books.

With the help of the free Griffith App, your smartphone can put Griffith in the palm of your hand. Download the Griffith App to access campus maps, computer availability, event information, textbook searches, timetables and more.

Let’s say you’ve got an orientation session in N06. With the App, you would simply open it and click on Maps. How helpful is that? And to find other O-Week events, you would just click Events. Too easy!

The Griffith App is available for Apple iOS, and Android devices. There’s also a web-based version of the app called Smart Phone that is mobile-friendly and accessible to all other types of smartphones with internet connectivity.


You need to download the Griffith App

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There’s an app for everything nowadays; catching Pokémon, tracking your fitness, listening to music and sharing short videos with your friends (aka the world).

But there’s only one app that puts Griffith in the palm of your hand – the official Griffith App. Once you download the free app, you’ll have links to all the resources you’ll ever need at university.

Want to search for library resources? The Griffith App can help. Want to know when your class starts? The Griffith App is there for you. Need a bit of direction? The Griffith App has your back.

Here’s what the Griffith App can help you with:

  • Library website to find your text books or link to the online resources
  • Learning@Griffith to keep you in touch with your courses at all times
  • Student Email so you are always in touch
  • Timetables so you know where and when you class starts
  • Maps that have a search function
  • Events so you don’t miss out on what on at Griffith
  • CareerBoard to keep up to date with the latest job offerings and much more
  • Textbooks – both the Textbook Exchange and the Co-op Bookshop search are available
  • Accommodation has information about living on or off campus

The App is free and can be downloaded from the App StoreGoogle Play and other web-based Smart Phones.

Download the Griffith App today and stay informed.


New to Griffith? You absolutely must do these 8 things

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Welcome to Griffith University! It’s going to be a hectic week of uni prep so we thought we’d help you out with a handy list. Because, you know, the library totally has your back.

Here are 8 Library and IT things you absolutely must-do during O’Week (or else!).

#1 Attend an Earlybird workshop

Want to get ahead of the pack? Attend the free Earlybird workshops offered by the library. Run over three days, you can learn about strategies for study at university, getting started with your assignments, researching and referencing and note taking.  C’mon, who doesn’t need to know more about referencing?

#2 Connect to the wireless network

Save your mobile data for a time when you’ll actually need it – like whenever you’re not at Griffith. Use our free Wi-Fi instead! Connect your laptop, tablet or smart phone to the Griffith University wireless network. If you are a newbie, visit the Getting Connected page and follow the simple instructions.

#3 Visit our Market Day Stall

Yes, we have a Market Day Stall during O’Week. No, we don’t sell fancy toilet roll holders and dream-catchers (aren’t these typical items you find at the markets?). Instead, you’ll find the Griffith Library team at each campus Market Day ready and willing to share everything they know about Library and IT at Griffith. Plus, there’s free stuff, lollies and prize giveaways!

#4 Scope out your future study space

The library has the perfect study space for you. You just gotta find it! Whether you’re looking for a silent, quiet or social space – we’ve got you covered. We also have bookable group study spaces to help you ace all your group assessments.

#5 Set up your Copying and Printing account

Activate your copying and printing account in the library or at one of the red and white kiosks on campus. You can add printing credit via cash or EFTPOS at any of these locations. Visit the Student Printing page for more information.

#6 Get free student software

Did you know Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students who are enrolled at Griffith University? Good thing you didn’t go ahead and purchase Word, Excel or PowerPoint already, right? But wait, there’s more! You can download Endnote and Symantec Endpoint Protection directly from the Library via the Software Download Service. Visit the Available Software page for more information.

#7 Download the Griffith App

There’s an app for everything nowadays; catching Pokémon, tracking your fitness, listening to music and sharing short videos with your friends (aka the world). But there’s only one app that puts Griffith in the palm of your hand – the Griffith App. Find campus maps, class timetables, Learning@Griffith, events, library, news, bus timetables and more.

#8 Take a library tour

If you don’t know the Library of Congress classification system like the back of your hand, you are screwed. You will never ever be able to find stuff in the library. Just kidding! But if you want a heads-up on where to find library resources ; take a 15-minute library tour at any of our campus libraries. You can also check out our libraries from the comfort of your couch with a Google 360 tour.


Library hours reduced for semester break

You may have noticed the the library is open fewer hours than it used to be – that’s okay, it’s just resting and getting ready for semester 2!

You can find out the current library times 3 ways:

  • From the Places and spaces tab on the library homepage.
  • Download the Griffith App: not just library times but maps, learning@griffith, and much more at your fingertips.
  • On the front door of your library, each library should have a poster on their entrance door to show you the opening times.

But we here in library blog land will go you one better!  Here are the opening times from now until 24 July 2016.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Gold Coast 8am-5pm 8am-7pm 8am-5pm 8am-5pm 8am-5pm 1pm-5pm Closed
Logan 9am-6pm 9am-6pm 9am-6pm 9am-6pm 9am-5pm 12pm-5pm Closed
Mt Gravatt 8am-6pm 8am-6pm 8am-6pm 8am-6pm 8am-6pm Closed Closed
Nathan 8am-5pm 8am-5pm 8am-7pm 8am-5pm 8am-5pm Closed 1pm-5pm
QCA 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm Closed Closed
QCGU 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm Closed Closed

Even though the doors aren’t open, all the library’s online resources are still there and are useable!