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)

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


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


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!

Welcome to Griffith

 If you’re new to Griffith – welcome!

Starting out at uni can be overwhelming with so much new information to learn and remember. But don’t worry we bet in just a few weeks you’ll be a uni-pro!

In the meantime, here is some essential Library info. After all you’ll probably be spending a considerable amount of time in the Library over the next few years, so best you two get acquainted.

 Our top tips

First things first, download the Griffith App and never get lost again. The App has a range of features including a map for each campus, your timetable, events, email and much more.

Logon to myGriffith. Your personalised student portal is a one-stop-shop for your timetables, course info, messages, events and of course great Library resources.

Head to an O-Week/Week1 Market Day and get acquainted with the Library Services at our Library stall – just look for the basketball ring. PLUS you’ll get the chance to kit-out your empty pantry or pencil case with heaps of free stuff and prizes to win!

Take a tour of your campus Library and discover where everything you need is located.

Head along to the Earlybird workshops to kick-start your uni journey with tips and tricks for navigating assignments, referencing, Griffith’s digital environment, exams and MORE. But don’t worry you can also access Library Workshops and Training all year round.

Tech out your uni experience. Visit the Student Computing website to find out about Lecture capture, software discounts, your email and Wi-Fi on campus.

Lastly, stay updated! Get all your Library and IT help by following us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and by subscribing to this amazing blog!

Have you downloaded the Griffith App yet?

Did you know we have an official Griffith App?

The App is free and can easily be found and downloaded from the App Store, Google Play Store and other web based Smart Phones.

The Griffith app has plenty of features for new students

The Griffith app has plenty of features for new students

Thanks to our latest update in July 2015, version 4.5 has the following features:

  • 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

So download today and stay informed.