Hackathon 2018 a success!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!


Last chance to register for the Hackathon!

Hackathon

It’s time to get your game face on, Griffith students. Registrations are closing this Friday 20 July for our Hackathon competition.

What the hack is a Hackathon? Just 30 hours of epic fun and your chance to win some serious money, that’s all.

The event will be held over the weekend of 4 – 5 August in the Gold Coast campus library. That’s right, you will be staying overnight in the library innovating, creating and developing an app that will greatly improve your student life. You’ll probably drink too much coffee and won’t get any sleep, but that’s just #studentlife, right?!  

You don’t need to be a techie or have coding skills to enter the Hackathon. The competition is open to students with all kinds of skill sets. In addition to IT students and coders, we’re looking for people with marketing, business, project management and design experience, or any other genius expertise you can bring to the table.

Did we mention there is awesome prize money up for grabs?

$2,000 – Winning Team

$1,000 – Runner-Up Team

$500 – Best User Interface Design

Here’s what some of the participants from last year’s Hackathon had to say about the event.

‘My favourite thing about the Hackathon was the amazing new friends I made and the awesome abundance of free food and goodies.’ – Brooke Scott, Bachelor of Digital Media

‘The support from the staff at all times, the food, experts, the environment, it was all too much fun.’ – Harley Jarrett, Bachelor of IT

‘The ability to pitch an idea in front of high level university executives.’ – Joshua Murchie, Master of IT

‘I learnt a lot about implementation of websites and web hosting, how to manage time for a project when time is scarce, and how to manage the scope of a project so that it does not become too ambitious.’ – Jack Kearsley, Bachelor of Computer Science

‘Camaraderie in our sleep deprived states. We all became closer as we faced the highs and lows of app development together. Also the food was amazing.’  – Jaden Van lersel, Bachelor of Software Engineering

Register now

Head over to our Hackathon website to register as an individual or team. Registrations will be open until 5pm Friday 20 July 2018.

Sponsored by:

Grove Juice

 

 

 

 


Bring your idea to life at the Hackathon

blog-image1.jpg

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


Are you the winner of our awesome App Ideas Challenge?

Congratulations to Bachelor of Creative Interactive Media student Ruzena Spacek, who won a sweet $1,500 for her entry into our Hackathon App Ideas Challenge.

Ruzena won the judges over with her Study Planner app idea aimed at helping students better plan their study and assessment to reduce anxiety and improve grades. If you’re one of those people who freak out because you’ve left your assignment to the last minute, this app would be perfect for you!

Second and third prize

Bachelor of Business student Jamie Henke walked away with an impressive $750 for her Griffith OpportUNIty app idea. Her interactive swipe app would provide students with a one-stop-shop for all opportunities they are presented with – think uni events, market days, internships and work experience.

Bachelor of Counselling student Harley Best went home with $500 thanks to his Uni Saver app idea. Uni Saver will not only save key assignment-related information for you, it will also save your butt with assessment notifications to keep you on track.

Thank you to all who entered our Hackathon App Ideas Challenge. The calibre of entries was beyond impressive.

Disappointed you missed out on the money? Don’t be! Enter our Hackathon event to win your share in a massive $3,500 prize pool.

Win big at Hackathon weekend!

Get ready to transform your awesome ideas into something real at our 30-hour Hackathon event from 4-5 August 2018.

You don’t need to be tech-savvy to take part in the Hackathon. All you need to bring to the table is your creativity, skills and passion to design, develop and showcase a mobile application that would greatly improve your student life.

Register now as an individual or team for 30-hours of fun and your chance to win big!


Got a great student life hack? Share your idea and WIN!

Image of hands holding iPads

Have you ever thought ‘an app for that’ would greatly improve your life as a student? Do you have a brilliant idea for an app that you and your fellow students would find super useful?

Submit your app ideas to the Griffith Hackathon Apps Ideas Challenge by Friday 23 March 2018 for your chance to win a share of over $5,000 in prizes.

The catch is – the idea has to be exceptional and impress our hard-to-impress judges. Your idea will have to be the best of the best.

Concerned about your lack of coding skills? Don’t be. You don’t actually have to build the app, or do anything remotely techy. You just need to brainstorm an amazing app, go to the Hackathon web page and submit it. Easy peasy and potentially very profitable.

Get your entries in today! You can enter as many times as you like. Entries close at 5 pm on Friday 23 March. Winners will be contacted and announced via Library social media.

We have some more exciting news! What good is an idea without some action? Once the ideas have been collected and winners have been chosen, we will be holding a Student Hackathon event.

That’s when we give your app ideas to a bunch of clever students (with coding skills), feed them some pizza, and get them to develop an app in two days.

Check out the winning app 2017 from Griffith University students Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Munchie.

We can’t wait to see your best app ideas! Terms and Conditions apply. Head to the Hackathon webpage for details.


Where’s that bus? Wait no longer!

Griffith University graduate and hack-a-thon participatee Ian Murnane

Griffith Library held its inaugural Hack-a-thon event this year, where Griffith students were given 30 hours to work in a group to develop an app.

One of the students who participated was Ian Murnane, who has since graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Bachelor of Multimedia.

While Ian has left Griffith University behind, he certainly hasn’t stopped creating apps.

Enter the Android app Where’s That Bus. it was developed by Ian, and fellow Griffith University graduate Ferguson McBryde.

The app, which covers the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, allows a user to see exactly where a bus is at any given time. It provides an ETA to within 30 seconds.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the desire to create Where’s The Bus came from the graduates’ own experiences.

‘We were students on student budgets, so we relied on public transport, but we were never able to see when buses would arrive,’ said Mr McBryde.

Mr Murnane soon realised the data they needed was already online and the app took shape.

‘I started to get information like GPS coordinates out of the Google Packet,’ he said. ‘Eventually we ended up with an app that allows you to actually see the buses driving around.’

Users can access the information by punching in their regular route or stop number.

The results will be displayed on a map along with real time information about the bus’ arrival. Thanks to feedback from fellow Griffith students, there’s also the option to bookmark favourites and see the direction of travel.

‘The information at the bus stop could say the next service is five minutes away, but you can check the app and see if it’s already gone past or running late,’ said Mr Murnane.

The app currently has a 4.9 star rating on Google Play.


Registrations are now open for GovHack 2017

GovHack 2017

Are you a coder? An entrepreneur? An artist?  A story-teller? Register for GovHack 2017!

The event is being held at Griffith University from 28 -30 July.

GovHack is a ‘live’ annual hackathon where you can create ideas using open data for real life problems in regional Queensland.

Teams work over 46 hours to explore, retrieve, mash up, ideate and communicate their ideas. This is a great time to engage in entrepreneurial thinking, network and of most importance – have fun.

Everyone is welcome including students, staff, and community – any discipline.  Join in to create ideas for the future.  State and National prizes are on offer.

Registrations are open now so register yourself or your team today. Choose Logan or Gold Coast campus.