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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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)


Did you win a $100 for the card sorting activity?

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You came. You saw. You organised. And you may have won $100!

The card sorting activity is done and dusted and so many of you helped organise the content for our upcoming Library website.

Thank you everyone for participating; your reward will be an efficient, streamlined and user-friendly Library website in 2017.

And can it get any better than that? You’ll be able to find what you need, when you need it. Whether it be opening hours, bookable group study spaces or online tutorials – all the information will be where you told us to put it.

But we did promise to reward one of you with a hefty cash prize. Was it $20? Was it $50? No, it’s 100 big ones in the form of a prepaid Visa Card.

And we have drawn the winner… The winner of the $100 prepaid Visa Card is Elspeth. Congratulations Elspeth! We hope you enjoy spending your prize money over summer break (because it’s almost here you know, only two days to go! Wooo!).


Solve the world’s problems and win US$1 million!

Can we build sustainable, scalable social enterprises that restore the rights and dignity of 10 million refugees by 2022?

Well, that depends on you.

Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton is asking university students around the world for their innovative solutions to the global refugee problem.

And he’s putting his money where his mouth his. Simply, devise the best social enterprise solution and you’ll score a sweet US$1 million for you and your team mates.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves. There’s a few things you need to know before booking your plane ticket to receive your cash prize from the former president.

First things first. What are you actually entering? It’s called the Hult Prize, President’s Challenge. It’s an annual challenge organised by the Hult Prize Foundation.

With a different focus each year, this year’s challenge is Refugees – Reawakening Human Potential and Restoring the Dignity of 10M People by 2022.

You can download the 2017 President’s Challenge here. Authored by the Hult Prize Foundation, in close collaboration with Bill Clinton and his team, it’s your guiding document to constructing your social venture.

How do you enter? Well, Griffith University is hosting the HultPrize@Griffith Competition in December. Think of it as the first round in your quest to win a million. Register your team to compete at the HultPrize@Griffith by 25 November 2016. 

The HultPrize@Griffith Competition is open to Griffith University undergraduates, postgraduates and alumni.

If you win the HultPrize@Griffith, you’ll have an opportunity to compete in the Regional Finals, and ultimately, the Global Finals in September.

See the HultPrize@Griffith web page for event details.  Key dates for the Hult Prize are listed below.

Key dates 

25 November 2016
Griffith University Team registrations close.

2 December 2016
HultPrize@Griffith Competition
Judges will decide which team will receive a fully sponsored trip to compete in the London Regional Finals.

3-4 March 2017
Hult Prize Regional Finals
Regional finals take place in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai and Shanghai.

1 June 2017
Hult Accelerator commences
Five regional finalists will attend the Hult Prize Accelerator, a six-week program of intensive entrepreneurial seminars hosted by Hult International Business School.

September 2017
Hult Prize Global Finals
Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton will host the Hult Prize Global Finals.


And the winner of the #libraryshelfie comp is…

Winner of the Library Shelfie 2016 Competition

Winner of the Library Shelfie 2016 Competition

The #libraryshelfie comp is nearly done and dusted for the year. We had a bunch of creative entries, a handful of weekly winners and literally hundreds of votes for the overall winner.

Now, the only thing to do is announce the winner, right? But we can’t just go boom, this is the #libraryshelfie champ for 2016. We need build-up, fanfare, and speeches. No, just me?

So after nearly two weeks of voting, we have our prize winner. Without further ado, the winner of #libraryshelfie 2016 is @vitdoan2796.

Congratulations @vitdoan2796! Enjoy spending (or saving; no judgment) your massive $200 prepaid Visa Card. We all loved your #libraryshelfie entry. It was creative, clever and seriously cool!

Thanks to everyone who entered, voted, or simply watched from afar. You are all winners in our humble opinion. You win… our most heartfelt thanks.

Want to know the voting breakdown? Go to the Vote for your favourite Library Shelfie post on the Library Blog and click View Results at the bottom of the poll (near the Vote button).


Be a WINter WINner!

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This could be you! Enter our Market Day comp to WIN winter goodies!

Winter ain’t got nothing on this prize

Say goodbye to useless blankets with no arm holes, say goodbye to Nutella cravings, say goodbye to cold tootsies; and say hello to our Ultimate Winter Survival Pack!

This Bear Grylls approved pack is full of hot stuff and it could all be yours!

This week, our Library team is heading out to meet you at Griffith’s Market Days and we’re bringing a bunch of goodies including this awesome competition!

Can’t make it to this week’s Market Days? Never fear, like most things, this comp is online which means you still have a chance to win the Ultimate Winter Survival Pack.

Winter Survival Pack includes:

  • 1kg of Nutella deliciousness
  • Multiple boxes of Mac and Cheese
  • The cutest Emoji slippers in the world
  • So much Game of Thrones goriness you’ll never have to leave the house
  • A canvas library bag the perfect for carrying your new GoT books
  • A re-useable Griffith coffee mug for when you must leave the house
  • An inflatable lounge perfect for soaking up the winter rays
  • HD Kogan video camera for our Spielberg wannabes
  • A 1-hour consultation with a Library Learning Adviser

All you need to do to get your hands on this seriously HOT prize is:

C’mon, you know you need to be licking that jar of Nutella clean while reading Game of Thrones on your inflatable lounge! Quick, jump onto Facebook to LIKE and SHARE!

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So what is the new library space called?

Congratulations Ethan!

Congratulations Ethan!

You know the library space at the Gold Coast campus that has unofficially been known as the Green Room? The one we asked you to submit creative and original names for? Yes, that one.

Well, after meticulously counting all the votes for your favourite entry; we can finally reveal the winner. The student space unofficially known as the Green Room has now officially been crowned – The Green Room. Crack open the bubbly!

These five amazing students submitted the winning entry:

  • Ethan
  • Anna
  • Andrew
  • Holly
  • Kathryn

Unfortunately, we couldn’t give all of them a prize. Soz! So we put them all into a barrel (the students names, not the students themselves), and we drew out… Ethan – a nursing student from the Gold Coast.

Congratulations Ethan! Enjoy your $100 pre-paid gift card and the glory that comes with naming a slice of Griffith University.

Curious about how the voting went down? Well, we got you to vote on three names and this is the breakdown:

  • Green on 3 = 29%
  • Bamboo Lounge = 29%
  • The Green Room = 42%