Welcome to O Week!
Griffith University library has a lot of resources available to help you settle into Uni life and succeed in your academic journey. We suggest you check out our website, take a look at our Study Smart tutorials, come along to a library tour and scope out a comfy study spot.
We’ll also be hosting tables at each Market Day, so make sure you seek us out and ask all your burning questions (or just, you know, shoot the breeze. Or a hoop. Rumour has it there will be mini basketball). Though unlike Steve Buscemi we won’t be pretending that we’re hip and cool–because once you meet us you’ll see there’s absolutely no need to pretend 😉
Finally: don’t forget to download our official Griffith App to help you get orientated on campus. FYI–the maps function will be a lifesaver during your first few weeks.
For more information, visit the library orientation webpage.
Have you heard of PebblePad?
If not, let us enlighten you. In fact, there might even be some sweet $$moola$$ in it for you!
Enter the About Me Challenge listed below and you could win gift cards, coffee vouchers and PebblePad gifts.
PebblePad is a platform to collect, curate, create, communicate and share achievements, personal capabilities and professional skills via an electronic portfolio like Katherine, Rebecca and Sophie have.
Using PebblePad throughout your degree provides a wonderful opportunity to create an online portfolio where you can record your learning, achievements, skills and experiences and experiences gained during your time at Griffith on a digital platform that’s easy to update as you go.
You’ll be able to showcase your skills, what you have learnt, and what you have created, when looking for employment.
But step one is getting started.
Learning Futures are currently running a competition to help you stay ahead of the game, and learn how to use PebblePad so that when you do use it in a course you’ll already be comfortable with it: the About Me Challenge.
Now – Week 9 of Trimester 3 (12 January 2018)
There are two challenges. For Challenge 1, open up PebblePad and create an About Me portfolio that includes:
- A Welcome page (Who am I?)
- Curricular goals (Why am I at Griffith?)
- Co-curricular and extracurricular activities (What do I do outside of class?)
For a chance to win even more prizes, why not continue on with Challenge 2? This includes:
- Creating an ‘Aspirational Me in a Minute’ video
- Reflection on your journey so far at Griffith, touching on progress on your goals from Challenge 1
- Using the blog tool in PebblePad to tell us about an experience at Griffith that is helping you progress towards your career
Go into the draw to win 2 x $50 Westfield gift cards, 2 x $50 Visa gift cards, PebblePad gifts and coffee vouchers
Check out the PebblePad Student Support page
For further information and details on the challenges, visit the About Me page.
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.
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!
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.
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)
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!).
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.
25 November 2016
Griffith University Team registrations close.
2 December 2016
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.
Hult Prize Global Finals
Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton will host the Hult Prize Global Finals.
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.