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)


Tell us your awesome app idea and WIN!

Okay, all you creative and entrepreneurial Griffith students, it’s time to put your thinking caps on. We have an important question we’d like you to answer, and time is running out.

What app would greatly improve your life as a student? Submit your awesome app idea by Friday 31 March and you could win $1500. That’s right, a whopping $1500 just for an idea.

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

But don’t worry, there’s more than one prize. Second place is still quite lucrative with $750 up for grabs, and third place will receive a respectable $500.

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

Quick, get your entries in today (yes, plural. You can enter as many times as you like). Entries close at 5pm on Friday. Winners will be contacted and announced via Library social media.

But that’s not it. What good is an idea without some action? Once the ideas have been collected and winners have been chosen, there will be Student Hack-a-thon 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. Head to the Hack-a-thon webpage for details.


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.


Love organising? Sort out our website and win!

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So we are working on a brand-spanking new library website and we need your help.

The website is going to look super schmick when it goes live next year, but beauty is only skin-deep. It also needs to be easy to navigate.

We want you to be able to find what you need quickly and easily. And that’s where you come in. Simply, complete this online card-sorting activity and help organise the content into groups that make sense to you.

Once you have your groups sorted, just give them a name, and you’re done! It should only take 10-15 mins. If you’re indecisive or a perfectionist, try not to overthink it.

And if having an efficient, streamlined and user-friendly library website isn’t reward enough, how does $100 grab you?

Complete the card-sorting activity to go into the draw to win a $100 pre-paid VISA card. But be quick! You only have until Friday 11 November to do it. Read the rest of this entry »


Want to win $200? Check out the Library Shelfie competition

The winning entry in the Library Shelfie 2015 competition

The winning entry in the Library Shelfie 2015 competition

Have you entered our Library Shelfie competition yet? There’s still time! It’s open until Friday 2 September 2016 and you can win a $200 prepaid Visa Card.

We aren’t being swamped with entries this year so your chances of winning are super high! Wouldn’t you like two hundred bucks simply for posting a photo on Instagram?

There are rules of course. The photo has to be taken in a Griffith University Library and include the hashtags #griffithlibrary and #libraryshelfie. Check out the Terms and Conditions in the original competition post.

Last year’s competition was awesome! Heaps of students entered using the ‘bookface’ style and we received super creative #libraryshelfies. Not sure what ‘bookface’ is?

According to the New York Times, ‘bookface involves strategically lining up your face or another body part alongside a book cover that features a matching body part so that there appears a melding of life and art’.

Phew, that’s a complicated and wordy definition, hey? Basically, it’s just getting a book with a face on it and putting it front of your face and taking a photo.

Here are the 2015 Library Shelfie weekly winners. Think you can do better? Prove it! Read the rest of this entry »


Share a Shelfie and WIN $200!

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Do you have a favourite spot in your Griffith University Library? Is it a room with a view? Or just a quiet and comfy corner? Share it with us on Instagram for a chance to win a $200 prepaid Visa Card.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Step 1 Take a pic of your favourite spot in the library
  • Step 2 Share it on Instagram, tell us where it is, and use #libraryshelfie and #griffithlibrary.
  • Step 3 Make sure you’re following @griffithlibrary on Instagram

Weekly prizes are also up for grabs! You can score yourself a respectable $30 gift voucher if your Insta post is judged to be the best (for that week). Entries will be judged on original photography and content.

Winning weekly entries will be displayed on the Library Blog during Week 7 and put to a student vote. The entry with the most votes WINS $200!

The Library Shelfie competition runs from 1 August 2016 until 2 September 2016. So get snapping and WIN!

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