Paint for TerraCycling and win a share of $100

As you walk into our campus libraries this week, you’ll see some colourful painting stations set up.

Starting this morning, Monday 28 August, until this Friday 1 September, our libraries are running a painting competition to raise awareness of TerraCycling and celebrate Sustainability Week

Though our painting stations do have a bit of a twist…

Simply mosey over to one of our painting stations (they’re located in the foyer of all our libraries), and one of our friendly staff will help you choose an A3 design to paint… with a toothbrush (yes, a toothbrush! Sounds fun, right?).

Not only do you get to take a respite from the busyness of Week 9 of trimester with a bit of mindful painting relaxation, but you could score yourself some cash, too!  A winning artwork will be selected from each campus, with each winner getting a $20 pre-paid VISA.

All painting supplies are environmentally friendly, and your finished artwork will be displayed around the TerraCycle painting stations.

Though, while you’re enjoying yourself painting, don’t forget to come back with your oral waste. You’ll find TerraCycling bins at all campus libraries, where you can drop off toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging and floss containers.

If you’re keen to learn more about recycling and sustainability, check out our science databases.

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Get TerraCycling and win!

We want you!

…. to recycle your toothbrush (and oral care packaging).

Earlier this year, we partnered with TerraCycle to recycle oral care product packaging. Since then, staff and students have been diligently disposing of their oral care waste in our recycling bins (you’ll find them at all our campus libraries).

Though in the spirit of Sustainability Week – that’s next week, btw! – we want to step it up a bit, encourage even more people to join in, and maybe have a little fun while we’re at it.

From Monday 28 August to Friday 1 September Griffith Libraries will be running a TerraCycling promotion.

Simply visit any campus library and you’ll see a painting station set up – we’ll be getting you to create artwork using recycled toothbrushes.

Painting supplies will be environmentally friendly, and your finished artwork will be displayed around the TerraCycle painting stations.

Not only do you get to take a respite from the busyness of Week 9 of trimester with a bit of mindful painting relaxation, but you can win a bit of moolah while you’re at it!

A winning artwork will be selected from each campus, with each winner getting a $20 pre-paid VISA.

Though, while you’re enjoying yourself painting, don’t forget to come back with your oral waste. You can drop off toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging and floss containers.

We do ask however, that you remove excess product from your items before you place them in the recycling bins. Is there still foamy paste clinging to the bristles of your brush? Is the cap crusted over with old toothpaste? Maybe give them a good rinse first. And don’t forget to dry. We can’t ship dripping packages.

TerraCycle recycles the vast majority of the waste that we collect. According to their website, ‘the tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products’.

If you’re keen to learn more about recycling and sustainability, check out our science databases.

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Show us your best #libraryshelfie and WIN!

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Library Shelfie is back and we’re giving you $300!

Take your best Library Shelfie and share it with us on Instagram for a chance to win a $300 prepaid Visa Card.

Follow our Instagram for inspiration and to view entries.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Step 1 Take a pic inside a Griffith Library
  • Step 2 Share it on Instagram, get crafty with your caption, and use #libraryshelfie and #griffithuni.
  • Step 3 Make sure you’re following @griffithlibrary on Instagram

Entries will be judged on original photography and content.

Entries will be displayed on the Library Blog during Week 5 and put to a student vote. The entry with the most votes WINS $300!

The Library Shelfie competition runs from 3 July 2017 until 28 July 2017. So get snapping and WIN!

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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)


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.