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)
Only three more sleeps until Christmas! The big man in the red suit is probably packing the sleigh as we speak, and he’s looking forward to all the snacks you will be leaving out for him. Mmmmm, milk and cookies!
But Christmas isn’t complete until we know who has been the most festive this holiday season. And festiveness can be measured, you know.
We ran a friendly little poll a few weeks ago to get you to vote on your favourite Griffith Library Christmas tree. And you did, and there was a clear winner.
Congratulations to the Gold Coast campus library! Your Christmas tree is the favourite among Griffith staff, students and random Christmas tree enthusiasts.
To all the other campus libraries – don’t be disheartened. Your Christmas trees were jolly good and we appreciate the effort you put in to make our library spaces merry and bright.
View the final poll results in the original blog post.
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!).
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.
It was lovely to meet all of you who came to visit our Market Day Stalls last week.
We had a blast hanging with Big Red, having a sticky-beak at the other stalls; and most of all, welcoming all you brand-spanking-new students to university.
Some of you popped in for a chat, some came for the free goodies, and others swung by to find out how they could win the Ultimate Winter Survival Pack.
And entering our Winter Survival competition was super easy; as you no doubt found out. All you had to do was LIKE our Facebook page, LIKE our competition post, and SHARE it with your Facebook friends.
A bunch of you entered and went into the draw to win awesome winter goodies – like a seriously massive jar of Nutella, the cutest Emoji slippers in the world, an inflatable lounge, the Game of Thrones series and more!
So who won? Well, we threw all your names into a trusty barrel (it wasn’t the manky old rubbish bin, we promise!) and randomly drew out a winner.
Congratulations Lauren! You are the lucky winner of the Ultimate Winter Survival Pack. We are totes jelly of your new Emoji slippers! If they don’t fit your feet, you know who to gift them to, right?
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:
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%