Grand Challenge Lecture: Harvesting Passion

In this Grand Challenge Lecture, CEO and Founder of OzHarvest Ronni Kahn will share how she has navigated and built bridges with naysayers, politicians, people in need, business leaders and a growing philanthropic enterprise in order to nourish countries and transform lives by tackling the global issue of food waste.

Event details:
Thursday 1 November, 4:00-5:15pm, followed by light refreshments
QUT Gardens Point Campus, Z Block, Level 4, Lecture Theatre Z-401
Free event
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Open Access Week

Open Access Week: October 22-28. 

The theme for 2018 is “Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge”.

International Open Access Week is an opportunity to hear more about open access and engage with events that are happening at a QUT campus near you.

This year we are doing things a little differently. We are bringing this message directly to the researchers by taking our Open Access Bike on the road to faculties, institutes, across both campuses to meet with research staff and students and chat with them about the benefits of open access.

Researchers are invited to pop by to our open access pop-up trailer, find out more about open access, win some open access goodies, and make their own open access badges.

For academics who publish openly, the benefits include:

  • increased readership for open articles
  • increased academic usage through more citations.
  • depositing in an OA repository for free – such as QUT’s ePrints appears the best way to boost citations
  • open articles are better connected into global systems for sharing information, which means ultimately they can have wider societal impact.

See the flyer for events coming to a campus near you.

QUT Foundry Showcase Event

Come along to the foundry’s Pitch ‘n Party: an evening of celebration, connection and competition!

Program teaser:

Raw Ideas
Raw Ideas is a competition for fresh ideas from members of the QUT community to be pitched for prizes including $500 and incubation.

If you’ve got a new idea you want to get launched, pitch it for feedback and a chance to win! You can sign up here now or see if there’s a spot left on the night.

Battle of the Brands
Established startup brands hailing from QUT’s entrepreneurship ecosystem will compete in an unconventional challenge which promises to entertain you.

Event details:
Thursday October 18
5:00pm-8:00pm
QUT foundry, D block, room 214, QUT Gardens Point Campus
REGISTER. Free event.

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Join the Design jam

For the first time, the World Hospital Congress, being held this year in Brisbane, will feature a one-day Design Jam.

Design jam brings a diversity of people together (students, researchers and problem solvers from across and beyond health) to co-design and pitch solutions to improve health and care.

We invite you to get involved and contribute your unique skills and experience. Read on to learn about the various opportunities.

Design Jam details:
October 11th, 9:00am-5:00pm
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(tickets from $15.00)

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Grand Challenge Lecture: Engineering a Revolution

Speaker Hon. Trish White, National President and Chair of Engineers Australia

Engineering a Revolution: from impossible complexity to transformed lives

The transformation referred to as Industry 4.0, or the fourth Industrial Revolution, has begun and engineers are at its forefront. Many Australian companies are alert to the scale of disruptions on the doorstep of their businesses and are looking to technology to help them adapt. The pace of innovation is escalating, as is the pace of disruption, but how well prepared are we for this changed future? And how well prepared is the engineering profession to guide our path?

Engineers are the professionals trained to identify good ideas that will work, and they use their problem-solving skills to turn those ideas into practical products and services. Stepping out of the shadows, the future engineer must develop new skills to help shape our nation and communicate the benefits that technology and good leadership can bring. They need expertise in their field, but they also need to be across a wider range of technologies and practices and to care about the impact of their work.

In this Grand Challenge Lecture, Ms White will outline some of the major shifts in engineering, technology and business leadership that will transform our country and our lives. She will cover topics of innovation, technological advances, leadership, engineering education and the impact of engineering on a preferred future for the nation.

Event details:
Friday 21 September, 4.00–5.15pm, followed by light refreshments
QUT Gardens Point campus, Kindler Theatre (P-421), Level 4, P Block
Free event. RSVP via Eventbrite.

Pitch your idea to an audience of global business leaders and influencers

Perfect your pitch and apply to PItch@Palace by September 30 for your chance to pitch your business idea, connect with CEOs, influencers, angels, mentors and potential business partners.

Visit www.pitchatpalaceaustralia.com. You can enter with a startup business or social enterprise – even of it’s an idea on paper, MPV or prototype. The pitching competition starts November 27 with a Pitch@Palace On Tour event (e.g. at the Gold Coast, Queensland). Forty-two progress from tour events to Pitch@Palace Australia Bootcamp, being held in Brisbane, on November 28.  The Pitch@Palace Australia 2.0 event will be held 30 November 2018. If you win, you may progress to represent Australia, pitch in a palace, and gain international exposure and contacts.

Details:
Apply by September 30
Australian Pitch events are held in late November
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Practice your pitch

Being able to pitch an idea is a valuable skill – whether in entrepreneurship or in your every day personal life. There are a number of upcoming opportunities for you to develop and pitch ideas and significant prizes, support, and/or promotion available.

These include:

At QUT foundry’s Pitch Coaching sessions:

  • practice pitching your idea for a product, startup business or social enterprise (whatever stage it’s at – from ‘just an idea’, to prototype, minimum viable product, or new venture)
  • get constructive feedback from panelists – to both improve your pitch and idea
  • get competition ready!

The next session is Thursday September 13, from 12-2PM. Register here.

Creative3 – celebrating creativity, business and investment

Creative3 brings together some of the world’s brightest talent and industry leaders from across the different creative tech fields to share their insights” and will crown Australia’s Emerging Creative Startup for 2018. 

Enjoy incredible speakers, fashion, designers, entertainment, a national creative pitch competition – mixed with drinks, dinner and DJs

Event details:
14 September, 3-11pm
Tickets $150-$299
Register here and enter the promotional code “72HR” for a ticket discount.

Hosted by QUT Creative Enterprise Australia.

Asian-Australian creative practice & intercultural communication

Asian-Australian creative practice and intercultural communication is proudly presented by the Socially and Ecologically Engaged Practice research program of the QUT Creative Lab on Friday 31 August, in Room Z9-607, Level 6, Building Z9, Kelvin Grove QUT, from 10.00am – 2.00pm.

 Attendance is free but registration at the Eventbrite site is essential.

Discussion will focus on on a number of interesting topics, including Juna’s Groove and Emi’s Beat: Women and Rock in Modern Japan (Dr Barnaby Ralph); We Are Bad Company: Friendship as methodology in creative collaboration (Dr Jeremy Neideck); The Art of Intercultural Collaboration and Translation: Writing and Exhibiting Chinese Art in Local and Global Contexts (Dr Sophie McIntyre), and other fascinating topics as well.

Photo of Takako Nishibori Haggarty and friend

Full program details are available on the Creative Lab website. All welcome.

Doing Data Work – Technical and Organizational Pragmatics in Smart Cities

QUT’s Design Lab and Digital Media Research Centre are thrilled to present Paul Dourish in this exclusive guest lecture on Monday 3 September, 1.00pm – 2.00pm, Z-401, Gardens Point Campus of QUT.

Photo of Paul Dourish

As in so many other parts of contemporary life, data-driven approaches are often presented as a means to resolve problems in urban governance, from civic participation to institutional accountability. In recent ethnographic work, Paul has been examining data practice in a large city with a particular emphasis on the challenges of meshing data practice with existing institutional frames. In this talk, he will discuss some of our early findings, highlighting the gulf between the rhetoric of smart cities and the practical work of urban governance.

For more information, visit the DMRC website. Registration is essential at the Eventbrite site. All welcome.