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 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.

Apply by September 30
Australian Pitch events are held in late November
Find out more.

Trend Spotting with Multi-Disciplinary Experts

New knowledge is a foundation for innovation and entrepreneurship.

At QUT we have domain experts with an advantageous early awareness of what’s on the horizon, including important signals to heed.

Early knowledge of key trends, technologies & research insights, gleaned from domain experts, can inspire new ideas, new connections, and enable new opportunities.

Join us at the launch of QUT’s Trend Spotting speaker series. You will hear from a number of thought leaders, renowned for their disciplinary expertise and real world connections.

Light refreshments provided.

Event details:
Wednesday 3 October, 5pm – 6:30pm
QUT Gardens Point campus
Cost: free

This event, hosted by QUT foundry, is open to the QUT community and wider public.

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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.

Where Historians Work: An Interactive Database of History PhD Career Outcomes

This interactive database charts the career outcomes of the 8,523 historians who earned PhDs at U.S. universities from 2004 and 2013.

This new tool allows current and potential graduates to understand the full scope of career options open to history PhDs and to research which departments best fit their values and goals. It also enables departments to better meet the professional development needs of their doctoral students, and documents the broad impact of doctoral education in history.

Have a look.

Getting Published as an Early Career Researcher

A panel of prominent journal editors, publishing experts and research publishing professionals provide valuable insight from their different perspectives in the world of research publishing and give you the information they wish they’d known as an Early Career Researcher.

While the event is at The University of Queensland, attendees from QUT are very welcome.

Event details:
12 September 2018, 10:30am – 1:00pm AEST
University of Queensland, Queensland Bioscience Precinct
306 Carmody Road (Bld 80), Room 3.142-3.146

To find out more or to register, visit Wiley’s website.

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.