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.

Writing and publishing resources from RDTF

The Faculty of Education held another successful Research and Publications Week on 2nd – 5th July which featured engaging sessions on research design and analysis, academic writing and publishing.

Research and Publications Week is one of a number of events held as part of the Faculty of Education’s Research Development and Training Framework. Many RDTF sessions are open to researchers past and current, and attending can be a great way of connecting with the Faculty, networking with other researchers and continuing your learning after graduation.

Recordings, PowerPoints and other resources from RDTF sessions can be accessed by anyone with a QUT log-in and password on the OER Research Development and Training Framework Blackboard Community page. If you’re planning to continue researching and publishing from your thesis, consider nominating as visiting fellow to obtain access to these and other QUT resources.

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Call for Papers: POMS 2018 in Sri Lanka

Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) is an international professional and academic organisation representing the interests of Production andOperations Management professionals and academia from around the world. This year’s POMS International conference will be hosted by the Department of Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka on 14th-16th December.

Conference themes include:

  • Artificial Intelligence / Computational Intelligence in
    Operations Management/Industrial Engineering (OM/IE)
  • Big Data and Data Analytics for OM/IE
  • Digitization of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Design of Experiments and Industrial Statistics for OM/IE
  • See more (PDF, 713KB)

Interested researchers at all stages of their careers are invited to submit an abstract by July 31st. Find out more at www.poms2018.org.

 

Winning the brand relevance battle in a modern world

In the age of information overload, consumers have become experts at ignoring the tens of thousands of brands that don’t interest them. Despite this challenging reality, some brands seem to continuously earn and re-earn consumers’ loyalty with new ways to connect, engage and inspire their customers. These brands are able to stand out from their competition because they are simply relentlessly relevant.

At this Business Breakfast, Dr Nicolas Pontes and Luke Wheatley will provide insights on creating brand relevance and long-term success.

Event details:
Friday 3 August, 7:30-9am
Level 10, Z Block, QUT Gardens Point Campus.
Free, but registration is essential.

Making Innovation Happen – Tales from the Coalface with Luisa Guthrie

You are invited to the ‘Making Innovation Happen’ seminar and networking event as part of the BridgeTech Occasional Seminar Series.

The BridgeTech Program specialises in the commercialisation of medical technology including medical devices and diagnostics. The BridgeTech Program is convened and administered by QUT and involves a consortium of partners including medical technology companies, universities and industry associations. 

Event details:
Tuesday July 10, 2-3pm followed by an opportunity to network.
IHBI, 60 Musk Avenue, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus
RSVP via Eventbrite
Please contact bridgetech.program@qut.edu.au with any queries.

About the presenter:
With over 35 years in the pharmaceutical and bioscience industries, Lusia Guthrie is an experienced executive and medtech entrepreneur, with strong leadership skills and international industry networks.

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Dream Big: Engineering our World

To celebrate International Women in Engineering day, Engineers Australia have partnered with QUT to host a screening of the ‘Dream Big: Engineering our world’.
This family-friendly event will include an introductory address followed by the movie screening and Q&A discussion with some of Queensland’s prominent engineers.
Popcorn, workshops, and experiential activities for students are included in ticket price.

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DMRC Friday Seminar and Book Launch

The Digital Media Research Centre Fridays Seminar Series 2018 continues on June 22 at 1 – 3pm with four exciting presentations! Join us to hear about the latest research being generated by Centre members and research students.

Please register to attend at the Eventbrite site.

After the seminar, all are welcome to stay for the launch of DMRC member Terry Flew’s new book, recently published by Palgrave: Understanding Global Media (second edition). More information is available on the DMRC website.

Event details:
Friday 22 June, 1-3pm
Room 607, Building Z9, Creative Industries Precinct, QUT Kelvin Grove Campus

Contact us at dmrc@qut.edu.au for further information.

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Teaching Artist Programs at Seanse Art Center

You are invited to a Creative Lab Seminar presentation by Marit Ulvund, Teaching Artist Programs at Seanse Art Center, 3pm – 4.30pm, Thursday 7 June in Room 607, Level 6, Z9 Building, QUT Kelvin Grove campus.

This is a free event but registration at Eventbrite is essential.

About:

Since 2002, Norway has had a national program for bringing professional art to all school children. The program is acclaimed, however several reports conclude that ‘students want more say in the content of the Rucksack’ (Anne Bamford 2012, 33). Research in the field demonstrates that teaching artists in programs and partnerships represent a new and effectual model for arts in education and community work. The three first international teaching artist conferences (Oslo 2012, Brisbane 2014, and Edinburgh 2016) have confirmed that a world community of teaching artists is emerging.

Based on studies of practices in USA, Scotland and Norway, Marit Ulvund will present definitions of a teaching artist, art program and creative partnerships. Seanse have supported art programs since 2008, and Marit will exemplify by referring to short and long art practices. A particular focus will be given to five art programs in schools supported by Seanse in 2015-16. These were researched with focus on the work and role of the teaching artist.