Join us to celebrate the launch of the ThinkSpace, the Library’s new experimental technology-driven creative space on Thursday 1st September from 11am-5pm
The launch will consist of a day of workshops, quick bites talks, and “play stations” where you can experiment and engage with new technology and ideas. There’s lots of ways to get involved:
- drop by throughout the day to enter the world of virtual reality with Occulus Rift, play with the HP Sprout to scan and manipulate objects in 3D, program our BB-8 droid or have a go using our 3D carving machine or 3D printers and pens.
- register (links below) to participate in a workshop on wearable electronics using the Arduino and conductive thread, get stuck into a design challenge in our Design Thinking workshop, hear about research-based projects that are using new technologies or follow the entrepreneurial journey as innovators take us from idea germination to prototyping, the market and beyond.
The ThinkSpace is a technology showcase and creative play space, designed to spark ideas and provide opportunities for collaboration.. Currently there are two 3D printers, a desktop carving machine, and graphic design facilities in addition to a plethora of other technologies, including the soon to be completed 1 Button Recording Studio. These technologies are supported by our Peer Learning Advisers (PLAs) who guide, support and assist entrepreneurs and innovators, staff, researchers and students, tinkers and thinkers in using the space.
Spaces are strictly limited so get in quick to secure your place at the workshop sessions!*
Technology “play stations”
A curated hands-on display of technology from around the University. See and play with a range of technologies including 3D, Virtual Reality and electronics and see some of the outputs from ThinkSpace so far. No need to register, just pop by!
Data visualisation and data rescue
Do you work with lots of data? Ever wondered what the best way to manage it, store it, and showcase the results?
Discover the Library’s Digital Scholarship Studio services in this short presentation which includes data visualisation and analysis, data rescue, and 3D printing.
Research innovations; from the edge of science to bone flutes
Find your research technology match in these quick bite presentations: from data visualisation of scientific literature, recreating the past using 3D printing, to using social media as a ‘think space’- we’ve got it covered.
Introduction to Coding
Are you an absolute novice when it comes to programming? Are you interested in learning about the basics? If yes, this is the session for you. Register for this 30 minute introduction on how you can get started on programming using free and simple tools.
Design Thinking… WHAT is it?
This fast-paced hands on immersive workshop will take you through a full design thinking cycle. You will get inspired, explore methods, generate ideas and prototype a new solution that is meaningful to you and other people.
3D Printing- Designing for the market
Ben Qin, president of the University of Sydney 3D printing club will do an introduction to 3D printing and discuss his experience in using the technology to prototype an idea and eventually take it to market.
“Wearables/Soft Electronics” Workshop
This workshop will give you an overview of the world of electronic wearables and soft electronics. You will build a small electronic softie project: a rainbow flower that you can take away at the end of the day. In the process, you will learn about the Arduino open‐source electronics platform, fabric and stitch electronic circuits, including conductive thread and how to control basic electronic components like a colourful LED.
Current students will be challenged to a 24 hour 3D printing design competition. The design brief will be released 24 hours before the launch date at 9am on Wednesday 31st August and competitors will have 24 hours to submit their entry for the chance to win fame, glory and a fantastic prize! Watch this space!
Spaces are limited so register to secure your place for the sessions* or pop in on the day to explore, discover and play with technology.
*See links in the program list for sessions that require registration
Special thanks to our contributors from ICT, faculties, research centres, clubs and societies and the educational innovation portfolio. We look forward to seeing you there!
For enquiries, please contact Megan O’Brien Assistant Manager, Site Services at the University of Sydney Library at email@example.com
Level 2, Jane Foss Russell Building (mezzanine above the SciTech Library)