Creative Industries


09 October 2017

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QUT’s MIT Innovation & Entrepreneurship Bootcamp – Future of Sustainability seeks new recruits: QUT and MIT Bootcamps have joined forces again, with the support of Advance Queensland, to host a leadership program early next year – inspiring participants to advance technology and solve challenges in the environment, agriculture and mining sectors.

QUT lecturers honoured as among Australia’s best: QUT lecturers Professor Fiona Naumann, Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor and Dr Deanna Grant-Smith have been recognised for their excellence in delivering student learning in Australia’s highest awards for university teaching.

Pitch perfect: QUT’s own Shark Tank: An AI professional musician, HR digital filing cabinet, and a stylish one-piece rashie for women – these are some of the seven startup finalists in QUT’s own Shark Tank business pitch showcase, the QUT bluebox Challenge.

Is VR the future of amusement?: Instead of going to an amusement park to enjoy a rollercoaster or thrill ride, adrenaline junkies could soon pop on a virtual reality headset and board their own high-tech motion simulators to get a similar rush from their lounge rooms, according to QUT researcher Malcolm Burt.

Making light work of materials synthesis: funding for QUT project: A QUT team led by Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik exploring how light can be used in manufacturing has been awarded an Australian Research Council Linkage grant to support its partnership with German firm Cynora.

Student athletes show elite skill & social media 'sav': QUT brought its biggest and best teams to the Australian University Games at the Gold Coast this year, blitzing both men's and women's volleyball competitions and also winning gold in the men's water polo and lawn bowling.


Oct 10: QUT bluebox Robotics Accelerator Demo Day (free) @ The Precinct, Fortitude Valley

Oct 11: QUT bluebox Challenge (free) @ Gardens Point
Oct 12: QUT School of Law - Celebrating 40 Years @ Gardens Point
Oct 12: A Letter to My Younger Self: Leadership Journeys (free) @ Gardens Point
Oct 16-19: Anti-Poverty Week 2017 @QUT @Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove
Oct 17: Real World Futures conference: Disruptive Influences @ Gardens Point
Oct 19: QUT Learning Potential Fund Breakfast with Tracey Spicer @ Gardens Point
Oct 19: Frontiers of Materials Research Symposium (free) @ Gardens Point
Oct 21: Pure Planta Food Fiesta @ Brisbane Powerhouse
Oct 25: MBA and Postgraduate Business Information Evening (free) @ Gardens Point
Oct 25: QUT Business Leaders’ Forum with Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz @ Hilton Brisbane
Oct 27: Science in Focus Finalist Exhibition & Award Ceremony (free) @The Cube
Nov 11-Dec 17: The churchie national emerging art prize (free) @ QUT Art Museum
Dec 19: QUT Real Decisions (free) @ Gardens Point
Now-Oct 29: Machination (free) @ QUT Art Museum
Now-Oct 29: Why future still needs us: AI and humanity (free) @ QUT Art Museum
Now-Nov 24: STEM for Schools: What's on in  2017 @ QUT
Now-December: Code-A-Bot, Physics Observatory and Dino Zoo (free) @ The Cube
Now-June 25, 2018: Eternal Present: The Still Life paintings of William Robinson (free) @ William Robinson Gallery, Old Government House


This week's leading academics included Malcolm Burt who piqued the media’s interest with his research into virtual reality and amusement rides, and Professor Matthew Rimmer (pictured) who made the New York Times as a commentator on the ugg boots IP stoush.

These and our other media highlights of the week can be found here.


Media release date: Monday, October 9, 2017

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