News and events

06 March 2017

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Students flow to ‘Hive’ accommodation in niche market: Staying simple but small has helped put Hive Student Accommodation on the front foot in the increasingly competitive inner-city apartment market, says entrepreneur and QUT Business graduate Daniel Brennan.

QUT startups pitch up for innovation demonstration: From making scuba diving safer to knowing when a bottle of wine is at its best to drink, QUT startups are set to showcase a host of innovative ideas.

QUT Accelerator Program

Young engineers rank in nation’s top 100 future leaders: You can count on QUT’s Josh Loyd and Maryanha Lee being names to watch in the engineering world – they’ve both just earned a place among Australia’s Top 100 Future Leaders.

Top 100 Future Leaders_Maryanha and Josh

Compassion and talent will lead Josh to the top: Inspiring others to achieve their dreams in the face of adversity is a key motivator for Indigenous QUT engineering student Josh Loyd, who has been named one of Australia’s top 100 future leaders.

The five creative startups at the forefront of fashion at CEA: QUT Creative Enterprise Australia has launched its 2017 Fashion Accelerator program to mentor aspiring fashion startups and entrepreneurs.

QUT CEA 2017 Fashion Accelerator

Indigenous Pre Law and Justice Program unites students, alumni and the profession:  A cohort of 14 new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have participated in this year's QUT Indigenous Pre Law and Justice Program to aid their transition to university.

Calling all hackers, hustlers and hipsters! QUT CEA Startup Weekend for Creative Tech: Do you have a bright idea that could disrupt an industry? 

Sushi secrets for a long life: Eloise Adsett’s ambition to foster good nutrition on a global level will get a boost when she travels to Japan later this year to delve into the diet secrets of a long life.

Eloise Adsett 



March 7: Retail 5.0: Check out the Future @ Room Three Sixty
March 10-12: Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech  @ QUT Creative Industries Precinct
March 11: Muses Trio @ Old Government House
March 13: Innovation Leadership: Public lecture by Dr Erkki Ormala @ Gardens Theatre
March 17-25: Anna Karenina, featuring QUT final-year actors @ The Loft
March 18: Arthritis: Free Real Health Public Seminar @ Gardens Point
March 25: Critical Connections: Art, Design and STEM @ Creative Industries Precinct
March 26-31: MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp @ QUT
March 28Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur at the LPF Breakfast @ QUT
March 30: Twilight Wedding Showcase @ Old Government House
March 31 - April 5: Stones in His Pockets @ Gardens Theatre
April 5-7: 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Summit @ Gardens Point
Now - June 18: William Robinson: Genesis (free) @ William Robinson Gallery
Now - Sept 13: Season 2017 @ Gardens Theatre: Stories that connect  @ Gardens Theatre
Now - Nov 24STEM for Schools: What's on in  2017 @ QUT



Prof Marek Kowalkiewicz

- An article on ‘codies’ becoming society’s new tradies ran in the Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Age, MSN and TVN and led with Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz’s prediction that coding would become a blue-collar job in the new digital economy.
Professor Lindy Willmott and Professor Ben White wrote in the Courier-Mail that the Queensland Government had missed the chance to decriminalise abortion and bring the state into the 21st century.
- Dr Angela Daly spoke with ABC Brisbane’s Drive program about privacy laws and  protecting people’s sensitive information.
Professor Clive Bean analysed One Nation voters for a Brisbane Times story that also ran in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
- Business graduate Daniel Brennan made and The Urban Developer with his new venture Hive Student Accommodation, co-founded with fellow alumni Dominik Waldmeier and Natalie Saint-Forrester.
- The Gold Coast Bulletin mentioned a new groundwater sustainability research project led by Dr Lucy Reading in an article on ‘water farming’ on Tamborine Mountain.
- Professor Selena Bartlett’s sugar addiction research was featured on the US program In Your Right Mind.
Brett Lewis and Dr Luke Nothdurft’s coral bleaching videos aired as part of an ABC Australian Story episode involoving Great Barrier Reef research (8 mins). 
Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham piece on how the next generation culture warrior could prove vital in winning the next election appeared in
Stephen Whyte and Professor Benno Torgler’s research on online dating services and the gap between ideal and reality, continued to be widely published including via SCIMEX and Breitbart.
- Associate Professor Gary Mortimer talked to News Corp about the overabundance of choice in supermarkets, with the story running in the Courier-Mail and OverSixty. He was also interviewed by 9 News about new homewares mega centres.
Smart Company also interviewed Prof Mortimer about TK Maxx arriving in Australia, and ran an article on QUT CEA Fashion Accelerator designer Evie Willsteed.
Michael Klaehn spoke with The New Daily about the unexpected benefits of the Oscars blunder.
Associate Professor Wendy Scaife co-authored an article for Generosity about the next generation of philanthropists.
Professor David Atchison told CNET why an image of strawberries with a blue filter still looks red because of what our brain perceives. The story also appeared on
Sue Keay wrote about the curly questions she gets asked about robots and jobs in a piece on LinkedIn.
- Professor Jonathan Roberts used The Conversation to write about how driverless cars will be used.
Tumut & Adelong Times featured the Law Faculty’s Assistant Dean of Research Professor Belinda Carpenter and her journey from chef to professor.
Dr Mary Crawford talked to ABC Radio Brisbane’s Steve Austin about politics and taxis.
QUT education student and new Brisbane Lions Women’s AFL player Jamie Stanton was profiled in a Gold Coast Bulletin article on women with skill and passion.
- The Gympie Times welcomed journalism graduate Jacob Carson to its news desk.
- And the Central and North Burnett Times welcomed journalism graduate Philippe Coquerand as its newest reporter.
Travel Weekly wrote about Travelshoot, a startup backed by QUT CEA and Shark Tank’s Steve Baxter.
- The Caboolture Shire Herald wrote about QUT Science and Engineering Challenge winners Burpengary State College. The Southern Star and the Wynnum Herald also wrote about their local students.
- St Andrews Anglican College dux and new QUT engineering and science student Jaxon Pukallus told the Coolum News he was starting uni with familiar faces – all his mates have also chosen QUT.
Redland City Bulletin published a story about QUT’s involvement in a program with a local childcare centre looking at information literacy learning in young children.
Dr Ozgur Dedehayir co-authored a Conversation article about retro technology and Nokia’s revival of its classic 3310 mobile phone, which was also published by the ABC and NewsDog.
- Robotics researcher Dr Juxi Leitner co-authored ‘A survival guide for the coming AI revolution’ for The Conversation.  
- Dr Andrew McGee’s Conversation article explored the uptake of euthanasia in countries where it’s legal. 


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Hive's Daniel Brennan and Dominik Waldmeier.


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