New Maker/Hacker space for Townsville

@JCU New Maker/Hacker space for Townsville

New Maker/Hacker space for Townsville


James Cook University is looking for great ideas to flourish - with an unassuming shipping container set to become a hub of technological innovation.

A community workshop will be held on Saturday 20th of February in Townsville at JCU’s Douglas campus to discuss the design and use of a new ‘mobile maker/hacker space’, which will be created inside the container.

Maker/hacker spaces are community-operated workspaces where people with common and different interests (e.g. computers, machining, technology, science, digital art and electronic art) can meet, create, socialise and collaborate. There are many of these spaces popping up around the country and the world, but this is the first for Townsville!

The space (named the Mix Haus) is supported by the Queensland University of Technology’s Australian Research Council project: Fostering Digital Participation through Living Labs in Rural and Regional Australia.

The project is in partnership with the City Libraries Townsville, La Luna Youth Arts and James Cook University.

Steve Vandervalk is a Software Engineer with the eResearch Centre at James Cook University.  “I would love a space like this where I could collaborate with researchers, artists and musicians from different fields. You name it and it will be possible with this much expertise from different areas,” he said.  

Michelle Hall, Project Officer at La Luna Youth Arts, said, “The Mix Haus space will be a great opportunity to connect hybrid creators and retain creative skilled people in our community, offer succession opportunities and enhance the sustainability of our community.”

Justin Reid, a local freelance Video Producer/Marketing Material Designer said, “This is an opportunity for ‘culture jamming’: an exciting place to enhance digital literacy and opportunities for young people to collaborate, develop and share digital, technology and creative skills and ideas and use these ideas to solve problems and look at the world in new ways.”

Anyone interested in participating is welcome to come along.

WHEN: Saturday 20th February from 12-2pm

WHERE: Meet at the shipping container behind Building 17 (Science and Engineering building), James Cook University

For further information contact:

Ally Lankester

Research Assistant with The Queensland University of Technology Fostering Digital Participation Project

Ph: 0448759909