Innovation Events

Students Innovation Events

We're sharing two great opportunities coming up - Hack the Reef and Myriad - brought to you by the World Science Festival, Myriad and JCU:

Hack the Reef

Saturday 25 March, 10am - 5pm, Townsville:

Hack the Reef is a creative hackathon where participants will use design thinking to save the reef.

What's a hackathon?

Originating from Silicon Valley, hackathons inspire teams to join forces and use innovation and creativity to solve problems. Leading Hack the Reef is a selection of innovative thinkers, scientists, designers and technologists from all corners of Australia who will combine their expertise to guide participants through the hackathon process.

Why attend?

Hack the Reef is open and welcoming of everyone interested in participating. You may be an entrepreneur, student, creative or simply an engaged an interested person. Participants will gain knowledge and insights about the Great Barrier Reef, learn new techniques to solve problems, practice design thinking and implementation, as well as connect the dots with future mentors, friends and colleagues along the way. Teams will work in small groups to come up with a creative solution to a complex problem, and present their concept in a pitch format at the end of the day.

There are limited places available, so get in quick and register at to reserve your free spot for this awesome opportunity!


Wednesday 29 - Friday 31 March, Brisbane:

Myriad is the landmark tech and innovation event in Queensland. Myriad’s event program offers an action packed exploration of the Future of Culture; Future of Health; Future of Money; Future of Cities and the Future of Work and Play.

Across 3 stages, workshop spaces, lounges, restaurants, gallery spaces and outdoor areas, make friends with global speakers and local networks. Speakers include Peter Schwartz, Futurist and Co-Founder, General Business Network; Tamzin Taylor, Head of Apps for Google, and Taavi Totka, CIO of Estonia, just to name a few.

JCU is able to support a limited number of interested students (from any discipline area) to attend this conference (conference entry, airfares and accommodation provided). The conference has officially sold out of ‘student’ tickets, so these tickets are hot property.

Please send an expression of interest (250-300 words outlining why this conference would benefit you)  to JCU/iNQ’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dr Dean Alle at, and feel free to catch up with Dean at the Careers Fair in Townsville on Wednesday, 15 March, or by phone: 0422 413754.