Events To Date
In August of 2014, The Innovation Circle hosted a pre-release screening of the documentary film “Maker”, which explores the emerging makers movement and the impact of technology such as 3D printers on businesses around the world. In addition to the film itself, the Innovation Circle provided a number of live demos in the foyer, including 3D printers, virtual reality headsets and gesture based interfaces.
This event was run in collaboration with the Startup Tasmania and the Queen Victoria Museum. The film was screened in the Queen Victoria Museum theater and we sold out our full ticket allocation of 60 seats.
Number of attendees: 60
QUEENSTOWN HERITAGE ARTS FESTIVAL (2014)
In October of 2014, a team of Innovation Circle volunteers travelled to Queenstown to participate in the Queenstown Heritage Arts Festival. Throughout the festival, a team comprising members of The Innovation Circle and The Hobart Hackerspace set up a pop up hackerspace in the Queenstown Community Hall. The hackerspace included demonstrations of computer controlled routers, laser cutters, 3D printers, virtual reality headsets and other related tech demos.
This event was run in collaboration with the Queenstown Heritage Arts Festival Organising Committee and the Hobart Hackerspace. The popup hackerspace was visited by approximately 150 people, including both festival attendees and local residents of the West Coast of Tasmania.
Learn more about our involvement in the Queenstown Heritage Arts Festival:
Number of attendees: 250
SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM (2015)
During January of 2015, The Innovation Circle ran a highly successful summer education program which included a series of events, which were all aimed at teaching members of the general public about technology.
For primary school children aged 5-10, we ran an event in which a group of children played Minecraft and worked together to build replicas of buildings in Launceston. The buildings the children created were inspired by a trip to the Museum on the morning of the event during which they were able to see an exhibition of a model of Launceston built out of Lego, as well as a number of historic photos of Launceston that are held in the Queen Victoria Museum collection. Scans and prints of many of these photos were made and were used as reference materials when the children started building their replicas within Minecraft.
The Minecraft ran over two days, with two different groups of children attending each day. In total, the event was attended by 16 children on each day, for a total of 32 attendees across the entire program.
Learn more about our Minecraft event:
Number of attendees: 30
The flagship component of the Innovation Circle Summer Program was a summer school for high school and college students who wanted to learn more about electronics and computer programming. Over the course of 10 days, the students developed concepts for two digital interactive exhibitions that would be beneficial to the Museum and built functioning prototypes for those digital interactives with the support of a team of mentors and teachers from the Innovation Circle Community. The program also included guest lectures which happened every morning. Highlights of our guest lecture program included a behind the scenes tour of the planetarium, a presentation from a speaker who used to work at NASA, and a video-conferenced presentation from a speaker in Seattle (who spoke about the Seattle video games industry).
There were a total of 10 participants in the Recharge program. Feedback we have received to date has been universally positive, from both the participants in the program themselves and their parents.
Learn more about Recharge:
Number of attendees: 10
At the conclusion of the Innovation Circle summer program, we held an open day at the Queen Victoria Museum Battery Shed in Inveresk. The Battery Shed was open to the general public from 11am to 3pm.
Visitors to the Innovation Circle Open Day were able to play with a number of tech demos. These demos included the opportunity to explore the replica of Launceston that had been built in our Minecraft! events using virtual reality goggles, experimenting with gesture based interfaces, trying out the digital interactive projects developed in the Recharge! program, as well as guided demonstrations of 3D printers and a robotic pick and place assembly machine.
We were blown away by the response to the Innovation Circle Open Day. Between 11am and 3pm we had over 350 members of the public visit the Battery Shed and check out the demos we had on display. Feedback from visitors on the day was overwhelmingly positive and we experienced a high level of engagement from the majority of attendees, with most staying for 30 minutes or more.
Download our summary report for the 2015 Summer School Program:
Number of attendees: 350
From the 3rd to the 5th of December, the Innovation Circle hosted the first ever Launceston venue for GovHack, a national event during which programmers, designers, data scientists and artists work with open data sets and build apps, visualisations and other software that can help make government data more accessible. GovHack runs for a full weekend, starting on Friday night and running continuously through to Sunday night. GovHack venues are open through the night to enable participants to work late and/or start early as they choose to.
There were over 80 participants in GovHack in Tasmania in 2015, with around 50 participants in Hobart (at the Old Mercury Building on the corner of Argyle and Macquarie Streets) and 30 participants in Launceston (at the Battery Shed). This number of attendees was double that of the previous year, where the event only ran in Hobart and had a smaller venue.
GovHack at the Battery Shed was an enormous success. In addition to having very healthy attendance numbers for a first event (30 participants is pretty much capacity for the venue), we also enjoyed a very smooth run for the event itself, with volunteers from the Innovation Circle organising all of the logistics for the event, including catering, venue supervision and wrangling the necessary equipment. The event in Launceston had some fantastic catering, which was all provided by independent local businesses including Meat Bread Cheese, Off Center, Blue Cafe, Wiseguise and Burger Junkie.
Number of attendees: 30
Tasjam: voices (2015)
Following the success of GovHack, the team at the Innovation Circle collaborated with the new Tasmanian Game Development Society and Startup Tasmania to run the first ever statewide game jam in Tasmania. This event happened on the 12th and 13th of September and was another full-weekend event, starting on Saturday and rolling through the night until concluding early on Sunday evening. Over 60 people attended the first Tasjam event in Tasmania, with 35 in Hobart, 30 in Launceston and another 5 participating as a satellite team from Burnie.
During the course of the weekend, 16 teams of designers, artists, programmers and musicians worked on new game projects which were inspired by the theme of the event, which was "Voices". The participants were also supported by mentors who flew into Hobart from Melbourne and assisted the teams to build the best games they could with the time they had available. While these mentors were physically located in Hobart, they were available via Skype for the teams in Launceston and Burnie, who met with them every day to talk about their games.
The games that were produced were fantastic and all of the teams gained valuable skills and experience from participating in such an intensely focused design exercise.
The games from Tasjam: Voices can be found here:
A short documentary video about the Launceston event can be found here:
Number of attendees: 30
Big Dream (2015)
Number of attendees: 60
Shanghai Lectures (2015)
Design Nights (2015)
Game Dev Nights (2015)