Become eSavvy at Sunshine Coast Libraries Tech Expo
  • Monday 26 October 2015
Occulus rift demonstration

Engage in fun, interactive technology at the Sunshine Coast Tech Expo from 9am to 3pm on Saturday, November 7 at Beerwah Library.

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said the Sunshine Coast Technology Expo would provide an important opportunity to view, try out and ask questions about merging technology.

“I encourage anyone who is interested in knowing more about technology to head to this expo as it is not only a big part of contemporary library collections, but is also a perfect opportunity to experience what’s new in the digital world,” Cr Baberowski said.

“There is literally something for everyone and the event has a strong focus on fun and learning for all ages. People can experience 3D printing, Ozobots, animation, retro gaming, green screen photography and much more.”

Presenters include State Library of Queensland, University of Sunshine Coast, U3A Grafx Group, local businesses, schools and artists.

There will also be a BBQ, live music and a chance to win a Tech Hamper, sponsored by the Friends of Beerwah Library.

The Beerwah Technology Expo is free and a proud community initiative of Sunshine Coast Council Libraries.

University of the Sunshine Coast Lecturers and Engage Lab Researchers, Ben Rolfe and Uwe Terton will guide people into the fully booked Design and Print your own 3D object workshop with participants taking their simple 3D object home once printed. Ben also brings the Armchair Rollercoaster Ride to visitors using 3D Oculus Rift Glasses.

“The University is focussed on profiling the work that students and faculty undertake at the Engage Lab,” Ben said.
 
“With programming, gaming and design all featuring in our participation on the day we are excited to offer this opportunity to residents in the public library space.”

State Library of Queensland Director, Ross Duncan said libraries were ahead of the game when it came to new technologies.

“At the Tech Expo, the State Library of Queensland is very proud to present the world’s smallest Ozobot robots,” he said.

“Ozobots are designed for children of all ages to learn basic coding in a fun and easy way. You simply draw colour-coded maps which programs their actions.

“It is our goal to deliver lifelong learning that excites people and gives them the skills to embrace and unlock new technology advancements.”

For more details on the Sunshine Coast Technology Expo, visit council’s library website www.library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phone 5475 8989.