All posts by Olivia Muir

The Fabrication Lab is now open longer!

Your community access Makerspace and Fabrication Lab is now even better, offering extended opening hours.

The Fabrication Lab has seen a great uptake from the community over the past 18 months, and now in response to feedback and the high-use of some equipment, designers, crafters and hobbyist can access the makerspace after traditional business hours.

Commencing Tuesday 15 November, we will trial new operating hours in the basement, opening one extra day a week and extending hours out to 8pm.

What does this mean for you? More access to the equipment and space and more opportunity for you to cut, print, sew and make on the laser cutter, 3D printers, sewing machines and hand tools!

If you’ve completed your induction and there’s a project you’re working on, or you’ve got one in mind for Christmas (decorations or presents?), make sure you jump online and book a session, or drop in next Tuesday from midday. Tuesday’s will be a designated ‘drop in’ day – no online bookings, just drop in, add your name to the list, and wait for your 15 minute slot to cut or print.

If you haven’t visited our Fabrication Lab before and you’d like to know how to get involved, drop in while the Lab is open and chat to the staff, or come along to the free weekly meetup, Hack the Evening – Thursday’s and Saturday’s from 5.30pm.

Inductions on all the equipment (which is required before you can play), will be available in the New Year. If you’d like to stay up-to-date and find out when inductions open, sign-up for The Edge’s monthly eNewsletter, and watch out for the first issue in mid-January with a big list of courses, workshops and inductions.


New Fabrication Lab operating hours, from Tuesday 15 November:

Midday to 8pm: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.


Christmas Closure:

While The Edge will be open throughout the Christmas and New Year period (check the website for closures on public holidays), the Fabrication Lab will run on a different schedule. The Fabrication Lab will be closed from 8pm Saturday 17 December, reopening at midday on Tuesday 31 January 2017.


For more information, visit The Edge website, or call 0 7 3842 9400.

A STEAMpunk Wind-up LED

Earlier this year, The Edge was approached by Independent Schools Queensland to participate in a Makerspace Roadshow running across the State from April to September…

…and since the best way of learning is by doing, we developed a new workshop that not only encapsulates what we have learned about how to engage young people with informal STEM education, but also gives participants a take-home result complete with gears, hand–made electronics and a flashing LED.

STEAMpunk LED workshop

We set ourselves the challenge of producing a kit that requires no glue or soldering, includes the tools needed to put it together and uses less than $5 worth of materials, and judging from the delighted Twitter posts from participants we seem to have succeeded. The number of Year 3 teachers who have overcome their initial fear of unfamiliar technologies and finished the workshop proudly exclaiming ‘I can’t wait to show my husband/students/Principal what I did today!’ has been truly humbling.

Joule Thief

Luckily for educators across Queensland, the Makerspace Roadshow still has a few sessions to run, and enrolments are open through the ISQ website by following this link.

In the near future, The Edge will also be making instructions, design files and prepared kits available to schools and libraries through our resources and Workshop Plans page.


Would you like to know more about the LED wind-up and how it’s powered? Dr Peter Musk, The Edge’s Science Catalyst explains the power of the Joule Thief, in this blog post.


Good news from The Edge

The Edge wouldn’t be what it is without its partnerships – we love knowing that our community and corporate relationships bear bright, delicious fruit!

One of our long-term partners is Autism Queensland. And we couldn’t be happier supporting a project that sits within our mandate to empower creative experimentation, and in this case through technology. Studio G, is a post-school transition program that engages 16-25 year olds with computer gaming and technology, upskilling Autism Spectrum Disorder participants with technical and creative skills. Each week, participants meet at The Edge, utilising our venue spaces and facilities and tapping into our network of skilled mentors and facilitators.

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As 2016 rolled around, Studio G expanded its program with 24 participants and six mentors. We spoke to David McCartney, Manager of Post School Services’ at Autism Queensland and he spoke about The Edge’s involvement in Studio G and some of the great success stories from participants.


“Our relationship with The Edge has proven to be a critical aspect of the work being done by Studio G as most of our participants have a keen interest in technology, therefore the access to this space has encouraged them to attend Studio G and through their attendance, to re-engage with the world in a creative and positive fashion.

Several of our participants have found work through Studio G, being employed as Graphic designers and editors under the guidance of mentors with university qualifications in animation, drawing, editing and IT. There are further possibilities for paid work for our participants in illustration, web design, advertising and App development. Studio G is in a unique position to be able to provide this service with talented participants working under the guidance of experienced mentors.

Studio G participants will also be partnering with the Deep Blue Orchestra from QUT to present a concert performance using virtual reality and gaming projections created by Studio G participants. This is scheduled to occur in August 2016 and will provide further promotion for the program, as well as links to QUT that will represent a pathway to further study for our members.”


With term two of Studio G in full swing, there is one student we’d like to highlight, Jennifer Le. Jen has been working on a new game, and with the help of her mentor Peter, she’s developed ‘Who’s that Pokemon’ app game. David spoke with Jen to find out more about her game.

Studio G student working on her project

Jennifer Le working on her ‘Who’s that Pokemon’ app game

Jen, can you tell us about the app you’ve developed?

“Imagine a four pics one word game, but it’s one pic and one word. For example, if the silhouette is like a mouse, I write down ‘Pikachu’. So if you pick something you get it correct, but if you can’t spell correctly, you can try again as many times as you like. So basically you have to just guess the Pokemon and you can win Pokedollars.

And what do you do with those dollars?

“Each dollar can then be used for solving the words one letter at a time. You can keep playing and there’s no way you can complete the game because it’s limitless. Same difficulty, but so-so, so everyone can have a go at spelling Pokemons’ names.”

That sounds really cool. What else do you like about coming here to Studio G?

“Well I only come on Thursdays now but I came on Tuesdays and Thursdays last year. It’s very awesome to watch videos and look at the nice Brisbane view.”

Yeah it is a great view, you can see the river…

“and the city as well.”

Have you made lots of friends?

“Yeah. Lots.”

And what about your mentor, Peter?

“Yup. He’s pretty cool.”

Has he helped you a lot with your app?


Well the app sounds really cool. When is it getting beta tested?

“Well it was tested a few months ago and hopefully I’m looking forward to putting it on the app store.”


A big thanks to David and the team at Autism Queensland, we sincerely value our relationship and look forward to many more success stories from your students.

Australia’s first Startup Weekend for Creative Tech

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Do you have a bright idea that could disrupt an industry? Know how to turn problems into solutions? Think you have what it takes to launch a business idea in a weekend? Then, listen up! QUT Creative Enterprise Australia is hosting Australia’s first Startup Weekend for Creative Tech.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where hackers (e.g. coders), hustlers (e.g. entrepreneurs) and hipsters (e.g. designers) from creative and tech come together to make their business idea a reality. It’s a high energy weekend, where you’ll be able to meet new people, pitch an idea or join a team, and launch a business idea!

Join forces with other developers, designers, entrepreneurs and technologists to build real solutions to the world’s most pressing problems in just one crazy weekend and get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur!

No prior experience required, just a passion to work on ‘real world’ creative tech ideas all in one fun-fuelled weekend.

Startup Weekend Brisbane | Creative Tech
18-20 March 2016 | QUT Creative Enterprise Australia
QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Kelvin Grove
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Creative tech combines technology, psychology, art and design to help create more immersive, entertaining, personalised, multi-sensory experiences. This connects the physical and digital world in completely new ways by creating immersive and integrated experiences that are changing and disrupting the way people interact.
Examples of creative tech include multi-sensory experiences made using computer graphics, new media art, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, the Internet of Things and wearable technology.

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia has partnered with Startup Weekend, a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders offering another opportunity for critical feedback.

Analogue Digital: Official Opening

You’re invited to attend the official opening of Analogue Digital Brisbane 2015! This event will feature the global launch of VNA’s 30th issue, as well as the live production of four murals from artists Madsteeze, Does, Joel Birch and Georgia Hill. With a start like this, the rest of the conference is bound to be a winner!

When: Wednesday 13 May
Where: Greaser Bar
Address: 259 Brunswick St. Fortitude Valley
When: 7pm – 10pm
Entry: FREE



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The Conference
Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May

Now in its fifth year, Analogue Digital is a two-day creative industries and design conference that brings together the world’s premiere creative directors, digital master-minds, street artists, graffiti writers and sign painters.

Listen to more than 14 presenters including BASIC Agency’s Matthew Faulk (USA), For the People’s Jason Little and Andy Wright (SYD) and street artist MADSTEEZE (USA).

Check out Analogue Digital and take in presentations, participate in workshops, hobnob with design world greats and gain insight into the future of design and creative business.



First Coat
First Coat Street Art and Music Festival
Saturday 16 to Monday 18 May

After two days of design inspiration and education, we invite all you 1.5 hours west of Brisbane for the mind blowing production of Queensland largest open air gallery at First Coat Toowoomba. Catch 30+ world class mural artists, graffiti writers and sign painters including, Madsteeze, Does, Mysterious Al, Georgia Hill, Frank and Mimi as we transform the state’s biggest inland city into a cultural celebration on a grand scale. With over 10 side events including an official opening featuring Regurgitator and L-Fresh the lion, this is an undeniable excuse interstate travellers to try something new experience the very best Queensland has to offer.

Where: Toowoomba
When: 10am – 5pm daily
Open to: General Public
Entry: FREE
Note: The official opening is a paid event



IRL Digital Festival


If you’ve seen the call out for artists and designers over the past few months, then you might know that we’re part of the Brisbane Powerhouse IRL Digital Festival.

The festival kicks off on May 7 and hosts a number of events and installations, including two gems from The Edge: Player 1 / Player 2 (poor player 2!) and Enter The Mashup where you take control of the screens.

Both installations are free and run every day of the festival from 11am to 9pm. Be sure to check it out and marvel at the talent of some special Edge community.

Player 1 / Player 2
Player One began life as a sporting hero in Pong, explored jungles in Pitfall, overcame Nazis in Wolfenstein and even had a tragic fall into crime with Grand Theft Auto. Player Two was always there, in the shadows, dying and spawning endlessly.

Now you can experience Player One’s life, the evolution of video games and their tumultuous relationship with Player Two in this exhibition that takes over the Turbine Platform during IRL Digital Festival. Every major video game era is on display and ready for you to play as you relive the history of gaming.

Enter the Mashup
Take back the screens! Control or be controlled in this electric new installation where your only weapon is the mashup.

You take control of the screens around you and create a fresh film mashup at IRL Digital Festival. Choose from a library of new snippets of video and animation that feature everything from gritty urban streets to blue-skyed pastures and from hypnotic galaxies to candy-hued utopias.

There are plenty of other free events running throughout the festival like the Pop-up Virtual Reality Lounge where you can grab an armchair, strap on your VR goggles and go! And Power Up, an epic outdoor installation that takes over the Powerhouse Plaza.

The Edge Recording Studio prize pack up for grabs at Valentine’s Busk

The Edge is all giddy and loved up with the Brisbane Festival Valentine’s Busk taking over the Auditorium on Saturday 14 February 2015. Come and check out some local acts as they busk it out for ultimate busker, and take part in an official Guinness World Record Attempt – the World’s Largest Busk!

Taking centre stage at The Edge between 3pm and 6pm are local rock and Latin bands, plus street theatre and dance crews. There will be plenty more buskers to see throughout the Cultural Precinct and South Bank, with 30 pitch locations from GOMA to Opera Queensland. View the full list of artists here.


How to vote: People’s Choice Competition

As an audience member, you play a vital role in the busking competition!

When you place a tip into the buskers hat, you will be given a heart shaped sticker in return. Place this sticker next to your favourite performers and they will go in the draw to win some amazing prizes, one of which is a full day in The Edge Recording Studio with a professional Sound Engineer and a paid performance at Valentine’s Busk. What a cracking prize!


Best of luck to all the Buskers!
We’re looking forward to laying our hungry eyes on you this Saturday!