Hacky Hour

Queensland currently has Hacky Hours at five universities.

Hacky Hour occurs regularly (either weekly, fortnightly or monthly) and its aim is to help researchers (staff and students) with research-related IT problems.

Hacky Hour is free, informal and all researchers are welcome to drop in for advice, or offer their IT expertise to help others.

Researchers attend Hacky Hour to ask or answer research-related IT questions. Popular topics for discussion include high performance computing (HPC), cloud computing, general programming, R, Python, data processing, data storage, and data management.

Check the relevant Hacky Hour's Twitter feed, if there is one, for updates as occasionally a Hacky Hour is cancelled for a particular week when the regular IT experts are unavailable. Note that UQ's Hacky Hour is held outside, so it is cancelled if raining. 

Please note: Hacky Hours end for the year in early to mid-December, and resume in late January or early February the following year. Check the relevant Hacky Hour's Twitter feed (if there is one) or this webpage for updates.

Want to set up a Hacky Hour at your institution?

Amanda Miotto, QCIF's eResearch Analyst at Griffith University, has created a Hacky Hour Handbook. Amanda co-founded Griffith's Hacky Hour in August 2015.

The University of Queensland

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 3pm–4pm
Location: Café Nano, St Lucia campus
Twitter: @HackyHourStLuc
Website: hackyhourstluc.wordpress.com
Contact: Dr Nick Hamilton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Special sessions (in addition to the usual research IT questions):

  • Bioinformatics Hacky Hour: First Tuesday of the month — come and ask bioinformatics analysis, software and pipeline questions.
  • BioLab Hacky Hour: Last Tuesday of the month — experts will answer your experimental design and technical sample processing questions to get you started in the lab.

Griffith University

Day: Thursdays
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: G’s Wine Bar, Nathan or G’s Café, Gold Coast. Griffith's Hacky Hour alternates weekly between the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses. Check @hackyhourGU on Twitter for updates.
Twitter: @hackyhourGU
Website: griffith.edu.au/hackyhour
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Queensland University of Technology

* Please note: As of July 2019, QUT's Hacky Hour is on hiatus until further notice *

Day: Thursdays
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: The Pantry cafe, Gardens Point campus
Twitter@GPHackyHour
Website: QUT’s Hacky Hour currently does not have a website
Contact: TBA

University of Southern Queensland — Toowoomba

Day: Wednesdays
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: USQ Toowoomba Refectory, next to the blackboard.
Twitter: @hackyhourUSQ
Website: https://www.usq.edu.au/research/events/2019/2/hacky-hour-tmba-feb-thirteen
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
See the USQ Hacky Hour schedule below

University of Southern Queensland — Springfield

Day: Monthly on Tuesdays (check the schedule below for exact dates)
Time: 10am–3:30pm
Location: Room B319, Springfield campus
Twitter: @hackyhourUSQ
Website: https://www.usq.edu.au/research/events/2018/03/eresearch-hacky-day-mar
ContactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
See the USQ Hacky Hour schedule below

CQUniversity

Day: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location:

  • The 1st Wednesday of each month is a face-to-face Hacky Hour at the Bird Cage Bar and Lounge at CQU's Rockhampton North Campus.
  • The 3rd Wednesday of each month is a virtual, online Hacky Hour. Check the schedule below for exact dates. Use this Zoom link for each virtual session. 

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CQU's 2019 Hacky Hour Schedule

01-May

Face to Face Hacky Hour - Birdcage

15-May

Virtual Hacky Hour

05-Jun

Face to Face Hacky Hour - Birdcage

19-Jun

Virtual Hacky Hour

03-Jul

Face to Face Hacky Hour - Birdcage

17-Jul

Virtual Hacky Hour

07-Aug

Face to Face Hacky Hour - Birdcage

21-Aug

Virtual Hacky Hour

04-Sep

Face to Face Hacky Hour - Birdcage

18-Sep

Virtual Hacky Hour

02-Oct

Face to Face Hacky Hour - Birdcage
 

16-Oct

Virtual Hacky Hour
 

06-Nov

Face to Face Hacky Hour - Birdcage
 

20-Nov

Virtual Hacky Hour
 

04-Dec

Face to Face Hacky Hour - Birdcage
 

18-Dec

Virtual Hacky Hour


USQ eResearch Services 2019 Hacky Hour Schedule

Month Day Event Venue Frequency
February 12/2/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  13/2/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  20/2/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  27/2/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
March 6/3/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  12/3/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  13/3/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  19/3/19 Hacky Day Ipswich Ipswich B340 Quarterly
  20/3/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  27/3/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
April 3/4/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  9/4/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  10/4/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  17/4/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  24/4/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
May 1/5/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  8/5/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  14/5/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  15/5/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  22/5/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  29/5/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
June 5/6/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  11/6/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  12/6/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  18/6/19 Hacky Day Ipswich Ipswich B340 Quarterly
  19/6/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  26/6/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
July 3/7/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  9/7/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  10/7/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  17/7/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  24/7/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  31/7/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
August 7/8/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  13/8/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  14/8/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  21/8/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  28/8/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
September 4/9/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  10/9/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  11/9/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  17/9/19 Hacky Day Ipswich Ipswich B340 Quarterly
  18/9/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  25/9/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
October 2/10/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  8/10/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  9/10/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  16/10/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  23/10/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  30/10/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
November 6/11/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  12/11/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  13/11/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  20/11/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  27/11/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
December 4/12/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  10/12/19 Hacky Day Springfield Springfield B319 Monthly
  11/12/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly
  17/12/19 Hacky Day Ipswich Ipswich B340 Quarterly
  18/12/19 Hacky Hour Toowoomba Toowoomba - Refectory next to the black board Weekly