Hacky Hour

Queensland currently has Hacky Hours at five universities.

Hacky Hour occurs regularly (mostly weekly) 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.

Final session for 2019: Tuesday, 3 December. 

University of Southern Queensland — Springfield & online

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: B153, the USQ Library Community Space, Springfield campus (or join online).
Twitter: @hackyhourUSQ
ContactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Final session for 2019: Tuesday, 17 December.

University of Southern Queensland — Toowoomba & online

Day: Wednesdays
Time: 2pm–3pm
Location: USQ Toowoomba Refectory, next to the blackboard (or join online).
Twitter: @hackyhourUSQ
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Final session for 2019: Wednesday, 18 December. 

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.
Final session for 2019: TBC

Queensland University of Technology

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Final session for 2019: Thursday, 19 December.

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.
Final session for 2019: Wednesday, 18 December (virtual Hacky Hour).

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

 

Contact

 

Postal address: Delivery address:
QCIF
Axon Building, (Bldg 47)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld, 4072
Level 5, Axon Building, (Bldg 47)
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, Qld, 4072
Office phone: +61 7 3365 7534 
 
QCIF eResearch Analyst contacts for your local university: 
 

The University of Queensland

Dr David Green
ph: +61 7 3346 6635
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David is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and HPC Manager at The University of Queensland’s Research Computing Centre. He has long been using computers to "figure stuff out" and enjoys working with researchers to help them do the same. He was an academic in the Applied Physics and Computer Systems departments at the University of Technology, Sydney for almost 15 years. He has worked in research computing support roles at UQ since 2007.
 
Dr Edan Scriven
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Edan is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and software engineer at UQ's Research Computing Centre. Edan’s expertise is in systems development and operations, with a focus on cloud-based and other virtualised environments. 
 
Dr Marlies Hankel
ph: +61 7 3346 3996
mob: +61 4 0426 2445
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Marlies is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and researcher. She has over ten years' experience in high performance computing and cluster management. Her research interests include Quantum Dynamics and Computational Nanotechnology. Her main roles include looking after UQ's HPC cluster users and QCIF's partner share at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). If you are interested in obtaining computational time at the national compute facilities, please contact Marlies.
 
Dr Nick Hamilton
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Nick is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and researcher at UQ's institute for Molecular Bioscience. He works with biologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and others to develop methodologies and tools in mathematical modelling, machine learning, automated classification, graph algorithms, data visualisation and clustering, image segmentation, quantification, feature extraction, and inference from bio-imaging.
 

Queensland University of Technology

Craig Windell
ph: +61 7 3138 6017
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Craig is the QCIF eResearch Analyst at QUT. Craig is an IT professional with many years of experience at QUT assisting and supporting researchers to understand and use IT systems. He has performed a number of IT roles from desktop support, system administrating and system design. He has worked within QUT’s Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering, Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, ITS and more recently in cloud computing development and operations for the Visualisation and eResearch Group.
  

Griffith University

Amanda Miotto
ph: +61 7 3735 4697
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Amanda is the QCIF eResearch Analyst at Griffith University. She has worked at Griffith as an eResearch Support Specialist for the past nine years, initially as a bioinformatician, then as a software developer and technical resource on various projects, and more recently as an analyst for groups such as Compounds Australia and Innovations in Health Technology. Griffith researchers are welcome to ask Amanda for help in areas such as Python and R coding, high performance computing, scientific workflows, solution design or general data science questions.

CQUniversity

Jason Bell
ph: +61 7 4930 9229
mob: +61 4 0963 0897
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Jason is a QCIF eResearch Analyst at CQU. He provides high performance computing support and technical advice to CQU researchers. Jason's research interests include video collaboration/conferencing tools, nonlinear optimisation, evolutionary algorithms, high performance computing, distributed and parallel computing, and robotics.
 

James Cook University

Chantelle Pinnington
ph: +61 7 4781 3199
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Chantelle is a QCIF eResearch Analyst at JCU based within the JCU eResearch Centre. With a background and degree in environmental science, Chantelle is a specialist in Geographic Information Systems. She has held professional roles using her GIS and database management skills with the Queensland Government and North Queensland Bulk Ports. JCU researchers are welcome to ask Chantelle for help with GIS and QCIF services, such as high performance computing, data storage and data management. 

University of Southern Queensland

Dr Francis Gacenga
ph: +61 7 4687 5640
mob: +61 4 7707 2707
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Francis is a QCIF eResearch Analyst at USQ. He has 15 years' experience in IT service management as a researcher and practitioner. His main role is to increase the uptake of QCIF IT services and infrastructure use. Francis has experience working in government agencies in IT service strategy, design, transition, operation and continual service improvement. He is dedicated to delivering eResearch services by helping researchers use HPC, collaboration tools and services, research project management, and research data management to enable data-driven collaborative research and foster an interdisciplinary research culture. Please contact Francis for HPC compute, parallel computing, virtualisation, video collaboration, research project management, data management and storage services.
 
 
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Policies

QCIF National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Share Allocation Policy

QCIF has invested in a partner share at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI). This entitles QCIF members to access the NCI National Facility (NCI NF) and use about 3.4 million service units annually (SU, a service unit, is approximately one CPU hour).

Queensland researchers can use the NCI NF either by applying directly to NCI for a MAS (merit allocation scheme) allocation of time on the HPC facility or by applying for an allocation from QCIF’s partner share.

Full policy here

QCIF privacy policy

This document sets out the way in which Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation Ltd (QCIF) ACN 094 639 406 (we, us, our) collects, uses, stores and discloses your Personal Information.  

Full policy here

End User Licence Agreement for the QCIF RDS Node

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QERN

QERN (the QCIF Early Research Node) is a 400TB/300 CPU core system being built by QCIF to prototype two key federal government initiatives, NeCTAR and ReDS (RDSI).  NeCTAR provides servers to researchers; RDSI provides researchers with data storage and management mechanisms. QERN is being built by QCIF to enable the Queensland research community and QCIF member universities to gain experience in using and managing Research Cloud services (NeCTAR), and RDSI services, before the official release of these services. 

Key project deliverables;

  • Train QCloud Team for running the infrastructure required for the research cloud
  • Establish an RDSI-like and NeCTAR-like Cloud for early adopters to explore
  • Help Queensland researchers migrate to cloud environments

The service is expected to be available to early adopters by the end of May 2012.

If you are a Queensland researcher interested in getting your project on QERN, please contact Graham Chen.

  • More information about NeCTAR
  • More information about RDSI