Tech Girls Movement at the IBM exCITe camp 15 July Gold Coast

Next Tuesday the Tech Girls Movement will run a session at the IBM exCITe camp on the 15th of July at the School of ICT, Griffith University, Gold Coast.

This is exciting as the Tech Girls are Chic! books have been distributed to exCITe camps all over Asia Pacific for the past six years and IBM has always been a great supporter.

All school girl participants will get a free copy of Tech Girls Are Superheroes and Jenine will encourage them to uncover their inner tech superpower. Very exciting – Jenine will be joined by Darcelle, Belinda and Chelsea from The Design Cellar, maybe you saw them at the book launch in Brisbane at the State Library? They are the creators of Kidz@GCU Hospital.

Kidz@GCU Hospital is an educational “story book” style application created by The Design Cellar – a team of four developers consisting of Chelsea McGuinness, Darcelle Hinze, Belinda Rex and Ashley Burns. 

The team originally built the app as part of their third year ICT project at Griffith University. The app is designed to assist children to become familiar with the hospital experience, and intern, help lessen the anxiety for a child visiting the hospital. The interactive app allows children to follow the journey of six different characters through their hospital visit. Through this interactive experience, the user learns about common procedures such as plaster casts and stitches, as well as hospital equipment such as X-Rays, MRI and CT Scans. The app also aims to familiarize the user with general hospital sites, sounds and the medical staff they meet along the way.

The project took out the inaugural Opmantek Prize for the best industry project at Griffith University in semester 1, 2013. More recently, the app was named as the winning project for the 2014 Queensland iAwards in the Tertiary Undergraduate Student category. The team will be represented by Chelsea McGuinness, Darcelle Hinze and Belinda Rex at the National iAwards in late August this year alongside Jenine, the Qld ICT Woman of the Year.

The free application is available for both Android and iOS devices and can be found in the Google Play and App Store. Be sure to keep an eye out for version 2 in the coming months!

Video Explaining the App –

Video about the Opmantek Prize –

Apps Facebook Page –

About the Superhero Team!

Darcelle is a web designer and developer at Griffith University in the eResearch and Education Resource Development team. Graduating from Griffith University in December 2013, Darcelle was awarded a university medal as the highest achieving student in her degree of Bachelor of Multimedia. 

Belinda is currently in her final year of completing a double degree in IT/Multimedia at Griffith University. She also works as a web designer and front end developer at Roundhouse Creative, in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast. 

Chelsea has a Bachelor of Multimedia, majoring in Visual Media Design. As a freelance web designer based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, she builds websites and content managed solutions for local businesses. 

Ashley is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia, majoring in Internet Computing. After graduating in December 2013 with exceptional grades and highly acclaimed awards, he relocated to San Francisco, California, and now works as a Software engineer on the front end development team at Chegg (an academic company based in California, that specializes in online textbook rentals).