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Studio 3

How do I become a client/mentor for student projects?

Background

Industry and government are invited to submit project ideas to provide students with real life experience. The University of Queensland (UQ) Studio 3 course is taken by around 250 final year IT students who work in teams of six to design (semester 1) and build (semester 2) a large software application (mobile app, corporate web application with database, Internet of Things (IoT) / wearable device etc).

We use an agile project development framework called scrum that students adapt and turn into a methodology suitable for a university course. You will assume the position of product owner on the scrum team.

How to apply

If you think you have a project that might be suitable for the students to work on send an email to me (contact details below) attaching a one-page proposal in MS-Word format (i.e. not PDF) containing:

  1. the project title
  2. background to the problem you are trying to address
  3. description of the problem and maybe anticipated solution including any images
  4. name of your organisation and link to relevant website
  5. your name, email and phone
Please use this template file.
Selection process

As the course coordinator, I will then evaluate all proposals I receive and will invite you to a three minute client/students pitch session to be held at UQ if your proposal is selected. All our industry clients are pitching their projects to the students during a two hour session on the first day of semester. Your pitch should be supported by up to three PowerPoint slides that you can submit to me before your pitch. The deadlines for all this are listed below.

After your pitch session the students will form scrum teams around projects they are interested in. Each project may be of interest to none or one to several student teams. Interested students teams will then introduce themselves to you via email. You can pick one or more of these teams to work with (unselected student teams will have to pick a different project so we appreciate your rapid response here). Several teams taking the same project are likely to present different solutions.

Your contribution

There is no cost for industry clients, only a few hours per month answering emails and attending meetings after providing the students with your requirements during the initial consultation is all we would expect. Students are encouraged to visit clients to get a feel for the work environment and to conduct fortnightly progress meetings.

In semester 2 teams will have to swap projects so the team designing your solution will be a different team to the one building it in semester 2. This is because the one-year Studio 3 course can be started in semester 1 or 2 in every year.

Semester 1 2018 deadlines

Monday 29 January: 
Submit one-page proposal
Wednesday 7 February: 
Notification of selection emailed to you
Wednesday 14 February: 
Submit 3 slides
Friday 23 February: 
Conduct 3 minute pitch (with 3 slides) between 11 and 3pm in the Goddard Building room 8-139

Semester 2 2018 deadlines

In semester 2 you will be invited to pitch the designs produced by your semester 1 team to the semester 2 students. You may prepare up to three slides for this session that introduces your project and the design to the new students.

TBA: 
Submit 3 slides
TBA: 
Conduct 3 minute pitch (with 3 slides)

Contact

Please email your one-page semester 1 proposal and your slides in .pptx format only, i.e. no PDF, online link etc. (or any further questions you may have) to the course coordinator Dr Alex Pudmenzky by the relevant deadline above.

Testimonials

Students

Thank you for a wonderful semester, I have really enjoyed it and hope you really enjoy/enjoyed our project, we put a lot of time and effort into it.

Kobi McKerihan (Team Wave Watch)

DECO3800 has been the first time in my degree that I've gotten to really apply what I've learned in all areas. Working with real clients and learning new organisational skills and methods has been an invaluable experience.

William Hayward (Team Airconpls)

As a recent graduate, Studio 3 was one of the most influential factors in my rapid employment straight out of university. In all of my interviews, my prospective employers were impressed by the experience that I was exposed to from Studio 3.
It took me less than two weeks from sending my first resume to receiving my first job offer, and that is partly thanks to the experience I gained from Studio 3.

Jason Hughes


I would definitely say that what I learned during Studio 3 has helped me since graduating at the end of last year. I am now working as a Junior Software Developer and the introduction to the concepts of Agile Methodologies and Scrum, as well as more specific things like the use of planning poker to apply story points has made the transition so much easier.

Elizabeth Walker

Industry Clients


Hi 12tree team,
I would like to thank and congratulate you for your fantastic work and great effort you put into the development of My Green Bank. I can tell you that the app will help many farmers from Laos and potentially from others countries.
Well done!

Nahuel Pachas & Mark Dieters (University of Queensland)


Dear Team Alex’s Angels,
Just wanted to pass on a bit of feedback I received after I sent the link around to the website. Some of the comments are:

  • This looks amazing. If it performs as well as the video promises, I would be thrilled if we hosted this on our website.
  • That’s awesome!
  • I like this a lot. Definitely the way to go.
  • From a non-records background this is pretty awesome!
I thought it might be nice to let you know that not only am I happy with the work you guys are doing but it’s being well received within QSA as well. Go Angels!

Sarah Probst (Senior Appraisal Archivist, Queensland State Archives)

We engaged the Studio 3 team in March 2017 to help us solve a problem with monitoring our trial medication and they devised an innovative solution using LoRaWAN that met all our needs. They developed a user-friendly web app that included real-time temperature monitoring and an alarm system for deviations (text and email notifications). As a team, they were friendly and professional to work with and ensured I received regular updates throughout the duration of the project. They also provided me with clear explanations of the technology which helped me better understand how it would be implemented and used once complete. We feel fortunate to have had this opportunity.

Amelia Edgley (Communications Officer) & the AKTN Team

On behalf of the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of Team LJ for your tremendous contribution to this project. Our team is thrilled to see this app maturing into a very solid, high-quality product that has exceeded all our expectations. Our staff have also commented on the commendable dedication and high level of professionalism demonstrated by all LJ team members.

Enna Salama (Clinical Research and Ethics Coordinator)


Museum of Brisbane are delighted to have participated in the Studio3 program. Working with Team Girl Band has been an incredibly positive and collaborative experience. Their professionalism, enthusiasm and expertise has been very impressive. The end product which will be highly valuable to our organisation would not have been possible without the support of this great program.

Christopher Salter (Deputy Director)


The work that team Ignite have been doing on the application has been incredible. They have really delivered on everything we have scoped with them and are great at unpacking and explaining what they can achieve and what they can’t.

Chris Hurn (Director)


Working with the Studio 3 students from UQ is a great experience. They are creative, resourceful and bring many ideas to the project. I recommend any prospective industry partners to commit their time back to the next generation and grow our community.

Eban Escott (CEO WorkingMouse)


The concept of The University of Queensland’s ITEE Studio3 teaching studio, of embedding enthused IT students into a client <> consultant relationship works well. It provides solutions for IT needy small agencies but who equally have advanced problem scenarios in need of IoT conceptualisers and implementers. Behind the scenes the supervision is rigorous and fast paced. Much appreciated the efforts’ and program developed by Team Quakers and our enthusiastic meetings.

Col Lynam (Principal)


Thank you Team Palindrome for designing and Team Scientist for building the SILO Weather travel web application for the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation. Working with the project teams allowed us to gain an external perspective on our climate data service, and also gave us insights on how our data could be used by to the general public in interesting ways. We are keen to collaborate with more budding IT professionals from UQ Studio on other ideas and hopefully integrate some of their solutions into our data portals.

Kenneth Wong (Senior Scientist)


Our experience of working with the Studio 3 students was extremely positive. The students really cared about our end product and worked hard to develop what we needed. The students were professional and easy to work with and we are very happy with our app.

Leanne Ritchie (WH&S and Facilities Manager)

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The University of Queensland

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What is Studio 3?

This ITEE capstone course aims to provide students with experience of the software development life cycle, with an emphasis on building working software systems that are accurate to specifications, delivered on time, tested and evaluated with users.

This course introduces vital concepts relevant to both design-focused and information technology-focused team projects, and provides experience in cross-discipline (designer/programmer/client/user) collaboration.

During a full year (two semesters), around 250 students, divided into 42 scrum teams, are working together with industry clients to design and build a major Information Technology project. The result of their hard work is displayed during a trade-show like exhibition at the end of the second semester every year.

2017
Friday, 27 October, 12-6 pm
Refreshments from 5:00 pm

Where
Level 2, General Purpose South Building #78 and
Level 3, Advanced Engineering Building #49,
Staff House Road
The University of Queensland
St Lucia

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