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Queensland Digital Economy Strategy

Stephanie Piper - Round 1, 2017 Champion

Stephanie Piper

Making space for game-changing technology

Stephanie Piper empowers others to undertake self-directed learning in new technologies. In particular, she spreads interest to build community knowledge about 3D printing and robotics. She encourages the sharing of ideas, helping people bring them to life, leading to exciting new innovations and opportunities.

For fulltime work, Stephanie is the community engagement coordinator at University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, and runs the library makerspace. In this role, she provides support to students and the wider community to embrace and make with digital technologies.

In addition, Stephanie is the president of Brisbane Hackerspace (HSBNE), Brisbane’s largest community workshop and maker collective. In this volunteer role, Stephanie brings together the community, space and tools for anyone to learn how to build their ideas, from hobbyists and students to professionals and start-ups. HSBNE has facilities for electronics, microcontrollers, drones, and 3D printing.

Stephanie enables people to embrace new technologies by:

  • hosting 3D printing workshops, talks and demonstrations for the local community and schools
  • teaching tailored 3D printing and 3D modelling classes for adults and school students
  • writing a blog to help people get started in 3D technologies, and help them make connections
  • managing over 75 HSBNE events in 2016, including open nights and kids robotics activities
  • spreading awareness about the current landscape in the 3D printing industry, including local Brisbane businesses and services.

One of her memorable volunteer activities was running a kids robotics workshop for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

She has a particular interest in the opportunities for 3D scanning and printing in the health industry, and has presented a workshop and demonstration on this topic as part of Queensland Small Business Week 2016.

In addition, Stephanie is currently conducting research into makerspaces, informal learning environments and building digital literacy with new technologies.

Stephanie is so passionate about maker culture, science communication and 3D printing that she wants to share it with all Queenslanders, young and old. She will do this as a digital champ by growing HSBNE, which has already expanded from 40 to 100 members since she became president in late 2016. She will run events more regularly to build stronger community digital knowledge deposits. Stephanie will also conduct 3D printing workshops and open nights for the local community, schools and events.

Stephanie is nominated by: Queensland STEM Education Network

Stephanie Piper

Making space for game-changing technology

Stephanie Piper empowers others to undertake self-directed learning in new technologies. In particular, she spreads interest to build community knowledge about 3D printing and robotics. She encourages the sharing of ideas, helping people bring them to life, leading to exciting new innovations and opportunities.

For fulltime work, Stephanie is the community engagement coordinator at University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, and runs the library makerspace. In this role, she provides support to students and the wider community to embrace and make with digital technologies.

In addition, Stephanie is the president of Brisbane Hackerspace (HSBNE), Brisbane’s largest community workshop and maker collective. In this volunteer role, Stephanie brings together the community, space and tools for anyone to learn how to build their ideas, from hobbyists and students to professionals and start-ups. HSBNE has facilities for electronics, microcontrollers, drones, and 3D printing.

Stephanie enables people to embrace new technologies by:

  • hosting 3D printing workshops, talks and demonstrations for the local community and schools
  • teaching tailored 3D printing and 3D modelling classes for adults and school students
  • writing a blog to help people get started in 3D technologies, and help them make connections
  • managing over 75 HSBNE events in 2016, including open nights and kids robotics activities
  • spreading awareness about the current landscape in the 3D printing industry, including local Brisbane businesses and services.

One of her memorable volunteer activities was running a kids robotics workshop for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

She has a particular interest in the opportunities for 3D scanning and printing in the health industry, and has presented a workshop and demonstration on this topic as part of Queensland Small Business Week 2016.

In addition, Stephanie is currently conducting research into makerspaces, informal learning environments and building digital literacy with new technologies.

Stephanie is so passionate about maker culture, science communication and 3D printing that she wants to share it with all Queenslanders, young and old. She will do this as a digital champ by growing HSBNE, which has already expanded from 40 to 100 members since she became president in late 2016. She will run events more regularly to build stronger community digital knowledge deposits. Stephanie will also conduct 3D printing workshops and open nights for the local community, schools and events.

Stephanie is nominated by: Queensland STEM Education Network