Griffith University has officially opens its new Microsoft Tech Lounge
on the Gold Coast campus.

Griffith and Microsoft have joined forces to create a new space that promotes technology and innovative learning in the Gold Coast campus library.

Microsoft has sponsored the design and fit-out of the space, which has some very cool retro couches and funky tables to work and play on. They have also supplied the lounge with computer hardware and software, including Xbox 360s with Kinect, laptops, tablets and desktop computers.

Professor Ian O’Connor, Vice Chancellor and President was on hand to host the launch alongside Linda O’Brien the Pro Vice Chancellor for Information Services.

Professor O’Connor gave thanks to the many Griffith staff who helped to develop the lounge and the visiting Microsoft team in attendance, for the ongoing partnership and support that the university enjoys with their corporation.

“We are delighted to have the Microsoft Tech Lounge here in our Gold Coast Library. It provides a relaxed environment where students have the opportunity to experience the full range of Microsoft technology,” he said.

“We have a great group of students who are very keen to engage with the University and we have to create an environment to attract, engage and really help them to benefit from their university education.”

Guest speaker Mr Keith Downs, National Sales Manager — Education, Microsoft, was excited about the collaborative efforts and the results achieved by creating the Tech Lounge in the central social and learning hub that is the modern campus library.

“The tech lounge is really to be used as an experience centre for 21st century learning, a place for all students to come into their own environment, on campus, and utilise the technology available here in these surroundings.

“We deeply appreciate the support and partnership and ongoing investment made by Griffith University in Microsoft Corporation.” Mr Downs said.

Based on the ground floor of the Library (G10), the Tech Lounge is designed to be a space for students to read, research, relax and play whilst interacting with new technologies.

An additional service is also being provided for students with the presence of a small team Microsoft student experts known as ‘U-Crew Ambassadors’.

These ambassadors can be identified by their U-Crew t-shirts and they are the lucky team of students who get to hang out regularly in the lounge, for about 6 hours per week, to answer any questions about the new Microsoft Windows 8 software and give demonstrations of games.