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Join unijam and share your ideas

by Michèle Nardelli and Kelly Stone

unijam logoThere should be music on campus every Friday … you want an internship for the final six months of your degree … you want to organise a health clinic for Adelaide’s homeless … there should be staff and student common rooms – all ideas are welcome in unijam.

The two-day online live conversation being held on May 29-30 will allow you to put all your ideas forward, watch them evolve as you talk them through with others, and even vote on the ones you think should be adopted.

A brainstorm about UniSA’s future, unijam is a world-first university event which will bring students, staff, alumni and friends together across time zones, offices and locations to jam.

Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says unijam will look at three broad areas – students, industry and the world.

“We’ll be looking at how to give students the best student experience and education; how to relate to industry through research and teaching; and how to relate to the world, both here at home and through the connections we build as staff and students, and as a university,” Prof Lloyd says.

Once you are online, listening and contributing, you will be able to focus your attention on different threads in the conversation.

It’s a bit like a party or a conference: you can find the conversations that interest you and contribute.

A number of special guest 'jammers' have been secured from industry and government, including Premier Jay Weatherill, Opposition Leader Steven Marshall, Santos Chief Executive David Knox, Chief Defence Scientist for Australia Alex Zelinsky and IBM Australia Managing Director Andrew Stevens. International VIPs who will be ‘jamming’ include NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Stanford University President John Hennessy, while National Union of Students President Jade Tyrrell has also agreed to take part.

Over the next few weeks the schedule for unijam will take shape and more special guest jammers will be announced so bookmark the unijam site to keep up with what is planned for the jam.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the chance to share your ideas, see them evolve and contribute to the future of UniSA.

Joining the conversation is easy. Just complete your online registration by May 28 and log in to unijam on May 29-30.

The unijam program will be available soon and continually updated, so return here to check out who is participating and when. Email unijam@unisa.edu.au if you have any enquiries.