Introduction to Digital Futures

Each year State Library of Queensland presents a theme of interest to the Queensland community. Throughout 2017, we invite you to join us in exploring Digital Futures.

Technology has given us new tools through which to question, understand, imagine, re-imagine and improve the world in which we live. Not only is technology substantially changing our economy but also our leisure activities, our political processes, and how we communicate with each other. Digital literacy has opened up new frontiers for collaboration, connection, and sharing. We are witnessing a change in the nature of work, people are living longer and healthier lives, and new kinds of activism and internationalism are emerging.

As we hurtle through the digital age and amass huge amounts of data, the implications to our freedoms, rights, privacy, security and responsibilities, and how we respect, protect and connect with each other must be considered. Who will own the digital future? What values will we take with us?

Event overview

Join us throughout 2017 to investigate the future and examine what it means to be a digital citizen in today’s changing world.

Wednesday Play dayWednesday Play Day

Wednesdays until 25 Oct, 3pm–5pm | SLQ Gallery, level 2 | Free
Come along to Wednesday Play Day for a deeper experience of the Digital Futures Lab. Try your hand at awesome cutting-edge technologies such as Tilt Brush where you can paint in three dimensions or enjoy a round of virtual table tennis. Program a robot, discover 3D printing and contribute to our augmented reality timeline.
Bring your family, bring your friends and go back to the digital future.

Open Data lunchtime lectureOpen Data lunchtime lecture

Thu 5 Oct, 12noon–1pm | SLQ Gallery, level 2 | Free | Bookings required
Ever wondered about open data and what it can do for you? Join Open Data Institute Queensland (ODI) experts at this lunchtime lecture to find out what open data is and how to unlock its value for yourself or your business.
ODI is catalysing the evolution of open data culture to create economic, environmental and social value working towards a vision of knowledge for everyone.
Presented in partnership with Open Data Institute Queensland.

Fun PalaceFun Palace

Saturday 7 Oct, 10am – 3pm  | Throughout SLQ | Free
Celebrate the arts, science, and all things digital at Fun Palace, a day of family-friendly activities, exploration and learning. Join us for this special community day where everyone is an artist and everyone is a scientist. Stay tuned for details of our workshops, programs and special guests!

Please visit What's on for events associated with Digital Futures.


The Digital Futures Lab is open 10am to 5pm daily
11 February 2017 - 21 January 2018

Tour availability: Group tours available by request 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Bookings required.
How to book: http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/school-and-group-tours
Duration: 30 minute tour. Allow a minimum of 1 hour in total to include time for further exploration and engagement with activities after your tour.
Cost: Free
Age: 10+. Younger children are welcome to visit the Lab however the tour program is targeted at ages 10+.
Minimum Capacity: 8 participants per tour
Maximum Capacity:30 participants per tour
Curriculum links: Technologies, Humanities and Social Science

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