Digital Futures

Digital Futures at SLQ 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 venture deeper into 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 strive to maintain?

Throughout 2017, we've been exploring virtual worlds and all things futurism as part of our Digital Futures theme. The fun continues with more talks, special events, learning programs and a reboot of our ever-popular interactive exhibition, Digital Futures Lab.

We invite you to explore the digital future with us onsite, online, or by joining the conversation on social media using #digitalfutures.

Digital Futures LabDigital Futures Lab 2.0

Open daily until 21 Jan 2018, 10am–5pm | SLQ Gallery, level 2 | Free
The Digital Futures Lab is being upgraded, with version 2.0 launching on 24 June. Our popular interactive exhibition has been updated with new content, new games and features information specifically designed for children and families. Discover future fashion and wearable technology, learn how to pilot a drone simulator and explore what the future holds. As a central hub for our Digital Futures program, the Lab is a great place to start your discovery.

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.

Digital humans - How is tech changing our bodies?

Wed 1 Nov, 6pm–7.15pm | SLQ Auditorium 1, level 2 | Free | Bookings required
How are wearable technologies impacting our day-to-day lives? To what extent is the digital world merging with the human body and what are the consequences of this? In the final Queenslanders in Conversation event for 2017, ABC Brisbane radio presenter Kelly Higgins-Devine will facilitate an open conversation with guest panellists, audience members and online viewers
Can’t make it in person? Watch the live stream on our website and join the conversation on social media using #digitalfutures.

Open Data lunchtime lecture Open 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.

Learn to code Learn to code

Saturdays 26 Aug – 16 Sep, 10am–4pm | SLQ Gallery, level 2 | For ages 18+ | Free | Bookings
Join industry experts IT etc. Training and learn to code for free. Training is designed for anyone with a desire to learn how to code and is delivered in seven or eight-week blocks, with each challenge developing specific skill sets. Participants are free to complete as many challenges as they wish and can even work towards a Certificate IV or Diploma qualification — all for free and delivered in a flexible learning environment.
Visit for bookings and more information.

Fun Palace Fun Palace

Saturday 7 Oct, 9.30am – 2.30pm  | 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!

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