Venue for GovcampNSW Co-Lab
The UNSW City Campus is in the oldest part of the city, with good public transport links. The main room, used for the Co-Lab, looked out onto an atrium, with conserved warehouse steel beams and a view of the sandstone Education Department building.
The catering was provided in a well setup space, with on tap tea and coffee and a choice of menus, appeared to be available to the organisers. There were other groups in the dining room.
The spaces were conventional and the techniques fairly conventional if not quaint - white boards, post it notes and unused butchers paper boards. The text on the white boards was photographed and projected for the wrap up session.
Curiously the mobile chairs were not used and were stored in the corridor outside the room. A couple of the participants had tablets, and a couple of others took photos with our phones.
Lighting appeared to be conventional Fluorescent Compacts and Tubes, rather than energy efficient LEDs. Waste was stainless steel rubbish bins with plastic lining. Paper cups were provided as well as non-disposable cups and saucers, glasses, plates and cutlery.
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The University of Canberra has two innovative learning spaces. The successful Learning Commons, which was their student union, integrates meeting rooms with a restaurant and caffeteria. The highlight of the space was that all the walls were whiteboards and screens. Each room was equipped with a projector. This was the venue for the January 2011: Recent Changes Unconference
Their Innovation Centre which hosted the 2012 Recent Changes Conference was more elaborate with similar chairs but less successful.
Macquarie University's student union was the location of a satellite meet up for the June 2012 Gov Jam. The cavernous venue was cold by the Sunday evening. And the campus was desolate by Sunday night. However, the provision of microwave ovens for students was a useful innovation.
Eco-Annandale at Leichhardt Library
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