Wow – two big days of jamming and we have come to the sweet, sweet end of it.
But it was pizza, not jam donuts that kicked off the jam with pizza parties held on all UniSA campuses in a kind of food for thoughts exchange.
At the start of the jam we had more than 4600 people registered from 54 countries around the world - from Vanuatu to Albania.
Early on the ‘most liked’ posts focused on a staff lounge for improved staff connection to extending professional development opportunities to all women at UniSA, while ideas around infrastructure and community engagement included running Mawson Lakes campus on solar power, napping pods for staff, comedy shows by students for students, and food vans on campus.
Three hours in and engagement was running at 500 posts per hour and about 1,500 concurrent users. We could also get a snapshot of jammers with most activity coming from professional staff, aged 40-49, based at City West Campus.
But by day two 83 per cent of staff had registered for the jam and particpation was neck and neck between academic and professional staff.
Overnight there was also an increase in student engagement and again on day two, almost 300 postgrad students and about 1000 undergrad students were in on the conversation.
We welcomed guest jammers from government Premier Jay Weatherill, Opposition Leader Steven Marshall; Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham; Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Christopher Pyne and other government leaders to discuss ideas.
We also welcomed former VCs Peter HØj and Professor Denise Bradley back to the table with UniSA staff including long-time employee Bev Schutt, Adjunct Professor in the Division of Health Sciences Richard Head, Pro Vice Chancellor: Student Engagement and Equity, Dr Laura-Anne Bull, State Minister for Higher Education, Susan Close, Leader of Government Business in the Legislative Council Kym Maher MLC, , Minister for Investment and Trade and Minister for Defence Industries, Martin Hamilton-Smith and Chief Executive of Zoos SA, Elaine Bensted.
By 5pm, we were still SciCED about the jam, searching for ways to stimulate STEM subject choices at schools with host Dr Kristin Alford, who’s been appointed to lead UniSA’s new Science, Creativity and Education Studio (SciCEd) and John Hill, former SA Minister for Health and Ageing and Chair of SciCEd Program Steering Committee.
As the night closed in popular topics emerged. Ideas getting the most “likes” were a solar powered campus, a central staff club and extending Women’s Development Programs.
At nine hours in we had more than 5700 comments across 550 conversations. Hot topics turned to what it takes to develop public intellectuals, how to improve staff and student connections, the best ways to transition to university and how we can develop closer links between our researchers and end users.
And our students have come up with some gems including greening our City East campus, powering Mawson Lakes with solar energy, more campus connectors and online study options.
Because sleep is overrated, we were online all night - including our Vice Chancellor David Lloyd.
With just a little more than 18 hours to go we had more than 6000 logins with a conversion rate that’s better than the IBM jam benchmark. More than 6700 posts came from all over Australia and from as far afield as China, the Czech Republic, Malaysia and Cambodia. They have all offered their ideas on how UniSA can continue to grow and flourish.
As the sun peeked up over the Adelaide Hills, more than 4,600 registrants arose from their slumber, dreaming of enterprise and innovation, we heard from international alumni, local students and staff from across the University on key topics.
We had almost 600 new registrations on Friday and we’ve been jamming for about 30 hours.
In the past 1.5 hours we have been crystalizing all the contributions to find the ideas that sparkle. Stay tuned as we summarise all the outcomes in the coming weeks.