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Member Resources Page
Below are snippets of information that will help you find your way into various projects, help you manage those projects, and help you understand the ins and outs of TWB. Current projects are all accessible here as well as frequently asked questions and a host of other resources. If you’re looking for our a full catalogue of our previous projects and articles, check out the Our Engagement page.
If you’re new to TWB or you’d like an understanding of what it’s like, have a skim through and see how we manage things.
This page is always being updated with the newest content and more resources. If you think it can be improved or there is something missing, the web team would love your feedback!
TWB is on a constant look out for old computers/laptops/tablets – and people to refurbish them for those who can’t afford one.
TWB Website Development
Join the team that brings the TWB news to members and to the public – Often the first face of TWB. We need web developers and also good writers and reporter. The team’s skills will guide the website into it’s next phase.
Ever wondered what that Death Star / Pac Man looking construction is in the AMCD building?
Monday 31st at 4pm is your chance for a tour.
Don’t miss out!
‘The Cisco Networking Academy’ leading Student Competition ‘NetRiders’ is a great opportunity for students to compete against other students to test their ICT/networking skills and gain recognition with potential employers. Registrations for close 21st Aug, so don’t miss out. read more…
A team including designers, communicators, and researchers have just started on the Aboriginal community focused Memefest Stories project, and they need someone to join them in a technical role. Is that you?
Through the Infoxchange’s YouthSpark program students can mentor disadvantaged youth seeking to up skill by training in IT. They are particularly interested in recruiting female volunteers.
Events & Articles
You may have seen the videos of babies trying to swipe a book like you would an iPad. But what happens when you give a set of tablets to a community of children who’ve had no experience with technology before? A group of literary and technology experts from MIT and Tufts did just that. Picture this … read more…
The open day at Swinburne was held on the 2nd August. Despite the day being Sunday and a cold morning, we saw numerous students and parents swarming the stalls on campus. Accompanied by Dale, Alistair and George our robot, we were looking forward to the start of the day. We were in ATC 321 seriously hoping that George would be in a good mood and be nice to the visitors. read more…
For 10 weeks last semester, Jai Cornes, Alastair Knowles and I spent our Friday evenings teaching electronics. I did my preliminary electronics subject at uni last year but I’m still not practiced enough to feel confident and while I own a couple of Arduinos, I’ve never had the time to really get into them. It’s pretty easy to surmise, then, that my plan was to throw myself in the deep end. read more…
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get involved?
Clicking on any of the projects listed above will take you to an information page about that project. There you’ll find all the details you need.
The next members meeting is also listed at the top of this page – Come along and suggest something new!
Can I lead a project?
Anyone is a potential leader! Come along to the fortnightly meetings and you’ll be added to the basecamp group so that you can throw around ideas with the others at the meeting. Coming to the meetings is the best way to get more involved.
How do I become the President of TWB?
Any official role in TWB is reinterviewed for every 6 months. If you want to become more formally involved, get involved in meetings and projects straight away so that you have experience in TWB.
Even without an official role, though, you can still do some great work and make a difference by simply getting involved in a project, as the leader or as a contributing member.
Where do I get Swinburne t-shirts for for an event?
If you’re part of an event and like to emphasise the TWB team members, there are some engineering and generic Swinburne t-shirts available. These don’t have a permanent home for the moment so the best person to contact to chase them up is Dale de Silva.
What should I do to feel prepared for a project?
You’re already in a good starting place. Make sure you read through the FAQ’s above as some of them are questions that other people might ask you. This info section you’re reading now will help too.
The next place to check back in with is the project’s page itself. Click on the project in the list near the top of this page and you’ll find summaries of the project and any other details the project leader has put up there. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, email the project leader directly – Be sure to ask them to put that info on the page so other’s can find it too!
Where to point people to?
A good place to start is the website. twb.org.au. This will allow new contacts to get in touch with project leaders for projects they are particularly interested in or you can direct them to the contact form to get in touch with the President for a general enquiry.
Where do I get business cards?
If you find yourself talking about TWB to businesses or other interested parties, it’s good to give them a business card to encourage them to get in touch. Your first port of call to grab some cards is the general meeting. Alternatively, they can be grabbed from Eniko in AMDC level 9 (ext. 8180).
Things You Should Know
Working with children checks are free and easy
Some projects TWB members organise involve teaching or demonstrating to children. It’s unlikely students will be left unsupervised with children but organisations often require those involved to have an official working with children check anyway.
Volunteer Working With Children checks are free and quick to do.
When working on a project, it’s important to let the other members and the public know how it went. This might mean noting the things that could have gone better just as much as recognising the things that went really well.
Every project should have a casual article written up discussing what the TWB team did, so if you have a knack for writing (or if you want to develop one), write up an article on how the day went.
Also, take photos!
Get permission for photos
When taking photos of specific people involved in your project, be sure to have their permission.
With adults consent is often implied if they’re aware you’re taking the photo – but be sure to ask if it’s okay if you put it on the website of facebook page.
When working with children, don’t take photos at all unless you have been explicitly given permission by adults responsible for them at the event.
Code of Conduct
TWB is a not-for-profit, non-religiously linked group. When volunteering, in discussions, or in any interaction online, while maintaining your own personal beliefs be sure not to misrepresent the interests and motivations of TWB as a group. Ensuring you respect others cultures and beliefs, and always behaving with courtesy and professionalism.
For official requests for TWB statements or comments, defer the inquiry to your project leader or the whole TWB team.
Maintaining TWB’s Values
Focusing primarily on disadvantaged groups and communities, TWB is about creating social good through advancing understanding and access to technology. When representing TWB, be sure that the projects undertaken, and the various aspects of their implementation, maintain a strong respect for TWB’s values. Most notably, the pursuit of social good, fairness, and equal opportunity.
This also extends to making sure we only associate ourselves with external individuals and organisations who represent similar values.
Keep Yourself Safe
While representing TWB, the importance of your personal safety and comfort should remain paramount. If other members or external individuals ask you to perform a task that you are uncomfortable with, be sure to discuss your concerns with them and if the issues cannot be alleviated, politely refuse. This might include lifting heavy items, or performing tasks that you have not been trained for.
Respect For Each Other
Differing opinions is important to enable new ideas and achieve better solutions. Occasionally though, team members might disagree in more frustrating ways. When part of one of these situations, be sure to only discuss it directly to the person involved. Discussing frustrations with others not involved should be limited and should only occur when seeking advice or impartial intervention.
Openness and Support
Sometimes the correct response to a situation is difficult to ascertain. We all bring great skills to TWB, but nobody knows everything. When working on a project, be sure to discuss with the team any difficulties, important decisions, and any confusions. TWB is here to support you in your project involvement.
Privacy of Information
When liaising with external organisations or individuals, treat shared information with at least the appropriate amount of confidentiality the information requires.
This might mean not discussing unannounced projects publicly and respecting the private nature of phone numbers and other contact details of individuals.
When borrowing TWB equipment for use with a project or otherwise, be sure to make a full account of the equipment received so that you can ensure that all is returned afterward. Some equipment is expensive so be clear with your team members who is responsible for the items at all times so that things don’t get left behind.
TWB t-shirts should be washed before being returned to TWB.
Planning & Management Resources
Planning a presentation? Teaching a class? Just need some decent imagery or sound effects to make an event or project a bit more interesting?
- Adobe Kular – A good place to find colour schemes.
- Freesound.org – Free sound effects.
- Freeimages.com – Free images.
- Freemusicarchive.org – Free music.
- Musopen.org – Free Classical Music
- Prelinger Archives – Free Archives of various media now in the public domain (movies, tv ads, concerts, software, etc).
- Pond5 Public Domain – Free historical video and audio.
Is this free stuff really free?
Yes, it’s free from monetary payment, but that doesn’t mean it’s free from responsibility. Most free items online are actually released under a creative commons license. Creative commons licenses can vary but usually they mean you can use the work, free of charge, as long as you credit the original author somehow. Be sure to read the details of the license for the items you download (they’re only a paragraph or 2).
Check out creativecommons.org for more info.
Feel free to use these logos and colours in your project communication and media.
For more official uses such as posters and advertising, be sure to work through a communal process of proofing with the team.
- TWB Logo
- TWB Colours
- Yellow: #f8d809
- Blue: #0066A2
- Green: #4F7C29
Current Leadership Team
Dale de Silva
Professor Glen Bates
(Pro Vice Chancellor – Student Advancement)
Professor Leon Sterling
Previous Leadership Teams
Robert Keating (2014-15)
Carl Sciglitano (2014-15)
Jerry Nguyen – Community Computers (2015-16)
Jai Cornes – Operation 180 (2014-15)
Salonie Saxena – Marketing (2014-15)
David Uber – Fundraising (2014-15)
Michael George – Robot Training (2014-15)