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Young CT Award

Young Creative Technologist Award

The State Library of NSW’s DX Lab announces a unique opportunity for a young creative technologist to undertake an innovative project of their choice. The Young Creative Technologist Award, proudly supported by Macquarie Group, gives a young person aged 18-25 the opportunity to create an innovative digital experience utilising some of the Library’s seven million digitised images. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

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We are looking for a young 18-25 year old developer/creative who is interested in the Gallery, Library, Museum and Archive sector (GLAM). You will have the opportunity to spend up to three months in the DX Lab to build an innovative digital experience. This award promotes innovation, partnership, experimentation and the creative use of the Library’s collection via new interfaces and experiences.

“One of the greatest challenges faced by the State Library of NSW (and all great libraries) centres on finding the best ways of giving the largest possible number of people access to its collections. Digital technology is leading a creative revolution in this area which is unlike anything seen since the time of Caxton and Gutenberg. This new award, supported by our DX Lab and Macquarie Group will give a promising young technologist the chance to try out new ideas and discover new ways of bringing our immense collections to life.” Dr John Vallance, State Librarian

“Improved technology is allowing the delivery of better goods and services across our community including the State Library. Macquarie has long supported emerging talent and is delighted to support a creative technologist undertaking an innovative project to allow the State Library to deliver an even better service to the people of NSW.” Nicholas Moore, Macquarie Group Chief Executive Officer.

If you are interested in applying for this placement you can submit your application here by 29th September.

The State Library of NSW Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation which supports key Library fellowships, and innovative exhibitions and landmark acquisitions.

The applications will be judged by:
Paula Bray, DX Lab Leader.
Kate Curr, Manager Digital Strategy and Innovation.
DX Lab Developers, Kaho Cheung and Luke Dearnley.

Q: Who is the award open to?
A: Young technologists aged between 18-25 years old.

Q: Will the winner be building their idea into an online experience?
A: Yes, we plan to have your interface go live and you should think about how it might be experienced onsite.

Q: Where will the winner be working from?
A: The successful applicant will work from the DX Lab within the State Library in Sydney. A work station and computer are provided, however we assume the winner would want to bring their own equipment.

Q: Will the Lab developers help me with my project?
A: Yes, they are here to assist but the expectation is that the winner will build and deliver the project.

Q: Can other data sets be incorporated into the project as well as the State Library’s data?
A: Yes, if additional data sets provide additional meaning to the project outcome and are openly sourced.

Q: Do applicants need to be associated with a university?
A: No, applicants don’t necessarily have to be associated with a university

Q: Can overseas applicants apply?
A: Yes, but the successful applicant is responsible for all necessary travel arrangements, accommodation and living costs.

Q: How will the successful applicant be paid?
A: 50% of the prize money will be paid half way through the project, with the remaining $5,000 paid upon delivery of the project.

Q: Can the award be undertaken part-time?
A: Yes, we can accommodate different schedules.

Q: Will the winner have any additional obligations?
A: Yes. Macquarie Group may wish to feature the successful applicant and their work via their own internal and external communication channels. The DX Lab would expect the successful applicant to present their work to an audience and write a blog post about your project.

The successful applicant will be working in the DX Lab and will have the assistance of the Lab team that includes, two developers and the Lab Leader and a range of staff across the Library that can assist with research and curatorial matters.

You can search the collection here with special collections also listed on this page. Please contact us if you have any specific questions relating to data sets at dxlab@sl.nsw.gov.au