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Workshop on App Development Approaches, 11 May, WSU

Outreach, Technology

Workshop on App Development Approaches

Hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language Western Sydney University (WSU) node

Date: Friday 11 May, 2018

Venue: Room 1.6.66, Peter Shergold Building, WSU (169 Macquarie St, Parramatta)

Start: 11am

Finish: 3pm

Cost: Free, but please RSVP via Eventbrite by Friday 4 May 


Organisers: Mark Richards, Alba Tuninetti, Dominique Estival, Caroline Jones, Rachel Hendery, Paola Escudero, Siobhain O'Leary

This workshop will introduce researchers in the language sciences (fieldworkers, psycholinguists) and language teachers (foreign languages, Aboriginal languages, classics) to app development approaches. The day features an invited talk from Dr Stephen Wan, Leader of the Language & Social Computing Team at CSIRO's Data61 in Sydney. A tutorial style workshop on low-tech app prototyping within the broader process of collaboration, design and usability assessment will be led by WSU's Kate Richards.

Participants who have functional apps already are invited to bring their app on a device to a Lunchtime Showcase, to demo and discuss progress and insights informally. If you have an app to show, please email - by 4 May - a brief description to: Mark Richards <>

Participants at the App Workshop are invited to stay in Sydney for the Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May to see their ideas into some digital form, by participating in the Western Sydney summer hackathon. The organisers of the hackathon are Rachel Hendery (Digital Humanities & MARCS Institute, WSU) and Andrew Perry (the Collaboratory Riverside). For details and/or to RSVP by 4 May please email Rachel Hendery <>

Location and Accommodation:

Parramatta Train Station is a short 2-minute walk from the venue. Parramatta is an accessible station. Exit via Platform 1 on the east side of Parramatta Station, and head north down Smith Street. The Peter Shergold Building is on your left, on the corner of Smith and Macquarie Streets. Take the lift to the 6th floor.

Parking is available in Parramatta Council lots or at nearby Westfield. Some hotels have parking. There is no parking at the WSU campus.

Workshop participants from interstate should book their own accommodation. Nearby option include:

  • Mantra Parramatta
  • Holiday Inn Parramatta
  • Parkroyal Parramatta
  • Meriton Suites George Street (good for groups, otherwise expensive)

Please note there is extensive building work underway in Church St so that area (including Novotel) is currently less amenable.

  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University

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