Presented by

  • Steph Piper

    Steph Piper

    Steph Piper is a creative technologist and maker. She is the Community Engagement Coordinator at USQ, looking after the library Makerspace. She is also co-founder of Elkei Education, introducing electronics skills and positive role models to young girls. With a background in biofabrication, Steph also teaches classes in 3D printing, Arduino and Hardware development. Recently, she built the 'Party Button', an iconic interactive art piece that featured at Curiocity Brisbane Art Exhibition 2021. For more info, see and


Makerspaces are an exciting model for encouraging hands-on making. Step into your local space and start building with ‘digital fabrication’ – using computers to design, and 3D printers, laser cutters and more to create. After 7 years of running Makerspaces at the University of Southern Queensland Library and the Brisbane Hackerspace, Steph Piper provides insights on what Makerspaces can look like in the new normal. She’ll talk on recent projects, gamification techniques for makerspaces and rolling out online activities to keep users involved while at home.