QUT Creative Industries is proud to empower and profile emerging and successful female designers. Graduates such as creative designer Jessie Hughes are forging exciting paths that combine design principles with technology. Since graduating in 2014, Hughes has developed her artistic practice in creative technology and new media art. Hughes has presented on panels including ACMI Conversations, Australian Virtual Reality Film Festival, Girls for Change Leadership Summit, State Library Summer Festival, Channel Ten Children’s TV shows, and has been featured in more than 50 media articles in radio, newspaper and TV.

In 2016, Hughes was named one of Australia’s Future Changers for her commitment to exploring digital innovation for positive social infuence, and was recognised in 2017 as one of Australia’s best in creative technology for Startup Catalyst’s Future Founders Mission to Silicon Valley, alongside Google, Twitter and Facebook. Hughes has a diverse creative background and she aims to further explore her artistic practice through continued international cultural exploration and medium experimentation and development. Jessie Hughes teaches 360 video production and enjoys helping her contemporaries up-skill in other creative pathways through Creative Practice, Communication and Design short courses.

QUT are also involved in the upcoming STEM Girlpower Camp, the Women of the World Symposium, and contributing in many other ways to positive outcomes for women in design and science. QUT are delighted to be hosting the STEM Girlpower Camp in March for the second consecutive year. Last year’s event saw 60 regional high-achieving Year 10 girls and 10 teachers discover the power of design.