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With around 70 percent of the City of Melbourne residents employed in the knowledge economy, you can expect only the best from the Melbourne Knowledge Week. Running into its 5th year, the annual festival is not simply about showcasing the multibillion dollar knowledge industry in Melbourne. Melbourne Knowledge Week is also about promoting and enhancing the sector locally, nationally and internationally so that our city maintains its international recognition beyond sport and culture according to Councillor Jackie Watts, Chair of Council's Knowledge Portfolio.
melbourne knowledge week
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From 27 October to 2 November, you can enjoy more than 90 FREE and ticketed events making up the 7-day festival. Innovators, technology specialists, entrepreneurs, experts and the public will come together and exchange insights into the future of global business, talk to tech entrepreneurs, explore the convergence of art and technology and showcase Melbourne's world-class medical precinct with some of the leading scientists in Australia. A Knowledge Hub will be set up at the corner of Little Collins and Swanston Street, next to the Town Hall to provide updated festival information from 9am to 5pm daily throughout the week. More information about the Melbourne Knowledge Week programmes are available here. Check out some of the FREE and affordable highlights at Melbourne Knowledge Week.

Collaborative City Making
cities by citizens workshop
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne

Presented by Cities by Citizens, this 2-hour workshop will provide some tools to encourage greater cooperation between the public and local government organisations regarding their urban surrounds. You will use an interactive game methodology to model scenarios for collaborative city making and explore the challenges and opportunities of city governance and community activities. There will also be small group exercises and Q&A with the experts. Click here to reserve your space.

Date/Time: 27 October, 10am - 12pm
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000

RMIT Global Futures Forum
RMIT university
Photo courtesy of RMIT University

Supported by Amcham and Melbourne Business Network, RMIT's College of Business will host a rich conversation with industry figures from the worlds of finance, technology, energy, social enterprise and the media to explore the theme "Designing Sustainable Business Models."

Some of the guests include Saul Eslake (Economist and Futurist of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australia), Stephen Davy (CEO of Hydro Tasmania), Ben Spincer (Director and CTO Technology, Strategy & Innovation of Telstra), Sarah Harland (GM Technology Group Functions of ANZ Bank) and the Hon. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle (City of Melbourne). Join this FREE event that addresses what it means to be innovative, responsible and economically viable in the world of business today. Click here to reserve your seat today. This Q&A style debate will be filmed for ABC Big Ideas and hosted by ABC TV's Michael Rowland.

Date/Time: 27 October, 5:30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: RMIT College of Business, Swanston Academy Building 80, 445 Swanston Street.

B Corporation Morning Tea

B Lab
Photo courtesy of B Lab

If you're wondering what exactly is a 'B Corp', this FREE event presented by B Lab Australia and New Zealand will shed some light. B Corps or Benefit Corporations are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Join Alicia Darvall (Executive Director of B Lab Australia) and Brad Dunn (Founder of Certified B Corp Nazori) for morning tea and find out more about how to transform your organisation into one and what's happening with the B Corp space in Australia. To join in, simply reserve your space here.

Date/Time: 28 October, 9.30am 11am
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000

Navigating the 24-Hour City

melbourne skyline at night
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne

You've probably visited the RMIT Design Hub for the Future is Here and Bloom exhibition. Melbourne's leading space for design is inviting you back to join a FREE discussion about the city as a night time destination presented by RMIT and Road Safety Action Group Inner Melbourne (RSAGIM). Join experts in public space and personal navigation technology as they explore ways to celebrate, develop and contribute to the navigation of people safely through Melbourne at night. RMIT and RSAGIM will also share their prototype mobile web tool developed to help people navigate the city easily and safely at night. Visit the website to grab your seat, .

Date/Time: 30 October, 9.30am 1.30pm
Venue: RMIT Design Hub, 150 Victoria Street, Public Lecture Theatre, Level 3, Carlton VIC 3053

Sound of Drawing

sound of drawing Polyglot Theatre
Photo courtesy of Polyglot Theatre

Australia's leading creator of experiential, interactive and installation theatre for children and families will be presenting an event that's worthy of Liquid Architecture. Polyglot Theatre will be offering children ages 3 to 12 years the opportunity to draw on a large sheet of paper where the sound of the pastel or crayon is picked up by a sensitive microphone and amplified, resulting in a unique soundscape. No bookings are required to join this creative drawing exercises on a table wired for sound. Simply drop in and join a session.

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Date/Time: 31 October - 1 November, 10am 12pm and 2pm 4pm.

The Crack Up

The Crack Up
Photo courtesy of Deakin University

Presented by Deakin University's Motion.Lab, 'The Crack Up' is part dance and part digital technology. Inspired by an F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story of the same name, this transmedia dance performance integrates live dancers with virtual performers. You can enjoy watching massive stereoscopic landscapes come to life in high resolution and envelop the dancers through 3D glasses. Following the matinee performance on 1 November, a panel discussion entitled 'Performance and Technology: where to from here?' will address the wider implications of integrating new forms of digital and communication technologies into theatre processes. Don't miss 'The Crack Up' led by director and choreographer Kim Vincs and the team of designers and animators at the Deakin Motion.Lab. Visit the website to get your tickets.

Date/Time: 31 October, 8pm and 1 November, 2pm and 8pm
Venue: Merlyn Theatre, the Coopers Malthouse, Southbank

Blocks for Little Architects
blocks for little architects melbourne
Photo courtesy of City of Melbourne

Presented by the Australian Institute of Architects, this FREE event provides an opportunity to learn more about architecture through discussion and play with building blocks. Families and children 5 to 10 years are invited tovisit Deakin Edge in Federation Square and create buildings illustrate the city of the future. Click here to reserve your place.

Date/Time: 2 November, 10am 11.30am
Venue: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000
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Why? Check out more than 90 free and affordable events at Melbourne Knowledge Week
When: Refer to website for dates and timing of specific events
Phone: 03 9658 9658
Where: Various venues around Melbourne
Cost: Free & ticketed
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