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An annual festival to explore, discuss & share ideas

Melbourne Knowledge Week (9-15 May 2022) is an event that champions diversity and welcomes unique and forward-thinking perspectives. It's an invitation to think outside the box, to ask 'what if..?', and collaborate with open minds. To share, learn, explore, discuss, challenge assumptions, spark new ways of thinking and ideate together to create a better tomorrow. Across 7 days, the broad program of events, workshops and performances celebrate our City's rich heritage and potential for innovation.

Working with Moth Design, three Melbourne locations have been transformed into 2022 MKW Main Hubs. They are the State Library Victoria, QV Melbourne and Wesley Place. Each hub will offer a wide range of events, exhibitions, workshops, activities and panels which are mostly free to attend. A diverse range of programming will also be on offer at key narrm ngarrgu | MKW event sites across the city including Melbourne Connect, Foy's Arcade, The Capitol - RMIT, and Melbourne Town Hall.

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The following links you to events at specific Hubs.

QV Melbourne Hub, 210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Wesley Place Hub, 130 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
State Library Victoria Hub, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne

Join the Opening Night of narrm ngarrgu/MKW22 at State Library Victoria with a smoking ceremony, Djirri Djirri dancers and a performance of song and storytelling by Jessie Lloyd. However, you need to register fast for your free ticket as spaces are racing out the door.

Other exciting events held at the State Library includes the Indigenous Knowledge Film Festival. You'll find a powerful selection of short films, and following each screening, there'll be a short discussion with the filmmakers and knowledge holders. Children are welcome, however, the films are aimed more at an adult audience and will hold particular interest for those in the policy or education sector. Other events include Musical Monoliths where you become the musical conductor and create your own symphonic masterpiece through physical movement at this popup installation; Demystifying AI; Inventions Changing Our World; an Art and Storytelling Workshop, and more.

Wesley Place Hub is tackling the hard questions by asking how the next generation of renewable energy with help us tackle energy inequality? at the Dark Place / Bright Future: Discussion. Featuring two speakers, both will share their knowledge and vision for the future, followed by an open Q&A session. This event runs in conjunction with the Dark Place / Bright Future Exhibition, which attendees are encouraged to attend. It's an exciting installation that'll have you curious as you peek inside and learn about luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs): colourful, transparent tiles that help to harness sunlight. You'll find this exhibit at MKW Prototype Street at Wesley Place.

The game of Rock, Paper Scissors just got a little more challenging. Can you win the game against a skeletal chrome arm? Indulge your curiosity in emerging technology and see first-hand how a robot assesses and outsmarts an opponent through facial recognition technology, sophisticated coding and puppetry and animatronic mechanisms. Also at Wesley Place's Prototype Street, get a detailed look inside the electrical arm components and how the robot uses calculations to win a seemingly random game. This event is part of Games Day, a city-wide opportunity to make and play on Saturday 14 May! Get in early to play at these free events as Parkour Vision is already booked out.

Health care comes under scrutiny at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre - Wayi Djerring Room as it questions the prolonged use of fossil fuels that have put our collective health and wellbeing under threat. Worldwide, healthcare is responsible for 4.4% of carbon emissions. Here in Australia, the healthcare sector contributes approximately 7% of the nation's CO2 emissions, with 65% of that arising from hospital place-based activities and pharmaceutical use. How might we reduce our healthcare footprint?

Health-related, what if children could unlock a healthier future? Meet the People Behind GenV. From 2021 to 2023, around 150,000 babies born in Victoria and their parents will have the opportunity to participate in GenV, no matter their background or location. GenV will track the health and wellbeing of Victorian families to help solve problems like asthma, food allergies, obesity and mental illness. Following the expert panel talk, there'll be an opportunity for Q&A. Other exciting events at QV looks at accelerating city greening at scale; a road trip to zero; a scavenger hunt and more. Again, the scavenger hunt is part of Games Day. Discover six key gameplay locations, find the clues, solve the puzzles and you're in with a chance to win QV gift cards.

Be sure to go through the full program for more interesting and exciting events that'll challenge and inspire. If you consider yourself a thinker, innovator, explorer, this is one for the curious and the carefree. A place to share knowledge. If you didn't know of the following, you do now. MKW will be launching the first interactive digital map of Aboriginal Melbourne. The map will share the history of the land and its traditional owners and helps us learn about places of Aboriginal cultural significance in a meaningful way.

Be sure to browse through The Metaverse Store during MKW and enjoy a radical retail experience that brings NFT virtual products into a real-world shop right here in Melbourne at 318 Little Collins Street. One of the first of its kind in Australia, visitors can explore these products and purchase them with cryptocurrency. Blending art, fashion, technology and sustainability, it will introduce visitors to the concept of the Metaverse and its potential in the new avatar economy. This interactive installation will be accompanied by the Metaverse Makers Club, a discussion series that will explore how we might build ethical, empathic and ecological sound frameworks in the development of what many see as the future of the internet.

As you can see, this is an exciting event for the curious and the curiouser. Don't miss the opportunity to be challenged, to learn and to be inspired.

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