Melbourne Knowledge Week running from Monday 7 to Sunday 13 May 2018 is a massive program of exciting events that brings together a melting pot of people, places, research and technology to imagine a city of the future. Seven days of interactive events will explore the exciting opportunities, tackle the urgent challenges, and share skills to help shape the future of Melbourne
In our changing world, and with the knowledge we have today to create the Melbourne of tomorrow, lectures, performances, urban expeditions, games, workshops, conversations, labs, maker spaces and parties will take place in celebration of our community; questioners, thinkers and everyone who is dreaming out loud. Check out the whole program here. You can also view individual events on the City of Melbourne's Facebook event pages.
Ambassadors for MKW: Grimshaw Architects partner Neil Stonell, Chef and TV presenter Shane Delia, Youth Advocate Benson Saulo, Chair of LaunchVic Laura Anderson, AFL Head of Audience Growth Jemma Wong, and Victorian Lead Scientist Dr Amanda Caples.
Held at The Hub on the Flat Floor Pavilion at a cost of $20 plus booking fee, it's followed by the Gala Afterparty from 8-10.30pm. This event is free, however, you need to register for tickets, not just for numbers but for the option of adding a carbon offset for $4.79 to your free general admission. With an apt title of 'how can we dance when our earth is turning?' and held at the Cobblestones of The Hub, the past, present and future of Melbourne collide on the dance floor and you're all invited.
The Tongerang'i Ngarrga crew will run an Opening Night Party with a difference, so come celebrate the Kulin Nations' ongoing connection to Country with sounds of warm, soulful techno and house. Plus the Festival Hub will be filled with futuristic design and exhibits that'll make not just your feet, but your jaw drop, on the dance floor. Don't miss it!
Our future does not lie just in technology, but in life sustaining food as well. So, are our tastebuds quick learners for this multi-course event? In the Edible History Of Technology In Food event on 8 May from 7-10pm at $100 plus booking fee at The Hub Restaurant, you'll experience the history and future of food technology. Taste wild, foraged foods prepared with fire and coals and then head to the sample innovations of aquaponics and genetically modified produce. Chef Jesse Gerner (Anada, Bomba & Park Street) and the team from Farmwall will lead you on this edible tour.
The planning of a 10,000 year future event is a free one on 11 May from 7.30-8.30pm, but again, you must register for a ticket that gives you the option for carbon offset as above. With two speakers at this event, Dr Laura Welcher, CEO & Director of the Long Now Library will talk about her work at the Long Now Foundation, and strategies of how we can move knowledge 10,000 years into the future.
The last but not least of the Special Picks is The Woman Who Slew Testosterone Rex. A free event on 9 May from 12.30 to 1.30pm at the Wheelchair Centre, again you need to register for tickets as aforementioned, with carbon offset options. Join the two speakers to discuss sex, gender and why we need to stop blaming hormones for inequality in our workplaces and beyond. It's 21st century psychology and neuroscience breaking down misconceptions about sexual differences.