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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.

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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.

Individual events are held in various locations, though The Hub is your destination for keynote events which includes the Opening Night Gala, and Afterparty, Melbourne Tech Showcase, Byte Into It RRR Live Broadcast, Food Fighter film screening, The Long Now: Planning a 10,000 Year Future for Human Knowledge and Hear My Eyes: Baraka Live Score by Dylan Martorell.

Some of the special picks include, Know Next Now: MKW Opening Gala, Edible History of Technology in Food, The Long Now: Planning a 10,000 Year Future for Human Knowledge, Lunchtime Talks: The Woman Who Slew Testosterone Rex, and Candy Bowers: Live Hack. Kicking off MKW18, is the Gala on 7 May from 7-8pm. With an interesting mix of 3 speakers on the floor leading 'Know Next Now', the story of future Melbourne (and the planet) will be laced with an infectious brand of intelligent optimism that you've not heard before.


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.

There are seriously more amazing events and equally outstanding, interesting speakers over this week than you could possibly manage to cover. Start scouring the program and check the website for more details, and to list the events you'd love to go to. The City of Melbourne Facebook Events Page is also a great place to view updates on individual events.

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Why? Melbourne Knowledsge Week 2018
When: 7 - 13 May 2018 - various times, various venues
Where: Various venues in Melbourne
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