Melbourne Knowledge Week is back for the sixth consecutive year with more than 80 events from May 1 to 7. The City of Melbourne has gathered industry leaders and creatives from Australia and overseas to talk about the challenges the city will face in the future, and how best to tackle them.
The week-long festival explores subjects as broad as art, technology, business, health and science, encouraging collaboration and discussion around how to improve the city’s public spaces, accessibility and liveability.
With only a few days left before the summit begins, here are some program highlights with tickets still available.
Insects, bone broths and sustainable seafood are all on the menu at Utopian Foods, an interactive dinner created by chef Ben McMenamin (formerly of Supernormal and Top Paddock), who presents our food future through five courses. He’s the founder of The Social Food Project, which teaches about sustainability through food events. Utopian Foods is designed specifically for Melbourne Knowledge Week. It will combine indulgence with education, and encourage new approaches to food. Each dish will be introduced with its own story, informed by concepts ranging from ecological diversity to cultural identity. One idea – eating food that is around us – will inspire the creative use of ants and weeds (among other things) on a beautifully presented plate.
The event runs on Thursday May 4, 7pm–10pm at Drill Hall, 26 Therry Street, Melbourne. Buy tickets.
The Community Sandbox series is all about using or enhancing your skills in “hackathons”, “datathons”, co-design labs or conversations that will help shape Melbourne’s future. Hosted by Girl Geek Academy, this workshop is designed to prepare women to enter hackathons or launch their own start-up. This event isn’t reserved for the IT department. If you’re into developing, designing or even just meeting some seriously awesome women, this bootcamp is worth checking out.
This event is on Sunday May 7, 2.30pm–6pm at Ding Dong Lounge, 18 Market Lane, Melbourne. Tickets here.
Coworking Space Open Week
Between May 1 and 5, co-working spaces throughout Melbourne are opening to the public to showcase communal, collaborative work environments. You can drop in during the week, attend a pre-arranged tour or contact the co-working space to organise a time that suits you.
Tours include ACMI on May 5 at 9am, Blank Canvas in St Kilda on May 4 at 4pm, depo8 in Prahran on May 4 at 3pm and Exchange Workspaces Richmond on May 5 at 3pm. You can drop in or arrange a tour at The Idea Collective in Footscray, as well as a number of other shared working spaces. More information.
DJs and performers calling themselves "light surgeons" will come together to create a kaleidoscope of sound and light at 1000 £ Bend. This after-dark immersive event is presented by Media Lab Melbourne, which runs workshops and events to promote collaboration between creatives, technologists and performers. As you make your way through the space, you’ll discover the latest in entertainment technology, including electronic-music software and hardware designed by the audio-visual artists themselves. You’ll also get the chance to see UKI, the Utility Kinetic Insect art car, which will be on show at this year’s Burning Man, designed by locals Callan Morgan and Make Mob. The bar will be open too. Book here.
Decode runs on Friday May 5, 8pm–1am at 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Bespoke at Scale
The one-size-fits all mentality of mass production doesn’t sit well with some Melbourne creatives. Join a panel including Vanessa Murray, Marcus Westbury, Susannah Bradley and Orion Chibnall, who will be discussing maker culture and reinventing manufacturing.
This event is on Thursday May 4, 12.30pm–1.30pm at MKW17 Festival Hub, State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Free event, but you can register here.
The Urban Living series is all about how design – transport, buildings and utilities – shapes the way we live in Melbourne, while asking how we could make it better. In Human Effect, artist Yandell Walton has built an installation to trigger conversation about the relationship between politics, society and the environment, with a piece that explores the effect of human touch on the natural world.
Human Effect is on display at the Arts Centre’s external northern wall, May 1 to 7, 6pm–11pm. More information.
Burning Man is Silicon Valley
A panel will discuss the intersection of countercultural ideas with technology, and how we can create a better world while increasing profit margins – case in point Tesla’s Elon Musk. Speakers include Dr Angus Hervey, a political economist and writer specialising in disruptive technologies; and Dr Jodi York, a sociologist and social impact researcher who has been going to Burning Man since 2001.
This event is on Tuesday May 2, 12pm–1pm at MKW17 Festival Hub at State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne. Register here.
Creating Well-Beings: Night Hack at the Melbourne Museum
An all-night hackathon to come up with ideas to improve the health and wellbeing of museum visitors. The one-time opportunity allows you to create something that will have a lasting impact, as part an upcoming exhibition about the human body.
Creating Well-Beings is on Saturday May 6, 6pm–6am at the Melbourne Museum. Expressions of interest.
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