Melbourne Knowledge Week 2017

Encompassing over 70 events between 1–7 May, Melbourne Knowledge Week brings together art, technology, business and science to investigate our co-creation of future cities. With the MKW Hub this year located at State Library Victoria, the 2017 program will see industry leaders driving conversation around the changing face of Melbourne, considering future challenges and innovative solutions.

Keynote events include international speakers like Katherine Maher, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, on the democratisation of knowledge; outgoing Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, Jason Schupbach, on the role of ‘place’ in civic innovation; and The Brain Dialogue on ‘Machines that read your mind‘.

Other highlights include:

  • Next stop, future MelbourneWhat will the future of Melbourne look like when all over the world cities are growing? A conversation with Professor Rob Adams on the City Circle tram.
  • First Nations creating YIRRAMBOI (Tomorrow)Artist, curator and cultural producer Paola Balla asks Australian and international guests – what happens when First Nations artists create works for First Nations audiences, and how will this make our tomorrow more powerful? Presented in partnership with Yirramboi – First Nations Arts Festival.
  • Creating well beings – Night Hack at the Museum: Australia’s first all-night Melbourne museum hackathon, developing ideas that improve visitors’ health and wellbeing as part of an upcoming exhibition about the human body.
  • Rescue dinner: Some of Melbourne’s most celebrated chefs use rescued (safe food about to be discarded) at this catered event, in which participants learn to look at how we eat in a new light.
  • #STEM classrooms to careersSpeakers and practical workshops explore mobile internet, big data, new energy technologies, the internet of things, the sharing economy, advanced robotics, 3D printing, artificial intelligence and more.
  • Mini make day: Beyond EarthShowcasing tinkerers, makers, costume designers, scientists, academics, science fiction nerds, engineers and space fanatics in a family-friendly event that aims to facilitate the sharing of ideas that consider a world beyond our own.

For more information and for the full program, visit

Where: State Library of Victoria, Melbourne CBD

When: Mon 1 – Sun 7 May 2017

More info: Melbourne Knowledge Week 2017


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