Our world is changing – but we have the knowledge today to create the Melbourne of tomorrow.
Through seven days of interactive events, workshops, dinners, and performances, Melbourne Knowledge Week will explore what these changes might mean for our city.
This festival is a chance for everyone in our community to be inspired about the future of city living, technology, food, work, health, sports, and art, and celebrate this city’s most ambitious innovators, creators and problem solvers leading the way.
Join us during 7–13 May to explore the exciting opportunities, tackle the urgent challenges, learn the skills to help shape the future of Melbourne and #KNOWNEXTNOW.
Dr Amanda Caples BSc Hons PhD GAICD is the Victorian Lead Scientist, appointed to the role in mid-2016. Amanda brings broad experience in technology commercialisation, public policy development and governance of public and private entities.
“I’m proud that our city has a long history of discovery and innovation through the application of engineering to solve health problems. It’s going to be important that we have different tools, different products that we can try and test and personalise for ourselves.”
Jemma Wong is the head of audience growth at the AFL and the woman behind the game-changing brand, AFL Women’s. She oversaw the launch of AFLW, helping to radically reshape perceptions of a male-dominated sport and building a successful brand from scratch in a fiercely competitive marketplace.
“Technology is really changing the way that we tell stories, it’s forcing us to really think differently about how stories are being pushed across different devices. It’s been fascinating working in AFLW and AFL in Melbourne’s sport community to see how those stories are completely transcending across different platforms.”
Best known as the Chef and Owner of Maha Restaurant and Biggie Smalls, Shane is a presenter on Channel 9 Postcards, host of his own TV show, Shane Delia’s Spice Journey, author of ‘Maha Middle Eastern Home Cooking’ & ‘Spice Journey – Adventures in Middle Eastern Cooking’’.
“The thing that excites me the most about Melbourne’s food industry right now is that there’s so much opportunity. Melbourne is such a diverse mix of cultures and the people are just willing to try something new – the smart operators have started looking at restaurant quality, nutritious food that can then be brought to people’s homes.”
Laura is the Chair of LaunchVic, a global entrepreneur, international company director and philanthropist. Laura works extensively locally and globally as a senior advisor on global governance, strategy transformation and risk optimisation.
“What makes Melbourne special to me always comes back to our people, and at the end of the day, it’s all about people. Our people opt in, they are values based, we all step in and step up. Melbourne is inclusive versus an exclusive city and I’m a very, very proud Melbournian.”
A vocal representative of young Australians, Benson travels the country engaging young people in schools, universities and youth organisations, and inspiring them to work for an equal, just and unified Australia. Benson sits on a number of boards, is Youth Representative to the National Commission for UNESCO, and is passionate about inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to reach their potential.
“We’re really fortunate right now in Melbourne to have a greater awareness around the importance of sustainability as more than just an ecological standpoint. I think the biggest change that we’ll see in the next five to ten years will be individuals embedding sustainability into all of their behaviours, from the way that consume right through to the way that they live.”
Neil has been instrumental in shaping Melbourne through his roles as a managing partner of global architecture firm Grimshaw. He co-leads the Australian operations which were established to deliver the practice’s first Australian project, Southern Cross Station. Neil has led teams for projects including the Melbourne Metro Reference Design, and commercial buildings at 699 Bourke Street and 664 Collins Street, as well as Olderfleet, a workplace tower in central Melbourne that is currently in development.
The MKW Hub is located at the Meat Market in North Melbourne.
For more information on getting there, please visit The Hub page. As well as the Meat Market, MKW takes place in various locations across Melbourne. We encourage you to ride your bike. It’s good for you and the environment – a win-win situation.
Alternatively, visit the PTV website or call 1800 800 007 for information about train, tram and bus services.
We have worked closely with our partners to ensure that where possible Wheelchair access is available. Please visit the individual event pages to confirm if venues are accessible. The MKW18 Festival Hub in the Meat Market is Wheelchair accessible. For more information visit the Meat Market Victoria website.
Auslan interpreters will be made available on request. Please email us to arrange this.