Melbourne Connect

INNOVATION WEEK

A five-day innovation festival delivered by the Melbourne Connect community.

This year’s Melbourne Connect Innovation Week, presented in partnership with Telstra, brings together the expertise of The University of Melbourne, industry, and government in Australia’s leading innovation precinct to unlock new and groundbreaking solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges.

Connect with a community of researchers, industry experts, startups, students, and creatives, and discover more than 30 events over five days. Running from 5 to 9 September, events will span from panel discussions and pitches, to workshops and demonstrations and a whole lot more.

IN-PERSON & HYBRID EVENTS

IN-PERSON & HYBRID EVENTS

All events are free to attend, and the majority are available as both in-person and hybrid events. Register your tickets today.
NETWORKING

NETWORKING

Connect with a community committed to creating change and meet the people who call this precinct home.
FOOD & DRINK

FOOD & DRINK

Fuel up at the Melbourne Connect café on the Superfloor while you immerse yourself in the festival.
EVENTS

SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK

Events

Community Partners

Interactive Live Streams

Venues

INNOVATION WEEK

EVENT SCHEDULE

Day One
Day One 5 September
Day Two
Day Two 6 September
Day Three
Day Three 7 September
Day Four
Day Four 8 September
Day Five
Day Five 9 September
  • The Forum, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 5.15pm - 8.30pm

Top Tech Trends Debate

Unlike any event in Australia, the Top Tech Trends Debate showcases the visions of five leading industry professionals and gives the audience the opportunity to debate ideas at the cutting edge of future tech. Each panelist pitches the idea they think is most likely to impact our lives in 3-5 years' time, and then the debate begins before the audience votes.
Silicon Beach

Silicon Beach

Pitch Night
  • The Forum, Melbourne Connect
  • Friday, 9 September, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Emerging Tech Pitch Night

Join us for an electric pitch night where three Silicon Beach startups will showcase and sell their best ideas in front of a judging panel and a supportive audience.
Telstra

Telstra

Exhibition
  • The Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Monday 5, September - Friday, 9 September, 8.00am - 6.00pm

3D Printing Exhibition

View a collection of exhibits that show the life cycle of a product from concept to completion. Each exhibit started as a sketch, was modelled digitally and has used one of a wide variety of 3D printing technologies, along with moulding, cleaning, assembly and painting to create intricate and detailed three-dimensional objects.
InEight

InEight

Panel Discussion
  • The Studio, Melbourne Connect
  • Thursday, 8 September, 12.00pm - 1.00pm

A Powerful Combination: Asset Management and the Digital Twin

So, how can you leverage the power of digital twins for your asset management? Join Jason Lancelot, Senior Solution Engineer at InEight, and the University of Melbourne’s Dr. Soheil Sabri, Project Lead for the Digital Twin project, as they explore and explain everything about digital twins, and how they can help you better manage your capital project assets.
RocketSeeder

RocketSeeder

Panel Discussion
  • The Forum, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Synthetic Biology: Emerging Opportunities in Food and Agriculture

Join Rocket Seeder, a startup accelerator, and Gingko Bioworks, a biotech company, as they discuss current and future opportunities of synthetic biology for the Australian food and agriculture sector and how they can generate economic, social and environmental benefits.
ClarkeHopkinsClarke

ClarkeHopkinsClarke

Panel Discussion
  • The Launchpad, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

New/Old: Designing To Defy Ageism

This panel discussion invites three different innovators to explore how better design – of not just space but policy – can help us fight ageism and create the homes, communities and care we want for ourselves and our families. We’ll explore unconscious ageism and stereotypes, the roadblocks these create for contemporary seniors, and key solutions for designing more inclusive, empathetic, innovative communities.
  • The Studio, Melbourne Connect
  • Friday, 9 September, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Drawing with Fire: Boomerang Art-Burning Workshop

Join Indigenous artist, Mick Harding, for a unique hands-on workshop where you will learn the art of pyrography.
  • The Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 3.00pm - 3.45pm

The Future of Human-Computer Interaction

Go on a guided tour of the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research group’s new state-of-art facilities and hear from HCI researchers about their research projects.
  • The Studio, Melbourne Connect
  • Friday, 9 September, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

Drawing with Fire: Boomerang Art-Burning Workshop

Join Indigenous artist, Mick Harding, for a unique hands-on workshop where you will learn the art of pyrography.
  • The Studio, Melbourne Connect
  • Friday, 9 September, 10.00am – 11.00am

Drawing with Fire: Boomerang Art-Burning Workshop

Join Indigenous artist, Mick Harding, for a unique hands-on workshop where you will learn the art of pyrography.
  • The Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 1.00pm - 1.45pm

The Future of Human-Computer Interaction

Go on a guided tour of the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research group’s new state-of-art facilities and hear from HCI researchers about their research projects.
Lendlease

Lendlease

Summit
  • The Forum, Melbourne Connect
  • Tuesday, 6 September, 9.30am – 11.30am

Towards Zero

Towards Zero focuses on how we can collectively accelerate and simplify our transition to zero emissions through real estate.
Telstra

Telstra

Panel Discussion
  • The Launchpad, Melbourne Connect
  • Tuesday, 6 September, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Building the World’s Best 5G Smart Apartment

Join this exciting interactive panel event as a group of Telstra graduates share their behind-the-scenes stories and insights from the project and reflect on their learning journey. Telstra’s Principal, EME Strategy, Governance and Risk Management, Mike Wood, will also reflect on the role of interactive learning and hands-on experience for the professional development of Australia’s future technology leaders.
  • Dean's Boardroom, Melbourne Connect
  • Thursday, 8 September, 5.00pm – 7.30pm

Digital Health Validitron SimLab: Open House

Join us for an open house for the University of Melbourne's Digital Health Validitron SimLab.
  • The Lab, Melbourne Connect
  • Thursday, 8 September, 10.00am - 11.00am

Eel Trap Weaving Workshop

Join Sandra Aitken, Gunditjmara Weaver and Artist, as she guides you through the construction of traditional Gunditjmara eel traps, which represents an accumulation of generations of Indigenous knowledge.
  • The Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Thursday, 8 September, 12.30pm - 1.10pm

Telstra Creator Space Tour

During this 40-minute tour and demonstration, you will be guided through two floors of equipment, space, amenities and services by a member of the Telstra Creator Space team. Learn about the quick and easy fabrication technique of casting and mouldings, and discover some of the projects that were created over the past year.
  • The Launchpad, Melbourne Connect
  • Thursday, 8 September, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Bridging the Professional Skills Gap Between Academia and Industry

Discover how the School of Computing and Information Systems has been conquering the challenge of teamwork and communication skills!
OPTIMA

OPTIMA

Debate
  • The Forum, Melbourne Connect
  • Monday, 5 September, 2.00pm - 3.15pm

Decision making is better left to machines than humans

Join us in this fun and entertaining debate hosted by Simon Pampena, standup comedian and mathematician, and watch a team of mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists and economists from OPTIMA as they battle out over whether a series of computer circuits make better decisions than the human brain.
  • The Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Tuesday, 6 September, 12.30pm - 1.10pm

Telstra Creator Space Tour

During this 40-minute tour and demonstration, you will be guided through two floors of equipment, space, amenities and services by a member of the Telstra Creator Space team. Learn about the quick and easy fabrication technique of casting and mouldings, and discover some of the projects that were created over the past year.
  • The Forum, Melbourne Connect
  • Thursday, 8 September, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Melbourne Connect Oration: The Promises and Threats of AI for Society and Business

Prof. Eduard Hovy provides examples of how AI has helped society — and how it could easily go wrong. This keynote will explore the exciting new capabilities of deep neural networks that, if guided wisely, could unlock a host of new entrepreneurial and commercial opportunities.
Atomos

Atomos

Talk
  • The Studio, Melbourne Connect
  • Tuesday, 6 September, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

The Future of Media: Digital Disruption in the Film and Entertainment Industry

Join ATOMOS and other content creation experts for a conversation about the impact of technology in the film and entertainment industry and how to reap the benefits of the digital era and revolutionise your workflow.
  • The Lab, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

Eel Trap Weaving Workshop

Join Sandra Aitken, Gunditjmara Weaver and Artist, as she guides you through the construction of traditional Gunditjmara eel traps, which represents an accumulation of generations of Indigenous knowledge.
  • The Forum, Melbourne Connect
  • Thursday, 8 September, 12.00pm - 2.00pm

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Grand Final

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Grand Final sees the University's Graduate Researchers communicate their research projects in three minutes or under to a broad audience.
  • Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 10.00am - 10.45am

The Future of Human-Computer Interaction

Go on a guided tour of the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research group’s new state-of-art facilities — the UX (User Experience) and IxT (Interactive Technologies) laboratories, and hear from HCI researchers about their research projects.
Melbourne Climate Futures

Melbourne Climate Futures

Panel Discussion
  • The Launchpad, Melbourne Connect
  • Tuesday, 6 September, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Making an Impact on Climate Change

In 2021, MCF established the Climate Research Accelerator (CRX) program to provide sapling funding to a diverse range of established projects that have a high likelihood of making an immediate impact on the climate problem. Join a panel of change-makers to hear the impact made by three CRX projects.
  • The Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Friday, 9 September, 2.00pm - 2.30pm

SWARM Curator’s Tour

Part exhibition, part experiment, SWARM uncovers what it means to be social. Presented by Science Gallery Melbourne, SWARM is an exploration of social connection and hive-mind behaviour.
  • The Studio, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Masterclass: Public Relations and Marketing for Startups

This masterclass run by the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre provides startups with a practical introduction to PR and marketing.
  • The Launchpad, Melbourne Connect
  • Thursday, 8 September, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Emerging Innovators in Computing Research

Researcher Networking: Get to know and network with the emerging innovators in the School of Computing and Information Systems.
  • Meeting Rooms 13 + 14, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Developing Innovation as a Capability

Bring along your innovative thinking to discussion and hear how innovation as a capability is being developed and celebrated!
Human Robotics Lab

Human Robotics Lab

Demonstration
  • The Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Friday, 9 September, 12.00pm - 6.00pm

Robotic Technologies for Advanced Prosthetics

Discover some of the research outputs in advanced upper-limb prostheses using emerging robotic technologies, including 3D printed soft bionic arms for people with upper-limb loss, wearable tactile and biofeedback sensors that provide a sense of touch for prosthetic hand users, and virtual reality prosthetic training.
UST

UST

Panel Discussion
  • The Launchpad, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Innovation in a Hybrid World

How we work has changed, with millions of people seeking the new work-life balance. But how do we innovate in a hybrid world?
  • Meeting Rooms 13 + 14, Melbourne Connect
  • Monday, 5 September, 9.00am - 11.00am

The Conversation: Behind the Curtain

Gain insights at a news conference and see The Conversation's editorial team in action.
  • The Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Thursday, 8 September, 5.30pm - 7.00pm

Speed Date a Founder

Want to meet some startup founders? Come along to this fun and exciting speed-dating event where you will meet founders from The University of Melbourne’s entrepreneurial programs MAP, TRAM and InnovatEd and anyone involved in or interested in the startup ecosystem.
Wilderlands

Wilderlands

Session
  • The Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Tuesday, 6 September, 12.00pm - 5.00pm

Protecting Australia’s Biodiversity; One Square Metre at a Time

Imagine if you could protect your very own square metre of vulnerable Australian land and engage a leading conservation organisation to help you protect it forever?
  • The Launchpad, Melbourne Connect
  • Monday, 5 September, 12.30pm - 1.00pm

Building Blocks to Better Health

Discover how TAGC, a biomedical and economic powerhouse, uses genomics to create world-leading projects and businesses
MAXONIQ

MAXONIQ

Talk
  • The Studio, Melbourne Connect
  • Wednesday, 7 September, 4.00pm - 5.00pm

How to Make a Medical Device

Take part in an informative and interactive session on the steps to develop, design, manufacture and commercialise a medical device.
  • The Superfloor, Melbourne Connect
  • Thursday, 8 September, 5.30pm - 6.15pm

Froebel Carlton Early Learning Centre Tour

Go on a tour of the award-winning Froebel Carlton and learn about their philosophy and vision for early childhood education.
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