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

Discover the people, projects, and possibilities making Melbourne’s newest innovation precinct a place for curious conversations and bringing together the most brilliant minds to tackle some of the most pressing problems facing our society.

Connect with a community of researchers, industry, startups, SME’s, government, students, artists and the new Science Gallery Melbourne, with over 30 events to choose from ranging from panels to pitches, exhibits to entrepreneurial expos, so join us for this action-packed week.



A connected community committed to creating change.

From pitch events to panels, exhibits to entrepreneurial expos, this five-day festival is a chance to explore this new purpose-built innovation precinct powered by the University of Melbourne.



All events are free to attend and the majority are available with both in-person and hyrbrid tickets available.


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


Visit the Melbourne Connect cafe on the Superfloor and be immersed amongst the event spaces where the festival is being held.



Science Gallery Melbourne

Under the cover slip

Anatomy & Physiology Society

Emerging Tech Pitch Night

YBF x Melbourne Connect

Scaling for Impact with Prof Paul Tracey

Menzies Oration x UniMelb

Plugged in or Unplugged? Exploring tech in meditation practices

Contemplative Studies Centre

Harnessing the power of AI to transform your business

Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology

Technodystopia: Are we heading towards Blade Runner?

Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Ethics

Science in the balance: how universities can manage research and education

Faculty of Science


Community Partners

Interactive Live Streams




Day One
Day One 13 August
Day Two
Day Two 15 August
Day Three
Day Three 16 August
Day Four
Day Four 17 August
Day Five
Day Five 18 August
  • Virtual
  • Friday 8am - 10.30am

Science in the balance: how universities can manage research and education

Join an expert panel discussing the vital role of scientific research and education, and the challenges universities face in delivering both.
  • Virtual
  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm

Telstra Creator Space Tour

Telstra Creator Space is an accessible fabrication lab where technology and creativity combine to create innovative solutions. We welcome the precinct community, partners, students and the general public to join us on a 30 minute tour.
  • Virtual
  • Monday 9am - 9:45am

The Conversation: Behind the Curtain

See the team from The Conversation in action through one of their unique editorial meetings where they show how they pick and edit stories and work with experts to create them.
  • Virtual
  • Monday 11:00

50 Words Project

The 50 Words Project is an online research project that aims to put together 50 words from every Indigenous language in Australia.
  • Virtual
  • Monday 12:00 - 1pm

Plugged in or Unplugged? Exploring technology in meditation practices

A stimulating discussion around the ancient practice of meditation and whether apps help or hinder their goals. Featuring a stellar line up of panelists representing everyone from app CEOs, researchers, meditations teachers and a Buddhist monk.
  • Virtual
  • Monday 6:00pm - 7.30pm

Emerging Tech Pitch Night at Melbourne Connect

Join YBF, Silicon Beach Australia, Women in Emerging Tech and Algorand Foundation to pitch your emerging tech startup at Melbourne Connect Innovation Week.
  • Virtual
  • Monday, 6pm

Science Dean’s Lecture – Is scientific exploration worth the cost?

Join us during National Science Week as we ask the question - 'is scientific exploration worth the cost?'
  • Virtual
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 11:30am

Future Cities Symposium: How Regenerative Urban Design & Placemaking Will Restore Us

Regenerative Design is mooted as the Next Big Thing, but what does it look and feel like, how does it challenge existing ideas about sustainability, and how can it restore us and our cities? Join Urban Designers Dean Landy and Haley Hooper from ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects as they explore this question in a half-day symposium with leaders in research, design, planning and urban strategy.
  • Virtual
  • Tuesday 10:30am - 11am

ONLINE: Little Scientists Free Virtual Incursions

National Science Week virtual incursions with Little Scientists Simultaneous morning tea — Inspiring children to explore and discover food For National Science Week, we invite parents, early childhood educators, teachers and children to join us for morning tea to explore this very diverse and interesting topic in a playful way. Our presenters will explore the food we eat for morning tea, guide you through fun investigations and share some surprising observations with you.
  • Virtual
  • Tuesday 12:30pm

Childcare at Melbourne Connect. An introduction to FROEBEL Carlton Early Learning Centre

Meet FROEBEL, the incoming childcare provider at Melbourne Connect! “We believe that every child should have the opportunity to grow into a curious, capable, caring and contributing global citizen, beginning with an empowered childhood.”
  • Virtual
  • Tuesday 14:30 - 15:30

Meet the Neighbours 2: Meet the students

This event is an opportunity for University of Melbourne students and residents of the University’s new innovation precinct, Melbourne Connect, to meet and connect.
  • Virtual
  • Tuesday 5:30pm

Careers in Startups (Engineering)

StartUp Link’s Careers in Startups Event seeks to inform students on the opportunities that exist in the exciting world of startups. If you are an engineering student, join us to hear about career paths and opportunities in the startup space through a panel discussion and Q&A session featuring prominent software engineers and developers from various Melbourne startups.
  • Virtual
  • Tuesday 5:00pm - 6.30pm

Aging 2.0 Meetup: The Future of Care

Join Live and in person, FireSide Chat. Aging2.0 global founder Stephen Johnston (135+ chapters) with Kyall Walker, Head of Venturing BUPA ANZ. This will be supported by three local startup pitches and National Insights from Dementia Australia facilitated by Melbourne patron Marc Niemes.
  • Boardroom
  • September 1st - 5:30pm

Arts Connections: Chat with Professionals

The Arts Connections is our regular series that aims to provide students with chances to connect with industry professionals. In this 1-hr session, we will invite Tim Bright, an experienced festival manager and creative producer, as our guest to have a close conversation and share his career insights/experience with 10-15 students.
  • Virtual
  • Wednesday 08:00

Morning Yoga

Welcome to your morning yoga session hosted by Melbourne University Sport. This session is designed to get your morning started in the right way with your body moving and your blood flowing.


  • Virtual
  • Wednesday 4pm

AI-based Optimisation Seminar

Integrating AI and optimisation to advance decision making in industry.
  • Virtual
  • Wednesday 4:30pm - 5.30pm

Maxipaedia & MAXONIQ the founder story of health tech commercialisation

The Five year Startup. What's next and what does it take to translate medical experience, research and innovation into a commercial product?
  • Virtual
  • Wednesday 5:30pm

Menzies Oration – Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)? Scaling for Impact

Menzies Foundation in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, is delighted to announce that Professor Paul Tracey will deliver the 2021 Menzies Oration.
  • Virtual
  • Wednesday 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Speed date a founder

Hosted by the Melbourne Entrepreneurial Centre, 'Speed date a founder' is an opportunity to meet a bunch of friendly founders and get to know them, their startup/project, and find out how you might be able to help each other. You'd be amazed at how many great connections can be made in a couple of minutes over a quick drink!
  • Virtual
  • Tuesday 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Harnessing the power of AI to transform your business

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is used ubiquitously to address complex business challenges like fraud, customer support, data analysis and personalisation. AI can create opportunities to unlock new efficiencies, increase productivity and decrease costs. It can also offer well-considered decision-making, risk mitigation, forecasting, logistics optimisation and insights to better understand your customer.