RMIT’s strengths in technology and design will be on display during Melbourne Knowledge Week, running 7–13 May.
RMIT researchers and students will contribute expertise and leadership to thought-provoking discussions and exhibitions across a diverse range of topics from food and health to art, sports and technology. The talks, forums, symposiums, panels and exhibitions will explore exciting new opportunities, tackle urgent challenges and outline the skills required to help shape our future.
The festival of ideas, now in its fifth year, boasts a jam-packed calendar, including these events that feature RMIT staff and students.
Blockchain – Reclaiming Identity Technology – Talk
Identity means so much more today than just who you are. It’s where you spend money, who you chat with and how you pay your taxes. RMIT and TypeHuman are developing an app to help people take back ownership of their identities. They’ll explore how Blockchain technology can provide protection against identity theft, change the way we use money and transform society.
When: Tuesday 8 May, 6-8pm
Where: Stone & Chalk, 710 Goods Shed North, Collins Street, Docklands
Who: Professor Jason Potts (RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub), Alastair Berg (RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub), Nick Byrne (TypeHuman), Katherine Noall (CEO, Sphere Identity)
City Shaping Symposium City Design - Panel
The symposium poses the big questions: how Melbourne can keep pace with unprecedented technological and social change, what role does indigenous knowledge plays in the city’s approach to innovation and how can we shape a city that works for everyone in a world of accelerating change?
When: Tuesday 8 May, 10am – 4.30pm
Where: The Hub, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Who: RMIT only – see MKW website for full list of speakers Professor Laurene Vaughan, Dean, School of Design, Professor Mark McMillan Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Engagement, Professor Carey Lyon, School of Architecture and Urban Design, Ronald Jones, Adjunct Professor, Landscape Architecture, Tom Bentley, Executive Director for Policy and Impact
Sensor[ed] City Design – Exhibition
This student exhibition uncovers possibilities for digital infrastructures in Melbourne, looking at the data available from sensors that can tell us about our city’s pedestrians, air quality, light and sound levels. The exhibition features interactive works that explore what it means to live digitally in the urban realm.
When: Exhibition Opening – Thursday 10 May from 6-9pm; Exhibition runs from 10 May – 8 June
Where: Knowledge Market, 8-10, 892 Bourke Street, Victoria Harbour, Docklands
Future Hospital – Future Patient Health - Talk
(This event is part of Future Hospital)
Medical and design innovators rethinking medical services systems and technology to develop new, better patient experiences through human centred design.
When: Sunday 12 May, 1.00-1.45pm
Where: Royal Melbourne Hospital Function and Conference Centre, Ground level, 300 Grattan St
Who: Professor Laurene Vaughan, Dean, School of Design, Larissa Hjorth, Director, RMIT Design & Creative Practice Enabling Capability Platform, Leah Heiss, PhD researcher at RMIT
The Future of What We Wear Technology – Exhibition
What will fashion mean in a time of sensors and wearable technology, smart materials, artificial intelligence and virtual reality? Researchers and PhD candidates from the RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles explore what a fashionable future looks like.
When: Sunday 13 May, 11am-5pm
Where: The Hub (Flat Floor Pavilion), Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Who: Researchers and PhD candidates from RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles