Jobs of the future will be on full display this week, with the latest in gaming technology, innovative ways to use insects as a food product, virtual reality and humanoid robots providing a glimpse of tomorrow as part of Melbourne Knowledge Week 2021 (MKW21).
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said innovation would be critical to securing future jobs and ensuring Melbourne continues to be a world class destination for investment.
“The bright ideas of today can turn into the billion-dollar products of tomorrow,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The gaming industry is the perfect example of a fast growing multi-billion dollar juggernaut, while sustainability is also one of the largest growth sectors in the country. Both of these industries present huge job opportunities for Melbourne.
“Melbourne Knowledge Week 2021 is all about the future of our city and making the most of world-class experts and innovators right here on our doorstep.”
The MKW21 Hub will held at four key locations across Melbourne. The main Hub will be located at the Meat Market in North Melbourne, with Hubs also popping up at Melbourne Connect, the State Library and Wesley Place.
The Meat Market Hub will be transformed into a digital playground, bringing together more than 300 experts and leaders in their field.
“Melbourne Knowledge Week is another way we’re helping to bring the buzz back to our city while also supporting jobs,” the Lord Mayor said.
“More than a quarter of those taking part in Melbourne Knowledge Week are artists and creatives, who’ve been amongst the hardest hit by COVID-19.
“The event will also showcase more than 100 researchers and start-up founders.”
Chair of the City Activation portfolio, Councillor Roshena Campbell, said MKW21 would bring together Melbourne’s best and brightest to showcase how they’re shaping Melbourne’s future.
“This is an event for the thinkers, the innovators, the explorers and the curious to come together, share their ideas and play around with some of the most exciting technology you’ve ever seen,” Cr Campbell said.
“Covering everything from the future of artificial intelligence and augmented reality, to the foods of the future and sustainable innovation, this is an event with something for everyone.
“With nearly 90 free events and a ton of hands-on experiences for kids, MKW21 is perfect for the entire family.”