Inspirational speakers (keynote): focuses on developing leadership skills, fostering innovation, and empowering individuals to drive positive change.
Housing SOS: Cracking the Code to Affordable Living
4:00pm Victoria Devine, with PhD researcher Julian O'Shea
Melbourne is facing a housing and homelessness crisis, a situation mirrored across Australia. Approximately 6,000 affordable rental homes are needed to meet the current demand in the City of Melbourne. If we do nothing, it is estimated that this will quadruple to more than 23,000 by 2036. Who's affected? How did this happen? Can we fix it?
Mates for Change: Uniting Men to Eradicate Gender-Based Violence
5:15pm Dave Kramer and Tarang Chawla, with Associate Professor Asher Flynn
What role do young people play in GBV prevention, response, and recovery? Is the Australian government’s plan to end GBV in one generation overly ambitious? Are there changes we can make to children’s education, environments, or support networks to help accomplish this?
Jobs 3.0: AI, Automation and the Future of Work
6:15pm Dr Ben Hamer, with Professor Joanna Batstone
AI will significantly reshape the work world by transforming existing careers, creating new roles, and shifting the skillsets employers are seeking. What new opportunities lie ahead? What ethical challenges could the new technology pose? What will increased collaboration between humans and AI look like? How will we adapt to the workplace of tomorrow?
Out of the Rabbit Hole: Confronting Conspiracy Culture
7:15pm Sam Koslowski, with Dr Alex Phelan, Dr Carlo Kopp and Dr Emily van der Nagel
Conspiracy theories can appear harmless enough, but when embraced by the wrong group, they can be downright dangerous. How do conspiracy theories originate? What's contributing to this culture of fear? Has social media and fake news made the problem worse? What are the real-life consequences of believing in them? Can we stop them?