Future State of the Territory 2017

5 December 2017

Capital Brewing Co, Dairy Road, Fyshwick



The Details

Future State of the Territory 2017

* Andrew Barr MLA to facilitate debates on cities, technology and democracy
* Keynote from award-winning [Cannes] advertising ‘Gruen’ guru Dee Madigan
* Demonstrations at Canberra’s new indoor ski venue – VertiKal

A mix of music, food and debate will see hundreds of young people descend on Dairy Road at 5-30 pm on Tuesday December 5th for the second annual Future State of the Territory event. Held at Capital Brewing Co. with food by local favourite ‘Brodburger’ and a ‘first-glimpse’ opportunity to see demonstrations at the new neighbouring indoor-ski facility VertiKal, the event includes –

* Andrew Barr MLA ACT Chief Minister facilitating debates on technology and democracy, leadership and inclusivity, creativity and smart cities.

* Advertising guru Dee Madigan [ABC’s Gruen, Campaign Edge] will deliver a keynote on how to make change happen. So many of the big issues from gender to marriage equality, climate change to STEM subject take-up, are not utilising the skills of those who excel at change: communicators, marketers, storytellers, advertisers. Dee will give tips on how young people can influence change to create their future.

Future State of the Territory is organised by a group of young volunteers (engineers, architects, bankers, recruiters, lawyers) called FutureNet who are the young professional arm of industry-body Consult Australia. Their previous events include the Chief Minister’s Challenge in 2014, Australia’s first ‘Smart Week’ looking at smart cities and data in 2016, and Grapevine which in 2017 took technology and city debates into the region’s vineyards.

“Our events are about the future for the future,” said Kevin Keith of Consult Australia. “It will be a fun event but there is a serious side too. It’s more important than ever to grow understanding of the implications of technology, the issues and opportunities facing our democracy and to connect young people to our city in ways which empower them to shape how society develops.”

Lead sponsors for the event our engineering consultancies GHD and Arup, alongside Molonglo Group. A number of young people’s groups will also be attending on the night to showcase their work to other young people, ranging from the University of Canberra, ANU’s Fifty50, Institute of Architects, Planning Institute of Australia, Smart Cities Council ANZ, CBR Innovation Network and students from Frank Fenner Foundation who recently produced a report on smart cities.

Brachy Wilson, Chair of FutureNet, said: “Canberra needs more young people to be seen and heard on issues affecting their future. This is what FutureNet is about. Bringing young people together, building a sense of shared purpose, supporting each other to create a future in which Canberra remains amongst the world’s best cities.”

Debates will be livestreamed on www.Facebook/TheFutureSessions or tickets (include food by Brodburger and a drink by Capital Brewing Co.) are available at https://fsot2017.eventbrite.com priced at $42 or $25 for students.
For more information about this event, call 0420901276 or visit www.facebook.com

How to get there

Building 3/1 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick ACT 2609, Australia