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Tech, data, culture, workshops.

Clement Meadmore and mid-century Melbourne design

Design fans rejoice.

  • Clement Meadmore = 1950s furniture designer. ✓
  • Think ‘Grandfather’s Axe’.✓

Fun facts:

  • From Melbourne.
  • In the NGV collection
  • Quite fetch

#midcentury #design #slv

Register here

The Law and You Forum: Is sport playing by the rules?

24 October PM join a panel of experts and the Victorian Law Foundation discussing whether sport and the law should be more like one another or not.

“Sport has its own codes of behaviour and its own judicial processes – which at times seem at odds with the general community. Issues like assault, bullying, drugs and discrimination can be managed differently on the field and off.”

Register here

Australian taxation reform: What will it mean for our economy?

https3a2f2fcdn-evbuc-com2fimages2f487850822f2087942076562f12foriginal Bring out the big guns, this one’s for everyone.

Taxation reform!

Dun, dun, dun, dah.

Register here

October is buy nothing new month…

I’ve just discovered that October is officially “Buy Nothing New Month.”

No longer devoted to simple beer drinking or mega rock concerts, and consistent with my budget bottom line at the moment, it’s not so much a celebration, as a question of what can you do? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Quite a lot as it turns out.

As always, these hacks are free, but you do need to register and you should only do that if you really are going.

Instead of Oktoberfest, you could try Winefulness. You heard correctly. Learn about wine from a VinoMofo expert and kill two birds with one stone. 3 October, 6PM. It’s free wine and mindfulness.

Friday 12 October Portable, our friends in Collingwood have another of their super cool catered ‘introduction to’ sessions this one on empathy in human centred design and what it means.

Can’t give up your fashion habit? Into upcycling? Take a squizz at the North Fitzroy Clothing Swap

Frock up for free film as part of the national seniors festival. Melbourne Libraries is hosting ‘Iris‘ the Albert Maysles’ documentary about New York fashion doyenne and art collector Iris Apfel.

On October 30 there’s also lunch with an entrepreneur discussing ‘the truth about early stage tech startup investing.’

All this and more in the Tech and the City Calendar.




Free, friendly tax office advice this week at City of Melbourne libraries

It’s not every day that the ATO and its officers are described as “friendly” but here we have it, in print. Several dates and locations in Melbourne when you can go and ask the ATO any questions you like without waiting on hold or making an appointment, as long as they pertain to its online offerings.

The ATO staff can:

  • Assist and support the lodgement of tax returns using MyGov, (N.B. the staff will be unable to lodge a tax return on your behalf.)
  • Demonstrate the use of their digital products and services, and show you how to use the ATO app.
  • Assist with your tax and super questions.

Brochures and support materials will be available.

Sessions will be held at the following locations and times:

  • Southbank Library: Monday 17 September, 12pm to 2pm
  • Kathleen Syme Library: Tuesday 18 September, 12pm to 2pm
  • East Melbourne Library: Tuesday 18 September, 5pm to 7pm
  • City Library: Wednesday 19 September, 12pm to 2pm
  • Library at The Dock: Thursday 20 September, 12pm to 2pm
  • North Melbourne Library: Friday 21 September, 12pm to 2pm

No bookings required, just pop in.

With thanks to the copy writers at City of Melbourne


12 September Drones for the environment?

Did you know Australia is regarded as a world leader in the”non-military application of drone technology”?

September 12, Fed Square Dr. Catherine Ball, discussing “cutting edge projects that combine science, entrepreneurship, empowerment, and education.”

Dr Ball is a world expert on the intersection of drone technology and environmental protection.

Booking link here

RMIT Activator incubator FREE Build Agile Teams workshop

Agile is the latest buzz word doing the rounds in management circles.

Activator is the business incubator side of RMIT hosting MBA short cuts that you can apply IRL.

Event link is here:

Tuesday 1pm Launch Ready – Legals and Agreement Free half day workshop.

This is one of the best value free events in the calendar IMHO.

Register here for a free lawyer and a half day, activity-based workshop covering legals and agreements, from idea to investment.

Made up of:

– A four-hour workshop

– Three follow-up online Q&A sessions

– Free online Co-founder and Shareholder Agreements

Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

For more information visit

Funded by LaunchVic

What’s the DIF? Vic Gov’s Digital Innovation Festival

On Friday I managed to get to a panel event featuring one of my favourite speakers debating the issue of whether or not there is a skills shortage in cyber security in Oz or not, at one of my least favourite hours of the morning.

(Before business hours is never my cup of tea but Di Fleming most certainly is.)

Imagine my surprise then, when I discovered that Friday morning’s breakfast do was actually the opener for a State Government sponsored festival that hitherto I hadn’t even heard about, despite actively looking for tech stuff in Melbourne to write about. I was even more surprised to hear that will have over four hundred events.

Geez. They could have invested in some advertising…

I hit the festival website and lo and behold. No calendar interface. Just a PDF download labelled “June 2018“.


One web-dinosaur expedition into manual transposition from page to calendar it is then.

I read further. It seems to me that the DIF is taking a leaf out of the City of Melbourne’s ‘White Night’ playbook, in which you borrow the brand from somewhere else, (Russia, for example, where they actually have a white night for people to stay awake throughout and do stuff) and you apply a bit of marketing budget to create a hollow shell of an idea and ask the private, education and NGO sectors to fill in the blanks with events and activities that already existed in many cases; that you didn’t fund, and don’t necessarily endorse.


This would explain the claim to be hosting more than four hundred events, without sending the state broke… What it doesn’t explain is why I had no idea about any of them.

Did they know they needed to spend money on advertising?

As you know, ‘Tech and the City’ showcases free and interesting tech, data and cultural events in Melbourne, and whilst the are free events included in the program, (noted below) it looks as though there are plenty of standard issue paid talks and sales fronts of the kind that charge money to hear a digital nomad using hullaballoo and bluster to forcibly get you to buy into a lot of unbeareable, neuro linguistic programming premised ‘woo!’ (or ‘woot!’).


I Simon Cowell these type of situations, as in: “it’s a No from me.”

For the record, the vast majority of what I was exposed to as an advisor to a Shadow Minister restated the same thing others had already said, in some one way shape or form. It’s the reason that I’m focussing on free events.

On a more personal note, if I wanted to wilfully expose myself to NLP, I’d date someone who’s been to one of those INCEL sponsored ‘What women really want” courses that teach men how to perpetuate the patriarchy.

Double Yuk.

The Digital Innovation Festival event program doesn’t seem to include very many of the aforementioned 400 events… I note that some of the webinars pre-date the festival, so that’s curious.

From what I can see, I’ve already inadvertently signed up to at least three of the five very interesting free events on Eventbrite without knowing that they were part of a festival. As in, they’re not branded terribly well. I reinterate my earlier point, State of Victoria, did we read the full detail of how White Night works?

All of them are in the Tech and the City blog Google calendar.

You can sign up to Pearcey day (and hopefully the Pearcey oration) here.

Fun Fact

Did you know at least fifty percent of people who have RSVPd to free events in Melbourne are no shows?

This means that if you miss the cut off date, as I’ve done with this event and for some reason you can’t pull strings, can’t contact the organisers or go on a waitlist, and you’re just determined to bluff your way in, just showing up is not the worst idea in the world.

If you have the risk appetite and the time to kill, why not try it?

I will see you at “the future of brain-computer interfaces and challenges they present” if you dare.