Get a taste of the future at Myriad, Australia’s answer to SXSW Interactive
For the most part, living on the giant island that is Australia is a pretty sweet deal. However, sometimes it can feel like we’re missing out on the big-time technology and innovation events that our US and European pals are privy to. We’ve never really had anything to the scale of, say, South by Southwest or Slush – that is we didn’t until Myriad came along. From March 29–31 the Brisbane Powerhouse will turn into a hotbed of creative energy for the brand spankin’ new festival, bringing together some of the brightest minds in innovation to ignite our inspiration.
So how the heck did we land something as awesome as Myriad? Turns out that Martin Talvari and Murray Galbraith – a couple of the minds behind the aforementioned SXSW and Slush festivals – saw some serious untapped potential in the Asia-Pacific region, and decided to take their genre-defying show on the road to our backyard. Over the course of three days, ticket-holders will be treated to a series of events, workshops and tracks designed to generate global connections on a local scale. More than 100 world-leading local and international speakers will unpack and present issues of innovation centred around five themes – Future of Culture, Future of Health, Future of Money, Future of Cities and the Future of Work & Play.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Fear not – the powers that be have decided to open up the first night of Myriad to the public in a non-ticketed event, so we can catch the hype train free of charge. From 6:00 pm on Wednesday March 29, punters can get a sneak peek of what the festival will be bringing to Brisbane. The night includes a first look at the event line-up plus an outdoor expo space and innovation hub, all to the soundtrack of DJs and interactive band 7 Bit Hero. As an added bonus, there will also be a live-stream of the opening keynote address plus a stunning light installation from Kit Webster.
Light installation image credit: Kit Webster