e-festlogo2009 Today sees the start of Vibewire Youth Inc’s e-Festival of Ideas – a week-long celebration of youth innovation. Focusing on four topic areas – politics, human rights, the economy and Generation Y – the e-Festival, now in its sixth year – aims to generate conversation among young people across Australia – and is using online forum technology to do so.

The forums have guest panellists organised to keep the debate going, and a hot topic list to get started includes:

  • Is there an upside to the current economic downturn?
  • How much do online profiles impact (or create) jobs?
  • What’s missing from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?
  • How are Facebook and Twitter making a social change?
  • How is the 24-hour news cycle affecting politics?
  • Is the quest to save the environment really about politics and power?

The guest panellists, drawn from all quarters of society, include:

To get a sense of how some of these conversations may evolve, take quick listen to Traci Fenton’s view of workplace democracy.

This year, as part of the e-Festival, Vibewire will also host some LIVE events – allowing forum participants to meet face-to-face (and don’t forget that includes our Friday Coffee Morning this week at Vibewire):

    e-FESTIVAL OF IDEAS NETWORKING NIGHT
    What Innovators, creatives, activists and everyone else. Meet, drink, talk.
    When 7pm, Wednesday May 6th
    Where Vibewire Enterprise Hub, 525 Harris St, Ultimo NSW

    e-FESTIVAL OF IDEAS FAST BREAK EVENT
    What 5 speakers on the 5 Cs of innovation: Collaboration, Connectivity, Creativity, Commercialisation & Conversation. Also available on U-Stream & Twitter (use #efest to join the conversation).
    When 8am to 10am, Friday May 8th
    Where Vibewire Enterprise Hub, 525 Harris St, Ultimo NSW

    e-FESTIVAL OF IDEAS SERIOUS GAMES
    What A treasure hunt throughout the city, using technology to collect items. Players will challenge their perspective on e-Festival topics.
    When 10am – 5pm, Sunday May 10th
    Where Start at Vibewire Enterprise Hub, 525 Harris St, Ultimo

To get started with the e-Festival:

I look forward to chatting with you!