Now in its third year, the Festival for the Future will hit Te Papa, in Wellington, from the 22nd to the 24th of November. Attendees will be able to hear from some of the most inspiring young minds in the country, through a series of seminars and workshops to give everyone a creativity boost.
The festival brings together scientists, musicians, designers, environmental warriors, IT specialists, youth and community workers, filmmakers, journalists and poets to all talk about their vision for a better New Zealand.
Sean Simpson from LanzaTech and Tia Johnston-Brown from the Ashoka Foundation are this year's keynote speakers.
The full list of speakers, which you can check out here, includes names such as 2013 Kea World Class New Zealand Award Recipient Geraldine McBride, CEO of Leadership New Zealand Sina Wendt-Moore and a number of bright young minds such as Bailey Peryman, responsible for the Garden City 2.0 social enterprise in Christchurch, and Lindsey Horne, who lives in what is fondly known as the "Shit show Chateau", the worst student flat in Dunedin which she ir working to turn into an energy-efficient and carbon zero flat. Hana Olds, the girl who, at 8 years old, raised over $2000 for an elephant park in Thailand and self-published her own book at 12, is now 13 years old and a member of the feminist and amnesty international clubs at Wellington High School. She will also speak at the event, alongside a number of other creative young people.
The three day programme is packed with speakers, workshops, seminars, screenings, idea development and exhibitions, for future thinkers.
One lucky Idealog reader will win a double pass to the festival. To be in to win, leave a comment telling us which inspiring person you'd like to hear speak and why.
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