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This event occurred on
October 26, 2013
9:00am - 5:00pm AWST
(UTC +8hrs)
Crawley, WA

This event is about nature, education, entrepreneurship, health, hardship and community.

Octagon Theatre
University of Western Australia
Crawley, WA, 6009
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Tim South

Tim South was born in 1965 and grew up in Melbourne. After he finished school he briefly studied electronic engineering at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, then changed paths entirely and decided to study music. In 1988 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the Victorian College of the Arts. That same year he toured Europe with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and auditioned successfully for a position with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, which he still holds. He has taught cello at Churchlands and Perth Modern schools, and continues to pursue chamber music interests. He purchased his Luis and Clark carbon fiber cello at the start of 2012 and has used it exclusively since then. He also owns a valuable French cello made in 1852 by Charles Adolphe Maucotel. In his spare time, Tim dabbles in web development and photography.

Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a part-time Philosophy teacher, award-winning podcaster and full-time media student, who investigates and reports on paranormal and pseudoscientific topics and how they intersect with popular culture. Kylie has lectured on teaching critical thinking, feminism, new media and anomalistic beliefs worldwide. In 2010 and 2012 she was the MC of the Global Atheist Conventions, and more recently has lectured at the New Zealand Skeptics Conference on science communication and skepticism. In 2011, she published a book of podcast transcripts, "The Scope of Skepticism" and was awarded the Skeptic Magazine's Ockham Award for best podcast that year. Other projects include the 365 Days of Philosophy site, social media coordinator for IFLSLive in Sydney and social media wrangler and science blogger for ScienceRewired.

Mat Welch

Dr Mathew Welch is a research fellow at the University of Western Australia. After completing a PhD in childhood leukaemia in 2012, Dr Welch wanted to explore the role of epigenetics in controlling the genome of complex multi-cellular organisms. He turned to honeybees as a unique model organism due to the numerous behavioural and physical differences that can exist between bees which have essentially the same genetic sequence. Dr Welch now works at CIBER, the Centre for Integrative Bee Research at the University of Western Australia, researching honeybee genetics, reproduction and immunity. Dr Welch aims to give an insight into the fascinating world of the honeybee society where no one gives orders and yet everyone obeys.

Annie Fogarty

Annie Fogarty has been Executive Chairperson of the Fogarty Foundation since 2000, when she and her husband Brett established the foundation. The foundation aims to directly benefit individuals and the community through encouraging endeavours of excellence in education, leadership, the community and life. Having graduated with an Arts degree from the University of Western Australia, Annie’s work in marketing and public relations has primarily been in the tourism and arts sectors. In 2008, Annie and Brett were both awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Letters from the University of Western Australia and Annie was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for her services to education. Annie is involved in a number of boards and committees, including the Roseworth Primary School Board, the Fremantle Press Board, the University of Western Australia’s Senate Development Committee and the Centre for Social Impact WA Advisory Group. Annie has experience in public and private stakeholder engagement and liaison, project management and development of effective partnership relationships.

Hamish Jolly

Hamish Jolly (B.Bus, ACA) is an ocean swimmer and kite-surfer. He has a diverse career orientated to innovation, commerce and sustainable business. Hamish is a Director and Co-founder of Shark Mitigation Systems as well as Biogass Renewables Pty Ltd, a waste to energy company. In 2006, Hamish was awarded in the Western Australian Business News 40 Under 40 recognising the top 40 business leaders under 40 years of age. Hamish holds formal qualifications in Project Management and in Technology Innovation and Commercialisation (UWA). Formerly Director of Strategy and Ventures at BankWest, Hamish was responsible for Group strategy and mergers and acquisitions. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Hamish fulfills a number of Board positions including Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Board of Management (Kings Park). Hamish most recently consulted as the Chief Executive Officer of Greening Australia, Australia’s largest environmental not-for-profit organisation and formerly a Director of Ajilon where he was part of the leadership team for one of the top 3 management and technology consulting firms in Western Australia.

Shani Graham

Born in Jamaica but raised in Canada by Australian parents, Shani Graham experienced self-sufficiency from an early age. Her first passion was education and she spent most of her teaching career working with students with disabilities, before moving into educational management roles in schools. Her final principal posting was at Fremantle Primary School. In 2006 Shani and her partner Tim realised the world could not continue on its current path so they opened The Painted Fish - short-term accommodation with a sustainability focus. Interest in the business exploded and Shani and Tim found themselves running regular Living Smart courses, gardening days and tours. In 2008 Shani was instrumental in the creation of the Hulbert Street Sustainable Fiesta, an event to encourage community, sustainability and resilience in Perth suburbs. The Painted Fish has since closed and Shani now focuses her time on a new business venture with Tim called Ecoburbia. The couple have recently moved to a bigger property which they are transforming into multiple homes with shared facilities, complete with a veggie garden, chickens, goats and a bee hive.

David Joske

Professor David Joske’s vision is to "re-humanise" modern cancer care. He strives for all cancer patients to have an open-minded team supporting them to feel empowered to tackle their illness in their own way. As Head of Haematology at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (since 1994) his clinical and research interests include the treatment of lymphomas, palliative care in Haematology and supportive care in cancer. With more than 50 peer-reviewed publications in medical literature he is the founder and chairman of the SolarisCare Foundation which administers over 7,000 complementary therapy treatments to Western Australian cancer patients annually. A John Curtin Medallist and a three time Australia Day Council Australian of the Year finalist, David’s dream is to re-establish supportive communities for cancer patients in western societies.

Nik Zeps

Dr Zeps is a PhD scientist involved in translational research in breast, gastrointestinal and gynecological malignancies. He runs a translational research program at St John of God HealthCare (SJOGHC) that includes biobanking and molecular diagnostics integrated into clinical care. He is currently developing a national strategy for research for SJOGHC as Group Research Coordinator. On top of this, Dr Zeps is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Surgery and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Western Australia and at Notre Dame Medical School. He is also a member of Research Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia and the NHMRC representative on the working group for the Global Summit of National Ethics Committees operated by the World Health Organisation and the Ethics and Policy Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium.

Carina Hoang

At age 16 Carina Hoang escaped war–torn Vietnam on a wooden boat with her two younger siblings and 370 other people. She survived harrowing conditions in a refugee camp in Indonesia before being given the opportunity to go to the USA. Since then she has earned a Bachelor of Chemistry, Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Gender and Cultural Studies, and Masters in Business Administration and has worked in the semi-conductor, biotechnology and healthcare industries. After settling in Perth five years ago she has made a pledge to raise awareness of ‘boat people’ and their stories and assists families from different parts of the world to search for graves of their loved ones in former Indonesian refugee camps. Carina’s book, Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975–1996, received a silver medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards (USA) and she was inducted into WA’s inaugural women’s Hall of Fame in 2011. In June 2012, she was appointed Special Representative to the UN Refugee Agency’s Australian charity.


Fronted by songtress Louise Penman, Lilt feature pure, biting vocals and powerful, intimate melodies and Matt Mclean's textural synthetic production at their electronic soul. The pair work in tandem to create moments of vocal fragility and dense clouds of synths collide with system shaking subs, bass growls, and menacing drums. Their debut EP Swim (2012) exceeded all expectations and gathered rave reviews and accolades, including RTRFM's Local Feature EP and WAM Song of the Year nominations. Lilt also received Triple J airplay for Can't Hear and Winter Sleep Rework, including play on Home and Hosed with Dom Alessio - a true testament to the diversity, accessibility and depth of their sound. With a brand new seamless live show and drummer, the next batch of Lilt material is decidedly more dance, with elements of UK garage and drum and bass in the mix, while retaining their trademark creative, forward thinking textures, compelling arrangements, and engaging, crystalline vocals. With a raft of exciting projects coming up in 2013, Lilt are definitely a band to keep your eye on.

Cathie Travers

Cathie Travers musical journey has taken her across the spectrum of contemporary music, roaming from rock to classical, the avant garde to the Tango, esoteric electronica to electro-acoustic jazz, gypsy and folk, with many other stops, ethnicities and adventures along the way. She is a composer and vocalist and plays the keyboard and accordion. Her work has been featured in arts and music festivals and concerts across Australia and around the world. Like Cathie, Glenn Rogers has played and composed in diverse styles such as North Indian, South Indian and European classical, Brazilian, third stream, R&B, bebop, rock and 20th century classical. He is a guitarist composer accomplished in both jazz and classical guitar. Glenn has performed with symphony orchestras in concert venues and festivals in Amsterdam, Belgium, India and Australia.

Griffin Longley

Griffin Longley is an award-winning journalist, weekly columnist with The West Australian Newspaper, manager of a program for at risk kids called Midnight Basketball, father, and CEO of Nature Play WA. Before that he had a short and inglorious career as a basketball player and worked as a cook, bar tender and stonemason. He began his journalism cadetship in 2001 at the Bunbury Herald and Southwest Times and moved to The West Australian in 2002 and into feature and column writing in 2004. Griffin left the newsroom in 2007, after his eldest daughter fell ill, and began working as a freelance columnist focusing on issues around childhood, families and the modern world. In 2010 Griffin helped the WA Department of Sport and Recreation build Nature Play WA Inc. to promote the importance of unstructured play outside and in nature. Nature Play WA is now a successful organisation with an international reputation for innovative programs that increase awareness of the benefits of unstructured play outdoors.

Patrick Hollingworth

Patrick Hollingworth is a normal, everyday person from the flattest state in Australia, who leads a double life as a highly accomplished high-altitude mountaineer. Having decided early on that a life half-lived is a life wasted, Patrick pursued his love of the mountains and ultimately committed himself to an unguided ascent of the world’s highest mountain. After a decade of hard work and perseverance, his dream was achieved on May 17th 2010. Standing on the summit of Mount Everest confirmed his suspicion that it is only when we move outside of our comfort zones – when we truly stretch ourselves – that we find out who we really are. What Patrick discovered is that you find yourself at the edge.

Miles Burke

Miles Burke has been online since 1993, and involved in designing and developing websites since 1994. He has a Diploma in Commercial Art, from way back in the day of bromides and calling typesetters. Since 2002, Miles has been Managing Director of Bam Creative, an award-winning digital agency based in WA. He is the Author of The Principles of Successful Freelancing (SitePoint 2009), and regular writer and public speaker on all things digital. Miles dedicates much of his time to volunteer work. He was the Founder and Chairperson of the Australian Web Industry Association (2002-2010), Board Member and Secretary of the Western Australian Internet Association (1999 – 2004), and has served on a number of not for profits for the last two decades.

Sam Perry

Three years ago Sam Perry emerged from his bedroom into the Western Australian Music Industry with a performance that left people mesmerised. Sam uses effects to manipulate his voice to sound like instruments alongside a loop station, which he then users to layer several tracks together, recording them live on the spot to create his songs. Ranging from ethereal dubstep rhythms and dirty drum ‘n’ bass beat boxed beats to grimey hip-hop, Sam’s dexterity allows him to deliver unique performances. He has played many local festivals, including Parklife, Summadayze, Laneways, Rottofest, Hyperfest and Ratfest (Sydney). Sam also featured on a track by producing duo Black and Blunt that reached number 1 on the Triple J Unearthed Dance Chart and is nominated for WAMi Song of the Year 2014. Sam is currently touring Germany and recording his sophomore LP, which is due out early 2014.

Meri Fatin

Enjoying the mental acrobatics of talking with bright, creative and articulate people is Meri Fatin’s favourite past time and as a producer at 720 ABC Perth and presenter on RTRFM she has myriad opportunities to do so. Meri came late to the world of media, having earlier worked in human resource management and as a qualified Pilates instructor. But the media has so many priceless moments, she’s in for the long haul. What other career could afford such highlights as reading the newspaper for half an hour when you get into work, getting “hung up on” during a live interview or presenting a live broadcast from TEDxPerth 2012? But, as a mother of five she feels a job as a UN Peacekeeper could be in her future and she still reads aloud every night.

James McHale

James McHale made the switch from corporate law to journalism in 2009 when he joined ABC News as a reporter and newsreader covering stories for television, radio and online. In 2011 he began anchoring Western Australia's flagship ABC News bulletin, weeknights at 7:00pm. In early 2013 James was appointed anchor of the ABC's Early Edition national bulletin, screening daily across the country at 5:30pm on ABC1 and ABC News 24, as well as a separate WA version. In addition, James moderated the 2013 WA State Election Leaders' Debate and was a key part of the coverage from the ABC's Election Centre on poll night. He has played inline hockey for more than a decade, captaining both the WA and Australian teams, and is a more recent convert to ice hockey. Winner of the Clear Speech Award (2012), James is also an authorised civil celebrant. In his spare time, he enjoys red wine, mid-1960s Lambrettas and those old-fashioned sunglasses that young people seem to like these days.

James De Leo

James De Leo is a producer, comedian and military historian. He is a two time Triple J Raw Comedy State finalist and a National Finalist in the Green Faces comedy competition. His live performances include the Melbourne Comedy Festival shows Let the James Begin and Not Without My Porter and James De Leo: Live which earned him the People’s Choice Award at Perth’s 2011 Wild West Comedy Festival. He has solidified his live comedy credentials performing stand-up internationally in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and most recently New York. Since beginning his television career as a presenter and producer on ABC's FLY TV he has appeared on and written for programs such as The New Inventors and Stateline, AFI award winning comedy Double The Fist and recently co-wrote and produced the comedy documentary ‘The Arecibo Message’ for SBS1. An avid writer, James recently published the second of 6 comedy books in the ‘Learn about:’ series and is nearing completion of a work of non-fiction about the Vietnam War. His latest solo show will debut at the 2014 Perth Fringe Festival.

Bonnie Davies

Bonnie Davies is a comedian and facilitator based in Perth. After debuting her first solo show in Edinburgh 2011, she was nominated for ‘Best of the Fest’ in Perth in the same year. In 2012 she won ‘Best Local Comedy’ at FRINGE WORLD Festival and is currently touring Australia, New Zealand and regional Australia. She now manages her alter ego ‘Famous SHARRON’ who is rapidly gaining a loyal fan-base and following. She’s an experienced and sought after MC and facilitator with the ability to make formal proceedings personal, engaging and memorable.

Organizing team


Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • Joel Miller
    Creative Director/Curator
  • Linh Le
    Executive Producer
  • Karen de San Miguel
    Marketing and Communications Lead
  • Galen Townson
    Treasurer and Ticketing Manager
  • Ian Olszewski
    Mobile App Lead
  • Simon Dawkins
    Board Chair
  • Melissa Langdon
    Social Media Advisor
  • Prue Pike
    Social Media Advisor
  • Amy Broadfoot
    Communications Strategist
  • Rachael West
    Speaker Coach
  • Clara Soh
    Volunteers Co-ordinator
  • Tennille Kroemer
  • Marc Phillips
  • Caine Chennatt
    Production Manager
  • Kira Rikkers
    Public Relations
  • Michal Napora
    Creative Consultant
  • Luke Copley
    Speaker Coach
  • Anita Adhitya
    Speaker Coach
  • Brad Giles
    Partnerships Director
  • Badi Bayly
  • Aaron Clements
  • Tanisha Banaszczyk
    Associate Producer
  • Tam Le
    Administrative Manager
  • Gavin Buckley
    Speaker Coach
  • Meg Delahoy
    Operations Director
  • Adil Bux
    Board Member
  • Anika Schmotter
  • Danni Chester
  • Mara Korstanje
    Art Director
  • Mara Papavassiliou
    Curation Assistant
  • Nicolas Fiore
  • Chloe Lyons
    Online Editor