5 July 2023

Uncharted Territory festival sets sails into Canberra's innovation future

| Genevieve Jacobs
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Uncharted Territory is an exploration of Canberra’s potential. Image: Supplied

Think about the best things Canberra has to offer: smart people, great networks, big ideas and clean, green spaces.

It’s a place where unexpected collaborations can happen and ideas take flight – and that’s exactly what Uncharted Territory will explore as the city’s newest midwinter festival launches this week, from 7 to 16 July.

You’ll see plenty of signposts here on Region as we tell the Uncharted Territory stories and consider how art and science can intersect to push the boundaries of what’s possible for our future.

Region is happy to partner with ACT Government to tell you about this incredible 10-day event, which includes everything from city-building workshops to dances with drones.

As a wholly locally owned and operated digital media and tech business, we’re particularly well placed to consider how bright Canberra’s future looks beyond the perceptions of a public service town.

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Uncharted Territory explores the intersections between art and science – or dance and roses. Photo: Supplied.

Australia’s biggest cities are stretching, bloating and toppling beneath pollution, congestion and general urban chaos, but we think there’s a better alternative just down the road.

Increasingly, Canberra is becoming a natural destination for innovation, taking advantage of a killer combination of educational excellence and a clean green environment that’s attractive for everyone from filmmakers to renewable energy engineers. As that potential grows, our best and brightest young minds are staying here to harvest the hometown advantage.

Therefore, Uncharted Territory is about more than design: at its heart is an examination of how the city moves forward and what role an educated, well-connected population can play in that future.

Ponder, for example, the connection between space and sustainability: satellite data can revolutionise agriculture, climate monitoring and disaster responses on Earth.

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Pepper is the world’s most advanced retail robot. Photo: Supplied.

Canberrans are leading and applying that research and you can participate in the conversation at an ANU forum discussing how space tech can play a role in supporting the planet.

Or perhaps a one-on-one chat with a small, twinkly robot is more your thing?

Conversation with a Robot at the festival marks the public debut of Pepper, the most advanced Artificial Intelligence-driven retail robot in the world. You can ask Pepper whatever you feel like, providing a fascinating insight into the world of artificial intelligence. If you’re under 18, you can even take part in research about how we interact with AI.

There’s plenty more, from observing cutting-edge filmmaking technology at the groundbreaking AIE Virtual Production Studio in Watson to a free games arcade at Kambri at ANU featuring pinball and arcade machines, air hockey and ping pong.

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The Uncharted Territory festival hub is in the Kambri precinct.

Watch Region’s platforms and social media sites for festival announcements throughout the next 10 days. The festival hub is located in the ANU’s Kambri precinct, just outside the Kambri Cultural Centre.

An information and box office will be open from 9 am to 9 pm each day of the Festival, where you can ask questions, find out more information and register for a diverse range of events.

A purpose-built bar will be open to enjoy a pre- or post-event beverage in the Festival Hub, where you can mingle by the gas fire, enjoy the food and beverage options and discover some of Canberra’s most formidable minds and talents – including you!

To see the full program of events, visit Uncharted Territory.

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