Raising the Bar – Light Rail edition

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Raising the Bar – Light Rail edition

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

After being postponed a year ago, we’re excited to be taking part in this year’s Raising the Bar Light Rail Edition. We love the concept all about learning something new in unconventional places (we learn new, interesting things all the time in a bar..!) so we’re delighted to be hosting two sessions on Wednesday 28 April (see below).

It’s free to register and you’ll be able to enjoy a drink (or three) while you learn!


6.00pm: Algae and Cells and Insects…Oh My!
with Skye Blackburn, Founder of Edible Bug Shop


Register for free online here

People are passionate about food. It’s part of their self-identities. With growth in new categories of food, such as edible insects and cell-based meats, our whole food system is changing, but what does that mean for you?

Consumers are now looking for more sustainable, more nutrient dense foods to feed their families and even though eating foods made from seaweed or insect proteins might sound a bit frightening at first, scientists are working hard to develop these innovative food ingredients into safe and convenient food options that are totally delicious.

Skye is a Food Scientist and Entomologist who used her unique combination of skills to found the multi award winning Edible Bug Shop in 2007. Her passion for sustainable food processes is truly contagious and she has dedicated the past 13 years to educating consumers about the amazing health, nutritional and environmental benefits of using insect proteins as a source of food. Skye believes that by developing familiar foods, that are enriched using invisible insect based ingredients, we can harness their nutrition in a way that will become a normal part of our future food system.


7.30pm: Our transhuman future: Is it time for humans to upgrade ourselves?
with Alyse Sue, Co-Founder, Transhumanism Australia


Register for free online here

From reprogramming our immune system with mRNA to editing our genes with CRISPR, and eventually increasing our intelligence by connecting our brains to computers, technology is already upgrading humanity. We are living longer and smarter as we increasingly merge ourselves with technology, and the lines blur on what makes us human.

Transhumanism is the concept of overcoming the limits of human biology with science and technology. Alyse will talk about how we are already upgrading ourselves and the technology that will make that happen in the next 5-10 years.

Alyse is a software engineer and entrepreneur. She co-founded Transhumanism Australia and other health and genomics startups. Alyse has experience developing products for AI and blockchain startups as well as banks and insurers. Alyse is also a board member of SingularityU Australia and sits on the UN AA Climate Change Committee.


April 28
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm