The IDEAS Festival is a not-for-profit event hosted by the Educational Charity IEX. 


        5:30-7PM  THURSDAY 12 APRIL 2018

A story-telling, early evening community event with selected presenters from the IDEAS Festival. A series of short presentations outlining how they got where they are now and giving insights into developments and opportunities for the next 10 years.
Open to All.   Entry is free but please register for ticket.   Old St. Johns 5:30-7:00pm
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Hailing from the UK but now a certified Kiwi, Chris is well known for having had more jobs than might be considered normal (including a milkman, drug-testing official, journalist, specialist in frog genetics science educator and futurist).


These days he provides seriously cool experiences that help people consider education and it’s role in creating the future. Named Microsoft’s International Innovative Educator in 2011, Chris now works in a range of areas including science, technology and how we might use education to create desirable futures. When he’s not doing this he’s building just about anything from cardboard and tickling his 2 kids.

Chris is a director of a range of companies that seek to make the world a better place and acts as an advisor to a number of others. He is a regular speaker at conferences.


Emily is a cybersecurity enthusiast and a gadget lover. She wants to become a cyborg one day, the sooner the better.

We love our digital world, and so do the cybercriminals.

Find out how the organised cybercrimes work and hear out some better-than-tv-drama cybercriminal stories.

Melissa is a marine biologist and wildlife educator who studies sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras (Chondrichthyans).  She created The Fins United Initiative to provide access to free, scientifically accurate materials.

An active science communicator, she also enjoys painting shark skin patterns, provides career guidance and has a Spanish-speaking podcast (ConCiencia Azul) where she discusses marine science issues.

Having completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Otago, Meg is now undertaking a PhD with Brain Research New Zealand at the University of Auckland, and has been working with the Neurological Foundation since 2014.  Meg is passionate about improving the health of the ageing brain. In her research, she uses neuroimaging to search for changes in brain structure and function that may one day assist in the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Chris is a proud Porirua lad who loves his family, fishing and heavy bass lines. He spends his working life supporting young people who are striving to impact even the darkest parts of our beautiful world. For the last 6 years he has worked for World Vision and he absolutely believes the world needs urgent change and that every one of us has an exciting role to play.

What do you get when you mix Spanish passion with science?- Amadeo... a crazy passionate science communicator who has spent half of his life getting people into science. Amadeo became a secondary teacher so he could help those that struggle with science in school. His goal is to have everyone enjoy science as that is ultimately what will make the world a better place. 

David is a professor in the University of Otago’s Department of Physics. His research relates to theoretical quantum physics, specifically ultra-cold atomic gases and quantum systems.

As well as a BSc and PhD  David recently acquired a PGDip(Arts) in Philosophy from Otago.

He is the President of the NZ Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (NZ & UK) and a member of the Institute of Directors of NZ.