Futurists, designers, entrepreneurs, writers and business leaders will come together in Adelaide for Open State 2017 which will take place from September 28 until October 8. Book now.

Now in its second year, the Open State festival will bring together local and global identities who are passionate about examining our world and encouraging others to collaborate and create their future.

This year’s program explores the themes of Future Human, Future Planet, Future Cities, Future Food, Future Enterprise and Future Democracy.

The festival aims to create social and economic prosperity for all South Australians, including a focus on the jobs of the future, by tackling some of the challenges facing our state across these themes.

Speakers include former White House technology adviser Beth Noveck, English futurist Richard Watson and Chair of Climate-KIC Australia Dr Jemma Green, CEO of Climate-KIC Europe Kirsten Dunlop and author Bruce Pascoe.

Open State 2017 is bigger than last year with more than 100 events and workshops to be hosted by more than 150 partner organisations from business, community, government and universities. Most events at the Open State 2017 festival are free. 

This year, the festival has made a commitment to encourage equal representation of male and female speakers on all panel discussions held throughout the festival.

Program and speaker details are available at www.openstate.com.au.