As the end of 2012 approaches, we thought it’d be nice to have an update from our beloved city curators. This time Rebekah Waite in Brisbane highlights some of her most appreciated events, spaces and top moments of 2012.
Picture by @saboskirt
Best event for meeting people?
The crowd at Cafe Scientifique, hosted by as part of National Science Week, was my pick for meeting people in 2012. Hardly your typical professional event, the 200 or so people clasping cocktails at the Queensland Museum were all there to learn something new. Attracting scientists from every conceivable background, the forum was ripe with potential collaborators and professionals more than ready to find a new challenge to apply their skills to.
Best event for content shared and learnings?
The ArtWrite series, hosted by QUT Art Museum and Eyeline magazine was a generous forum for emerging practitioners. Full of media professionals this monthly event was a perfect opportunity to ask all those questions everyone has always assumed you know the answers to. It was also a rare opportunity to take advantage of decades of experience (wins and loses) to be found in the panellists. I’d be keeping an eye on what’s happening in the 2013 calendar.
Personal event stye preference (breakfast/conference/workshop/etc/etc)?
As a morning person (yes, they do exist), I love a good breakfast event. Best way to get a head start on the day!
Favourite source of local community news?
For a glimpse into the nerd side, Stuff and Things (locally produced podcast) is about as good as it gets. For your creative curiousities, The Native Press is a one stop shop. But I have to say, nothing beats a carefully curated Facebook feed (this Brisbane list by Amy Grey is a pretty great start).
Favourite coworking space?
The Edge* (*yes, I am more than a little biased here, but, come on, the city views alone are to die for!).
Favourite cafe with wifi?
Hands down Lady Marmalade in Stones Corner, where the haloumi slices are thicker than the bread and the wifi is free. Only challenge here is to concentrate on the task at hand with some much good food to be had…
What’s been a personal highlight and not so high moment of the year?
It’s been fantastic to have such varied and challenging things to look forward to in my calendar throughout the whole year, from starting a Masters and getting to know The Fetch community, through to the wonders of my day job (I’m still trying to understand how someone considers it ‘work’ to be involved with mad scientist tea parties and zombie apocalypses). The downside of all of that? I didn’t quite get as much sleep as I had become accustom to!
What have you enjoyed about being involved with The Fetch in 2012?
It’s been a privilege getting to know more of the good folks in Brisbane, from the ambassador team (and our delicious fortnightly catch-ups), to the curious minds who attend events throughout town and the amazing, dedicated people who run them.
What are you looking forward to in 2013?