Monsters and robots for MindJam


Everything from Frankenstein to farming will be up for discussion at this year’s MindJam.

The event will bring together Queenstowners and international experts to mull over a range of topics in the resort throughout Labour Weekend.

MindJam is a joint venture between Queenstown’s Catalyst Trust and the University of Otago’s Division of Humanities.

Catalyst Trust’s Cath Gilmour says they wanted “big variety” at this year’s event.

“It’s great to have a thinking event that’s not just about business.”

It’ll launch on October 19 with international bioethics expert Dr Susan Lederer, who’ll cover issues from cloning to xenografting (tissue or organ transplants from a different species) through the lens of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

This year also marks 200 years since the Gothic classic was published.

As well as Frankenstein, other topics will include the new politics of farming, genetics, the future of work and artificial intelligence advances, and an in-depth look at Captain Cook.

The weekend of “disruptive conversations” was launched as part of Queenstown Jazz Festival 2017.

“It was such fun brain fodder, we’re continuing even though the festival’s taking a break this year,” Gilmour says.

She says there’s not much opportunity to have in-depth discussions about a range of topics in Queenstown.

“Hopefully we cover a lot of different things.”

The discussions will be held at Yonder from October 19-21.

The full programme’s on Facebook and Eventbrite.