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14° & RAINY ON THURSDAY 16 AUGUST IN AUCKLAND
By Stephen Heard
May 01, 2018
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Semi Permanent 2018

The world’s best thinkers and doers will unite this August.
By Stephen Heard
May 01, 2018
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Some of the world's best thinkers and doers will unite for Semi Permanent 2018 this August. The festival of creativity will expand to three days, providing more opportunities to enjoy talks, book launches, workshops, lunches, cocktails, and the two-day symposium that has been inspiring creative thinking in New Zealand for 15 years.

The digital evolution is big on this year's agenda. Future of the Future will kick the festival off on Thursday 9 August. The event has been called "a high speed briefing" and will feature design executives from brands like Google, Facebook, Netflix, AirBnB and Spotify sharing their knowledge about artificial intelligence and virtual reality and how they will change the future of the workplace.

The theme carries through to Semi Permanent's two-day symposium (Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August), with 18 creative practitioners taking to the stage to share stories, ideas and insights about the nature of creativity.

The full lineup of speakers includes a design director who is leading the Google Daydream augmented reality effort, an award-winning designer on the Artificial Intelligence Design team at Facebook, a renowned Japanese designer and a master calligrapher, a technical designer working on League of Legends, a photographer whose work ranges from blockbuster movie posters to underwater shark photography, and the editor-in-chief of influential magazine The Gentlewomen. See the first speaker lineup here.

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