Youth Humanitarian Festival 2016


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The Youth Humanitarian Festival (YHF) was initiated in 2014 by Swinburne Alumna  Liz Rodriguez.

YHF  is run by students and it is  designed to engage, empower and inspire people to make positive social change.

YHF aims to bring together like-minded people like you to expand your understanding on the social and humanitarian issues. Whilst empowering and engaging you to create a sustainable change for a better future. Inspiring speakers, entertaining workshops and stalls to intensify the event.

We donate all proceeds to social impact organisations. Our aim is to encourage positive change in our community and drive young people to achieve this change.



Engage yourself with like-minded people, get motivated by our Inspiringspeakers,

and lets get Empowered together for a good cause. We also have some amazing

workshops, stalls, light refreshments and more exciting things coming up!



YHF 2017

Stay tuned to our website for more updates


Our Speakers



Travis, best known as The Bucket List Guy, advocates his ‘Life’s Way Too Short Philosophy’ and encourages everyone to live life to the fullest. With Trav’s knowledge as one of the best life strategists in Australia he will be able walk you through how to make a bucket list and set you on the path to complete it.

Listen to Trav’s own stories of success in his bucket list adventures while learning how you can apply them to your own goals for social change. Be inspired by Trav’s inspirational talk on how you can use this to create change within yourself and in society!

To learn more about The Bucket List Guy and how this can help you, please visit his websitehere.


Justin Dickinson, founder of The Big Umbrella
On a holiday to Nepal, Justin Dickinson saw children living on the streets of Kathmandu and knew he had to act. Returning to Melbourne, Justin established The Big Umbrella; a 100 per cent volunteer not-for-profit organisation, to create and support international development and local social enterprise projects.

Justin has dedicated his life to changing the lives of street children from Nepal, and Melbourne’s disadvantaged and homeless here in Australia. They also run a bi-weekly service titled ‘A Real Meal’ in Melbourne that provides hot meals to marginalised communities.

To hear more of Justin’s story and The Big Umbrella, visit their website here.


David Begbie, the founder of Crossroads, a NGO that aims to connect those in need with people who can help, identifies himself as being an ordinary man who stumbled upon a need in the world and found his calling. David has become a world leader for humanitarian issues and has dedicated his life to finding the need in the world and helping to meet it. He is also the Director of Crossroads’ Global Village programme. Ecah year, many attendees of the World Economic Forum, such as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, British tycoon, Richard Branson participated in his simulation exercise. Through the simulations, he has changed people’s lives in a matter of minutes. David has witnessed millionaires cry, people standing up to take charge and become inspired to make a difference.

Over the past 11 years David has become the spokesperson for Crossroads. He has been a guest on TEDx and he has spoken about his work across the world. He represents his work in South East Asia, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the United States. In 2007, David recieved the Hong Kong Humanity Award to honour his outstanding humanitarian contribution. David continues his passion on changing people’s lives and rising world-wide awareness for global issues.

To know more about David Begbie and his NGO, please visit his website here


Julian Burnside is an Australian barrister and widely known for his human rights and refugee advocacy while undertaking pro-Bono work in many human rights cases. He is also known well for his opposition of mandatory detention of asylum seekers and work with members of the Indigenous stolen generation.

In 2014 he received the Sydney Peace Prize from the Sydney Peace Foundation, which he considers his most valued achievement. He also received the Australian Peace Prize in 2007 from the Peace Organisation of Australia. He is the author of various books including publications on human rights law and is passionately involved in the arts. We are honoured to have Julian as our keynote speaker at YHFest 2016!

To read more about Julian and his causes please visit his website here.



Come along and make some beaded jewellery with Saida, and learn more about her and her story of coming to Australia. Saida is from Rwanda. She fled war in Rwanda in 1996 and lived in refugee camps until coming to Australia in May 2009.

She makes beautiful beaded jewellery out of recycled magazines in bright colours using traditional styles she learnt in Africa.

Sisterworks has empowered her and has provided her a platform to start her own business. It also provides her social support and friendships. “Now I feel like I have a family again”.

Bought to you by Sisterworks


You know about recycling, don’t you?

Well there is much more to sustainability that you can learn and it is as easy as recycling. So let’s get on to it, take the first steps towards a zero waste household and not only save the planet but also save your bank account. Learn about real world people that live the life of zero waste.

Come learn more from Dr Sam Shokravi, an honorary research fellow for Industrial Sustainability at the University of Melbourne. She is passionate about sustainability in her personal life as well and started to consciously make changes in her lifestyle to make it sustainable and self-sufficient. Sam promotes sustainability through her not-for-profit organisation, Engreeneers.

Brought to you by Laneway Learning.


With the accompaniment of some “old skool” tunes, dive back into some of the roots of Hip Hop dance by having fun with some moves made famous in the ’80s and ’90s. Learn some of the more famous dance moves, putting them into mini combinations that you can break out at your next retro dance party!

Liz is an IT professional by day, but has followed her love of dance since the age of 7 when it began with ballet. One style not being enough, Liz branched out into Ballroom, Hip Hop and Jazz (to name a few). Liz is eager to share her love of dance and having fun with others.

Brought to you by Laneway Learning.


Gardening can be rewarding thing and you are giving something back to a sustainable future. Want to learn a few tips and tricks to grow something from scratch in your own home, seeing it develop each day and eventually harvesting something edible.

Come and plant your own herb seedling and learn how to keep it happy and healthy!

Stewart Detez works in the Swinburne Horticulture Department.



Ideas inspire change, and are the starting point of creative thinking. Join the workshop for a social ideation session to practice and develop your ideation skills. In this session we will look at some fast, fun ideation techniques that will get you creatively thinking about some of societies’ toughest problems. Working with your peers you will unleash your creativity to generate novel and innovative solutions to social and humanitarian issues.

Rosemary is an entrepreneurship & innovation academic with a particular interest in creativity. Her two research streams build from her life experiences and include the good, the bad and the ugly of passion, resilience and obsession in entrepreneurship, and facilitating quality higher education experiences for non-traditional students.


Love food as much as we do? Join us for the hands-on workshop with Alia to learn how to make delicious samosas. You will be able to impress family and friends with your new skill and yummy dish!


Alia is one of the co-founders of SisterWorks. She organises her time working in her own business, A.M.I catering and supporting the Australian Hazara Women’s Friendship Network Inc. Now, Alia is also part of SisterWorks Board of Directors, future food venture and the Design Labs expansion. In June 2016 she won the Refugee Women Champion Award.


This workshop will showcase an inspiring documentary about a social enterprise which has changed the lives of thousands of women in Nepal. This documentary, set in Nepal, will inspire you, move you and show you that sustainable social change is possible, and incredible.

Filmed over a period of four years, this film follows a group of Nepalese women whose lives have been empowered through education, skills training and income generation. This is a story of courage, resilience and strength as these women seek to create a better life for themselves, their families and other women in Nepal.

Seven Women has socially and economically empowered over 5000 women in Nepal to date, through skills training, literacy and income generation. Seven Women is a charity, which creates diversified skills training and job opportunities for women from margianalised women, to facilitate independence and a better quality of life.

Brought to you by Sevenwomen





Want to Convey a Message?

As a part of promoting the YHF and encouraging the people to come up and join us for the event,

we have placed “Before I Die…” and “Before I graduate…” stickers

all around Swinburne campuses

for students, staff and inspired people

to convey their message or a wish on the board.

Stay tuned to our website for more exciting news





Want to Convey a Message?

As a part of promoting the YHF and encouraging the people to come up and join us for the event,

we have placed “Before I Die…” and “Before I graduate…” stickers

all around Swinburne campuses

for students, staff and inspired people

to convey their message or a wish on the board.

Stay tuned to our website for more exciting news



Saturday the 10th of September 2016

9:30am – 5.15pm

Swinburne University of Technology

John Street, Hawthorn

AMDC building Level 3






Special Thanks for the filming by