Deline Briscoe is an internationally acclaimed singer songwriter hailing from the Gugu Yalanji of North Australia. Her soulful intimate sound has defined her as one of Australia’s finest voices. A principal artist in Australia’s leading performing arts company Black Arm Band, Deline has performed to over one million people worldwide, alongside artists such as Archie Roach, Geoffrey Gurrumul and Emma Donovan


Brenton Clutterbuck is a writer and teacher. Brenton has a passion for languages and is a language teacher at Cairns State High School. He has been performing slam poetry for four years, and is releasing a non-fiction book about Discordianism soon.


A beacon of hope, Amy Eden is leading the charge towards positive change in a community healing from unthinkable tragedy.


Karen has a PhD in Geographical Sciences, her focus was on mapping live coral cover using remote sensing. Her primary area of interest is in creating, applying and automating remote sensing tools for environmental monitoring and management problems.


Dan has been involved in education as a Teacher, Head of Department, Growth Coach, Project Officer and Deputy Principal for the past 15 years. Dan has a passion for reforming education to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st Century.


As an Advanced Queensland Community Digital Champion 2016, Julie-ann is committed to delivering improved and creative programs within the framework of individual capacity building, motivated to working with marginalised people to overcome adversities, and passionate about developing Indigenous businesses and Leaders.


Andreas is an NHMRC CJ Martin Research Fellow within the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine at James Cook University, Cairns. Andreas completed his master’s degree in biology at Humboldt-University in Berlin. He undertook his PhD research at the University of Melbourne and his postdoctoral training at the Max-Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Germany as an NHMRC Fellow. His interests include microbiology, immunology and infectious disease epidemiology.


Zoe Pertiwi is a 15 year old student at Cairns State High School. She enjoys writing poetry and songs and is passionate about drama and people. Zoe has been using her voice since the age of 9, busking since the age of 12 and performing on stage in both school productions as well as with a local theatre company. Zoe has a voice that people are drawn to and something to say about her world. When asked to write a poem for an English assignment Zoe knew immediately that it was going to be a spoken word poem. Write about an issue of concern to you was the task and ‘Hi I’m a Student’ was the result.


Dr Michael Smout obtained his BSc from the University of Queensland (UQ) in Brisbane, Australia and his PhD from UQ/Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). His research interests have included melanoma, childhood viral infections and most recently parasitic helminths of humans.


Nine year-old Molly saw the damage that disposable plastics do to the ocean, and knew she had to do something. With all the innocence of youth, she set about convincing schools in Far North Queensland to remove single use plastic straws from their tuckshops.


Juggling a cutting-edge health food company with raising two young girls is no easy task. Krista and her husband Rob’s discovery put the Tablelands suburb of Walkamin on the map and propelled the couple to the forefront of scientific research and innovation.


The Yarrabah Brass Band has a long and rich history dating back to the 1900s and spanning generations. Until the 1950s the Community of Yarrabah had one of the best brass bands in QLD. After almost 40s of hiatus the band was revived in 2013 and consist of Yarrabah community members of all ages.