"Picture photobombing but with a wall instead of a photo, and an idea written on the wall instead of Kevin Spacey jumping in the photo..."
"This ridiculously cool event looks at ways we can inspire creativity in Sydney."
"Idea Bombing combines the best elements of a talk series in a pop-up bar atmosphere, the collection of ideas for how we can make our city better"
"How we highlight and support of all the amazing talent, creativity and brillant ideas that are already going on under our noses!"
In 2013, John O’Callaghan and Melinda Garcia held a popup event in an underground car park in Sydney. Wanting to give a voice to young people and highlight the awesome talent across the City, they put a call out on facebook and within 3 weeks had 130 people rubbing shoulders and sharing ideas between carpark pillars.
The evening featured great music, cheap drinks, 4 inspiring speakers and a giant chalk wall (inspired by living legend Candy Chang). Everyone was invited to add ideas to the wall on the night’s theme, ‘How can we make Sydney more creative?’, and by doing so ‘idea bomb’ the City. John and Melinda called this Idea Bombing.
Jump forward a few years and the Idea Bombing initiative is now in 6 cities around the world and growing! It’s an exciting movement and one that celebrates ‘out of the box’ thinking and action.
Idea Bombing is a brainstorming activity that occurs en masse at each of our events. Using a variety of materials, that change regularly, Idea Bombing participants are invited to contribute ideas on the event’s theme to the ‘ideas wall’. It’s active, positive and creative.
Idea Bombing activates underutilised spaces in the City such as breweries, underground car parks, trains and train platforms and rooftops. Collaboration with venue owners encouraged. Venues are not to be repeated.
Each event has a different theme, unique location and inspiring guest speakers. The speakers talk for 5 minutes each before all participants are invited to add their ideas to the ideas wall.