Out and About – Idea Bombing Sydney

Idea Bombing Sydney #Ideabombsyd

Idea Bombing Sydney is an engaging discussion format structured around a theme, with guest presenters and an opportunity for an audience to ‘bomb’ their ideas on a wall in response to sign posted questions. The events are an attractive balance of social atmosphere, stimulating presentations and audience interaction

‘Idea Bombing Sydney… part meet up, part popup bar, part talk series but all community brainstorm, a new way to engage, share creative ideas and promote ways of turning those ideas into reality’ (Idea Bombing Sydney 2014)

Idea Bombing Sydney launched its first event in 2013, and since its inception has made significant traction among young professionals, drawing a large crowd enthusiasts to these events. Co-founded by the innovative John O’Callaghan and Melinda Garcia, both art and urban enthusiasts, Idea Bombing has derived from a passion for creativity, digital media and community engagement. Given the success of the 2013 and 2014 events, it is likely that we will see Idea Bombs happening more frequently over the coming year.



Kick-Off 2014 Event

On Wednesday 5th February Idea Bombing Sydney held its first 2014 event on the rooftop of The Office Space in Surry Hills. The future of work was the topic for the evening exploring skills and attributes of successful work places. Guest presenters from creative industries shared their insights including Seth Lawrence (The Hub Sydney), Rick Benger (Laneway Leaning Sydney), James Winter (Brand X) and Natasha Akib (StartSomeGood).

Some of the ideas put forward to think about for workplaces were:

How to be an awesome co-worker…

Be self-aware, have empathy and a work culture of shared values.

How to be a successful future worker…

Seek opportunities to diversity your skills set to maximise creativity, and have a healthy life out of work balance to be a well-rounded individual.

How to fuel creativity…

Be reminded that ‘creativity is in the spirit of play’, and if you have a creative block, address the stereotype or cliché to break through to further ideas.

How to build a successful crowd funding campaign…

Be proactive in building a community of support, create an urgent and short campaign, and make your ask for supporters personal and direct.


We applaude John’s initiative, we were inspired by the ideas thrown around at this event and we can’t wait to attend the next one!

–  Emily


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