Macinley Butson

Young Inventor, Award Winning STEM Leader and 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year.


Macinley Butson is one of Australia’s foremost young inventors who devotes herself to improving the world through STEM and, being an inspirational voice to youth and industry urging them to work towards solutions for global challenges by asking big questions.

Internationally recognised for her scientific and engineering endeavours, Macinley has developed many devices which have aided humanity across a number of sectors including, cancer treatment, water sanitation and, renewable energy. Believing there is no better investment than in people, she equally fosters this curiosity in other students and industry motivating them as a role model and constantly encouraging exploration.

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Additionally, she is the co-founder of Passionately Curious, a not-for-profit which exists to provide students with equal access to STEM in order to improve the diversity of tomorrow’s STEM community, today.

Recognised as one of Australia’s top young scientists, Macinley is a passionate ambassador for STEM education amongst girls and representative for inclusion of young generations. Alongside studying at university, she brings a personal understanding when speaking to students encouraging the pursuit of STEM and their own curiosity.

Macinley is an international award-winning inventor, being the first Australian to place 1st at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Translational Medicine and, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize presented by Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. She still avidly invents, continuing to give back through her practical approach to research and product development.

Recognised as the 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, she is a sought after speaker for students and corporate audiences alike, providing a unique and fresh perspective by asking thought proving questions and challenging current perceptions by forging new paths.

Previous Experience:

Speaking: Macinley has extensive experience speaking, delivering a TEDxYouth@Sydney talk when she was only 16 years old. She has also given workshops to students, provided professional development for teachers, advised at government conferences and widely spoken to industry regarding her personal story and further inclusion of young generations in the new world.

She has worked with companies such as YouTube, Lenovo, Nintendo, Samsung and Acer reaching and inspiring all those who hear her story. Additionally, she was one of 80 people chosen globally to attend the Research Science Institute, where she performed research alongside professors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Awards and Accolades: The past couple of years have been especially significant for Macinley, being recognised as the 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year, InStyle 2019 Woman of Style and Next-Gen Award, 2019 Marie Claire Glass Ceiling Awards Future Shaper, 2019 Women’s Weekly Women of the Future Innovation and Technology Recipient and placed in the 2018 Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.


Talking Points
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