The first of its kind in Australia.
DESIGN CITY | BUILDING AN INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM Symposium, hosted by Deakin University, DesignMind and the City of Greater Geelong – Australia’s only designated UNESCO City of Design – brings together business leaders, governance bodies and research & educational institutions to explore the role of Design & Creativity in creating innovation ecosystems.
An ecosystem model of innovation requires interconnected pathways between the three key actors of an innovation ecosystem Businesses, Governance bodies (local, state and federal) and Research & Educational Institutions. The ecosystem model explores the creation of new integrated value chains across these ecosystem actors along with social, cultural, political and economic resources that enable innovation and have a successful sustainable impact.
The Symposium aims to introduce the concept of a “Design-Enabled Innovation Ecosystem” and will explore the value of DESIGN, both as a creative process and as a systemic methodology.
We will kick-start the symposium with the question:
Is it possible to re-consider the utilisation of Design from a Systemic perspective to drive, enable and cultivate the creation of new and integrated value chains?
Over two days the Symposium will feature a unique blend of content delivered by international and local thought and business leaders, innovators, CEOs and creative minds. Participants will be inspired by some of the world’s most renowned Design and System Thinkers. Attendees will also engage in a highly interactive and dialogue-driven panel discussions, case-studies and keynote presentations that provide unbridled access to best practices, valuable insights, tools and techniques.
Keynote – THE NETHERLANDS
Managing Director of CLICK NL, the Dutch Creative Industries Knowledge and Innovation NetworkRead more
Keynote – UNITED KINGDOM
Head of Design and Innovation Effectiveness, The Knowledge Transfer Network, Innovate UKRead more
Keynote – UNITED KINGDOM
Director of CAVA, Co-Director of European Design Network, Liverpool University, UKRead more
Professor of Integral Design, Co-Director DesignMind, Deakin University, AustraliaRead more
Re-wiring | New collaborative models and value chains
Wednesday 18 March – 9:30 am to 4:30 pmKeynote speakers: Iain Martin, Edward Hobson, Bart AshmannLightening presenters: ARUP, Today, FormFlow, Advance Carbon Cluster READ MORE
Re-framing | Cultivating the necessary skills, methods and mind-sets
Thursday 19 March – 9:30am to 4:30 pmKeynote speakers: Riccardo Balbo, Richard Koeck, Anne AsensioLightening presenters: Geelong Tech School, Design Institute Australia, MInD Lab/Deakin, University of Technology Sydney
New approaches to re-frame our thinking and cultivate the necessary skills, tools, technologies, mind-sets and methods to support and sustain trans-disciplinary innovation.READ MORE
Offering a unique blend of ideas and inspiration, stimulating new thinking and motivating actions, whilst also offering a great opportunity for high-level networking.
The symposium will take place at The Pier Geelong – one of the most iconic conference centre in Victoria.
The Pier Geelong is located in the heart of Geelong’s vibrant and modern waterfront precinct, only a short walk from Deakin University. Under an hour from Melbourne’s CBD and just 20 minutes from Avalon Airport, with dedicated onsite parking available – The Pier Geelong is a spectacular conference centre and a fitting host for this Design City Symposium.ACCOMODATION DETAILS
Single-day and full two-day registrations are available, we recommend attending both to maximise your experience. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are provided on both days. Those attending both days receive an exclusive invitation to the launch of Geelong Design Week – a truly incomparable networking opportunity.