Thursday, 14 November 2019 to Saturday, 16 November 2019
Storey Hall, RMIT University Building 16, 336–348 Swanston Street Melbourne, VIC 3000
SDNOW is an Asia-Pacific conference about design, strategy, ethics, and futures, hosted in 2019 by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
Together we’re pushing the boundaries of Service Design, Strategic Design, Speculative Design, and other emerging practices – with speakers, facilitators, and artists bringing subversive thinking, new paradigms, and critical approaches that define how these practices grow.
The program is made up of speakers, facilitators, and artists who are responding to the shifts, problem spaces, and discourses playing out across our communities – themes they’ve brought together as: Ethical Practice, Capable Business, Designing Designers, Subversive Design, and Future Places.
There are conference talks, break-out sessions, exhibitions, performances, and social events throughout the conference week, with space to pop in and out of the parts which are useful to you.
Speakers, facilitators, and artists include:
- Mathan Ratinam (Strategic Design Consultant – AUS)
- İdil Gaziulusoy (Aalto University – FIN/EU)
- Pupul Bisht (Decolonizing Futures Initiative – IND)
- Yuki Uchida (Re:public – JPN)
- Lara Penin (Parsons – USA)
- Michael Peng (IDEO – USA/JPN)
- Opher Yom-Tov (ANZ – AUS)
- Peyush Agarwal (DesignIt – IND)
- Melis Senova (Huddle – AUS)
- Tristan Schultz (Relative Creative – AUS)
- Samantha Yuen (GovTech Singapore – SIN)
- Eunice Sari (User Experience Indonesia – IDN)
- Matiu Bush (RMIT University – AUS)
- Meghan Kelly (Deakin University – AUS)
- Jefa Greenaway (Greenaway Architects – AUS)
- Anna Brown (Massey University – NZ)
- Erina Ho (Kiraku – JPN)
- Alison Sharp (Meld – NZ)
- Karina Smith (Meld – AUS)
- Katie Potter (Citylab – AUS)
- Ross Harding (Finding Infinity – AUS)
- Çaca Yvaire (Ruinkraft – Turtle Island)
- Ryley Lawson (Paper Giant – AUS)
- Jaskaran Bawa (Paper Giant – IND)
- Rob Lee (IAG – AUS)
The 2019 conference is being hosted by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. A leading global design university, RMIT is located in the Melbourne CBD and is easily accessible by public transport, bike, or walking.
Most sessions will be in Storey Hall, a 460-seat conference space with accessible entries, lifts, bathrooms, and clear viewing spaces for all attendees.
For more on accommodation, transport, and visiting Melbourne, take a look at their location details.
They’re purpose and experience-led, because these are mutually uplifting things, with practices that respond (in small ways) to societal challenges around systemic inequity and the age of the Anthropocene.