Workshops

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Session 1

The Benefit of Designing for Everyone Manisha Amin, Brigitta Norton & Steph Sands (Capgemini)
People that have difficulty accessing and/or using products and services (edge-users) are often not included in the design process. Inclusive Design is about involving users from a diverse range of backgrounds and environments, as designing upfront for these edge-user situations benefits everyone.

This workshop will involve practical activities to better understand Inclusive Design and ways to embed user needs and stories into the design process, to identify problems edge-users experience and discover alternative ways of designing that consider the diversity of all humans.

“Designing with the edges first – the people that can’t use or have difficulty using the current system – everyone benefits, it leads to innovation, it leads to better prediction because you notice the weak signals, it adds flexibility to respond to inevitable change”.  Jutta Treviranus author of Inclusive Design: The Bell Curve, the Starburst and the Virtuous Tornado

Imagining the Future with Digital Artefacts
Sandra Peter (Sydney Business Insights) and Kai Riemer (Digital Disruption Research Group)
Imagine that you could bring back something from the future, to inspire and provoke you in thinking about the impact of emerging technologies in the present.

Inventors, business executives and researchers alike have been astounded and dismayed by the current reality of living with modern digital technologies. We will use artefacts from the future to experience a new way to engage with the future of emerging technologies (such as synthetic foods, AI, VR, or digital humans).

Artefacts can take a variety of forms, from signs, labels or statements, to videos and immersive experiences that allow us to get a glimpse of what life would be like in a particular future. They do neither seek to predict, nor paint a utopia, but to actively imagine and engage with possible futures.

Artefacts from the future will give us a rich starting point from which to think about how we might get to, or avoid, such futures, what the implications of living and working in them would be, and reveal insights about current trajectories of new technologies and their uses.

Success in the digital workplace James Dellow (Digital Workplace Company)
Most enterprise social media and digital workplace advocates try to make their case to decision-makers and managers based on the classic narrative of improving productivity. But in an era where companies no longer control the mean of digital production, is it time we rethink success in our workplaces?

In this workshop, you will explore the concept of digital placemaking for the workplace and how we can use it to pull ourselves out of the productivity weeds.

Making Digital Nomad-Corporate Work Successful
Daniel Schlagwein (University of Sydney Business School)
This workshop focuses on introducing attendees to digital nomadism, remote working and location-independent workers. The workshop includes two parts. In the first part, a brief overview and history of digital nomadism and remote work will be presented. In the second part, we will discuss in an interactive format the current issues and best practices in making location-independent work arrangements successful (i.e., issues from both the remote worker’s or client/employer/requester’s perspectives).

The workshop is aimed at participants interested in, or already involved in, nomadic, remote and location-independent work arrangements as either worker or client.

Session 2

Creating the Conditions to Thrive Connie Henson (Learning Quest)
The workshop will build on the morning presentation by giving participants the opportunity to discover how they can develop the mindsets and habits as well as cultivate the right environment to enhance their personal and professional growth in a world that is constantly changing.

The session will include a presentation of field-tested practices and practical tools as well as opportunities for interaction and application of new ideas. The highly interactive nature of this session means that participants walk away with new insights along with specific and practical tools they can apply in their life and work.

Success With A Different System Rob Hackett (The PatientSafe Network) and Scott Ward (Microsoft)
Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it consistently achieves.

When the results are poor how can we get a different system in if the existing one doesn’t support it?

Rethinking Problem Solving Joanne Jacobs and Matt Moore (Disruptor’s Co.)
Success is achieved when you tackle the right problems and deliver useful solutions. But before you can get started in your innovation journey, you need to be sure you really are solving priority problems and that you can articulate the value proposition of solving those problems. In this workshop, the team from Disruptors Co will guide you through a problem prioritisation method, as well as a business case evaluation tool for solving business problems. Participants in this session will learn-by-doing, working in teams to deliver a pitch that will set out a business case that will prove that their problem is truly worth solving.
Successful graduates, successful society Bronwen Mather, Ben Wilson and Elsa Darmalingum (University of Sydney)
Changes driven by AI, data, nanotechnology and robotics are bringing undoubted benefits – and universities are the creators of much of this new knowledge and technology. But are our places of higher learning doing everything we can to help society adapt? Unintended outcomes of technological change are causing adverse political, economic and human consequences, and inequality of health, wealth and security is growing.

What skills will our future fellow citizens need to develop to help our society adapt – and thrive?

At the University of Sydney, we are planning to launch a new campus in Parramatta/Westmead that will tackle these questions question through new approaches to research, education and partnerships. Join us to share what success looks like to you by  helping us to shape our planned new campus at the demographic heart of our city.

Faking my digital life Mike Seymour (University of Sydney) and Scott Stevenson (Faculty)
Machine learning and other AI tools are allowing for a whole new range of visual techniques to produce face swapping and even entirely new digital people. We explore how these technologies work, lessons we can learn from their approaches and what the future holds.

This workshop is run by the DDRG’s own Mike Seymour and our visiting expert, Scott Stevenson, from Faculty, the leading UK artificial intelligence agency. From the amazing Chinese Zao App to hardcore Bespoke solutions, we cast a light on this rapidly advancing area of deep learning.