data informed design
conference Melbourne
23-24 March 2023
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Day 1 - Thur 23 March

Data Informed Design Conference

THE DATA INFORMED DESIGN CONFERENCE (DiD) convenes world leading data, design, engineering and policy practitioners for catalytic conversations. Explore the process and methods, emerging tech and data science, and meaningful impacts of data informed design and place based decision making.

Held in the spectacular RMIT Capitol Theatre, Day 1 of the program is a mix of panels and conversations between some of the worlds leading practitioners in design, tech, data, and civic society.

In curating the DID we hope to create a space that allows us to consider the complexity, the tensions, and the amazing opportunities that emerge from the interface of technology and human interaction, and to work together to shape and evolve a practice of data informed design that creates better outcomes for all.

Day 2 - Fri 24 March

Site tours & Masterclasses

AFTER A DAY OF INSPIRATION WE PUT THEORY INTO PRACTICE. Go behind-the-scenes to tour some of the most significant public works projects underway in Melbourne. See data informed design in action with tours guided by the practitioners and policy makers responsible for their delivery.

Join expert sessions with industry partners for focused training sessions and events. Workshops and masterclasses will go deep on skills and capabilities like data informed design and urban analytics, cybernetic thinking, and change management.

Learning new things goes hand in hand with failure. We'll wrap up the program with a F*ckup Night event where leading practitioners will share stories of failure, how they overcame, and what they learned.

Capacity for tours and workshops are limited (and will be in high demand!) so get tickets fast to be eligible for registration when it opens in early March. Ticket holders will be notified by email when registration opens.

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Sarah Williams

Civic data design lab / MIT

Sarah combines her training in computation and design to expose urban policy issues to broad audiences and create civic change.

Alex Barth

VP Automotive & Mobility / Mapbox

Alex leads the automotive business unit at Mapbox, including partnerships with major automotive manufacturers powered by the Mapbox platform.

Katherine Maher

technology innovator

Katherine is an expert in technology, human rights and democratic participation, most recently serving as the CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation (Wikipedia).

Usman Haque

Founder / Umbrellium

With a specialty in networked urban environments, interactive architecture & community activation, Usman Haque has designed & built all sorts of things: spaces, structures, systems, platforms, companies.

Trained as an architect, Usman is founder and creative director of Umbrellium, a London-based design & build studio dedicated to transforming urban environments.

His work embraces many disciplines, including design, architecture, the internet of things, urban community infrastructure, and large-scale public art/performance.

Seb Chan


Seb has led Experience & Engagement for several of the worlds most significant museums where he has guiding visitor experience, communication design, digital products, technology, and collections, digitisation & digital preservation programs.

Elisa Koch

data & analytics/ afl

Elisa is passionate about leading businesses to be more data driven and believes that data is one of an organisations most important, and often undervalued, assets.

Dan Hill

school of design / melbourne uni

A designer and urbanist, Dan has led the Swedish government’s innovation agency Vinnova, Arup in London and Sydney, the UK's Future Cities Catapult, Fabrica in Italy, the Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA, and the BBC.

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