‘Catalytic Conversations’ about data-driven design and tech coming to Data Informed Design Conference

by Sophie Berrill
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World leaders in data, design, engineering and policy will be convening at the Data Informed Design Conference (DiD) next week to share their expertise and ideas with built environment professionals.

Set to take place on March 23-24 at the RMIT Capitol Theatre in Melbourne, the program is a mix of panels, keynote conversations and walking tours. 

On day one of the program, ‘Catalytic Conversations’ will consider the complexities and opportunities that emerge when humans and technology and humans interact.

Presented by Place Intelligence, panellists include industry luminaries like Sarah Williams, head of the Civic Data Design Lab and the Levanthal Centre for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, in conversation with Dan Hill, head of Melbourne School of Design. Outgoing CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, Katherine Maher will also join ACMI CEO Seb Chan, alongside many more speakers.

“We are pairing leading practitioners for catalytic conversations that will mix data with design, theory with practice, artists with engineers, advanced technology with human-centred practice, urgent action with long-term thinking,” says DiD23 producer Bonnie Shaw.

While day one is a mix of panels and conversations, day two is all about putting these ideas into practice. Formally titled ‘Tours, Workshops and F*ckups’, the Friday offers opportunities for ticket holders to participate in behind-the-scenes site tours and masterclasses – and reflect on the mistakes and failures that make us human.

“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,” says Shaw.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, discover new tools and techniques, and connect with other like-minded professionals.

Tickets are available on the DiD website. For a 15 percent discount, use the code: PRO$DID23PARTNER!*

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