2016 Chicago Design Awards

spaces, objects, visual, graphic, digital & experience design, design champion, best studio & best start-up, plus over 40 specialist categories

accelerate transformation, celebrate courage, growing demand for design


1 September 2016 - 1-5pm at LAB14


DRIVENxDESIGN Summit explores the strategy and culture needed to drive innovation and transform to human centered business models.

The summit features 25 of Melbourne's leading design voices discussing the current state of the market, sharing their experiences and forecasting possible futures.

DRIVENxDESIGN is a big idea, an ethos and culture - it represents systemic change and opportunity across the economy. 

The 2016 DRIVENxDESIGN Summit World Tour explores Enterprise Wide Design. Design has moved out of the design department into the boardroom, flowing through products and services to customer experiences – this is Enterprise Wide Design

"Meet the 100 people you need to know embracing Enterprise Wide Design."

The DRIVENxDESIGN Summit World Tour place visits in 7 global design cities and is your chance to share, learn, network and discuss challenges and strategies with others engaged in design at the enterprise level.

Tech Disrupts – Design Integrates. Are you DRIVENxDESIGN?

“The problem isn't how to make the world more technological. It's about how to make the world more humane again.”
John Maeda

Summit Synopsis

The DRIVENxDESIGN Summit is happening in Melbourne on September 1 at Lab 14 - 700 Swanston St, Carlton.

Meet colleagues and peers who are shifting, accelerating, embracing Enterprise Wide Design.

The Summit is your chance to share, learn, network and discuss challenges and strategies with others engaged in design at the enterprise level.

Space & Place Making
From the Nightingale model to 35 Spring St, hear how innovation is transforming multi-residential developments and explore the models, strategies, tools and projects driving transformation in space and place making.

Digital & Service Design
Acceleration is the only game for digital transformation - explore how Aconex, Sensis, Redbubble and Government services are hitting the accelerator with world leading outcomes.

Object & Manufacturing
In a post auto industry market, see how 6 Australian manufacturers gain market place relevance and accelerate growth through design.

Experiential Design
Learn how Telstra and AusPost are evolving touchpoints across flagship stores, retails networks and digital experiences into seamless branded offerings to rapidly changing consumer behaviours.


12.30 - Registration/Networking

1.00 - Space & Place Making
Toby Ewert - Ewertleaf - Landchecker.com.au
Erik Van Vulpen - Plattar - Augmented Reality
Monique Woodward - WoWoWa
Finn Butler - Buro North
Laura Phillips - NEOMETRO - Jewel Station

1.50 - Short Break

2.00 - Digital & Service Design

Jeremy Yuille - Meld Studios 
Kirsten Mann - Aconex
Trevor Neroy - Dept of Immigration
Liz Blink - SENSIS
Frank Vetere - Melbourne University

2.50 - Networking Break

3.10 - Object & Manufacturing
Paul Charlwood - Charlwood Design
Roger Simpson - Design Synergy
Erika Hughes - Integra
Nick Diggens - Lotus

4.10 - Experiential Design
Alex Ritchie - e2
Grant Davidson - Davidson Design
Homaxi Irani - Heath Wallace
David Spriggs - Infoxchange
Greg Sutherland - AusPost

5.00 - Networking

5.30 - Discussion continues - offsite/drinks


Anyone who needs to leverage design and innovation to create experiences for customers and drive value for stakeholders.

  • C-level management looking to foster an organisational culture based on innovation and user centered design;
  • Experience & Product Managers charged with creating the best possible human outcomes;
  • Designers, Architects, Researchers, Architects, Developers - anyone interested in how people interact with spaces & places, digital & services, objects, and experiences;
  • Marketing & Branding Managers interested in finding out how to add value to customer relationships;
  • Business Development professionals in innovation, tech and design.

DRIVENxDESIGN [MEL] ambassadors 


Design Summit - Host
Guided by renowned presenter, FenellaAbercombie and Kent, Afternoons with Albert, ANZ, Australian Grand Prix Corporation, Australian Unity, BLACK LEOPARD SKINCARE, Black Swan Foods, BMW Group , Brightgreen, Brown Brothers, Brunswick Group, CaSPA Care, Cattani, Clyde North Properties, CostaFox Developments, Creative Partnerships Australia, Davidson Branding, Deakin University, Department of Treasury and Finance, Destination Melbourne, Driscoll`s Australia, Enquire Within, Evolution 7, Farrah design, FINDIT.ID, Fortis Green Apparel, Google, Gradi Group, Grinders Coffee, GURNER, Hamton Group, Harris Scarfe, Herald Sun, Hodges, Hoyne, Huckleberry & Co. Watches, Industry Training Australia, Infoxchange, Intreprid Travel, Istana Apartments, kikki.K, King Kong Apparel, Kitty Burns Café, L & S Davidov, LaSalle Investment Management, Mecca Brands, Melbourne Books, Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne Fashion Festival Ltd, Melrose Health, MIMCO, Mirvac, MITCHELL SHIRE COUNCIL, MODA CORP, Mr Burger, Mr Miyagi Restaurant, NAB, National Disability Services, Oliver Hume Property Funds, OmniVision, Paul Bram, Pet Insurance, Porter Davis, Pro Asia Pacific, ProVision, QIC, QSR International, Red Hill Health, Red Jade, Retail Global, Revel Development Group, Revology, RhEACH, Romano Property Group, Sawdust Bureau, SBS, Scope, Seeley International, Start Broadband, Sutton Tools, Ugg Australia, Tait, Target Australia, Tea Drop, Tetsujin, The Field Equipment Company, The Melbourne Cheapskate, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Unispace, Victorian Public Sector Commission, Virgin Australia, Visual Domain, Wesely College Melbourne, Westpac, YGAP.


Aer Design, Afternoons with Albert, Artillery Interior Architecture, August, AZBcreative, Bellman, Bent Architecture, Best Group, Biasol Design Studio, Boxer & Co, Brightgreen, Büro North, Butterfly, Charlwood Design, Chromatix, Cornwell, Create Communicate 2 c, D2 design, DAVIDOV PARTNERS, Davidson Branding, Deloitte Digital, Emote Digital, eskimo, Evolution 7, Ewert Leaf, Falinc, Farrah design, Get Started, Geyer, HHD, Hoyne, Monkii, papermill media, P-E-K STUDIO, Principals, Principle Design, RPtecture Architects, Same Page Media, Sawdust Bureau, SIDEDOOR, Siren Design, Tait, The Bold Collective, Therefore Studio, Thomas Winwood Architecture, tomorrow, Tract Consultants, Traffic, Unispace, Vive Group.