What we’re about
Sydney Design Thinking (SydDT) is a diverse community of 9,000+ members. We've been meeting monthly since 2015 to explore the world of design thinking as a human-centred design approach to innovation and solving complex problems - to help create positive outcomes for people, our planet, and business. We're one of the top design thinking meetups globally.
The vision for the SydDT meetup from the get go was to build a community and ecosystem of people from a diverse range of design and business practices, industries, contexts, and roles… to learn and share. To get exposed to what others are doing and see what's possible.
We’re proud to see this in our community – our members are anthropologists, experience designers, chemists, architects, researchers, engineers, service designers, mathematicians, consultants, app developers, project managers, medicos, startup founders, and many other roles.
We keep it pretty casual with plenty of time for networking, talks and panels on a broad range of topics, and a healthy Q&A that often turns into a group discussion. You can read a bit about the history and journey of our community and events here.
New members are welcome! If you’re not a member already, feel free to join our community. Each meetup audience is curated to a degree to make sure we have a mix of new people, as well as the committed regulars.
We’d love to hear from you if you’re keen to speak – or if there’s someone you think we should invite to speak.
Ben Pecotich, Zoe Rosen, Kate Linton, Kylie Mageropoulos & Lucas Mara
Sydney Design Thinking (SydDT) Organising Team
Upcoming events (4+)See all
- SydDT #93: Designing Resilient Business Models in a VUCA WorldThinkPlace Sydney, Surry Hills, NSA$10.00
We're lucky to have Michael Wilkens from Strategyzer visiting from Denmark. He'll be sharing his thoughts on designing resilient business models in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world. Come join us for some fun conversations with interesting people keen on design thinking and innovation.
The skills of innovation are more important and valuable than ever in these times of change and uncertainty. There's a systematic approach that greatly increases the ROI of innovation and we'll explore the tools and processes using real examples.
In innovation (and business development in general) we often aim for growth as a driver of value creation, however in a VUCA world the value of predictability increases. We'll discuss how resilience as a strategy can be more valuable to a company than topline growth.
Michael N. Wilkens
Executive Advisor | Corporate Innovation, Strategyzer
Michael Wilkens is an experienced entrepreneur making him a sought-after investor, mentor, and board member in startups and growth companies. He has a very strong track record in creating growth and is currently on the board of 12 companies, 8 of which he serves as chairman.
Over 15 years as an executive advisor, Michael has worked with many large organisations on innovation, including Bayer, Lego, Microsoft, and the UK Strategic Command. He's also led more than 200 strategy development processes for primarily private companies but also public organisations.
A huge thanks to our sponsors for this event... ThinkPlace for hosting and catering. This event is in collaboration with and has been organised by Steve Summerhayes from Food Agility, Selena Griffith from Enactus Australia, and Ben Pecotich from Dynamic4.
- SydDT #94/Design Connection #1: Design, Digital & Public Media at the ABCAustralian Broadcasting Corporation, Ultimo
RSVPs ARE OPEN BUT NOT ON THIS PAGE. PLEASE GO TO: https://bit.ly/syddt-2024-02-dc
Our design megameetup series in collaboration with our friends from a few other Sydney design meetups has a new name. Come along and be part of the inaugural Design Connection meetup! The theme for this one is The Intersection of Design, Digital & Public Media at the ABC.
From a single radio service launched in 1932, the ABC has developed into a multi-platform media operation and a public media organisation of international renown, delivering Australian stories and conversations across the nation and to the region.
ABC Digital Product is the driving force behind digital innovation at the ABC, with a stated mission to transform the ABC from a traditional broadcast service to a digital-first organisation.
Space is strictly limited so grab your now! You'll need your ID and ticket to get through ABC security. Please make sure the name you register with matches the name on your ID.
Design Connection is a collaboration between:
• Sydney Design Thinking (SydDT)
• Enterprise UX (EUX)
• Creative Customer Experience (CCX)
Come join us for some fun conversations with interesting people keen on design.
A huge thanks to the ABC for hosting and sponsoring this event!
- SydDT #95: IWD Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate ProgressThinkPlace Sydney, Surry Hills, NSA$10.00
For International Women’s Day Eve we will be exploring the role Design can play in creating a better economic future for women and the positive impact this has overall when they are given equal opportunities.
With the UN theme this year being Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress. We will examine the pathways design can create to make greater economic inclusions for women across employment pathways & improving financial literacy.
We’ll hear from 3 women who have led the way in this space and tackled some of these critical gaps through their design work and leadership in financial services.
Sarah Heimeier is an award-winning Service Design Leader with over a decade of industry experience. She has led major transformation projects for some of Australia’s largest financial institutions and leading FinTechs, has spoken at UX Australia and won three Good Design awards.
Sarah is passionate about the interplay of strategy, research, and service design and is at the forefront of the latest design methods. She coaches designers and shares her expertise in talks and workshops. She’s Service Design Lead at Prospa, designing and delivering the company's vision. Sarah has an Honours in Industrial Design and has completed the altMBA. With a love of learning, she's always looking for new things to pursue, such as improvisation, stand-up comedy and watercolour painting.
Esse is a seasoned design leader and staunch advocate for human-centred design capabilities. With nearly three decades of industry expertise spanning diverse sectors such as Financial Services, Retail, and Telecommunications, Esse brings a wealth of experience to the table.
Having spearheaded enterprise design teams in Agile settings at prominent organisations like BT Panorama (Westpac Group) and WooliesX (Woolworths Group), Esse's leadership was pivotal in establishing robust design practices and customer-centric approaches. Notably, as a founding member of Athena Home Loans, Esse played a pivotal role in building the startup's design framework & ways of working, garnering recognition with consecutive Fintech of the Year awards 3 years running.
Currently, Esse leads Content & Design teams for TPG Telecom's consumer brands, including Vodafone, TPG, and iiNet.
Beyond corporate endeavours, Esse is deeply committed to fostering diversity, inclusion, and elevating the standards of design practices and operations. This commitment is manifested through Esse's engagements in public speaking, seminars, podcast creation, coaching, and as a panel judge for initiatives like the Women in Digital annual awards.
Esse's dedication to advancing experience design has not only earned accolades but also propelled innovative solutions that resonate with users across various platforms.
Angela has a broad background in human centred design—working across spaces of service design, strategic innovation, design thinking, and customer/user research. She has extensive experience planning, facilitating, coaching and leading design in a range of organisational settings. Over the past decade she’s led practice and capability in financial services and human services, with a goal of helping organisations adopt a service design mindset and be more strategic in connecting up to new opportunities.
As a tireless advocate of human-centred design, she helps businesses and organisations develop the products, tools, competencies and cultures they need to transform customer and stakeholder experience. She is a passionate about facilitating great collaboration and conversation to enable understanding, learning, and change. She is currently Head of Strategic and Service Design at Macquarie Bank.
Thanks to ThinkPlace for hosting and catering and Lanson Partners for sponsoring.