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Innovate It. Create It. Make It. - Global Design & Development Summit 2017

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Storey Hall - Conference Rooms 1 & 2

RMIT University Building 16

336–348 Swanston St

Melbourne, Victoria 3000


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The Global Design & Development Summit is an inspiring one-day forum for designers, makers, international development professionals and students to share how to design a better future. This year's theme is: Innovate It. Create It. Make It.

With a line-up of international speakers and world-class innovators from six continents - this event is an engaging day of workshops, discussions and big ideas.

Learn from successs and failures from innovators working on the front line, from rural 3D printed medical supplies in Kenya to clean water on demand in Pakistan; from innovative education programs in Melbourne to grassroots design programs in Guatemala.

This program is coordinated by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) D-Lab; Laika Academy and RMIT University.


Themes and Interest Areas

  • Makers and Local Innovators
  • Social Enterprise
  • Design for Social Impact
  • Development Innovation
  • Humanitarian Design and Engineering
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Education for Social Change


Program: 5 April 2017

0800 - 0900 -- Registration

0900 - 0930 -- Welcome to Country / Summit Opening

0930 - 1015 -- Opening Keynote + Lightening Talks

1015 - 1115 -- Mix and Mingle - Morning Tea

1115 - 1245 -- Parallel Sessions 1

1245 - 1400 -- Lunch

1400 - 1515 -- Parallel Sessions 2

1515 - 1545 -- Afternoon Tea

1545 - 1700 -- Parallel Workshops 3

1700 - 1745 -- Closing Keynote and Remarks

1800 - onwards -- Post-Summit Drinks @ Trunk (275 Exhibition St, Melbourne)

Parallel Session 1

1A - The Art of Reframing: An Innovation and Creativity Acceleration Workshop (Speaker: Courtney Lawrence, DSIL Global) - Participants will explore creative innovation tools Human Centered Design frameworks and apply them to personal and professional projects. Through various cases studies and real-world team challenges participants will learn how to leverage and apply creative innovation tools for the design of a team and startup/social enterprise organisation.

1B - Provocative Design Leadership using Liberating Structures (Speaker: Katy Grennier, DSIL Global) - This workshop will focus on a series of hands-on activities to ensure teams working in any sector have the tools to amplify creativity and open communication for projects and/or product development. Participants will begin by exploring “Liberating Structures”, a suite of creative tools and techniques and apply these tools through work in small teams. Get ready to get moving!

1C - Reciprocity Ring: Practicing the Power of Networks and Sharing (Speakers: Jona Repisti and Sher Vogel, MIT D-Lab) - What is a personal or profesisonal goal or need you have? Statistics show that likely someone in your network has the ability to help you with that goal, and you have the ability to help someone else achieve theirs. In this hands-on workshop, participants will have the opportunity to practice the power of networks and reciprocity in a way that can be used in their own organsiations, associations, professinoal professional life, and social circles. Each participant should come to the session with three things in mind they want help with - and let's see the magic happen!

Parallel Session 2

2A - The Why and How of Creating Innovation Spaces (Speakers: Molly Rubenstein, International Development Innovation Network; Michelle Ngure, Global Minimum) - Makerspaces, innovation centers, and fab labs are spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. They often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. In this panel, founders of makerspaces from Melbourne and around the world will share success stories, key tips and common challenges to setting up these centers.

2B - Local Innovation at the Cutting Edge: 3D Printing to Development Digitised (Speakers: Amna Batool, Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab; Karl Heinz, Africa Born 3D; Muhammad Umair Anwar, Wrind; Sacha Ahmad, Hope Uplift Foundation) - This program explores the cutting edge of development innovation based on four field case studies: 1) Fighting disease throughout Pakistan by digitising the immunization system in Pakistan with a bottom up approach to design; 2) Deploying 3D printing as a digital manufacturing tool for local community blacksmiths in Kenya; 3) Getting water to all: The WaterATM, an innovative user friendly automated water dispensing machine that regulates usage of clean drinking water in Pakistan; 4) improving maternal health using a speech-based social media platform for low-literate users in Pakistan.

2C - Better Design for Inclusion and Mobility (Speakers Huy Nguyen, Enable Development; Roy Ombatti, Happy Feet; Oscar Quan Lainfiesta and Juan Carlos Noguera Cardoza, Transitions Foundation) - Across Kenya people suffer from foot deformities as a result of the jigger sand flea, learn how 'Happy Feet' is responding with bespoke shoes. Also hear from Transitions Foundation in Guatemala where wheelchair users are also wheelchair manufacturers. This engaging panel will explore the questions: What is it like to live in a country where mobility is not available to many? How do you design for mobility and include those who are affected in the design process to develop a new product?

Parallel Session 3

3A - Indigenous Makers - Local Empowerment or Design Colonialism? (Speakers: Juliet Wanjiri, Ananse Group; Maria Jose Saenz-Penagos, University Rafael Landívar) - This panel will address how traditional handicraft and maker cultures better could complement each other and bring more innovation into established traditions. Often informal sector activities often overlap with do-it-yourself culture, but many “maker” initiatives have ignored existing grassroots innovators, particularly in developing countries. Perspectives from Guatemala, Kenya and Australia will present what can be learned from working collaborations and how in future makers and artisans can better collaborate. We will also hear stories of how designer-artisan projects being executed and what are some of the challenges still to overcome.

3B - No Bullshit Guide to Getting Results (Speaker: Laura Budzyna, MIT D-Lab) - When developing or piloting a new social impact product, program or approach, it isn’t always clear what impact it will have - so, how do you know what to measure? How do you know if you're actually creating change? In this workshop, you’ll learn strategies for capturing outcomes of projects that are novel, nascent, and in flux. With practical examples and stories of change (and failture!) from around the world, this workshop will help you ensure your impact is genuine.

3C - Education Global Citizens in the Trump Era: Out of the Lecture Theatre and into the World (Speakers: Omar Crespo, Link4; Melanie Lazelle, Laika Academy; Eva Cheng, RMIT University) - Creating professionals with the skills to tackle the great global challenges is no easy feat. This dynamic discussion will explore examples that have successfully redefined the education experience. Case study from Guatemala will showcase tools and programs that have been designed to get design education beyond classrooms and into the streets and communities of Guatemala. This discussion explores the thorny topics of ethical engagement, power dynamics and effective program design.


Who Should Attend

  • Designers
  • International Development Practitioners
  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Makers
  • Creative Professionals
  • Students
  • Educators
  • Community Development Workers
  • Innovators
  • You!


What's Included

A full day of ideas, global speakers, collaborative discussions and more. Also - amazing catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea) from a great Melbourne-based social enterprise. Plus great connections and networking with global leaders in the industry as well as right here from Melbourne.



We have designed this event for inclusion and to do this we have a Pay As You Can pricing model.

Suggested prices are as follows:

  • Student / Unwaged: $10 - $100
  • Individual / Sole Trader: $50 - $250
  • NGO or Social Enterprise: $100 - $300
  • Small Business or University: $200 - $500
  • Medium Business or Corporate: $400 - $1000
  • Government or International Business: $850 - $1500
  • Major Supporter: $1000+

Note that these are just suggested amounts, and we don't want cost to be barrier for anyone attending.

If you would like to pay an amount not listed - just use the Additional Amount / Donation button to make the difference. For example, to pay $125, please select one ticket at $100 and then put in $25 in the Additonal Amount box. For any questions or alternate ticket buying options - such as receiving an invoice - get in contact.



I have special dietary requirements - can that be catered for? - Sure can. We will have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. If you have other special dietary needs - please get in contact with us below.

I'm on the fence about coming - should I do it? - Yes. Everyone coming will be super lovely and we will make sure you have a great day.

I'm not sure I can afford a ticket in the suggested price range - can I still come? - Yes. We are serious about inclusitivity - so per our policy Pay As You Can. The minimum price through Eventbrite is just $10. If this is a barrier - please get in contact and we will help make it happen.

Can I pay more than the suggested price? - Yes. And big thanks for your support of this great initiative.

One of the speakers look amazing and work aligns with my own, can I arrange a one-on-one meeting with them while they are in Australia? - They are amazing. We would love to help you do that - just get in contact and we will make it happen either on the day, or in the days on either side.

How can I convince my boss to let me attend? - Let her know that this is a professional and continuing professional development event that's got a high calibre line up global speakers, lots of opportunity to network and meet sector leaders, and ideas and strategies at the cutting edge. Also, volunteer to take great notes and share the outcomes with your team on return.

I'm travelling to Melbourne for this event, where should I stay? - This event is super central, in the heart of the Melbourne CBD so you have a lot of options. Check out the standard hotel booking sites, hostel options or AirBnB. Plenty of choices!

So should I book my ticket now? - Yep. They are limited and we expect them to go fast, so click on the Tickets button and make it happen.

I'm with the media and am interested in attending or arranging an interview with one of the speakers, what's the best way to do this? - Cool. Get in contact (details below) and we would love to host you with a Media Pass and line up an interview.

I have another question that's not on here - what do I do? - Drop us a line - our contact information is below.


Contact Us

For more information about the program, attending or getting involved. Get in contact:

Julian O'Shea (Summit Coordinator - Australia) - : julian@laikaacademy.com / 0400 260 565



  • Muhammad Umair Anwar

    Muhammad Umair Anwar

    WaterATM (Pakistan)

    Program Officer

  • Amna Batool

    Amna Batool

    Innovations for Poverty Alleviation Lab (Pakistan)

    Research Associate

  • Laura Budzyna

    Laura Budzyna

    MIT D-Lab and IDIN (USA)

    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager

  • Eva Cheng

    Eva Cheng

    RMIT University

    Senior Lecturer

  • Katy Grennier

    Katy Grennier

    DSIL Global (Thailand)


  • Samenjo Karl Heinz

    Samenjo Karl Heinz

    Africa Born 3D Printing (Kenya)

    Co-Founder and CTO

  • Oscar Lionel Quan Lainfiesta

    Oscar Lionel Quan Lainfiesta

    Link 4 (Guatemala)


  • Courtney Savie Lawrence

    Courtney Savie Lawrence

    DSIL Global (Thailand)


  • Melanie Lazelle

    Melanie Lazelle

    Laika Academy (NZ)

    Project Manager

  • Michelle Ngure

    Michelle Ngure

    Global Minimum (Kenya)

    InLab Program Manager

  • Huy Nguyen

    Huy Nguyen

    Enable Development


  • Juan Carlos Noguera

    Juan Carlos Noguera

    Voxel8: 3D Printing Electronics (Guatemala)

    Industrial Designer

  • Julian O'Shea

    Julian O'Shea

    Laika Academy

    Founder and CEO

  • Roy Ombatti

    Roy Ombatti

    Happy Feet AB3D (Kenya)


  • Jona Repisti

    Jona Repisti

    International Development Innovation Network (USA)

    Global Network Manager

  • Molly Rubenstein

    Molly Rubenstein

    Olin College (USA)

    Innovation Center Program Manager

  • Maria José Sáenz

    Maria José Sáenz

    University Rafael Landívar (Guatemala)


  • Sher Vogel

    Sher Vogel

    MIT D-Lab (USA)

    International Development Design Summit Manager

  • Juliet Wanyiri

    Juliet Wanyiri

    Ananse Group (Kenya)


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RMIT University Building 16

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