04 September 2019

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Academy Xi, Level 3, 45 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Event description

Thanks to human-centred design principles being used more widely across a range of business disciplines, inclusive design is on the rise. Inclusive design is a win-win for both business and customers. But in a world of rapid digital transformation, how do businesses ensure that no one is left behind?

Afterall, if we’re not designing for all, then who are we really designing for?

Academy Xi is pleased to welcome a diverse panel of leaders in business, experience and product design to share stories about their projects, design journey, and how their experiences have shaped their design process.

This event will inspire you and provide tips and practical actions so you can design inclusively in your workplace or next project. At Design is not for you – it’s for everyone else, we will:

  • Explore intersectionality and its role in inclusive design
  • Discover how unconscious bias affects everyone
  • Show the importance of understanding someone else’s reality, their lived experience, when it might be vastly different than your own
  • Delve into empathy, its challenges and rewards
  • Discuss the impact of defining groups as marginalised, vulnerable, a minority. Do these terms help or detract in the design process?
  • Reflect on ourselves as designers. Do our teams represent the broad spectrum of people we design for? How can we get better at bridging this gap? And what is the benefit of doing so?

Don’t miss this thoughtful discussion demonstrating how the consideration of everyone’s perspective will lead to a greater experience for all.


Deriece Kopetko

VASS Educator | Residential and Respite Support Services

Reece's passion is helping people. She works at VASS (Ventilation Accomodation Support Service) as an Educator and part of a team who recognises and supports their clients as the decision makers. She is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience across a range of clinical specialties including Paediatrics, Neurology and Emergency. Deriece has held a variety of roles, including Clinical Lead, Telehealth, Senior RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) and Nurse Unit Manager (NUM).

Nikhil Bora

Experience Designer at ANZ

Nikhil Bora is a visual design powerhouse with strong UI and motion design skills. With over 10 years' experience, he has designed and worked across agencies and large organisations on a variety of print, motion, installation and interactive projects for Nike, Telstra, ANZ, Pandora, SBS and Australia Post.

He became the tenth person to receive a cochlear implant in the world. Nikhil uses Auslan as his primary language and is the cofounder of SignHow, an innovative startup that produced the first inclusive and accessible sign language for all communities around the world. He is passionate about inclusive design and accessibility - better digital life for everyone.

Dennii Lee

Senior UX Designer at Vision Australia

Dennii is a Senior Experience Designer at Vision Australia, who dedicates her 9-5 to championing inclusive design, accessibility and cultural change in the workplace. Dennii is about process over pixels, using powers for good, golf-clapping the wins (big or small) and seeking forgiveness rather than asking for permission.

Moderated by

Chi (Chirryl-Lee) Ryan

Experience Strategy Director at PwC Australia

Chi is a designer who focuses on designing meaningful products, services and experiences for humans - and humanity. Since making her first website in the mid 90s, she's helped everyone from hungry startups to global giants transform through design. Merging different disciplines, Chi takes a transdisciplinary approach to exploring the intersection between business, technology, environment and people.

Chi Ryan is the National Experience Strategy Director at PwC Digital. Throughout her career, she has designed products, services, brands, events, spaces, processes, values, systems, learning experiences, organisational rituals, cultural models and almost everything in between - and spends much of her time empowering others to do the same.

Dates and fees


04 September 2019

6:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm



Academy Xi,
Level 3,
45 Exhibition St,
Melbourne VIC 3000

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