26 June 2019

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm


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

Event Description

Around the world, we’ve seen some amazing communities come together and create positive change, often from nothing. To create social impact, a diversity of skills is required including coding, designing, and product management, just to name a few.

So how do you create positive change in society, and how do you go about it?

Civic Makers is a collective of people who are using their skills to create public good. Civic Makers involves designers, tech, and community organising to bring different points of view.

At this second meetup, you’ll explore:

  • Defining group values
  • Aligning people to challenge areas they’re interested in
  • Give an introduction to Human-Centred Design
  • Encourage teams to start gathering research and identify resources


Sean Hua

Design Researcher

Sean is a strategic thinker on a mission to bring civic life and inclusive tech closer together. He has over 7 years solving problems both in government and the private sector, focusing on urban strategy and digital transformation. Sean now devotes his energy to causes furthering civic tech and community building.

Grace O'Hara

Head of Marketing at Code for Australia

Grace is a connector of dots and people, and a friend for things that make the world a little bit better. She likes blending tech and storytelling and taking little steps towards good things. After growing up in farms, art school and start-up land, Grace spent a year travelling the world, seeing the power of technology in all shapes, sizes, and efficiencies. Now, she loves telling meaningful stories and connecting people in authentic ways at Code for Australia and Code for All.

Steven McPhillips

Software Engineer at Zendesk

Steven (Software Engineer) has worked at Zendesk for the last 3 years and has helped shape a CSR partnership with Code for Australia, initially through the provisioning of industry mentors for Code for Australia's Fellowship programme (2017-18). Prior to Zendesk, Steven worked at the National Library of Australia for a decade. A 12 month secondment to the National Library of Cambodia added cultural awareness facet to the desire to use technology for social improvement, a desire that was further developed working with local community based organisations (LCBOs) along the Thai-Burma border for a few years.

Dates and fees


26 June 2019

5:30 pm ~ 8:30 pm



Academy Xi,
Level 3,
45 Exhibition St,

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