03 October 2019

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Academy Xi, 48 Druitt Street, Sydney 2000

Event Description

Join us for Industry Night, an evening of inspirational talks, networking and students’ portfolio presentation! 

Exclusive portfolio presentations
Industry Night is our quarterly high point, where our talented UX and Service Design graduates showcase their portfolios to the design community and hiring organisations. 

After going through a robust 10-week program combining theoretical and hands-on practice, our graduates are ready for their next challenge. Students’ portfolios are the result of their collaboration with real-life clients, tangible business challenges and fixed deadlines.

Industry Night is instrumental in providing our graduates with interactions, exposure and feedback from experienced designers and industry figures as they showcase their thought process, problem-solving abilities and skills throughout their portfolio.

Drinks, nibbles, and more
Whether you are part of an organisation, a recruiter, a future student, or just someone interested in UX and Service Design, Industry Night has something for you:

  • If you’re on the lookout for your next talent to hire, be the first to explore the fantastic work from our recent graduates. Industry Night will connect you with the perfect niche talent in UX and Service Design, as we train the workforce of tomorrow. 
  • If great ideas and new concepts give you a boost, come and listen to leading design thinkers Grace Turtle Polifroni (Deloitte Digital) and Andrew Green (Canva) as they share their experience and insights. 
  • If you want to be actively involved in the creative and design community and enjoy stimulating conversations, come and mingle with emerging and established design professionals and organisations.
  • If you’re thinking about up-skilling in Human-Centred Design, Business and Marketing or Emerging Tech, this is a fantastic way to get to know our instructors and talk to our Course Advisors around a drink.


Runsheet for the night:

6:00 pm onwards: Doors open

6:20pm to 6:40pm: Keynote by Grace Turtle Polifroni (Deloitte Digital) on integrating experimental research practices into the design process

7:10pm to 7:30pm: Keynote by Andrew Green (Canva) on continuing to hone your craft while in design leadership

7:30pm to 7:40pm: Remarks by Ben Wong, Academy Xi CEO and co-founder

7:40pm to 8:30pm: Industry networking, graduates’ showcase continues

Feel free to invite other people from your network that can benefit from engaging with our amazing students or have a passion and expertise in UX and Service Design.

Guest Speakers

Grace Turtle Polifroni

Experimental Futures Lead at Deloitte Digital

Grace is a post-disciplinary designer and researcher with over 10 years of experience across design. Her role as an agitator within Deloitte Digital has been to extend transdisciplinary design and futuring methods. In developing strategies for experiences, services and urban systems, Grace works with economists, anthropologists, government advisory and with communities.

Grace champions speculative fiction, experimentation and play as tools to facilitate collective problem solving, and visioning for transformation or transition.

Andrew Green

Head of Product Design at Canva

Andrew is the Head of Design at Canva, whose mission is for everyone to design anything and publish anywhere.

Andrew's extensive experience over the past 15 years covers both Product Management and User Experience, in Australia and the US. Previously, he headed Product Management for SEEK Asia, was self-employed as a Product Designer in Melbourne, and Director of User Experience at Razorfish. We're thrilled to welcome Andrew to the stage to challenge traditional leadership advice, and share his experience on continuing to hone your craft while in leadership positions.

Dates and fees


03 October 2019

6:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm



Academy Xi,
48 Druitt Street,
Sydney 2000

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