STARTUP NEWS EVENTS CALENDAR
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To see an overview of all major events of the year, go to the ‘WA Innovation Calendar 2003 – YEAR OVERVIEW’
Skills of the Modern Age are proud to be bringing you our flagship Design Jam program again in 2020. Across an immersive two-day bootcamp, you’ll master the skills of design thinking and creative collaboration as you develop and pitch a real solution to a real social problem faced by a local non-profit or social enterprise.
Why learn design skills? Because Design Thinking is one of the most crucial skillsets of our time.
Research from McKinsey & Co found that companies with the strongest commitment to design drastically out-performed their competitors, achieving 32% more revenue and 56% higher total returns to shareholders by putting their customers first and rapidly creating and testing new solutions to the most important problems.
Design Jam is the perfect opportunity for you to join the design movement in a 2-day, immersive learning experience covering all things design thinking, service design, and experience design. You’ll learn to create value by generating powerful solutions to real problems affecting real people.
100% natural, enriching learning. No artificial facilitators.
“A fantastic learning experience – interactive, fun and thought-provoking. I walked away from the 2-day Design Jam with a bag full of tools and I can’t wait to start using with my team.”
-Michala, Project Coordinator
“Design Jam was one of the best courses I have ever done – I loved being able to use my new skills for a real life problem.”
-Kate, Head of Member Experience
“Although challenging and fast paced at times, the atmosphere was friendly and casual and I was able to make some great connections with other innovators. I would definitely recommend.”
-Catherine, Innovation Consultant
Design Jam covers the core techniques, tools and frameworks to help you bring effective and innovative design into your organisation.
⚡️ Design Thinking
Design thinking, or human-centred design (HCD), is a creative problem-solving approach. It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor-made to suit their needs.
⚡️ Service Design
Service Design (SD) focusses on ensuring a service deliberately meets the needs and goals of its users. At its best, it has the ability to take a mundane or routine experience and surprise, delight and make the experience truly meaningful.
⚡️ Experience Design
Experience design (XD) is the practice of purposefully designing products, processes, services and environments with a customer-centric focus on the quality of the user experience and context-relevant solutions.
We don’t believe in normal or boring. We believe learning happens best when you’re surrounded by interesting people and applying the learning in a meaningful way.
Over your 2-day Design Jam journey, you’ll apply the design concepts and tools we explore to a real-life business problem for a local social enterprise or not-for-profit.
At the end of Design Jam, you’ll get to pitch back your ideas, prototypes and validation – and your idea might even get picked up for implementation!
Over two days, we’ll cover the entire design process, exploring tactics, tools and techniques that you can bring back into your organisation.
Each day runs 9:00am – 4:00pm, with breaks to enjoy some delicious and healthy morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
You’ll not only walk away with a new mindset, but a toolkit bursting with new techniques to try out, too:
Lean planning. Canvasses to articulate ideas and quickly plan for tests or experiments.
Prototype techniques. Tools and techniques to rapidly create meaningful digital and service-based prototypes.
Proto-personas. Capturing the needs of your archetypal users or stakeholders through the creation of proto-personas.
Research guides. Approaches and tools to help plan and run great user interviews and surveys.
Divergent ideation. Design-based approaches to identify and prioritise solutions to a design challenge.
Case studies. Example of how leading organisations have used design to develop impactful, customer-centric solutions.
Service Blueprints. Using system thinking to go beyond customer journey maps and develop holistic service experiences.
Experiment tools. Techniques and tools to design, plan, execute and track effective solution experiments.
Nate Sturcke is passionate educator and supporter of the local Perth innovation ecosystem. Over the last 5 years Nate has worked with over 4,000 entrepreneurs through a variety of programs, including the Silicon-Valley based Founder Institute accelerator; Google-backed Startup Weekend; and RAC SeedSpark seed fund. In both 2017 and 2018, Nate was awarded the WA Startup Community award for his role in promoting early stage entrepreneurship throughout the state.
Matt Norman is a learning designer and facilitator working to transform education and training, starting in WA. He has over 5 years of experience running workshops with everyone from corporate innovators to social impact professionals to at-risk youth, and has worked in advocacy and recruitment for the innovative Teach For Australia program. A graduate of both the Presencing Foundation Program on systems change, and the Kaospilot Masterclass in Learning Design, Matt’s passion is creating experiences that bring out the best in people.
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