Participatory Innovation Conference 2012 announces keynote speakers

23 November 2011
Melbourne (Australia) - The Participatory Innovation Conference 2012 (PIN-C 2012) has announced the keynote speakers for the five conference tracks. Swinburne University Faculty of Design, in collaboration with SPIRE of the University of Southern Denmark, will host the symposium 12-14 January 2012 in Melbourne (Australia). Five conference tracks explore sources of innovation and ways to invite outside participation.

Melbourne (Australia) - The Participatory Innovation Conference 2012 (PIN-C 2012) has announced the keynote speakers for the five conference tracks. Swinburne University Faculty of Design, in collaboration with SPIRE of the University of Southern Denmark, will host the symposium 12-14 January 2012 in Melbourne (Australia). Five conference tracks explore sources of innovation and ways to invite outside participation.

Participatory Innovation combines theories and methods across academic fields that describe how people outside an organisation can contribute to its innovation. PIN-C 2012 will help identify ways for industry, the public sector, and communities to expand innovation through the participation of users, employees, suppliers, citizens, members, etc. - on a strategic level, in concrete methods, and in day-to-day interactions.

Keynote Speakers

Indigenous Knowledge and Cultural Innovation

[Image: Sharon Paten]Sharon Paten
CEO, Koorie Heritage Trust - Australia
Sharon Paten is a proud Gunnai woman from Far East Gippsland. She is CEO of the Koorie Heritage Trust, a not-for-profit Aboriginal community organisation that aims to protect, preserve and promote the living culture of Aboriginal people of south-eastern Australia.

[Image: Maree Clark]Maree Clarke
Senior Curator, Koorie Heritage Trust - Australia
Maree Clarke is a Mutti Mutti/Yorta Yorta woman, who has practiced as an artist since the early 80’s. Today she is one Victoria’s most prominent Victorian Indigenous artists. Her work has centred around reclaiming, researching and promoting the unique Indigenous culture from this region, as an arts worker, project manager, curator, educator and artist.

Evolving Design Anthropology

[Image: Sudarshan KhannaProfessor Sudarshan Khanna
Former Principal Designer-Faculty, and Chairman of Education & Research at the National Institute of Design (NID) - Ahmedabad, India
Professor Khanna is known as toy man of India, an authority on Indian toy design heritage, and a consultant to toy design enterprises. He is actively associated with several institutions and organisations concerned with grass root development and education.

Making Design and Analysing Interaction

[Image: Toni RobertsonProf. Toni Robertson
founder of the Centre for Human Centred Technology Design Research and Professor of Interaction Design at University of Technology Sydney
Toni Robertson is a Professor of Interaction Design in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney. She is a specialist in Human-Computer Interaction, her work focusing on building the understanding of technology design practices as situated, social activities.

Organising Participatory Innovation

[Image: Hiroshi TamuraHiroshi Tamura
Director, i.school, The University of Tokyo. Research Director, Innovation Laboratory, Hakuhodo Inc. - Tokyo, Japan
Hiroshi Tamura-San investigates Human-Centered Innovation based on his broad academic career in social sciences and cognitive sciences. He directs Hakuhodo's Innovation Laboratory research group, that focuses on communications theory and research, and engages in the creation of leading-edge ideas.

Designing Innovative Business Models

[Image:  Maureen ThurstonMaureen Thurston
Design Leverage Consultant, Second Road Pty Ltd - Sydney, Australia
A designer, educator, entrepreneur, lecturer and author, Maureen is energised by problems that need solving. As an industrial designer in the early 80s, she observed that most US manufacturers neither fully understood nor appreciated design's aggregate value - that realisation inspired her 30-year quest to find meaningful ways to bridge the gap between design and business.


For more information, please see the Participatory Innovation Conference 2012 Keynotes page.

About Swinburne University Faculty of Design

Swinburne University Faculty of Design has more than a century of history. It focuses on the value adding benefits of design and design research to people, the environment, industry and the economy.
swinburne.edu.au/design

About Participatory Innovation Research Centre (SPIRE)

SPIRE is the newest research centre at the Mads Clausen Institute, University of Southern Denmark. It is concerned with research in participatory innovation in collaboration with social scientists, human scientists, local industry and the theatre group Dacapo.
sdu.dk/SPIRE