Melbourne Burwood Campus
Tuesday 3 July 2018

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Thursday 5 July 2018

A unique one-day event to inspire young minds

DeakInspire will unleash ideas to transform your way of thinking. Aimed at Year 10, 11 and 12 students, it’s designed to empower you to reach your potential and inspire you with exciting ideas of how your future could look. Be there to hear inspirational stories and connect with meaningful experiences – be there to discover the future YOU.

DeakInspire is a FREE event! Lunch and entertainment will be provided.

The Line Up

Hosted by

Andy and Ben

Andy and Ben from The Block
*Hosting at Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Andy and Ben are both teachers and Deakin graduates with a Bachelor of Education (Primary). They're also partners of the Unite Project who do life-changing work with homeless young people.


Ellen Moon 
Deakin Talent Series
Lecturer in Environmental Engineering
Geelong (Deakin Academic)
*Speaking at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus only 

Ellen wanted to make a positive difference to the world from an early age. Her research work focuses on cleaning up land and water that has been contaminated with toxic metals. Chosen as one of only 80 women working in science to join Homeward Bound 2018 - a pioneering leadership, strategy and science initiative for women set against the stunning backdrop of Antarctica - she will share the details of her polar adventure in this stimulating seminar. Ellen is also a proud advocate for women in STEM, and a proactive role model for young girls who are interested in science.

Nicholas Tran
Deakin Talent Series
Bachelor of Vision Science & Master of Optometry
Geelong (Current Deakin student) 
*Speaking at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus only 

Nicholas is a current student at Deakin who holds multiple student leadership and volunteer roles. He understands how valuable it is to be attentive to the needs of those around him and thrives on teamwork. He is passionate about expanding the scope of the optometric industry, and plans to use his degree to help the visually impaired in developing nations around the world. Nicholas will share his view on the importance of keeping one eye open for opportunities.

Lucy Mills
Deakin Talent Series
Bachelor of Commerce (Sport Management)
Burwood (Deakin Alumni) 
*Speaking at Melbourne Burwood Campus only

As the first female to become an accredited AFL player agent, Lucy Mills took a leap of faith and launched her own talent management agency, the LightHaus, in 2013. She now handles the media and commercial affairs for a huge stable of talent across the sports, entertainment and fashion industries. From negotiating and servicing their media and commercial partnerships to handling publicity requests and proving career advice, Lucy never drops the ball. Hear how she challenged the status quo in a male-dominated field.

Hannah Friebel
Deakin Talent Series
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Dance)
Burwood & Geelong (Current Deakin student) 
*Speaking at Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Combining her lifelong passion for dance with her love of psychology, Hannah Friebel is keen to inspire others to move and groove toward greater wellbeing. She works as a Research Assistant on Deakin's NDIS-funded ALLPlay Dance initiative, which addresses some of the current barriers to social participation and community connectedness for people with disability, particularly children. By fostering high-quality inclusive dance experiences and opportunities, Hannah helps enhance quality of life for all participants. She will share her experiences of working in the dance community and why she believes pursing your passion and seeking out opportunities is so important.

Michael Williams
Deakin Talent Series
Bachelor Civil Engineering (Honours)
Burwood (Deakin Alumni) 
*Speaking at Melbourne Burwood Campus only

A professional BMX racer turned civil engineer, Michael is a Deakin Alumni who is working on ground-breaking ways to improve the quality of bike handling through both a rider and an engineer's eye. Find out how he used experience gained from competing at multiple BMX world championships to develop a revolutionary transmission device. Michael will reveal how he plans to further revolutionise transmission systems in cycling and why he believes having a personal investment in your professional pursuit is essential.

Zoe Strapp
Deakin Talent Series
Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife Conservation Biology)
Geelong (Deakin Alumni)
*Speaking at Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus only

Zoe has merged her passion for marine environment
conservation with her love of the ocean to create her own line of swimwear, Akua Oceanwear. The surfer, diver and designer has created a label that is 100% seamless, surf-friendly and sustainable with a No Plastic promise from production to delivery and a percentage of each sale going directly toward marine conservation. Hear how Zoe's own travel and ocean experiences inspired her to create real change in a swimwear-saturated market.

Dr Claudio Bozzi
Deakin Talent Series
Lecturer Deakin Law School
Geelong & Burwood (Deakin Academic)
*Speaking at Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Deakin academic and co-founder of the Deakin Law clinics, Claudio noticed the need to employ new thinking around emerging technologies within the legal profession and acted on it. Learn why he thinks law students must have ample opportunity to gain valuable, real-world skills while studying, and how the emerging start-up economy is creating new, previously unlegislated, markets. Claudio will also share his personal story of shunning traditional educational environments for practical opportunities outside the lecture theatre.

Dr Melissa Weinberg
Closing Note Speaker
Geelong & Burwood 

*Speaking at Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Melissa specialises in the 'science of happiness'. Her work covers subjective wellbeing, resilience, trauma, sport and performance psychology. As an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Centre on Quality of Life at Deakin, she examines measurement and methodological issues related to subjective wellbeing and overall happiness. Melissa will share insights into how different population subgroups think about 'quality of life' and the science behind wellbeing and resilience.

Daizy Mann
Personal Development Session
Geelong & Burwood (Deakin staff) 

*Speaking at Melbourne Burwood Campus and Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Daizy is passionate about social entrepreneurship, sustainability and empowering young people to make a difference - particularly young women. She heads up our official start-up accelerator program, SPARK Deakin, which provides funding to entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level, and is also the youngest Director on the Balwyn Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank. Daizy will be sharing her experiences in networking and how this skill can assist you in shaping your future career.

The Agenda

Deakin's Got Talent

Hear innovative, entrepreneurial and creative stories from our students, alumni and teachers. Be inspired to succeed, gain insights about overcoming challenges, and see how persistence will help you achieve your dreams.

Study area workshops

Choose your two workshops from the list below. The workshops cover a range of topics and study areas, enabling you to interact with and learn from our academic staff.

Learn more about the study area workshops on offer

Stand out from the crowd

Learn about the importance of networking– how this skill can assist students in shaping their future careers and help them stand out from the crowd.

The Schedule

9.45amDeakin's Got Talent
11.00am Morning tea
11.30am Workshop 1
12.15pm Lunch
1.00pm Workshop 2
2.00pm Stand out from the crowd
2.20pm Closing note
3.00pm Finish

Registrations now open!

DeakInspire will help you realise the significant mark you can make on the world – you may already be on the edge of something amazing. You will gain essential knowledge and skills to help you grow as a person and develop a vision for what your future could hold. Everything on this day is about benefiting and improving the future YOU!

DeakInspire is a FREE event! Lunch and entertainment will be provided.

DeakInspire 2018

Unleash ideas, unlock your potential and transform your way of thinking at DeakInspire 2018.

What students said about DeakInspire 2017

Your guest speakers were phenomenal, and had varied stories, so there was no time to get bored. Their message of perseverance, getting back up and dusting yourself off after a fall was the inspiration the DeakInspire title suggested.

No other universities run this type of event, it was really good to have a more relaxed, conversational, cool type of interaction through out the day, rather than a lecture or session on the courses at Deakin.

It was really hands on and great fun. I enjoyed every minute there

Key information

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Tuesday 3 July 2018
9am – 3pm
View the Melbourne Burwood campus map here

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Thursday 5 July 2018
9am – 3pm
View the Geelong Waurn Ponds campus map here

Warrnambool information coming soon!

Contact details

Student Recruitment Team
+61 3 9246 8074
Email Student Recruitment