Design City – Building an Innovation Ecosystem

International symposium

Wednesday 18–Thursday 19 March 2020
The Pier Geelong

Event details

How design can be used to transform cities into innovation ecosystems

A two-day symposium, hosted by Deakin University and the City of Greater Geelong – Australia’s only designated UNESCO City of Design – will explore novel ways of using design and creativity to sustainably develop cities into innovation ecosystems.

It will focus on the three key participants required to create innovation ecosystems: businesses, government (local, state and federal) and research and education institutions.

Presentations and panel discussions featuring international design experts and leaders from a range of organisations will help shape the changing roles of these key innovation ecosystem participants.

The Design City Symposium is part of Geelong Design week. For more information about the speakers, program and register, visit the symposium website.

Keynote speakers

Iain Martin

Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University, Australia

Bart Ashmann

Managing Director of CLICKNL, the Dutch Creative Industries Knowledge and Innovation Network, Netherlands

Edward Hobson

Head of Design and Innovation Effectiveness, The Knowledge Transfer Network, Innovate UK

Mark Wee

Executive Director, DesignSingapore Council, Singapore

Anne Asensio

Vice-President Design Experience @ Dassault Systèmes, France

Riccardo Balbo

Academic Director IED (European Institute of Design) Global, Italy

Richard Koeck

Director of CAVA, Co-Director of European Design Network, Liverpool University, UK

The symposium will help build new bridges across institutional boundaries and develop new opportunities for participants to work together to address many shared challenges.

Key dates

Registration opens: early December 2019

Early bird registration discount: ends mid-February 2020


If your company or organisation are interested in sponsorship opportunities for this symposium, please email the Design City Symposium team.

Contact us

For more information about the Design City Symposium, please email the conference team.

Key information


Wednesday 18–Thursday 19 March 2020


The Pier
Cunningham Pier
10 Western Beach Foreshore Road
Geelong VIC 3220