Upcoming event:

Geek Night - August 2017

Monday 21st August 6:00pm

About Night

Melbourne Geek Night is an informal get-together for passionate people to share ideas, talk about innovation and new technologies and hear stories of insight, triumph and inspiration from incredible speakers.

Aside from all the social blather and networking there are a 2-3 short talks (around 20 minutes each) from our amazing guest speakers. Come along and get learned!

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LOOP Project Space & Bar
23 Meyers Pl

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Melbourne Geek Night is brought to you by Thirst Studios. A small user experience (UX) design studio based in Melbourne, Australia.

Thinking responsibly, Thirst inspires and builds experiences for a more accessible world.

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Geek Night: Past Events

19th June 2017

Joyce Seitzinger

Joyce Seitzinger is the director of Academic Tribe and a frequent speaker at education and learning events. Joyce has been a learning designer since 1999 working in Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

Joyce Seitzinger


Academic Tribe


Jason Culverwell

Jason is a Design Director at Downstream and has been leading multi-disciplinary design teams for over 10 years, with experience ranging from identity design, product design, experiential retail environments and more recently large canvas digital activations.

Jason Culverwell

Design Director


Daniel Fine

Dan Fine works as a Senior Experience Designer at The Customer Experience Company where he gets to work in eclectic teams to design and deliver better customer experiences for some of Australia's largest and most diverse companies. 

Daniel Fine

Senior Experience Designer

The Customer Experience Company

Tristan Cooke

Tristan Cooke is a Service Design Lead at NAB. He believes that that human-centred design is the best way to improve products, services, business and societies and he can make that happen.

Tristan Cooke

Human-Centred (Service) Design Leader



10th April 2017

Workplaces of the future

An architect and academic, Dr Agustin Chevez has dedicated his career to understanding the notion of work and uncovering environments that best support our working lives. In this talk Agustin shares some of his latest research outlining just what this means for the workplaces of the future.

Agustin Chevez

Senior Researcher


How a UX team can bring change & Agile behaviour into the pre & post delivery conversation

Catherine Hills, UX Lead at REA Group covers an interesting topic: How a UX team can bring change and Agile behaviour into the pre and post delivery conversation

Catherine Hills

UX Lead

REA Group


Some is better than none (qualitative research)

Amir is a practitioner with over 10,000+ hours of design and design leadership experience and loves to empower individuals and companies to use the design process to solve problems. In this talk Amir will tell some stories and share the advice he gives in helping designers convince their stakeholders or clients that some qualitative research is better than none.

Amir Ansari

Head of UX



20th February 2017

Living the Lean Dream

UX learnings from a very Lean startup team "Ever wanted to bootstrap a startup? Want to build something and be your own boss? Reflections on running an extremely lean operation, not taking VC money, Lean UX and building a SaaS product. What's cool, what's scary, what's surprising and what you should start doing right now.

Amelia Schmidt

UX Practitioner



Storytelling for Experience Design

Liam will unpick story structure and explains how elements such as plot, character, and tone work together to formulate a cohesive and engaging tale.

Liam Keogh

CX Designer



Designing in the Anthropocene

Human Centred Design turns all of our users into protagonists of their own heroic journey. We need to rethink our tools and methods to start working at the system level and all the scales inbetween.

Daniel Neville

Senior Experience Designer



17th October 2016

Leadership Roles in Digital

What happens after you have more than 5 years in digital design or development, and want the next challenge? Do you move into management? Will it really suit you? This talk discusses the different roles available to you and which one may suit you.

Mags Hanley

UX Leadership Coach


The Internet of Things Is upon us

IoT has had a spotlight on it for a little while now. So, how does it affect Digital Design? Where can it go and what opportunities lie ahead? We will learn interesting facts about IoT, and come up with a 'Thing' of our own.

Alex Liberman

UX Designer


Chatbots are so hot right now

Chatbots are the hottest trend in technology right now. So what are they? Why are they important to us? How do they work? How can I build one? In this talk, you'll get a good understanding of chatbots and learn the basics of creating your very own bots!

Leo Gui

Tech Founder