About Night

Melbourne Geek Night is an informal get-together for people who work in the web industry around Melbourne to catch-up, have a yarn, share ideas and talk about new techniques and technologies.

Aside from all the beer and social blather there are a small number of short talks (around 20 minutes) from guest speakers on all things 'webby'. Come along and get learned!

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Loop Bar
23 Meyers Place,

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

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Geek Night: Past Events

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



15th August 2016

What Intellectual Property Subsists in Computer Code and Who Owns It?

Does it matter if the author is an independent contractor or an employee? How do I protect my IP? Emily is an IT and IP commercial lawyer and will explore this topic with you.

Emily Booth

Senior Associate

Holding Redlich


Dark Patterns & the Power of Persuasive Design

Explore the idea of 'persuasive design', where elements of cognitive psychology are employed to influence a change of user behaviour, for both good and evil.

Ben Tollady & Gareth Roberts

UX Director & Senior UX Designer

Thirst Studios


Successful Product Development Crowdfunding Campaigns

Sergei Plishka from Outerspace Design will be discussing the do's and don'ts of setting up a successful product development crowdfunding campaign. Sergei will show examples of campaigns he's been involved with, including Melbourne's Fusion Guitar.

Sergei Plishka

Senior Marketing & Project Manager



18th April 2016

Building The Australian War Memorial Visitor Audio Experience

With the 100th year anniversary of World War 1 the Australian War Memorial in Canberra needed to provide a unique way for visitors to experience their displays. Learn how an interactive audio experience was created, using 200 nexus 5 devices, indoor positioning and an interactive touch wall!

Luke Sleeman

Freelance Android Developer



Human Centred Design

One of the most common problems facing designers is communicating what we do and why it is valuable to non-designers. I’ve evolved a model over the last five years that effectively communicates the Human Centred Design Process to non-designers in a way that even your mum can understand. This talk will introduce the 3 Phase Design Model and provide insight into how to talk to non-designers about HCD.

Dr Simon Lawry

Communicating Human Centred Design



How We Work

The way we work is often dictated by a universally accepted way of how work should be done. We should work 9 to 5, we should work together in an office, we should work the same amount of hours each week, we need managers to ensure we do our work. Maybe there's a better way.

Joel Friedlaender

Founder of Red Guava, we build Cliniko

Red Guava