Ethical Design – World Interaction Design Day (IxDD) – 24 Sept

IxDD is the annual global event for exploring and promoting how interaction design improves the human condition. We’re hosting a local event that night, focused on this year’s theme of trust and responsibility. Everyone should have a voice on this important topic, and everyone’s voice will be heard on the evening.

Come join us for a hands-on workshop where, in small groups, we’ll explore themes around our practices as designers, the organisations that we work with & for, and the solutions that we create. Insights and questions arising from these discussions will be reported back to the broader audience, and will serve to guide a panel discussion that follows. We’ll conclude by reflecting on the best practice principles that we’ve explored and, ideally, turn this into a draft of our own local “ethical design manifesto” that we can make available to our community.

Hosted by Arq Group at World Square: L23 / 680 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


Tracy Collier

Tracy is a social design and innovation specialist.

She is driven by the belief that everybody deserves an equitable system, adequate living standards, and to live free from discrimination. Her career has focused on uniting systems and organisations to work better for people, particularly those experiencing vulnerability or hardship. Tracy has over 10 years’ experience managing and consulting on economic empowerment and poverty reduction programs across Australia, New Zealand and Latin America.

As Head of Strategy and Programs at Thriving Communities Partnership, Tracy is exploring how design methods can support better outcomes for people and organisations, by challenging long-held assumptions and forging news ways of collaborative working to rebuild trust in communities across Australia.

Tarra van Amerongen

Tarra teaches venturing students design and strategy at UTS and is the Managing Director of ustwo digital product studio.

Bronwyn van der Merwe

Bronwyn is an Accenture Interactive Managing Director and the General Manager for Fjord in Asia Pacific. Bronwyn’s role within Fjord and Accenture enables her to bring design and innovation to the most exciting human challenges in the region. Working with commercial, government and not-for profit clients, Bronwyn and her team combine service design, strategy, and digital product creation to help clients reinvent their customer experience. Using design thinking methodologies, Fjord has successfully helped many Australian organisations on their digital transformation journeys.

Bronwyn is regularly sought out as a thought leader and spokesperson at conferences and in the media, sharing insights on trends impacting organisations as they transform themselves to be more customer-centric and experience-led.

Previously, Bronwyn was Director of Experience and Design at Massive Interactive where she was responsible for overseeing the Asia Pacific region’s creative output. Bronwyn began her career at the BBC.

Derek Wood

I’m a product person at heart at Septa who loves rumbling with designers & engineers to create stuff that gets loved and finds product market fit. After about a decade in Product I spent the last decade of my working life in a mix of technology leadership, consulting and startup gigs.
About to have my first kid but it’s ok I’m no longer completely freaking out about this…


  • 5:30 – 6:15 PM Check-in, nibbles, chatting
  • 6:20 – 7:10 PM Quick intro, then workshop & reporting back
  • 7:15 – 8:00 PM Panel discussion
  • 8:00 – 8:30 PM Reflections and conclusions
  • 8:30 PM Exeunt! Out to the pub (The Cidery)

Venue Sponsor

Arq Group, previously Melbourne IT Group, is Australia’s leading digital solutions partner. Arq Group is the dynamic space for smart thinkers. Creating unforgettable experiences, solving complex challenges and providing seamless, end-to-end solutions – from design thinking to customer solutions, leading mobile, cloud and analytical insights, digital marketing to web design – Arq Group powers the growth of businesses, big and small. Located at World Square: L23 / 680 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000