Sydney Design Thinking Meetup #32: Designing for Blockchain

Sep 27, 2018 · Revesby, Australia

Please join us for some thought provoking conversation with interesting people keen on design thinking.

We've changed the date of our September meetup to align with the Innova8rs conference ( - a global community and conference for corporate innovators. The 3-day conference is on 25-27 September. Join the SydDT Linkedin group for more info and a special 50% discount for our community!

This month we're talking about designing for blockchain. We'll have a couple of short talks to introduce some key blockchain concepts, and set a series of design challenges with some key insights and considerations. It will then be an interactive session/workshop to respond to the challenges.

**Louise Mercer**
Louise Mercer is the Head of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore for Everledger, a global enterprise that tracks the provenance of high-value assets on a digital global ledger.

Trained in translating disruption and strategic risks into opportunities for innovation, she has held senior roles with Australia’s largest general insurers Suncorp and IAG, designing, facilitating and delivering the strategy for the strategic renewal of existing business models.

She holds MBA and Commerce degrees and has held Directorship and strategic advisor roles with multiple not-for-profits and social enterprises, including her own business ventures.

**Hugh Adamson**
Hugh is Design Lead in NSW for FromHereOn and is an experienced enterprise designer with over 10 years leveraging human centred design techniques to deliver business outcomes. Hugh’s ability to lead service design and customer insights teams is proven with multi-national telco’s, national insurance, large aged care, and humanitarian clients.

Hugh has held key roles in the start up and growth phases of businesses across health care, architecture + urban design and the contemporary arts, and often as part of the founding team. Hugh has also held roles on NFP and social enterprise boards.

As consulting lead for a tier one insurance consortium, Hugh recently completed an engagement to investigate the sector benefits and customer experience of a blockchain enabled insurance ecosystem.

**Katrina Donaghy**
Katrina is the Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Civic Ledger – a civic focused blockchain Australian company. We work with governments globally on the use of blockchain technologies to solve specific business problems where blockchain is advantaged over traditional legacy technologies.

Through her early years as a sociologist through to her interest in entrepreneurialism, she has extensive experience in public policy and early stage commercialisation. For more than 20 years, Katrina has worked in both public and not for profit sectors with a specific focus on business development, project delivery and revenue diversification with the view to building resilient and sustainable organisations.

In Australia, she organises the Brisbane Women in Blockchain Meetup and regularly speaks on the topic of why cities and governments should be exploring blockchain technologies. Katrina's interest in blockchain technologies is driven by her curiosity of its potential to replace government legacy systems to deliver efficiencies, stimulate innovation and build digital societies.

In mid-April 2018, Katrina was appointed to the Australian Digital Commerce Association Board.

Thanks to ThoughtWorks Sydney for hosting us and providing refreshments. Please note their new office location above Wynyard Station at Level 10, 50 Carrington Street.

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