First Three UX Australia 2018 Keynote Speakers Announced

UX Australia is Australia’s premier User Experience Design conference, with workshops and presentations to suit everyone from graduates to experienced practitioners. 

It takes place this year in Melbourne from 28-31 August and, being in its 10th year, we have a few surprises in store.

For one thing, we're doubling the number of keynote speakers to four, and we're announcing the first three right now.

Jon Kolko

Jon is a Partner at Modernist Studio, and the Founder of Austin Center for Design. He was previously Vice President of Design at Blackboard, has held the positions of Executive Director of Design Strategy at Thinktiv, and both Principal Designer and Associate Creative Director at frog design, as well as Professor of Interaction and Industrial Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. The author of six books, Jon has also held the role of Director for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), and Editor-in-Chief of interactions magazine.








Lauren Currie

Lauren is a European designer and entrepreneur from Scotland. She lives in London and spends her time as Head of Design at Good Lab and founder of #upfront. She makes, thinks, writes and speaks about confidence, design, social and change. She co-founded Snook, one of the UK's leading service design and social innovation agencies which uses design to make services better. Lauren was recently awarded an OBE for her services to design and diversity and was recently featured in ELLE UK as 30 women under 30 changing the world. 







Alan Cooper

Alan is the co-creator of the Ancestry Thinking Lab,  dedicated to assuring that technology products behave in an ethical manner. Alan and his wife, Sue, had previously founded Cooper, the first interaction design consulting firm. He established design methods used across the industry today, including using design personas. The author of two best-selling books, Alan invented what became Visual Basic, and produced “The first serious business software for microcomputers.”  In 2017, Alan was named a Fellow of the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, California. In 1995 Bill Gates named him the first Windows Pioneer. Alan now lives on a former dairy farm north of San Francisco, from where he continues to advocate for more humane technology.







Not a bad start, we think you'll agree!