ECR Design Thinking Hackathon

Looking for skills to tackle the difficult task of translating knowledge into policy? Here is your opportunity.

As we all know translating knowledge into policy is a complex challenge. It might be described as a 'wicked problem'. How might a Design Thinking approach assist in better identification of issues to be addressed and processes to pursue for implementation policy?

Join us for our first ECR Design Thinking Hackathon!


Learn strategies of empathic discovery, problem interrogation, creative problem solving, ideation and design. Working in small teams you will tackle a real issue using Design Thinking and present your solutions to a peer-reviewed panel of design thinkers and implementation science experts for feedback.

Meet the facilitators:

Associate Professor Gene Bawden is a communication designer and founding director of Monash Art, Design and Architecture’s D-Lab.
Dr Julie Roberts is co-director of Monash Art, Design and Architecture’s D-Lab and is a Design Thinking Facilitator.

Registration Details & TOCs

This is a short, sharp introduction and requires full participation in each of the four online sessions, which kick off on 15 March and will run 6-8pm AEDT. There will be some additional work between sessions.

The first 50 ECRs to register for EIS2021 by February 22 will gain access to this remarkable pre-Summit event comprised of four online sessions designed specifically to introduce ECRs to Design Thinking.

Numbers limited to 50 and allocated on a first come first served basis to ECRs* who register and pay by February 22.

Email requests to participate to

*An ECR is defined as a researcher who completed their degree in the last eight years.

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