Main Stage

INTRO 2021 Live Event

Thursday 2 Sept, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM AEST

5:00 PM

Welcome to
INTRO 2021 Billy Blue Exhibition

Welcome & opening comments

5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Opening Keynote Plenary
Creativity, design, order and chaos

The role of design and creative practice in a sustainable career and at times of flux. As told by organisers of chaos, creators of the unexpected and navigators of treacherous territory.

Sibella Court - The Society Inc

Captain of The Society Inc

With a history degree and over 25 years of industry experience behind her, Sibella Court is a powerhouse and carries a wealth of experience and talent which she weaves into her role as a creative director, interior & product designer, author and shop owner

Liana Rossi – MONA

Head of Content, MONA
B&T 30 under 30 Grand Prix 2020

One of our own Billy Blue alumni and totally embodies the spirit of our namesake. Liana’s ‘anti’social media prowess proves you can carve your own path into careers that didn’t really exist before social media. A B&T 30 under 30 Grand Prix winner in 2020, Liana says our agile curriculum equipped her for the eclectic combo of tricks she needs as Mona.

Chris Griffiths – Frost*collective

Associate Design Director,
Frost*collective

Chris Griffiths is an Associate Design Director (and officially the tallest person) at Frost*collective, an agency dedicated to designing a better world. Specialising in brand and working across many disciplines, Chris has helped reshape and create some of Australia’s largest (and smallest) businesses through big ideas, strategic insight, and collaboration.

6:15 PM – 6:35 PM

Brave New World

Our speakers in this session are changing the way we think about design, by challenging convention and pushing creative boundaries.

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Thin Ice VR

James Calvert, Writer and Director

100 years ago, Shackleton was on a mission to rescue his men from the ice. Today we must save the ice from us. Join VR expert and Torrens University Senior Lecturer James Calvert as he shares details of the project. An Immersive Virtual Reality production showing we are walking on Thin Ice. A Monkeystack production and Shackleton Epic Expedition.

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Re-imagining the future of retail

Work Integrated Learning Live Brief with Mirvac

Join lecturer Mel Kapp, graduate Simone Scouller and industry client Nicole Imberger Director of Experience at Mirvac as we take a glimpse into the Billy Blue at Torrens University classroom. This Q&A style session explores the experience of working with fresh minded and wild minded students. What will the retail experience look like in the future?

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Design accessibility

Melanie Tran, Product Designer
at Hireup

Named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence 2019 by the Australian Financial Review, Melanie is known as a disruptor, an innovator, an activist, a social entrepreneur. Her work as a User Experience (UX) Designer and social entrepreneur has been recognised internationally.

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Billy Blue Graduate Showcase

Creative insights:
The ideas behind the work

Join Michael Donohue, Creative Director at Billy Blue Creative and Torrens SRC Ultimo reps Chloe White and Christine Kemeny as they talk to 5 graduates. An exploration of the ideas, motivations and creative thought processes behind the work of some of the Billy Blue 2021 graduates.

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6:35 PM – 7:00 PM

Networking Session

If you’re feeling like you need a little bit of an ice-breaker, join a conversation topic circle and get chatting on the deep or light-hearted topics. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can shuffle your experience by hitting the ‘Let’s Mingle!’ button and it will take you to a random circle If you’re feeling like you’d like a softer networking experience – text chat is still an option to explore. For 1:1 conversations, it’s simple to have a private chat by finding who you’d like to chat to in the ‘People’ tab.

7:00 PM - 7:20 PM

Redefining the creative landscape

Our speakers in this session explore the ways we share creativity with innovative insights, inspirational works and getting down to business.

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Start your adventure in AR

Creative Director SomeOne Tom Dabner
and UNBND Founder David Loughnan

Billy Blue isn’t like every other uni, so together with Someone and UNBND, we set a cat amongst the pigeons and showed off our student work in a totally new experience.

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The Society Inc Experience

Sibella Court and Taylor Dale The Society Inc

Find out what Sibella Court looks for in a designer. An insight into how Billy Blue graduates and scholarship winner Taylor Dale rose to the creative challenge.

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How creatives get work

Fleur Madden,
CEO Freelancing Gems

Practical tips & tricks on making it in our industry, with insights from a freelancing agent.

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Media Design School Showcase

Jim Murray, Programme Coordinator, Bachelor of Media Design
Media Design School

Kia Ora, Join Jim and Don as they show us how our friends over the Tasman have adapted to the challenges of the pandemic and produced some stellar creative works. Excellent work comes from a bright spark.

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7:20 PM - 7:40 PM

Graduate Awards

Join us here on the Main Stage as we congratulate the high achievers for their commitment and excellent work.

7:40 PM – 8:00 PM

Networking Session

After an epic night of speakers, you must be buzzing! The intoxicating mix of craft, creativity, expertise, passion and sheer youthful exuberance has filled our glass. Let's jump back into a conversation and cap the night off with a bit of cheer. Don't forget to exchange details and catchup again after INTRO.

End of Program

Why not go back to the top and then check out the student portfolios

2020 Intro Recap

2020 Intro Teaser