DESIGN DISRUPTION - the DATTA Vic conference


Regretfully DATTA Vic will postpone our annual mid-year conference due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The decision was not made lightly. There had already been an incredible amount of work that has gone into the organisation of what was shaping up to be a fantastic event. We thank everyone who has contributed. However, the growing health crisis has made it impossible to succesfully and safely deliver an event of this size. 

Please know that we are still doing everything we can to support our members.

DESIGN DESIRUPTION is not cancelled. We will instead combine the program with our annual Makerspace event at the end of the year (Pencilled in for December 3 & 4 - TBC), and offer teachers a 2-day conference with a fantastic range of seminars, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities. On that note, we are extending our call for workshop submissions since we have double the time!  Please consider joining us to run a session for your colleagues - Click HERE to submit your proposal.

And keep May 1st in your calendars, as our amazing keynote presenters will still be presenting!  We'll be webcasting live with Leah Heiss and Holger Dielenberg from 4pm - 6pm, so wherever you are, you can join us and hear about how their practises are using the disruptive power of design to shake up the status quo! Read more below.

We will also endeavour to deliver as much of our professional learning program as possible. Please look out for email updates on our planned events.

We are devastated to have had to put DESIGN DISRUPTION on hold - for us, it's a wonderful day to catch up with friends from throughout the state and work together to discuss ideas and share issues. So we will look forward more than ever to seeing you all at our end of year conference. 


We're delighted to announce that Leah Heiss will be delivering a keynote presentation at the design disruption conference

Leah is an award-winning designer and RMIT researcher who works at the nexus of design, health and emerging technologies. Her previous work includes biosignal sensing emergency jewellery and swallowable devices to detect disease.

Her Facett hearing aid - the world's first self-fit modular system -  won the 2018 Australian Good Design Award . The product was created though intensive collaboration with a team of electronic engineers, mechanical engineers and health professionals, and the form was based on precious gemstones, achieving Leah's aim of shifting the talk "from disability to  desirability." Read more about Leah's professional practice in this Impact Boom interview.


Our second conference keynote presenter is Holger Dielenberg, the founder of Space Tank Studio in Melbourne. Space Tank is a makerspace with a difference -  a social enterprise that offers equipment, technology facilities, business incubation services and skills training to provide socially beneficial outcomes for creative, business and community ecosystems.


Space Tank reflects the disruption currently taking place in manufacturing, as the means of production are becoming less centralised. With the advent of new technologies, creatives are offered more opportunities to innovate and collaborate. Holger describes it as “a vibrant hub of creativity where knowledge and skill sharing takes place...where innovators and start-ups can be nurtured.”



3 & 4 December 2020 (TBC)


Harvester Technical College, Sunshine


One day:

  • DATTA Vic Member: $250
  • Non-Member: $400*
  • Student: $50*

Two days:

  • DATTA Vic Member: $350
  • Non-Member: $500*
  • Student: $100*




*includes individual DATTA Vic membership 2021

Information for Sponsors and Trade Exhibitors

Please contact Laura at for further details.

Thanks to The Department of Education & Training for their support for DATTA Vic's Teaching Applied STEM in Design & Technologies program

DATTA Vic Cancellations & Refunds

DATTA Vic will refund the full fee less an administration cost if you cancel 7 or more working days before a workshop, seminar or conference, and 50% if you cancel 1-6 days before the event. If you register but do not attend without cancelling prior to the event you will be charged the full fee unless a medical certificate is provided.