A Web Directions event Transform 2016 Australia's Digital Government Conference

Session Details

Mel Flanagan

Common Ground, a content Case Study

Mel Flanagan Nook Studios

Common Ground is a NSW Government web service designed to improve transparency, communication and understanding of the complex issues related to exploration and mining in NSW.

Learn how the project put openness, participation, content, language and collaboration at the heart of this world leading project.

Mel Flanagan

Producer, writer, content wrangler, strategist, designer, maker

A seasoned storyteller, Mel began her career in arts and music in the eighties, working for theatre impresario Cameron Mackintosh on CATS, LES MISERABLES, and THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. During the mid-nineties in London she transitioned to film and TV on Film 4 and BBC productions. On return to Sydney she was development and production executive at Fox Icon Productions and then Working Title Aust (WTa) where she managed a slate of over 20 films and assessed over 6000 projects. Films credits include; OSCAR & LUCINDA, TWO HANDS, NED KELLY, and GETTIN’ SQUARE.

Having decided she’d spent enough time with imaginary people in fictional circumstances, she shifted her focus to real world people and issues, developing cross-media stories and ways engage and connect audiences using digital technology.

Since discovering her inner geek, Mel established her story and design company, Nook Studios and has traversed independent theatre, mobile TV, VFX, animation, interactive digital media, museum installations, documentaries, web and software design.

She is currently focussed on designing and developing digital storytelling tools, helping organisations engage with their stakeholders and audiences, and using her participatory and collaborative approach to making and storytelling for social impact and open government.

Don't miss your chance to see Mel and other inspiring speakers at Transform.

Tickets start at $599, for an in-depth day with the world's leading Government digital service design experts.

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Australia's Digital Government Conference.

CanberraWorkshop May 18th Conference May 19th

SydneyWorkshop May 23rd

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What is Transform?

Australia's Digital Government Conference

As user centric approaches to Government service delivery, pioneered by the UK Government Digital Service change how Governments worldwide meet their citizen's needs, Web Directions brings you experts from the GDS, Code For America, the US Digital Service and Australia's own Digital Transformation Office to address this vital issue.

Whether you're in Federal, State or Local Government, or work with Governments of any level to deliver services, Transform will keep you up to date with developments in Government service design and delivery.

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Praise for past Web Directions events

Web Directions is the must-attend event of the year for anyone serious about web development.

Phil Whitehouse, General Manager, DT Sydney

I’ve been admiring the Web Directions events for years, and was honored to be part… What a fantastic event!

Ethan Marcotte, inventor of "responsive Web design"

Out of any conference, Web Directions is far and away our favourite

Dave Greiner, founder, Campaign Monitor

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About Us

Co-founded and now run by John Allsopp, Web Directions has for over a decade brought together leading developers, engineers, visual, IxD, UX and product designers, Art and Creative Directors, indeed everyone involved in producing web and digital products to learn from one another, and the World's leading experts across this vast field.

We spend our lives thinking about what comes next, keeping up with trends in technology, practices and processes, and filtering the hype, to make sure you don't miss trends that matter, and don't waste time on hype that doesn't.

We promise attending one of our events will leave you significantly better versed in the challenges you face day to day, and in solutions for addressing them.

In 2016, we'll be organising Respond in Sydney and Melbourne, Transform in Canberra, Code in Sydney and Melbourne, and Direction in Sydney.

vignettes form our events, social, speakers and more. Includes Hannah Donovan skylarking.

John Allsopp

John Allsopp has been working on the Web for over 20 years. He's been responsible for innovative developer tools such as Style Master, X-Ray and many more. He's spoken at numerous conferences around the World and delivered dozens of workshops in that time as well.

His writing includes two books, including Developing With Web Standards and countless articles and tutorials in print and online publications.

His "A Dao of Web Design" published in 2000 is cited by Ethan Marcotte as a key influence in the development of Responsive Web Design, who's rightly acclaimed article in 2010 begins by quoting John in detail, and by Jeremy Keith as "a manifesto for anyone working on the Web".

Code of Conduct

For over a decade, we've worked hard to create inclusive, fun, inspring and safe events for the Web Industry.

As part of our commitment to these values, we've adopted a code of conduct for all involved: ourselves, our speakers, our partners and our audience.

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