Shoot for the skies!: A global design jam on our flying taxi future Past Event

Presented by ThinkPlace and Ethos Urban

Flying taxis are coming to cities worldwide. 

China is already trialling them; the UK has approved the world’s first urban landing hub; and here in Australia, an apartment tower with a flying taxi landing pad is being built in Freemantle WA. 

Are you ready for them to arrive in your city? 

The opportunities and challenges flying taxis present for the city of Melbourne are big and complex. Whilst the aircraft technology is significantly developed, there remain major infrastructural, logistical and social considerations for integrating this service into Melbourne’s existing city systems. 

This virtual Global Design Marathon will bring together participants from across continents and disciplines to deep dive into the challenges and opportunities presented by this new form of transport.  Over 24 hours, teams will take turns in 90 minute design jams to tackle their assigned Design Challenge, before passing the baton onto a new team – progressively building broad-reaching design solutions to the urban aerial mobility challenge.

You are welcome to register for any session, regardless of your location.

Session times:

  • Session 1: Kick Off – Mon 29th March, 12pm – 1.30pm AEST 

  • Session 2: Ideation 1 – Mon 29th March, 3pm – 4.30pm AEST (12pm – 1.30pm SST)

  • Session 3: Ideation 2 – Mon 29th March, 8pm – 9.30pm AEST (12pm – 1.30pm EAT, MSK and AST)

  • Session 4: Ideation 3 – Tues 30th March, 9am – 10.30am AEST (hosted in the USA)

  • Session 5: Coverge – Tues 30th March12pm – 1.30pm AEST (2pm – 3.30pm PST)

All ticketing proceeds will be donated to Humanitix to fund education initiatives for disadvantaged girls worldwide.

Sarah Patterson (ThinkPlace)

Sarah leads ThinkPlace’s Victorian Studio and brings deep expertise in facilitating co-design engagements that traverse policy and technical environments. Her background is diverse, having piloted and implemented social policy projects with the Australian Department of Employment for almost a decade before transitioning to architecture and eventually human-centred design.

Mark Bray (Ethos Urban)

Mark is the Regional Director for Victoria of Ethos Urban, and has over 30 years’ experience as a consultant in the construction and property industry. With a people first approach to leadership, Mark has an impressive track record in building high performing teams and lasting client relationships, whilst delivering strong business success. 

Sneha Vaidya (ThinkPlace)

Sneha feels strongly about working with communities and organisations towards creating a more socially inclusive world for tomorrow. A trained qualitative researcher, Sneha comes from a background of social psychology and anthropology. She is a skilled communicator and trained to conduct focus groups, depth interviews and ethnographic research.

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Mon 29 Mar 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Mon 29 Mar 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Mon 29 Mar 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tue 30 Mar 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Tue 30 Mar 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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