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Semi Permanent Announces ‘Future State’

  • Younghusband 2-50 Elizabeth Street Kensington, VIC, 3031 Australia (map)

Global design platform Semi Permanent to host unique Melbourne event, geared towards a professional audience looking to re-think how they work.
At the heart of innovation is a thirst for the future; this is what comes next. Following our soldout annual Sydney event, we’re excited to announce we’ll be returning to Melbourne for ‘Future State’ — a new concept at the intersection of business, design and futurism.
Born from an enlightening experiment at Semi Permanent Sydney which included panellists from Atlassian, Airbnb and Netfix, Future State is a live symposium where some of the world's sharpest companies will convene for a day of thought leadership and smart discussion.

Across two half-day sessions geared at a professional audience, attendees will hear from a selection of experts at the top of their feld; those who turned their wild ideas into thriving, billion dollar businesses that challenged the status quo and broke industry models.
Session one (“Diversifying Business”) is geared towards entrepreneurs, CEOs, strategists, and anyone who wants to learn what the future brings in an ever-shifting business landscape. In this session, attendees will learn why diversifcation is at the heart of any truly modern business, and how they can branch out without tearing themselves apart.

Session two (“Managing Success”) ofers programming for an executive-level audience, where some of the business world’s most powerful thought-leaders will help you navigate your career once you’ve reached the top.

Both sessions will feature in-depth keynotes as well as panel discussions to explore these unique topics. They’ll be ready and waiting to answer your questions too.


Semi Permanent Announces Future State

A one-day summit at the intersection of business, design and futurism, to be held at Younghusband, Melbourne on Thursday 29 November, 2018.


Morning Session
7am - 2pm
Tickets Here

Afternoon Session
2pm - 9pm
Tickets Here

Keynote speakers from Google, WIRED, Deus Ex Machina, Secret Sounds and VICE, with many more to be announced.

 Hector Ouilhet  Google Search & Assistant, Head of Design

Hector Ouilhet

Google Search & Assistant, Head of Design

 Jeremy Hancock  Group Creative Director - Secret Sounds Group

Jeremy Hancock

Group Creative Director - Secret Sounds Group

 Carby Tuckwell  Creative Director - Deus Ex Machina

Carby Tuckwell

Creative Director - Deus Ex Machina

 Andrea Valdez  Editor – WIRED.com

Andrea Valdez

Editor – WIRED.com

 Royce Akers  Creative Director - Vice

Royce Akers

Creative Director - Vice

 Karen Maurice-O’Leary  Creative Strategist - Facebook Creative Shop

Karen Maurice-O’Leary

Creative Strategist - Facebook Creative Shop

There are plenty more speakers to be announced over the coming weeks from a wide variety of felds including design, management, engineering and business strategy.

“The once disparate worlds of business and design are coming together in the post-Silicon Valley diaspora: Multi-billion dollar corporations are appointing designers to their board of directors, technology is dictating a new era of automation, and design-thinking is routinely employed to solve the world’s foremost structural problems. We’ve taken this nucleus of an idea and programmed Future State around you — an opportunity to learn directly from the source and co-design a blueprint for success. Of course all the usual hospitality, networking, and digital experiences will be there, and we’ve kept each session at half-a-day to keep the boss happy. If you’re a strategist, a CEO, a designer, or just someone who is interested in how you will be working 20 years from now, this is the one for you.” –

Murray Bell, Semi Permanent and Future State Founder, Director and Curator.

Earlier Event: November 23
One Night in Footscray
Later Event: November 30
The Big Design Market