April / New Frontiers / The Rise of Voice

Design is constantly evolving into new directions, always breaking boundaries and changing the very nature of the role of a designer. New Frontiers series of events tackle and explore these lateral shifts and evolutions head on. See and hear creative thinkers, working at the cutting-edge of design, creativity, technology and science share ideas, insights and inspiration.

New Frontiers: The Rise of Voice

With the spread of chatbots and AI, like Google Home and Alexa, we are moving toward a potential future in which we only interact with brands through words. The possibilities of conversational interfaces are only just starting to reveal themselves. But so are the challenges. And there may come a day where brands are defined not by how they are seen, but how they sound.

New Frontiers: The Rise of Voice will explore the big questions such a future presents: Is a post-screen world really a possibility? What does this mean for design? Will people bond with bots? How do we create a voice which is human and authentic? How do you write for an artificial voice? And what happens when it goes off script.

Join a diverse panel of 4 experts in the field as they delve into the emerging discipline of voice experience, and what it means for our industry, our clients, and ourselves as consumers

The Innovation Lab
Powerhouse Museum (MAAS)
500 Harris Street

Date & Time:
Wednesday, 18th April
6.30pm (doors open for registration 6.15pm)
Stay around afterwards for a drink* and a chat with the speakers
*Old Clare Hotel, Broadway

Tickets: SOLD OUT!
AGDA & MAAS Members $25
Public $50
Students $25



Shannon Bell
Creative Director, Re
Shannon brings brand personality to life in all sorts of ways, but particularly through voice.

As the Creative Director at Re, the strategic brand consultancy within M&C Saatchi Australia, Shannon has led visual and verbal identity projects for clients including Uniting, Optus and CommBank. Her work has been awarded at ADMA, AGDA, One Show and D&AD.

Shannon trained as a fiction writer, gaining degrees in Creative Writing and Modern Languages, before working across roles in editorial, user experience and advertising. She is currently obsessed with exploring new ways to help brands have better conversations with their customers.


Guy Munro
Business Director, Versa
With a 20 year-long career, Guy Munro has been pioneered some of Australia's most prominent digital initiatives for brands and consumers. Having previously been a partner in Sydney digital agency, Autumn:01, Guy has also held digital leadership roles at TBWA and Imagination.

Recently, Guy helped spearhead Australia's first enterprise-level voice experience agency, VERSA with US digital consultancy, RAIN. He has managed the delivery of the Amazon the delivery of Amazon Alexa Skills for Dominos, Flight Centre and Village Cinemas in time for the Alexa launch in Australia. Guy is actively working on a number of branded voice experiences across Alexa and Google Assistant as well as hosting hackathons to help brands explore voice as a technology for innovation.


Iain Nealie
Creative Director APAC, Google Zoo
Starting his career at Whybin\TBWA, New Zealand, Iain worked across some of the network’s biggest clients. Jumping the ditch in 2012, Iain took up residence at Saatchi and Saatchi, Sydney, where he and creative partner Tara Mckenty were recognised globally for their work on OPSM’s Penny the Pirate campaign, receiving multiple awards, including WARC100’s Most Effective Campaign in the World, Best in Show at the Clios, a Gold Innovation Lion and two D&AD pencils.

Iain now works as Creative Director at Google, helping clients and partners understand the creative potential of Google’s platforms and products. Iain’s passion for technology, innovation and unconventional ideas has seen him work across the globe on some of the world’s biggest brands, but he’s most at home finding new ways of applying technology to real-world problems.


Andy Walsh
Co-Founder and Board Member, LISTEN / Head of Strategy - Showdown/ Twitch.TV Media (ANZ)
Andy Walsh has spent over 15 years leading business and marketing strategies for companies and brands across the globe. Andy has recently returned to Sydney after a five-year period in New York, as co-founder and partner of Listen, a strategic cultural innovation agency, specialising in holistic brand experience across music and sound.

During his time in New York he worked with major brands Microsoft, Tinder, Jim Beam, Skype and Virgin - designing programs to build powerful brand engagement. He has obtained wide industry recognition for his work securing Gold and Silver Cannes Lions, and Gold, Silver and Bronze Clios.

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April 18

$50 - Ticket
$25 - Member
$25 - Student