24 March: Geelong inventions: past and future

Round table, VR demo and Community workshop at Geelong Design Week 2020

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, National Wool Museum, Geelong

The team of researchers from Deakin’s School of Engineering, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Communication and Creative Arts in collaboration with the City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Gallery, Geelong Library and Heritage Centre, and the National Wool Museum are investigating how immersive experiences like virtual reality empower local communities to think differently about our heritage. This project has been helped by funding from SSN’s Interdisciplinary Project Incubator Grant. 

The results of community online surveys and stakeholder interviews about local design and manufacturing in Geelong and the potential for a future digital presentation about Geelong’s history of invention will be presented and discussed at the round table on the 24th of March 2020, at the National Wool Museum. The event will be accompanied with a work-in-progress immersive VR experience of the iconic local invention the Ford Ute (1934) and a participative design community workshop.

The event is part of Geelong Design Week 2020, an initiative of Geelong UNESCO City of Design and the City of Greater Geelong.



Event Program


  • 3:30pm-4.00pm Registration/networking and VR demonstration (A/Prof Ben Horan)
  • 4:00pm-4.30pm Presentation (Dr Kaja Antlej and A/Prof Steven Cooke)
  • 4:30pm-5.30pm Round table (A/Prof Meghan Kelly and Dr Russell Kennedy)

RSVP here for Round Table


  • 5:30pm-6.00pm Afternoon tea and VR demonstration (A/Prof Ben Horan)
  • 600pm-8.00pm Participatory Design Workshop (A/Prof Meghan Kelly)

RSVP here for Community Workshop


This study has received Deakin University ethics approval (reference number: STEC-57-2019-ANTLEJ). Participants will need to read and sign the Plain Language Statement before participating in the activities. This will be provided on the day.

For more information contact:

Dr Kaja Antlej
Lecturer in Industrial Design
CADET Virtual Reality Lab Researcher – Museums and Heritage
Deakin University