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Presented by Project Play in collaboration with IDEO and The National Institute for Play

Full-day summit

August 13th | 8:30-5:30pm + evening drinks
Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre

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After a sell-out event last year, Project Play is proud to announce Break Out is back as a full-day, immersive professional development experience

3-day d.school intensive

August 14-16th | Limited tickets
Melbourne Zoo

Back again for a second year, this is content you can only get at the Stanford d.school! From Play to Innovation explores how playfulness enhances the innovation process

What is Break Out?

A one-day summit and 3-day d.school intensive in August

A ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ immersion for creative thinkers and change-makers. Join us as we ditch the old conference model, while we unleash playful chaos and together, experience the transformative benefits of play at work.

Led by IDEO partner, Brendan Boyle and world-renowned play researcher, Dr Stuart Brown, alongside a smorgasbord of unique and colourful facilitators, Break Out Melbourne 2019 will lead you deeper into the value of play and how it can bring more meaning and impact to your work.

So inspiring!
— Carolyn Austin - Director, K&L Gates
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  • Do you want to problem solve in complex, fast moving situations?

  • Are you curious about how to create more purpose in your workplace?

  • Are you looking for new, innovative ways to create change?

  • Do you want more human-interaction in this technology fuelled world?

  • Are you bored of the standard conference format where you’re talked at for hours on end?

  • Do you want to think differently, challenge “business-as-usual” and feel empowered to try new things?

Featuring Brendan Boyle & Dr Stuart Brown

Brendan Boyle
IDEO partner

Brendan Boyle, Partner and Play Lab Founder at IDEO is joining us again to inspire and delight us with his innovative concepts for creating ideas.

Dr Stuart Brown
World-renowned play researcher

We’re pumped to have legendary play researcher Dr Stuart Brown, joining us again in Melbourne to share his insights on why play is essential to our lives and work.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the event including participating in the disco flash mob. I’m taking many lessons away including, “talk less, do more”.

Jennifer Travers, Director, KPMG

 

1-day summit

A ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ summit for creative thinkers and change-makers

Join us as we ditch the old conference model, while we unleash playful chaos and together, experience the transformative benefits of play at work.

Break Out includes keynotes from our playful experts, plus more than 12 break out sessions to choose from.

1-day SUMMIT INCLUDES

  • Win by Failing Like Google - learn how to test your ideas by figuring out if you SHOULD build your idea vs whether you CAN build it

  • Use your imagination and creative skills to build your very own ‘Utopia Dome’

  • Understand why applied improvisation is the #1 skillset needed for leading in complexity

  • Learn how to ‘LEGO® of Control’, balancing your own agenda while supporting the outcome of your team

  • So much more

3-day d.school intensive

This is content you can only get at the Stanford d.school!

From Play to Innovation explores how playfulness enhances the innovation process. We investigate a real world design problem through experiential learning with Brendan and dive into the science of play with Stuart’s 40+ years of research.

If you want to learn more about the power of play, Brendan and Stuart are world-class!

3-day intensive includes

  • World-class content from the Stanford d.school

  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

  • Friday evening farewell drinks and nibbles

  • Access to the Melbourne Zoo

  • Resources and materials to help you continue your journey

  • Connecting with like-minded professionals who are passionate about play

  • A deeper understanding of how to apply play to enterprise

The best innovation event I attended this year.
— Athula Bogoda, Silicon Beach Australia
 

Immerse yourself in the science of play

During Break Out Melbourne 2019, you’ll be transported to a world where you can explore the power of playful chaos to think big. 

Play is the bedrock for experimentation, innovation and intelligent failure. 

  • Learn how to inject play into your work (and life) to foster collaboration, spark creativity and be more effective

  • Create meaningful connections with other playful, creative professionals

  • Dive into the science of play by leading play researcher Dr Stuart Brown

  • Explore the intersection of play and innovation with IDEO partner, Brendan Boyle

Featured speakers & facilitators

Dr Stuart Brown  -  National Institute for Play

Dr Stuart Brown - National Institute for Play

Brendan Boyle  -  IDEO

Brendan Boyle - IDEO

Dara Simkin -   Project Play

Dara Simkin - Project Play

John Lydon -   McKinsey

John Lydon - McKinsey

And 12 of Australia’s best facilitators

We have an amazing group of facilitators who are here to help you deepen your creative, learning journey

Cassandra Goodman    How to Grow Your Play Mojo

Cassandra Goodman

How to Grow Your Play Mojo

Ramon Marmolejos - KaosPilot    LEGO of Control

Ramon Marmolejos - KaosPilot

LEGO of Control

Fabio Motta    The Art of Clowning

Fabio Motta

The Art of Clowning

Gavin Bryant    Win by Failing like Google

Gavin Bryant

Win by Failing like Google

Ben McEwing    The HeART of Storytelling

Ben McEwing

The HeART of Storytelling

Gil Poznanski    Play our way to a creative future

Gil Poznanski

Play our way to a creative future

George Eacott    Asking Better Questions

George Eacott

Asking Better Questions

Megan Davis    Dance with Divergence

Megan Davis

Dance with Divergence

Myles Tehan - Hackdays AUS    Leading for Creativity

Myles Tehan - Hackdays AUS

Leading for Creativity

String Nguyen    Press Play

String Nguyen

Press Play

Merrilee McCoy - Project Play    Improv for Life

Merrilee McCoy - Project Play

Improv for Life

Fran Spillane - See Make Play    Get Crafty with Utopia Domes

Fran Spillane - See Make Play

Get Crafty with Utopia Domes

 
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What an experience. THANK YOU. Outstanding performance and great value. Memorable event indeed!

Nathalie Heynderickx, Trainer/Facilitator, Potential Project

 
 

Play allows us to connect with our authentic selves, create meaning in our work and spark our creative confidence. It is the door to a place that requires us to ‘let go’, lean in and embrace the uncertainty of not having all the answers — all of which are the key ingredients of innovation and invention.

Without a playful spirit, we are trapped by routine, stifled and stunted both as people and businesses. Without being able to adapt, change and create, we cease to improve, get stagnant and stop growing.

Our imagination is our superpower

It’s our ability to see things which aren’t there, yet. It allows us to envision a world of possibility.

Now is the time to Break Out of our habitual thinking — to rise above boundaries and routines to make the impossible, possible.

Are you ready to Break Out?!

1-day SUMMIT

August 13th | 8:30-5:30pm + drinks
Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre

3-day intensive

August 14-16th | Limited tickets
Melbourne Zoo

 
Had a fantastic time.
— Cathy Howard, Head of Enterprise, Cbus Superfund
 
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