Nomad 3: Moving beyond our digital addictions into the promise of technology.    

The utopian promise of technology is here: phones are friends; technology is supporting life and doomscrolling is dead.
Technology was meant to make life better, to cut down our working hours, to make us productive, to help us. But it’s not.

Instead, our daily digital interactions are eating away at our mental health whilst leaving us feeling like failures - reminding us of all the things we cannot do, friends we don’t have and things we cannot buy. All whilst keeping us addicted to our screens. 

So much so, that a study measuring nomophobia indicates that 99.2% of Australians have some fear of being without their phone; doomscrolling was the word of the year in 2020 and we know that digital products are designed to keep us addicted (hello Social Dilemma). 

The day-to-day toll on our general health is significant and unquantifiable. Yet we cannot live without the technology that’s hurting us. And honestly, we don’t want to. 

How do we truly escape this conundrum and find our way into technology’s promised land? 

Event at a glance

  • Date: Wednesday 17th March
  • Time: 5.30pm to 7pm (Registration and drinks from 5.30pm. Session starts at 6pm)

  • Where: Tipplers Tap, 2/70 James St, Fortitude Valley
  • Cost and Inclusions:
    • Single Tickets: $50
    • Nomad Packs: $110 | Guarantee your spot at all 3 events and save
    • Tickets include attendance at this mind blowing session + the first drink is on us. After this there will be a cash bar

Our panel of experts

Marek Kowalkiewicz
Founding Director
QUT Centre for the Digital Economy 

About Marek >> With a passion for exploring bleeding edge technologies and using them to create opportunities and solve problems, Marek has extensive industry based innovation implementation experience together with a strong academic background. 

Why we love Marek >> He is probably the most digital person we know. He lives with a hierarchy of robots, is crazy smart and tends to begin most sentences with "but have you considered ..."
Fareed Kaviani
Doctoral Researcher, Monash Sustainable Development Institute
Monash University 

About Fareed >>  Fareed is a PhD candidate at BehaviourWorks, a behaviour change research enterprise within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute at Monash University.

Why we love Fareed >> 
His doctoral research crosses multiple disciplines to explore smartphone use in Australia with a specific focus on mitigating illegal use while driving. He also writes about body modification, tattoo, and pain rituals.
Kathryn Modecki
Senior Lecturer Psychology
Griffith University & Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Centre for Internet & Society

Bio coming soon.

Sam Daley
Head of Design
Liquid Interactive 

About Sam >>  Sam Daley is the Design Director at Liquid Interactive. Sam is a multi-disciplinary design practitioner and leader. With twenty years’ experience in digital design, UX, animation and illustration, he now leads a talented team at Liquid Interactive. 

Why we love Sam >> 
He approaches design as a flexible and practical methodology for solving problems. It is design as an enabler – as an agent for positive change.
Sheryl Batchelor
Founder & Director
Yiliyapinya Indigenous Corporation 

About Sheryl >> Sheryl is the Founder and Director at Yiliyapinya Indigenous Corporation, a not-for profit corporation using scientifically validated neuroplasticity programs to help vulnerable children, youth, adults and seniors to improve their lives. She has extensive experience in education at Early Years Centres, Primary, Middle, Secondary Schools in a variety of different positions.

Why we love Sheryl >> Yiliyapinya Indigenous Corporation's mission is to train, coach and educate people to improve their memory, attention, brain speed and social skills.

Some Covid-Safe Notes

  • All Something Digital Night Nomads events will be run to an industry approved Covid-Safe plan.
  • This will include mandatory contact tracing and abiding by any other government restrictions in place at the time of the event.
  • We ask that you stay at home if you are unwell, have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath, or have been in contact with a positive COVID-19 case.
  • In the lead up to the event, all registered attendees will receive communication about restrictions they may need to comply with (masks, vertical consumption etc).
  • It goes without saying that you should always do what feels right for you. Feel better wearing a mask, do that. Want to maintain a bit of extra distance whilst chatting, that's okay too. We are all in this together and encourage you to embrace the awkward.