Australia’s leading and emerging social innovators and design professionals will converge at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge in Melbourne on 16-17 February for Link Festival 2015, an event that seeks to explore the nexus of design, technology and social change.

Future Crunch’s co-founders, Angus Hervey and Tane Hunter, will kick-start this year’s festival by discussing how advances in science and technology can shape the future, paving the way for a plethora of local and international speakers and interactive workshops.

Other highlights include keynote speakers Kyra Maya Phillips, author of upcoming book The Misfit Economy, and Ana Naomi de Sousa, director of the films The Guerrilla Architect (pictured below) and The Architecture of Violence – short documentaries that formed part of Al-Jazeera’s ‘Rebel Architecture’ series.

De Sousa’s short films shed light on the individuals who use the structures they design and build in war torn countries as a means of activism and resistance.

Following her presentation, she will join a panel of experts for a discussion on operating and designing in the extreme environments, including nanotechnology, deep sea exploration and outer space.

Link Festival is presented by Engineers Without Borders Australia in partnership with Oxfam, CoDesign Studio, Australian Volunteers International and Architects Without Frontiers. For the full event schedule and to purchase tickets, please visit