NUX Manchester – 27 April 2023

Hello again Manchester!

We’re delighted to return for our second event in 2023. We’ll continue the conversation with our community to network and listen to two lightning talks featured below.

The event is kindly hosted and sponsored by SODA (School of Digital Arts – MMU). Join us from 5.30pm for food, drinks and networking. The event will start at 6pm.


5.30pm – 6.00pm – Networking, food and drinks

6.00pm – 6.15pm – Intro from the NUX team followed by welcome and overview of SODA from Jill Griffiths, Head of the School of Digital Arts

6.15pm – 6.45pm – Product Thinking to Service Thinking (Colin Preston – Code)

Colin Preston - Code
Because customer experiences are infinitely more complex today and influenced by people, technology and business processes, we recognised our design practice needed to expand beyond product design towards service transformation and organisational change.

We will share our journey and approach to how we created a service-thinking design practice with the skills and process needed to facilitate, design and deliver service transformation inside and out the organisations we work with.

We will talk about:-

  1. How you can evolve your design practice to meet the changing needs of your evolving organisational and customers
  2. Discover the methods and frameworks Code use to deliver Service Thinking work
  3. See examples of the types of programmes we have done

6.45pm – 7.00pm – Break

7.00pm – 7.30pm – The challenges of being user-centred (Chris Burns – BBC)

Chris Burns
We all want our teams, products and services to be user-centred, but making that happen consistently, is difficult. We all have our biases and make assumptions, often without realising that’s what we’re doing.

In this talk, Chris will talk through some of the challenges that he and his team faced whilst working with Team GBs Olympic and Paralympic athletes, coaches and support staff.

He’ll share some of the techniques the team used to deal with difficult stakeholders and their assumptions, how they iterated multiple products quickly and how being user-centred was at the heart of everything they did.

7.30pm – Wrap up and after social at The Salutation

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How to find us

Getting here

By car – SODA is located at Manchester Metropolitan University. There’s several car parks situated nearby. Click here to see a list of nearby car parks.

Tram, train and bus route information.


We’re excited to announce we’ve teamed up with Pip Decks and Rosenfeld Media and have some great prizes to giveaway on the evening.

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