20 - 29 October 2017
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Booster conference

It’s Your World Design Conference

The kick-off of World Design Event takes the form of an inspiring international conference on the eve of DDW and WDE: the It’s Your World Design Conference. This conference provides a stage for visionary speakers and inspiring young talents from all over the world. Their stories illustrate the need to consider our future and the contribution that design can make in solving problems.

This booster conference starts on Friday October 20th and targets international visitors, professionals, entrepreneurs, students and everybody with a keen interest in design and innovation. The conference main aim is to show the power of design to transform challenges in opportunities, engage with audiences and activate innovation. The programme includes inspiring opening and closing keynotes, talks of surprising and unusual speakers that share how they shape our world. On Saturday each embassy hosts a series of talks, lectures and debates exploring the subjects addressed in the embassy’s programme.

On Sunday the programme focuses on what actions should be taken for our future to be sustainable en inclusive, how designers, design education and design industry can contribute, what topics need to be addressed to further develop design at the heart of the world’s public interest. In the morning WDE organises a big public talk on the stage of the People’s Pavilion. In the afternoon a closed summit will be held with WDE & DDW ambassadors, opinion leaders and an international selection of young talents invited by the programme managers.