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OCEAN PLASTIC INNOVATION CHALLENGE

February 11 - December 9
The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, organized by National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures, asks problem solvers from around the globe to develop novel solutions to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis. The challenge is a one-year competition composed of three complementary tracks that will run simultaneously—Design, Circular Economy, and Data Visualization.

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Category: Competition

XXII TRIENNALE

March 1 - September 1
Milano, Italy
This year La Triennale di Milano will host the third Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival symposium. With a rich program of individual presentations, panel discussions and video contributions, this symposium will cover topics as diverse as human and non-human migration flows; the capacity of good information design to make the invisible visible; and the importance of untangling the threads that connect our singular and highly specific experiences to the complex macro-systems that make up the world’s tapestry.

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Category: Exhibition

4TH ISTANBUL DESIGN BIENNIAL/BELGIUM

June 28 - September 29
Genk, Belgium
Projects by over 90 participants of the 4th Instanbul Design Biennial can be seen at Luma Arles (France) and C-Mine (Belgium) this year. The 4th Istanbul Biennial exhibition - A School of Schools, explored the multiple dimensions of design as learning in six schools: Unmaking School, Currents School, Scales School, Earth School, Time School, and Digestion School. The biennial was visited by more than 200.000 people in 6 weeks and it is now in Europe!

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Category: Biennial, Exhibition

iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD

July 31
Germany,
Each year, iF International Forum Design organizes one of the world's most celebrated and valued design competitions for students and recent graduates: the iF DESIGN Talent Award. The competition's theme is based on four main questions and the smartest answers will be honoured with EUR 20,000!

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WDO Member: iF International Forum Design
Category: Awards

DW! SÃO PAULO DESIGN WEEK

August 18 - August 25
Sao Paulo, Brazil
São Paulo Design Week is an urban festival that aims to promote design culture and its connections with architecture, art, decoration, urbanism, social inclusion, business and technological innovation. The DW! includes lectures in educational institutions, guided tours in galleries and workshops, exhibitions, installations, artistic and urban interventions, thematic circuits, competitions, parties and product launches in stores and showrooms.

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Category: Design week

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONFERENCE

August 21 - August 23
Chicago, United States
The International Design Conference is a celebration of the diversity, overlap and undeniable power of design. As the role of design is constantly shifting, it becomes critical that we open the conversation to as many creative perspectives as possible in the interest of developing a shared dialog that advances our ability to collaborate and magnifies the impact of our work. The IDC offers interactive workshops, off-site experiences and talks from some of the world’s most influential designers.

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Category: Conference

GLOBAL GOALS JAM 2019

September 1
The Global Goals Jam is a two day event consisting of short design sprints. Creative teams of designers, developers and Jammers from the local community work together using a tailored toolkit. Together, they will create interventions aimed at short term targets in support of the long term United Nations Development goals. Teams work in-between different cities, using the force of cultural differences and similarities as a design strategy.

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Category: Other

HELSINKI DESIGN WEEK

September 5 - September 15
Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Design Week is the largest design festival in the Nordic countries. Held annually in September, the multidisciplinary festival presents design from a number of fields as well as fashion, architecture and urban culture.Helsinki Design Week presents the new faces and phenomena of design, promotes design internationally in collaboration with various partners and offers city citizens through design a forum to participate in developing and discussing the city and its culture. The festival programme contains around 250 events every year, and includes both events targeted for professionals and the general public.

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Category: Design week

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

September 14 - September 22
London, United Kingdom
London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community.

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Category: Festival

DESIGN FRONTIERS

September 16 - September 22
London, United Kingdom
Design Frontiers is a free group exhibition in partnership with SAP, which will tell twenty stories of sustainable projects, products and initiatives from companies on the frontiers of design thinking. These stories – many of which have not been told before – will come together to set a benchmark for addressing key sustainability challenges.

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Category: Exhibition

INTERSECTION 2019

September 17 - September 18
Lisbon, Portugal
Intersection is the worldwide leading event for Enterprise change-making by Design, or Enterprise Design.This year’s theme is Designing Enterprises for Better Futures. During two days,participants will exchange on approaches, tools and cases of holistic and systemic design practice, applied to the enterprise itself as the material to design with. Using the Enterprise Design Framework as a guiding tool, the event will make sense of a variety of enterprise challenges through talks and master classes, and share approaches and solutions directly applicable in practice.

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Category: Conference

100% DESIGN

September 18 - September 21
London, United Kingdom
100% Design - London is the largest and longest running design trade for industry professionals in the United Kingdom. Featuring an unrivaled talks programme, bespoke installations and a curated selection of world-leading international brands, 100% Design is the dedicated meeting place for business and design in London.

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Category: Trade show/Fair

BEIJING DESIGN WEEK

September 23 - September 30
Beijing, China
Beijing Design Week is an annual event that aims to raise public design awareness as well as to help develop stronger design infrastructure and discourse in Beijing. The event is composed by an opening and award ceremony, forum, guest city activities, design fair, design hop, and design copyright service.

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Category: Design week

DESIGN WEEK MEXICO

October 9 - October 13
Mexico City, Mexico
Design Week Mexico happens every year during the month of October, presenting fairs, exhibitions and opinion forums about design. This is made up of fourteen programs like: creativity&change, diseño contenido, ruta del diseño, expo DW, among others.

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Category: Design week

JUMPTHEGAP

October 10
Barcelona, Spain
Jumpthegap is a biennial International Design Contest promoted by Roca with the collaboration of BCD Barcelona Design Center that is looking for conceptual, sustainable and innovative solutions for the bathroom space of the future.The registration period will be open from October 10th until March 27th, during which young architects and designers can show their talent by submitting innovative and sustainable concepts.

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WDO Member: Barcelona Design Center
Category: Biennial, Competition

WORLD DESIGN ASSEMBLY HYDERABAD 2019

October 11 - October 12
Hyderabad, India
World Design Assembly is held biennially, bringing together WDO's leadership, membership and external stakeholders to discuss the progress of the closing two-year term and prepare for the incoming term’s activities. Under the theme Humanizing Design, WDO’s 31st Assembly will be held in tandem with a five-day local design event organized by the India Design Forum, which will include installations, interventions, exhibitions and workshops that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives.

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WDO event
Category: Biennial, WDO event, World Design Assembly

VENICE DESIGN WEEK

October 12 - October 20
Venice, Italy
VDW welcomes designers and companies from all over the world to take part in exhibitions, competitions, and special events druing. Atendees can visit exhibitions of contemporary design and at the same time explore the hidden side of Venice, discovering how ancient objects were designed and decorated. The VDW team organizes unique visits both inside and outside museums.

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Category: Design week

DESIGNBLOK

October 17 - October 21
Prague, Czech Republic
Designblok, Prague International Design Festival, is the largest selection of design and fashion show in Central Europe. Designblok traditionally shows the work of designers and manufacturers from all over Europe, it represents both young and well established designers and design studios. In addition to the central space during Designblok,there are also numerous open galleries, showrooms and pop -up shops throughout Prague. Designblok annually attracts more than 50,000 visitors of all ages from the Czech Republic and abroad.

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Category: Festival

DESIGNART

October 18 - October 27
Tokyo, Japan
DESIGNART Tokyo is a festival held each fall that brings together items and experiences like art, architecture, interior design, product design, fashion, and technology from around the globe to the stage of Toky. All this in a revolutionary assembly of presentations in galleries, shops, and all sorts of locations. This is an event that transforms all of Tokyo in a museum of design and art, allowing everyone to stroll the city taking in each display.

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Category: Festival

OPEN DESIGN AFRIKA

October 18 - October 27
Cape Town, South Africa
Open Design Afrika is an event that aims to demonstrate and celebrate Afrika's opportunities and global contribution through design-led innovation.

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WDO Member: Open Design Afrika Festival
Category: Festival
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