Design Africa Conference – April 5th, 2014


Project Africa is exited to bring you Design Africa, an innovative conference showcasing new perspectives on communication, infrastructure, technology, fashion, and transdisciplinary design in Africa. The New School is the preeminent university where design and social research drive approaches to studying issues of our time, such as democracy, urbanization, technological change, economic empowerment, sustainability, migration, and globalization. Through this one-day conference on Saturday, April 5th, we aim to spotlight design products and approaches from Africa’s emerging design communities. We also seek to explore a number of questions, such as:

How is design perceived as a tool for problem solving by the larger population?
What role does design play in Africa, in promoting critical thinking and awareness about scalar systemic change?
What messages are being pushed across the continent by African designers?
How can different forms of design be combined to catalyze system change in Africa?
Are designers in the diaspora participating in innovation processes and capacity building?
How are initiatives like Design Indaba in Africa or diaspora design organizations influencing developmental interventions?
9:30-10:00 am               Registration/Breakfast
10:00 – 10:15 am           Welcome Remarks
10:20 – 11:50 am           Concurrent Panel Sessions
11:50 – 12:50 pm          Lunch
12:50 – 2:20 pm            Spotlight Hour   
2:20 – 2:30 pm              Break
2:30 – 4:00 pm             Group-Think Session/Workshop
4:00 – 4:15 pm               Break
4:15 – 4:30 pm              Closing Remarks
4:30 – 5:30 pm             Reception

This is sure to be a dynamic program that will appeal to many, from a broad array of sectors. Visit Eventbrite to register today! This conference is free and open to the public. One registration per person please.


3 thoughts on “Design Africa Conference – April 5th, 2014

  1. If possible, I’d love to attend the conference. I am an teacher at The Dalton school and I consult for the kibera school for girls. This conference would enrich my perspective and my work. Please let me know if there is space for me to attend.


  2. Thank you for your interest, Molly. Just visit our Eventbrite page to register today:

  3. Pingback: Friday Top Five – April 11th | Project Africa @ The New School

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