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? Schedule 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.