Knowledge of Design Week (KODW)

17 May 2019
21 May 2019


ico-D is pleased to endorse Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) organised by Member Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) on 17 - 21 May 2019 in Hong Kong. This year's theme is Designing Digital Futures.

Since 2006, KODW is an annual thematic programme that gathers the global design community to explore the big design debates of today, offers an opportunity for us all to engage in a dialogue on how design can solve complex challenges of our society. With ever-changing digital technology catalysing smart cities of the future, the key to creating a smart yet liveable city lies in the application of human-centred design thinking. Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) is featuring “Designing Digital Futures” as the theme of its annual Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) this year.



Building on the theme “Design for Liveability” last year which captured the attention of the industry and the general public, KODW 2019 will continue to inspire new ideas and discussion, looking into how human-centred design serves as a bridge between “digital technology” and “humanity” as we explore future design and urban developments. The "Designing Digital Futures" theme also echoes the HKSAR Government’s vision of turning Hong Kong into a world-leading smart city. Internationally-renowned industry experts and business leaders from around 10 cities across 4 continents will gather together in Hong Kong to explore the three cornerstones of future urban life: “Liveable Smart City”, “Future Retail & Lifestyle” and “Digital Health”. The forums and workshops feature a stellar speaker line-up including Di-Ann Eisnor, CWeO cities at The We Company (formerly known as WeWork), who previously incubated new urban systems at Google's Area 120; Ren Yee, creative team member from UNStudio/ UNSense, the arctech company behind the planning of space design in Brainport Smart District, the “smartest neighbourhood in the world” in the Netherlands; Tommy Campbell, digital designer with SPACE10, IKEA’s research & design lab; Low Cheaw Hwei, Head of Design for Philips ASEAN Pacific; James Law, JP, Hong Kong architect and Chairman & CEO of James Law Cybertecture and Rama Gheerawo, director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art; Clive Grinyer, co-founder of design consultancy Tangerine; and Javier Mariscal, one of Spain’s foremost designers and the designer of Cobi, the mascot for the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, to name a few.

Based on a human-centred design approach, KODW 2019’s speakers will discuss how digital and technology can transform the challenges the world is facing into opportunities, enhance our quality of life, and make Hong Kong a more dynamic, inclusive, innovative, sustainable and liveable city. The event promises to inspire limitless possibilities, and outline the future utopia we can envision and co-design together.


KODW fosters cross-disciplinary learning and exchange through 3 thematic forums, 7 interactive workshops, an InnoDesign Leadership CEO Forum and a Roundtable focusing on public service innovation, providing an invaluable knowledge-sharing platform that connects global field experts, policy makers, industry leaders and forward-thinking minds. It engages different stakeholders in a multi-level dialogue on how design can solve complex challenges of our society.


Early Bird deadline: 17 May 2019; Special 30% off. Go to and use code: MP3J6P2.
Design Week: 17 - 21 May 2019



Official website for Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) 
ico-D Member page: Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC)
Official website for Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC)


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