Designathon on Tour: Showcase + SF Design Week Pop-Up

Discover new solutions to urban problems at the final showcase of our two-day Urban Tech Designathon.

Event Details

Location

swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States

Date

October 21, 2018 from 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)

Cost

$10

Who should attend?

Anyone interested in learning more about design solutions for urban mobility: you might be an urban planner, designer, innovator, artist, engineer, and entrepreneur, or just someone interested in learning more about the latest trends and ideas in this field.

Why should you attend?

The Showcase comes at the conclusion of a weekend-long Designathon on Tour: Urban Swarm Behavior event where participants spend two days developing ideas in interdisciplinary teams. The Showcase will highlight the best of the new design solutions that reshape forms of mobility in urban areas, and empower citizens through technology. You should attend if you’re interested in learning about the most recent trends in urban mobility solutions.

About the Event

The goal of the Designathon is to create synergies between disciplines, between design and the economy, science and the arts. The event is a festival that looks at  design through a social lens, to generate innovative, fresh, visionary — but also critical — ideas. Everything from aesthetic visualizations to socially critical perspectives can arise, and may be presented in any form.

We’re excited to partner with San Francisco Design Week Pop-Ups to present the Showcase that comes at the conclusion of a weekend-long Designathon on Tour: Urban Swarm Behavior event, where participants spend two days developing ideas in interdisciplinary teams.

Join us for the SFDW Happy Hour & to see the results and see the winners of various prizes awarded in different categories for the best works.

San Francisco Design Week Pop-Ups extend the spirit of the week beyond the annual festival, creating opportunities for the local design community to come together throughout the year.

Part of the Zurich Meets San Francisco festival and the swissnex Salon.

Program

4:30pm — doors
5:00pm — presentations
6:45pm — public talk/keynote
7:00pm — performance by None of Them
8:00pm — awards, closing speeches and networking
9:30pm — doors close

Speakers

Dawn Zidonis


As Executive Director of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA and San Francisco Design Week, Dawn is eager to help designers stake out their place in the entrepreneurial culture that defines the Bay Area. Her vision for the San Francisco chapter is to build on the passion people bring to the design community, create connections between members and business, foster the cross-pollination of ideas among design disciplines, and ultimately add valuable, meaningful content to the design conversation. Dawn is the co-founder and current Vice President of World Design Weeks, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting international design weeks, sharing resources and content and fostering conversations between design cities.
Pietro Masi


Pietro Masi runs the San Francisco Design Studio for Sketchin, one of the leading Experience Design firms in Europe. He applies a unique approach which blends Service and Product Design to innovate complex ecosystems such as urban planning. His international work bridges and combines Silicon Valley and Europe design philosophies. Pietro also mentors European startups aiming to break through the US market.

Jury

Anmol Chaddha


Anmol Chaddha is a Research Director of the Equitable Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, which considers how economic and technological changes might create opportunities to address the problems of social inequality. The Equitable Futures Lab aims to innovate and shape interventions particularly on wealth inequality, job quality, and ongoing economic transformations. Anmol has extensive policy and research background in the political economy of inequality, low-wage work and job quality, racial inequality, debt and wealth. Prior to joining IFTF, he developed policy and research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where he established an initiative to improve the quality of jobs in low-wage industries, led research on racial wealth inequality, and examined the rising debt burdens of low-income families. He holds a PhD from Harvard University, where he was a Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Başak Altan


Başak is an Adjunct Professor in Industrial Design at the California College of the Arts (CCA). She is an Entrepreneur, Senior Design Strategist and Design Educator trained in Industrial Design and Business Strategy services and has been shaping, driving and accelerating innovation for organizations for over 20 years. In her recent role as the Chair of Industrial Designers Society of America, San Francisco Chapter, she leads the efforts of bringing communities together by organizing events that spark meaningful conversations.
Dawn Zidonis


As Executive Director of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA and San Francisco Design Week, Dawn is eager to help designers stake out their place in the entrepreneurial culture that defines the Bay Area. Her vision for the San Francisco chapter is to build on the passion people bring to the design community, create connections between members and business, foster the cross-pollination of ideas among design disciplines, and ultimately add valuable, meaningful content to the design conversation. Dawn is the co-founder and current Vice President of World Design Weeks, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting international design weeks, sharing resources and content and fostering conversations between design cities.
Jennifer Stojkovic
Jennifer Stojkovic


Jennifer Stojkovic serves as Executive Director at sf.citi and is responsible for operations, strategy, and growth. sf.citi strives to strengthen San Francisco’s reputation as a leader in both technological innovation and social responsibility. Connecting San Francisco’s tech leaders, nonprofit organizations, and city policymakers, sf.citi advocates innovation and collaboration to create meaningful change around pressing issues affecting the San Francisco community.
Sophie Lamparter


Sophie is the founder of DART (dartlabs.io), a testing lab bringing design, art, research, and technology together to build clever human machine interfaces. Her passion is finding new ideas and talent with a creative approach to technology. Before starting DART, she was Associate Director at swissnex San Francisco, Switzerland’s Innovation outpost in San Francisco. There she has initiated a number of interdisciplinary exhibitions, programs, hackathons around the future of cities, including Data Canvas, a program to empower citizens around the world to engage with DIY and open government data. She has spoken at many conferences, including SXSW, Austin, Gray Area Festival, San Francisco, Lift Conference, Geneva, Ars Electronica, Linz and at the European Commission for STARTS (Science + Technology + Arts).

Performance

None Of Them


None Of Them are an avantgarde duo consisting of Signup (vox, synths) and Michal Ho (electronics, vox). N.O.T. are constantly deconstructing stylistic boundaries and assimilating musical traditions so as to subvert them. They draw upon rock, rap, electro, punk, funk and goth, and infuse these 20th century husks with their own vision. On stage, Signup is the master of ceremony, Michal Ho is the selector. Vocals glide over beats generated in LED-lit steel bricks bristling with knobs. The duo was founded in 2012, in Zürich. They have released three vinyl albums on the label Nice Try Records and produced five video clips with distinct styles. They have been performing shows in an extended formation since 2015, with bass (Flo Götte) guitar (Franziska Staubli) and drums (Vincent Glanzmann), among other instruments, as well as dancers and pyrotechnics. They are currently working intensely on their fourth studio album.

Designathon Team

Johanna Scheurer


Johanna Scheurer is a swiss designer working as an assistance and professor at the art and design school F+F Schule in the department photography. Meanwhile she is engaged and since 2018 also working for Designathon Verein. Both working fields – education as a place for experimental work and the knowledge transfer happenings by co­creation events like Designathon 15/17– are important tools for Johanna to express her deep belief in a more openminded and critical discussion about our future, which should be build by the people (bottom up) and needs to include more awareness – also for the nature. For several years she has been co­creating and organizing different events, where she is expressing her passion for designing atmospheres and participative get­togethers and happenings. Education: Product Design, BA Product Design, in the field of Trends and Identity, ZHDK
Nadja Müller
Nadja Müller


Nadja Müller is a passionate designer located in Zurich working in the fields of experience and interaction design. With a background in graphic design for print she came to web design and further into experience design. Today she aims at bringing together the analogue and digital world to one human experience. She believes in the creative mind of everybody in their own field and uses co­creation as a key for a successful collaboration. She strives to enable peoples knowledge and transforming this power through design methods in common solutions.
Nora Gailer


Nora Gailer is a Swiss designer working in the field of digital branding and interaction design. She is curious how people can get involved using different media and ways of communication. In her opinion co­creation and participation in design are important and will be even more in the future. To find solutions to complex problems need the idea and knowledge of many. She focuses in her work and on the different levels of inclusion and methods of addressing people when asking for co­creation and joining processes. Education: Graphic Design Apprenticeship, BA Interaction Design
Sidney Sutter


Sidney Sutter is a Swiss filmmaker currently working in the field of online and explainer videos. He is curious about how to break down difficult topics in a nutshell and tries to find new ways to tell stories which are created by a swarm. Co-­creating stories is a key to storytelling of the future.You need to get as many opinions as possible to break down a difficult topic into a believable video. In his work, he tries to combine the fun part of the internet with serious topics and through that make boring sounding videos accessible to everyone. Education: Draftsman Apprenticeship, BA Audiovisual Media
Simon Oschwald


Simon Oschwald is a Swiss designer working in the fields of product and spatial design. In his opinion, the quality of design gets better when it is discussed from different perspectives. Therefore he sees co-­creation as a crucial part when it comes to find new solutions for the complex problems of our time. In addition to this aspect, he always tries to find a playful approach to problem solving in his work. Education: BA Industrial Design

More speakers and moderators TBA.

swissnex Salon

The swissnex Salon is a new model for dialogue on how the future of our society is shaped: a platform that includes multiple perspectives and provides a critical lens on possible emergent futures. Taking inspiration from the values articulated within the Preamble of the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation, we examine the role of technology in shaping, distorting, and expanding societal foundations.

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