Designathon on Tour: Urban Swarm Behavior

Creating new ideas for urban space.

Event Details


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


October 20, 2018 - October 21, 2018


Early Bird: $15 (until Sept. 30); regular ticket: $25

The ‘Designathon on Tour’ brings together talented people from the creative economy of both cities – Zurich and San Francisco – during the weekend of October 20/21.

The Swiss Designathon Team and swissnex San Francisco invite you to participate in the co-creation process on topics around urbanization and technology. The Designathon is a hackathon for design-thinking among curious and motivated people. Together, in interdisciplinary teams, participants think critically about the future and search for productive solutions throughout the weekend. The goal is to create synergies between design and the economy, science and the arts, as well as individual people — while generating innovative, fresh, visionary, but also critical, ideas.

Best pitches will be awarded and build the framework for the Urban Tech Summit taking place on October 23 at the same venue.

Presented as part of the Festival “Zürich meets San Francisco” and in partnership with the Canton of Zurich.



8:30am — doors open, registration
9:00am — kick-off talks
10:00am — coffee break
10:30am — kick off and design tasks
11:10am — speed brainstorming
11:30am — team building session
12:00pm — lunch buffet
1:00pm — individual team work with snacks & drinks bar
2:00pm — “ideation” and group mentoring
4:00pm — “conception” and group mentoring
6:00pm — “concretization” and group mentoring
10:00pm — doors close

7:00am — doors open for team work
11:00am — workshop: “How to Pitch” and individual group-mentoring
5:00pm — 90-second pitches, open to the public
6:30pm — networking event
8:00pm — awards, closing speech
9:00pm — doors close

Speakers and moderators TBA.