Designathon on Tour: Urban Swarm Behavior

Creating new ideas for urban space.

Event Details

Location

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

Date

October 20, 2018 - October 21, 2018

Cost

$25

About the Event

On your marks, get set, GO! The Designathon on Tour is a hackathon in the field of design and brings together curious and motivated people from the creative economy  during the weekend of October 20–21. We invite you to participate in the co-creation process on topics around urbanization, technology and specifically transportation in urban areas. Within 32h you and your team will develop an idea, which can be presented in any form. At the end, prizes are awarded in different categories for the best pitches. Be a social innovator and create new ideas for urban space!

Presented by Designathon and swissnex SF as part of the festival “Zürich meets San Francisco” and in partnership with the Canton of Zurich.

Download the Event Information Pack for full details. If you’re a participant, see the participant’s information packet (prompt, schedule, and shared file details).

Who should attend?

Designers, architects, urban planners, innovators, artist, engineers, entrepreneurs, students from all disciplines and anyone interested in co-creation. We invite you to participate in the co-creation process on topics around urbanization, social innovation and technology as part of the ‘Designathon on Tour: Urban Swarm Behavior’.

Why should you attend?

Mobility is relevant to everyone: whether it’s getting to work or school with ease, visiting friends and relatives, or simply exploring one’s surroundings. Mobility is a contributor of climate change and impacts a cities architectural landscape. Using the concept of swarming we want to tackle the challenges of the future of mobility and innovate new solutions on how people move in cities. Be creative, take action!

We’ll bring together talented people from the creative economy of both cities, Zurich and San Francisco, to create synergies and a platform for innovation. We’ll collect and advance new ideas of swarm behavior in urban spaces. Prizes will be awarded to winning participants.

About the topic

Many innovations today strongly focus on design and technology leaving behind social behavior. In our view, the best way to influence behavior is to design transport solutions focused on people, not cars.  We ask you to rethink day-to-day interactions between people, objects, and common areas. How will people be encouraged to walk and cycle more, and reduce travel distances? How will citizens be motivated to use sharing systems and contribute to swarm systems? What kind of new behavior do we want to cultivate? When do we want to encourage people to follow a collective behavior and in what circumstances is it better to act as an individual?

Program

Saturday

8:30am — doors open, registration
9:00am — kick-off talks
10:00am — coffee break
10:30am — kick off and design tasks
11:15am — speed brainstorming
11:30am — team building session
12:00pm — lunch buffet
1:00pm — individual team work with snacks & drinks bar
1:30pm — “ideation” and group mentoring
4:00pm — “conception” and group mentoring
6:00pm — “concretization” and group mentoring
10:00pm — doors close

Sunday
7:00am — doors open for team work
11:00am — workshop: “How to Pitch” and individual group-mentoring
3:00pm — workshop concludes
4:30pm — designathon on tour: Showcase + SF Design Week Pop-Up
5:20pm — 90-second pitches, open to the public
6:45pm — keynote and networking
7:00pm — performance by None of Them
8:00pm — awards, closing speech
8:30pm — networking
9:30pm — doors close

Speakers

Danny Stillion

Danny Stillion is a Partner and Executive Design Director at IDEO. With a background in fine art, visual communications and product design, Danny was drawn to the field of interaction design through his interests in visual design and shaping services that enhance our lives.

Danny's deep grounding in interaction design richly intersects with IDEO's transportation and mobility work. Working with many of the world's leading automotive manufacturers and mobility startups, Danny has helped shape a variety of Human-Machine Interfaces and services. Work includes designing for the coming age of automobility, vehicle-to-vehicle interactions, active heads up displays, and a wide range of ownership, training and telematics services.

His award-winning work and perspective have been featured in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, WIRED, BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Bloomberg, The Atlantic, the IDEA Awards, and has resulted in various patent awards. He speaks internationally about designing for mobility, interaction design and design thinking.
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.
Wilfried Anreiter


Wilfried Anreiter is member of the management board of the Office for Transport within the Canton of Zurich and Head of the Transportation Planning Division. In his position he is in charge of devising and implementing the Canton’s strategic Transport Master Plan, thereby overseeing and assessing the various road and infrastructure projects. He is also, amongst others, responsible for developing integrated transport and land use schemes, for transport modeling, implementing the cycling action plan, for mobility management as well as research into innovative forms of mobility. Wilfried Anreiter graduated both in Civil Engineering and in Urban Planning, at Graz University of Technology (Austria) and at Oxford Brookes University (UK) respectively. He obtained a PhD from the Vienna University of Natural Resources (Austria) for his thesis on quality management and competitive tendering in public transport. Before taking up his current position in 2008, he had worked as a transport planning consultant and as head of business development of Swiss Federal Railways, rapid and regional transit division.

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

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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