Our own Dr Anna Whicher will be speaking at this year's Design for Europe 2016 Summit.
Anna is a Design for Europe expert, has written a number of thought pieces for their website and she also facilitated a Design Policy Workshop in Lithuania as part of the DfE. Most recently, she carried out an evaluation of the whole programme, which included impact case studies from 10 countries. This evaluation will be published soon.
Design for Europe, the programme commissioned and co-funded by the EU to support design-driven innovation across Europe, is holding its 2016 Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, the European hub for cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship, on Thursday 6 October.
Design for Europe: Powering Innovation is a day-long event which will bring together more than 200 delegates. Pioneering individuals and organisations at the forefront of design-driven innovation will demonstrate the transformational effect of design within European business and governments and provide solutions for future economic growth.
The event will feature more than 20 expert speakers from organisations such as the European Commission, Google, SAP, Mercer, Funderbeam and Future Cities Catapult.
They will join Summit host Lynda Relph-Knight, former editor of Design Week, to discuss how design can promote productivity and performance, the importance of design skills within innovation, how design helps to address societal challenges and the way that a design-led approach can bring together different agents to achieve maximum impact.
Kultuuri Katel, Tallinn’s Creative Hub, will play host to policymakers at regional and national levels, representatives from business organisations and networks across the design and innovation industries. This unmissable day will consist of expert panel discussions, interactive workshops and networking sessions addressing how design drives innovation, the skills our workforce need for the future and what needs to happen in the European business and policy ecosystem to implement innovation more effectively.
Mario Spiteri, President of the Malta Business Bureau and Design for Europe Summit 2015 attendee, said:
“Your [Design for Europe Summit 2015] event was the catalyst we needed in order to better understand what the issues are, where the challenges lie and which interlocutors we can possibly tap into to make our initiative an overall success. We are already in contact with a number of individuals and organisations present at the conference with a view to achieving this aim.”