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IDC 2021

Virtual Event - Sept 22-23, 2021

IDC returned in a virtual format in 2021. The global event included the IDSA Education Symposium and featured over 50 presenters, panelists, and workshop leaders, all timed in a carefully choreographed progression over a continuous 24-hour span.

In addition to enjoying content that covered a range of industrial design-focused areas, this year the audience was also able to explore several emergent and interconnected topics such as: the importance of accessibility, well-being, ethical decision-making by design leaders, speculative futures, crypto-currencies, and how designing for the preservation of our planet—including all people and species—is non-negotiable for a sustainable future.

While we certainly wished we could have been together in person, hosting the event virtually was the safest way for us to gather this year. A clear benefit of an online conference is our ability to bring together our global community. IDC 2021 welcomed attendees and speakers from 17 countries: Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, England, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Korea, Mexico, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, and United States.


Taking part in important conversations is as easy as opening your laptop.

"The great benefit of a virtual event is that the barriers to accessing world-class content are pratically non-existent. All you need is a device and an internet connection and BOOM, you are connected to some of the most influential designers on the planet today. What's more is that it's all recorded so even if you missed it live, the archive remains for watching on demand."

- Chris Livaudais, IDSA Executive Director

Emcees guide the way

A key element of the IDC experience is the energy and guiding force of the emcees. They help to navigate the transitions between speakers and craft a lively narrative for the audience that spans the entire event. 


2021 presenters




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