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//2024 DESTINATION

AUSTIN, TEXAS

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Experience the future of design.

IDSA International Design Conference & Education Symposium
Austin, Texas
September 11-13, 2024

Welcome to the pinnacle of Industrial Design innovation—IDSA's annual International Design Conference & Education Symposium (IDC). An immersive experience where designers, innovators, and thought leaders converge to propel the future of design. 

Registration is open. Get tickets by August 5 to save!

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//2024 THEME

DESIGN DISRUPTED//SHAPING THE FUTURE OF DESIGN

Industrial Design as we know it is changing, with disruptions affecting designers across the globe. But we don’t have to do it alone – by cultivating collective adaptability, we have the power to shape and redefine our industry and prove our value. Are you prepared to embrace these changes and elevate your design skills to new heights?   

In this rapidly changing environment, designers face new pressures in response to the state of the global economy and mass layoffs in design. Now, more than ever, designers must demonstrate their value as the tools we employ and the roles we fulfill continue to evolve. Together, we'll explore the skills you need to remain relevant through agility and adaptability as you forge connections with your fellow attendees.   

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//MAKELAB STOOL DESIGN COMPETITION
LAYER LOGIC: 3D PRINTING MEETS CREATIVITY

Exclusively for 2024 IDC & Education Symposium attendees! Makelab is seeking concepts for innovative flat-pack stool designs that push the boundaries of functionality and style, while showcasing the capabilities of additive manufacturing with PLA.

Submission deadline: June 21, 2024

Organized by 

Makelab
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Schedule

//SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

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9:00AM–1:00PM
Austin design studio tours

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1:00PM–5:00PM
Open Design Day (FREE)

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7:00PM–10:00PM
Welcome to Austin kickoff party

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

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8:00AM–9:00AM
Exhibitor showcase & networking

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9:00AM–11:00AM
Main stage entertainment & keynotes

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11:15AM–12:00PM
Professional & educational workshops

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12:00PM–1:30PM
Themed networking luncheon & exhibitor showcase

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1:45PM–2:30PM
Main stage keynote speaker

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2:45PM–4:30PM
Professional & educational workshops

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6:00PM–10:30PM
International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Ceremony & Gala (Separate ticket required)

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

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8:00AM–9:00AM
Exhibitor showcase & networking

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9:00AM–10:30AM
Main stage entertainment & keynotes

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10:30AM–11:30AM
Professional & educational workshops

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11:30AM–1:00PM
Themed networking luncheon & exhibitor showcase

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1:15PM–4:00PM
IDSA Year in Review, IDSA Awards, & closing keynote

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//LEARN//ELEVATE//CULTIVATE//CELEBRATE//

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Future-Forward Learning

Now, more than ever, industrial designers must demonstrate their value to stay ahead in an ever-evolving landscape. The IDC 2024 is your compass, guiding you through the skills essential for relevance and connections vital for resilience.

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Elevate Your Craft

From cutting-edge techniques to game-changing approaches, we will uncover new pathways to innovation and chart a course towards a brighter, more sustainable future.

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Cultivate Connections, Spark Creativity

Forge meaningful connections with fellow designers, educators, and industry luminaries. From casual networking sessions to collaborative workshops, cultivate valuable relationships that extend beyond the conference walls.

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Celebrate Design

At IDC, we believe that great design should be accompanied by great moments. Enjoy lively social events, creative exhibits, and the chance to unwind with like-minded individuals.

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Speakers

//FEATURED SPEAKERS

Get a sneak peek at the inspiring voices you'll hear from at the conference, with many more to come.

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Gary Natsume, IDSA
SVP of Design, Magic Leap

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Phnam Bagley 
Partner & Creative Director, Nonfiction

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Jayson Simeon, IDSA
Principal & Founder, Adaptitude

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Sophia Kurianski
Founder, Jinolo

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Manini Banerjee

UX Designer, Tufts University - Silk Lab

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Mardis Bagley

Partner & Creative Director, Nonfiction

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Dalal Elsheikh
Experience Designer, Mercedes Benz RDNA

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Karel Golta

CEO, INDEED Innovation

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signup

//SIGN UP TO RECEIVE UPDATES

Stay in the loop with all things IDC 2024! Sign up for our email list to receive exclusive updates, limited-time offers, and exciting announcements about speakers, workshops, and more.

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IDC2024

AUSTIN, TEXAS

SEPTEMBER 11-13

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