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HDW
Conference

11 - 12
OCT

 

Speakers

Design practitioners and innovators from across India and the world will come together to share their industry leading expertise and experience from an array of design disciplines.

 

Founder of Dezeen, the world’s most popular architecture and design platform, Marcus Fairs is a global design industry influencer...     Read More

Marcus Fairs

Founder, Dezeen

Marcus Fairs is founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen. He is the first digital journalist to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The honour, for “the enormous contribution he has made to architecture,” was bestowed in January 2017. He launched Dezeen at the end of November 2006 and the site has grown rapidly ever since, now attracting over two million unique visitors every month. It is widely regarded as the most influential and popular design website in the world. As founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen, Marcus has won awards including the BSME’s Business Web Editor of the Year in 2013. In the same year he was named one of the 100 most influential figures in the UK creative industries by the Hospital Club. In 2011, French magazine Architectural Digest placed him in the 100 Qui Comptent list of the most important figures in global design.

Good Design for a Bad World

Marcus Fairs will talk about how getting fired from his job as a magazine editor and a chance meeting with Kanye West led him to launch Dezeen with just $20 of investment and turn it into the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design website, which now gets three million visitors every month. He will explain how Dezeen has helped create a global design community and how the brand has tried to provoke positive change in the sector, for example by championing gender equality in architecture studios, triggering discussions about the ethics of unpaid internships and leading the discussion about sustainability. He will also discuss the influential Good Design for a Bad World initiative, which explored if and how architects and designers can help tackle global issues such as climate change, the refugee crisis and terrorism.

CEO and Founder of the experience design agency Eight Inc, Tim Kobe is known for having conceptualised the design of the first ever Apple Store...     Read More

Tim Kobe

CEO and Founder, Eight Inc

Tim Kobe is a design leader, author, and founder of the globally recognized strategic and experience design firm Eight Inc. For over 30 years in design and a leader in Innovation and Branded Experience, Eight Inc. has worked with companies such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Lincoln, and Citibank. The firm takes on an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, working across traditional disciplines including strategy, architecture, exhibition, interior design, product, communications, and branding. Many of his projects have received international design awards and has been published across Asia, Europe, and the United States. Kobe has been featured and recognized for his work in prominent publications like Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, The Economist, Dezeen, and Fast Company. His upcoming book, Return on Experience, published by ORO Editions, will be released in 2019.

Designing Human Experiences

How can experience design enable businesses to achieve greater value and positive impact through innovation? What design factors drive successful human interactions and outcomes? How do you use emotion to create connectivity and build community? CEO and Founder of Eight Inc, Tim Kobe will take a deep dive into the strategic approach of how design, business, and innovation intersect to create meaningful human experiences and why it matters - sharing insights from his global practice of experience design, including personally working with Steve Jobs to develop the first-ever Apple Store.  

Creative Director of Bodice, Ruchika Sachdeva is the International Woolmark Prize Winner 2017/18 and has been elected a BoF 500 member for the second year running...     Read More

Ruchika Sachdeva

Bodice

With a B.A. Hons in Fashion Design and Technology from The London College of Fashion, and work experience at Vivienne Westwood, Ruchika Sachdeva returned to India and founded bodice in May 2011. Her vision has been trenchant in a market more usually associated with highly ornamented occasion wear. She has consistently presented at India’s two-city fashion week calendar (in both New Delhi and Mumbai) and is recognized as a groundbreaking talent in India with a loyal following amongst artists, writers, gallerists, curators and actors as well as individuals from the corporate world in India.

Made in India: Sustainable Fashion

As the second largest exporter of textiles and fashion garments in the world, India has a unique chance to create a new culture of sustainable practices with respect to the environmental impacts of the fashion industry, due to water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste. Ruchika Sachdeva, Creative Director of Bodice; Priyanka Khanna, Head of International Expansion for South Asia at Fashion for Good; and Jayanti Reddy, Founder of Jayanti Reddy Label, will discuss how we can move to a transformative approach that is restorative and regenerative by design, uses innovation alongside the use of India’s indigenous textiles, and creates an awareness of individual purpose and responsibility towards fair business practices.  

Leading automotive designer, Pratap Bose is V-P of Global Design at Tata Motors, having previously worked for Mercedes Benz, Piaggio&C SpA, and Mitsubishi Motors...     Read More

Pratap Bose

VP, Global Design, Tata Motors

Tata Motors is the largest automotive company in India. It produces a complete range of passenger cars, and commercial vehicles. Pratap Bose, is a British car designer, born in Bombay, India. Educated at the National Institute of Design, India and the Royal College of Art, London. He has worked in international companies such as Piaggio&C SpA, Italy, Mitsubishi Motors, Japan, Mercedes-Benz, Japan, before joining Tata Motors in 2007. Currently Head of Design, Tata Motors, since 2011 he leads a team of 180 creative staff in 3 Global Design studios in India, UK and Italy. He is further responsible for the design of Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles for the Tata Motors brand and has also led the design of many multiple award winning cars and commercial vehicles.

Designing Aspirations

India is undergoing profound socio-economic changes as it speeds towards the path of progress. The challenge, however, is to balance the aspirations of 1.3 billion people with an equal consideration of the social and ecological impacts of growth - and nowhere is this tension highlighted more clearly than in the automotive industry. With car ownership at 22 cars per 1000 inhabitants, India will soon become the 3rd largest automobile market in the world. Can this appetite for personal mobility be balanced with the environmental costs? In this talk, Pratap Bose will explore these challenges and share what Tata Motors is implementing to progress with India’s upcoming changes, in keeping with the Tata Group’s legacy of nation building over the last 150 years.

Design consultant, curator, and founder of her eponymous studio, Jane Withers promotes design innovation that responds to contemporary socio-cultural challenges...     Read More

Jane Withers

Jane Withers Studios

Jane is a leading design consultant, curator and writer. Her London-based studio works with cultural organisations and brands to shape design-led strategies, programmes and exhibitions that bring innovative design thinking to address social, cultural and environmental challenges. Jane has long had a special interest in water and has extensive experience engaging creatively with the issues surrounding water sustainability. Jane has created critically acclaimed exhibitions, events and publications for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, London Design Festival A/D/O New York and Milan’s Triennale among others.

Democratic Design: Loo Café x Water Loop

Presenting a new model for ecological public toilets that also creates an experiential model for education, this panel discussion hosted by the British Council will explore the future of public sanitation facilities and introduce the Loo Café x Water Loop concept and the team behind it. Architect Anupama Kundoo, curator Jane Withers, Ixora founder Abhishek Nath, and interior designer and water activist Kalpana Ramesh will discuss the role of design in encouraging behaviour change, focusing on implications for key global development issues. This will be followed by a formal announcement of the Loo Café x Water Loop Prototype - to be launched in early 2020 in partnership with GHMC.

Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects, Cristiano Ceccato is a visionary who spearheaded ZHA’s entry into the aviation market with Beijing International Airport...     Read More

Cristiano Ceccato

Zaha Hadid Architects

Cristiano Ceccato is Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in London, having previously worked for Frank O. Gehry Partners in Los Angeles. Trained as an architect and computer scientist, he engages across all levels of design and technical development, with worldwide project delivery experience on a wide range of typologies. Cristiano is also an accomplished software developer, having co-founded the BIM company Gehry Technologies in California. Cristiano has spearheaded ZHA’s entrance into the aviation market since 2010. He is the Project Director for the Beijing Daxing Airport terminal building, a 72mppa facility in China; and the Navi Mumbai International Airport, a new 70mppa complex in India. Cristiano is a graduate of both the Architectural Association and Imperial College in London. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Aeronautical Society, where he sits on the Air Transport Group board.

Infrastructure Design as a Catalyst of Global Urbanisation

Today, architects and engineers are confronted with the question of how to not just develop cities and urban environments, but how to fill the space between them – across cultural, geographical and political divides. This ‘infrastructural glue’, combined with new forms of travel, communication and decentralised collaborative work environments, is rapidly becoming the major catalyst for societal transformation in the 21st  century. Using recent examples from the practice of Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), this presentation will illustrate how multi-modal infrastructure projects of increasing complexity are designed, constructed, and configured to provide a complete architectural vision of urban and inter-urban development on a worldwide scale.

Circular Economy and Business Growth expert Priyanka Khanna is Fashion for Good’s Head of International Expansion for South Asia...     Read More

Priyanka Khanna

Manager International Expansion, Fashion for Good

Leading the international expansion of Fashion for Good into South Asia, Priyanka is engaging startups, corporate partners and investors across the local ecosystem. Priyanka had previously analysed trends of startups and investors across the Indian ecosystem to help create the investment ideology for GrowX ventures, as well as facilitating workshops across South and Central Asia including Kazakhstan, India, Bhutan and Sri Lanka and engaging local stakeholders in entrepreneurial conversations.

Made in India: Sustainable Fashion

As the second largest exporter of textiles and fashion garments in the world, India has a unique chance to create a new culture of sustainable practices with respect to the environmental impacts of the fashion industry, due to water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste. Ruchika Sachdeva, Creative Director of Bodice; Priyanka Khanna, Head of International Expansion for South Asia at Fashion for Good; and Jayanti Reddy, Founder of Jayanti Reddy Label, will discuss how we can move to a transformative approach that is restorative and regenerative by design, uses innovation alongside the use of India’s indigenous textiles, and creates an awareness of individual purpose and responsibility towards fair business practices.

Partner & Senior Architect at Carlo Ratti Associati, Emma Greer explores how the internet is entering the physical space - changing the way we live, work and play...     Read More

Emma Greer

Carlo Ratti Associati

Emma Greer is a Canadian architect with international experience as a project manager, strategic design consultant, public speaker and lecturer. With a background in architecture, urban studies and housing, and an expertise acquired in the field across Europe and North America, Emma is a multidisciplinary professional whose work bridges technology, design, and urban challenges. Emma directs CRA Think - a think tank responsible for advancing the vision of Carlo Ratti and his companies through interviews, speaking engagements, op eds, editorial projects, exhibitions, workshops, and advisory boards.

“Senseable Design” - Putting Citizens at the Centre of Smart Cities

Despite predictions made by George Gilder and other digital technology enthusiasts in the 1990s, the digital world has not replaced our physical world, but it has transformed the way we live, work, and play - thanks in large part to a network of connectivity that now encompasses most people on the planet. The Internet is entering physical space - the traditional domain of architecture and design has become an “Internet of Things” - and it is opening the door to a variety of applications: from energy to mobility, from production to citizen participation. The contribution from Emma Greer will address these issues from a critical point of view through projects by the design and innovation firm Carlo Ratti Associati.

Graphic Designer, Art Director, Typeface Designer and co-founder of the plural design practice November, Shiva Nallaperumal has been listed in Forbes India’s 30 Under 30...     Read More

Shiva Nallaperumal

Graphic Design & Typography

Shiva Nallaperumal is a Graphic Designer, Type Designer & Art Director. He formed the design firm November with partner Juhi Vishnani in 2018 to continue their plural practice exploring an Indian identity in modern graphic design and cultural production. November works with a wide variety of clients in Fashion, News, Art, Film, Tech and Publishing industries. In 2017, he was one of Forbes India’s 30 Under 30, the first graphic designer to make the list.

Innovation and Identity in Typography

In an increasingly interconnected world, there is a new generation in India searching for an authentic Indian identity. In this talk, Shiva Nallaperumal, co-founder of the graphic design studio November, addresses the challenges of western-facing design education in the Indian context, what it means to work with fonts for both Indian and major world scripts, and finding a rooted visual voice informed by history. In this presentation, Shiva will discuss how he develops typefaces and works with existing fonts to explore and reflect human intuition, disrupt preconceived mindsets around design practices, and create a new vision for cultural representation and exchange.

Founder of the Sangaru Design Studio, Sandeep Sangaru is a pioneering educator, designer and entrepreneur who responds to local crafts to create global product...     Read More

Sandeep Sangaru

Sangaru Design Studio

Sandeep Sangaru is a multidisciplinary designer, educator, entrepreneur and a nomad by nature. He studied industrial design and has specialised in furniture design with a background in mechanical engineering. He is a recipient of the British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur Award - Design for Social Impact in 2012. He owns Sangaru Design Studio, a multidisciplinary design consultancy firm and founded Sangaru Design Objects Pvt. Ltd, a manufacturing company based in Bangalore, India. Being multidisciplinary, Sandeep explores different Mediums and Materials. Since inception his studio has been actively involved with the Craft Sector working with local people with local material to create global products. Craft has always been a need based process from ages and using design to interface the skills of the artisans is something he wants to work towards.

Material Futures

It is only by observing how we live today that we can begin to explore how we can live more sustainably tomorrow. By considering the current and future context of design decisions, particularly focusing on the intersection of craft, science and technology, this panel discussion will explore how we will live in the future through trans-disciplinary practice and expert collaboration.

Founder of her eponymous fashion label, Jayanti Reddy is committed to working with handwoven textiles, regional crafts, and natural dyes…     Read More

Jayanti Reddy

Founder Jayanti Reddy Label

The Jayanti Reddy label epitomizes an elegant and relatively understated sense of style with a strong emphasis on naturally dyed, hand woven textiles that are embellished with intricate hand embroidery. While the casual wear pieces are designed to be versatile, the evening formal/festive collections are occasion worthy and timeless. The label infuses traditional clothing with a unique sense of style and understated elegance. The result is a classical and intensely personal fashion statement. Our casual wear, in sleek signature style, and our opulent formal/festive collections are both characterized by the sense of craftsmanship, style and creativity that is quintessentially Jayanti Reddy!

Made in India: Sustainable Fashion

As the second largest exporter of textiles and fashion garments in the world, India has a unique chance to create a new culture of sustainable practices with respect to the environmental impacts of the fashion industry, due to water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste. Ruchika Sachdeva, Creative Director of Bodice; Priyanka Khanna, Head of International Expansion for South Asia at Fashion for Good; and Jayanti Reddy, Founder of Jayanti Reddy Label, will discuss how we can move to a transformative approach that is restorative and regenerative by design, uses innovation alongside the use of India’s indigenous textiles, and creates an awareness of individual purpose and responsibility towards fair business practices.

Architect and Director of the interdisciplinary experimental design and architecture studio, DesignAware, Takbir Fatima has received many accolades…     Read More

Takbir Fatima

Director, DesignAware

Takbir Fatima is an architect, and Director of the interdisciplinary experimental design and architecture studio, DesignAware and the Fractals Workshop. She is passionate about design research, digital prototyping, teaching and figuring out how things are made, and aims to balance teaching, research and practice. She was also awarded the Telangana Young Architect Award by the Indian Institute of Architects in 2016. She was also recognized as Emerging Architect of the Year by NDTV Design & Architecture Awards 2016. Takbir was also an invited speaker at TEDxBITSHyderabad in 2017. She  was awarded in the annual selection of 50 emerging Indian architects and designers, iGen 50 in 2019.

Material Futures

It is only by observing how we live today that we can begin to explore how we can live more sustainably tomorrow. By considering the current and future context of design decisions, particularly focusing on the intersection of craft, science and technology, this panel discussion will explore how we will live in the future through trans-disciplinary practice and expert collaboration.

Project Lead for IKEA’s Better Air Now initiative, Rakesh Jetli works with small-scale farmers and local craftspeople to effect positive environmental change…     Read More

Rakesh Jetli

Project Lead - Better Air Now, IKEA

Rakesh Jetli is Project Lead for IKEA Purchasing in South Asia. With more than 25 years of experience in the area of sourcing and supplies, Rakesh has spent the past year dedicating his knowledge and expertise to IKEA’s Better Air Now initiative, focusing on improving air quality by repurposing the rice crop stubble that would otherwise be burnt by farmers - one of the major causes of pollution in North India. The initiative works with small-scale farmers and local authorities to change habits and effect positive change, turning a waste product into a resource, in line with the company’s people, planet positive direction.

Material Futures

It is only by observing how we live today that we can begin to explore how we can live more sustainably tomorrow. By considering the current and future context of design decisions, particularly focusing on the intersection of craft, science and technology, this panel discussion will explore how we will live in the future through trans-disciplinary practice and expert collaboration.

Co-Head of Godrej Design Labs, Henry Skupniewicz has worked extensively within the Indian design community including founding the FabLab at CEPT, Ahmedabad…     Read More

Henry Skupniewicz

Co-Head, Godrej Design Labs

Henry Skupniewicz is Co-Head of Godrej Design Lab a program which strives to enrich the Indian Design Ecosystem. Henry has extensive experience working within the design community across India including founding the digital fabrication lab and teaching at CEPT University in Ahmedabad. He studied Computational Design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Godrej Design Lab  goes out into the design community to collaborate and invigorate. Godrej was founded on the notion that we can make a modern India by designing and making things — everything from locks to rocket engines.

Material Futures

It is only by observing how we live today that we can begin to explore how we can live more sustainably tomorrow. By considering the current and future context of design decisions, particularly focusing on the intersection of craft, science and technology, this panel discussion will explore how we will live in the future through trans-disciplinary practice and expert collaboration.

Pete Draper is co-founder of Makuta - the studio responsible for producing much of the visual effects for the Baahubali franchise...     Read More

Pete Draper

Co-founder of Makuta

Pete has been heavily involved in the VFX industry for more than two decades with previous roles as Lead and Senior Artist, Head of Media and Director of Visual Effects within studios in the UK and abroad. A seasoned author with several publications and a decade’s worth of trade magazine articles, he also taught visual effects workshops around the world and was an external examiner for respected institutions in the UK. Since 2010 he has been based in Hyderabad, India, after co-founding Makuta VFX - a multi-award winning visual effects facility, which is synonymous with high quality visual effects work within the Indian market. Since inception, Makuta has worked on numerous national and international projects to much acclaim including 2.0, Saaho, Syeraa and the Baahubali franchise.

Movie Magic - The power of visual effects (VFX)

Today’s blockbusters are overwhelmingly reliant on visual effects (VFX). Big budget franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel and DC Comics depend on highly creative and realistic effects for a more immersive and unique experiences. VFX has the potential to make or break a film like never before. Pete Draper, co-founder of Makuta gives us glimpse into this magical realm, based on his experience of working on epics such as Saaho, Syeraa and the Baahubali franchise.


SCHEDULE: FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER 2019

8-9am
Registration
9am
Opening Remarks Mr Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce Dept; Rajshree Pathy, Founder, India Design Forum
9:30am
Material Futures Sandeep Sangaru, Founder & Director, Sangaru Design Studio
Rakesh Jetli, Project Lead - Better Air, IKEA
Henry Skupniewicz, Co-Head, Godrej Design Labs
Takbir Fatima, Director, DesignAware
Moderated by Mrinalini Ghadiok, STIR
10:15am
Good Design for a Bad World Marcus Fairs, Founder, Dezeen
11am
Made in India: Sustainable Fashion Ruchika Sachdeva, Creative Director, Bodice
Priyanka Khanna, Head of International Expansion South Asia, Fashion for Good
Jayanti Reddy, Founder, Jayanti Reddy Label
Moderated by Rajshree Pathy, Founder, India Design Forum
11:30am
Morning Coffee Break
11:45am
Designing the Human Experience Tim Kobe, CEO and Founder, Eight Inc
12:30am
Innovation and Identity in Typography Shiva Nallaperumal, Typographer, Co-founder, November.
1pm
Lunch and Networking Break
2pm
‘Senseable Design’ - Putting Citizens at the Centre of Smart Cities Speaker: Emma Greer, Partner & Senior Architect, Carlo Ratti Associati
2:35pm
Infrastructure Design as a Catalyst of Global Urbanisation Cristiano Ceccato, Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects
3:10pm
Afternoon Coffee Break
3:25pm
Designing Aspirations Pratap Bose, VP, Global Design, Tata Motors
4pm
Democratic Design: Loo Café x Water Loop Jane Withers, Founder, Jane Withers Studio
Abhishek Nath, Founder and CEO of Ixora FM
Anupama Kundoo, Founder, Anupama Kundoo Architects
Kalpana Ramesh, Architect and Activist
Moderated by Parvinder Marwaha, British Council
4:40pm
Movie Magic - The power of VFX Pete Draper, CEO & Co-Founder, Makuta Visual Effects
5:15pm
Closing Remarks
5:30pm
Event End

Design Expo

VIA by Béatrice de Fays (aka B2Fays) & Mathieu Constans

Béatrice de Fays & Mathieu Constans : This multimedia installation is offering an interactive immersive environment generated in real time from the presence and the movements of the visitors. Participants become aware of "entering the process of creation" of a world of constantly evolving images and sounds, which are revealed by their own presence.

B2Fays Creation & Fil d’Ariane Association
11-12 OctoberHyderabad International Convention Centre

Be There

Presenting the blueprint for design in the future, this exhibition intends to explore possibilities for everyone.

Taiwan Design Centre
11-12 OctoberHyderabad International Convention Centre

Unlearn Exhibit

A thought-provoking exhibit to raise awareness about mindful consumption and showcase conscious and sustainable living practices.

Mihika Lakdawala
11-12 OctoberHyderabad International Convention Centre

The Hyderabad Story of Industrial Design

A powerful exhibition celebrating the way in which design thinking and innovation have both emerged from and shaped the urban history of the city.

Hyderabad Urban Labs (HUL)
11-12 OctoberHyderabad International Convention Centre

Loo Cafe X Water Loop

Designed to capture the attention and imagination of both design week attendees and the wider public, Loo Café x Water Loop aims to inspire conversations around critical issues of sustainable sanitation, circularity and nature-based systems.

Jane Withers Studio, British Council India, GHMC Loo Café and Anupama Kundoo Architects
11-12 OctoberLoo Cafe at Hyderabad International Convention Centre

Events

Craft Market at Chowmahalla Palace

A market-place for regional crafts and live demonstrations from local karigars (artisans) held at Chowmahalla Palace.

Government of Telangana
12 October7:30pm onwardsChowmahalla Palace

Chowmahalla Palace - Networking Dinner

A culturally rich evening held at Chowmahalla Palace - a UNESCO World Heritage site - for all HDW Conference delegates.

Government of Telangana
12 OctoberChowmahalla Palace

Sustainable Fashion Show

Engaging leading Indian designers, brands, and sustainability stakeholders, this presentation will showcase inspiring narratives on how fashion can be an agent for positive change.

Curated by Bibi Russell, presented by the Government of Telangana
12 OctoberChowmahalla Palace