Knowledge of Design Week 2022

 

For the very first time, Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) transforms from a traditional design conference into a virtual production utilising XR technologies. Adapting a 'tribrid' format, KODW features a brand-new Talk Series to be broadcast on ViuTVsix, live-streamed online on bodw+ and social media platforms, and streamed on-demand, with interactive Live Chats on Zoom after each talk to engage our international audience.

 

Continuing KODW's longstanding objective to inform and engage its audience with a variety of timely design topics, KODW 2022 will feature 8 Workshops from 22 August to 28 October. Held in a mix of physical and virtual formats, these sessions are led by global experts and are suitable for entrepreneurs, professionals, industry practitioners, academics, tertiary students and anyone who is interested in global business trend.

 

 

 

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REGENERATION BY DESIGN

 

After another year of persistent global challenges, industries are rallying to embrace sustainability in order to meet the demands of customers and achieve ambitious targets. Our mobility and food systems, and even urban spaces need to be redesigned in a way that reduces waste and leverages on existing resources to contribute a positive impact on a global scale. Pursuing a regenerative design mindset raises the ante for an appropriate response to our rapidly changing global landscape. 

  

To successfully transition into a resilient society and carbon-neutral economy, leaders and designers must be resourceful, collaborative, and progressive, using innovative technologies to build new models for the future. Through design thinking, businesses now have the opportunity to restore and replenish resources to benefit society and the environment. 

 

KODW Talk Series

 

Talk 1 (24 Sep): Regenerative Design for Our Ecosystem

Mankind is facing unprecedented global environmental challenges, and it’s time we make the changes necessary to conserve our living environment, protect our natural resources and sustain optimal living conditions for all. How we design and build the cities of the future lies at the crux of tackling this challenge, and only the cities that hold the key to this transformation can balance economic development with environmental sustainability.

 

Talk 2 (8 Oct): Regenerative Design for Social Good  

The way we live and work, and how we shop and eat are not always for the best interests of our society or environment in terms of taking care of our natural surroundings. Developing sustainable habits and products require a regenerative mindset that can help us make the progression towards creating social good. Regenerative design can empower us to thrive within the limits of our resources, while making eco-positive choices and creating positive societal impact to meet diverse needs of our communities.

 

Talk 3 (15 Oct): Regenerative Economy

As the economy sets course again despite the urgent challenges we face, are we capable of making the great transition to build a better world for all? Regenerative design, sustainability and innovation have a major role to play — as do the areas of energy conservation, mobility and transport, and digital technologies. To jump into the train of a regenerative economy requires holistic design thinking, creative collaboration and a long-term vision.

 

Talk 4 (22 Oct): The Future of Regenerative Culture

For society to chart a robust way forward, it is crucial to re-examine our cultural values and create conditions where we can still prosper but in a sustainable way. Shifting from an exploitative to a regenerative mindset requires new ways of thinking about preserving our natural resources and easing the impact on our environment, while fostering new connections to nature. This regenerative approach also calls for a critical look into past patterns, and a fresh perspective on how history and heritage can shape our future values.

Talk 1

1.1 Keynote: Sustainable Leadership

date
24 Sep 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 20:20 (GMT+8)

1.1 Keynote: Sustainable Leadership

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The food delivery industry is one of the least sustainable, relying heavily on transportation and packaging, which has an adverse effect on the environment. Environmental entrepreneurs and renowned Mott 32 founders Matt Reid and Malcolm Wood are working to shorten the food delivery chain by offering an alternative model of smart urban dining, combining public food halls and ghost kitchens to serve densely populated communities. Their goal is to create a zero-waste society while offering a wide variety of culinary brands to serve the market. 

Malcolm Wood

Group Managing Director

Steelhead Group · Hong Kong

Matt Reid

CEO & Co-founder

KIN Food Halls · Hong Kong

Darren Chuckry

Managing Director

HK Initiative · Hong Kong

1.2 Rewilding Urban Spaces

date
24 Sep 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 20:40 (GMT+8)

1.2 Rewilding Urban Spaces

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The loss of land and biodiversity to urban expansion has negatively impacted cities across the world, creating worsening pollution and heat. More advanced cities are already investing in rebuilding with clean energy resources. The eco-makeover requires radical thinking in architecture to bring nature back to the drawing board. Cities can thrive and become more liveable if we understand how to build in an eco-friendly manner. Join us as we learn how to build better with regenerative design.

Niels de Jong

Partner & Creative Director

Kossmanndejong · The Netherlands

Bryant Lu

Vice Chairman

Ronald Lu & Partners · Hong Kong

Jiang Ying

Co-founder & Principal

O-office Architects · Mainland China

Betty Ng

Founder

COLLECTIVE · Hong Kong

1.3 Material Innovation for Designers

date
24 Sep 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

1.3 Material Innovation for Designers

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Many industries are responsible for an enormous amount of waste that typically end up in landfills, especially carbon-heavy sectors which use materials like plastics and cement. In recent years, however, designers, architects, and manufacturers have attempted to reduce their environmental footprint and provide sustainable alternatives by leveraging the discoveries of material science. Despite having a long way to go, scientists offer hope to designers and businesses willing to dive into innovation and adopt a regenerative mindset.

Edwin Keh

CEO

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel · Hong Kong

Dr Andrew Dent

Executive Vice President, Research

Material ConneXion · United States

Elaine Yan Ling Ng

Founder

The Fabrick Lab · Hong Kong

Talk 2

2.1 Keynote: Food Industry

date
08 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

2.1 Keynote: Food Industry

As the world’s population grows to nearly 10 billion people by 2050, demand for food is expected to grow by more than 50 per cent. Can urban farming feed the population while combating climate change? Meet Cherrie Atilano, one of the social entrepreneurs leading the charge.

 

Named U.N. Nutrition Ambassador, she leads AGREA with a mission to help eradicate poverty for farming and fishing families, alleviate the effects of climate change, and establish food security in the Philippines.

Cherrie Atilano

Founding Farmer/President & CEO

AGREA Agricultural Systems International, Inc. · The Philippines

Peggy Chan

Founder, Chef-consultant | Executive Director

Grassroots Initiatives | Zero Foodprint Asia · Hong Kong

2.2 Redesigning Food Systems

date
08 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

2.2 Redesigning Food Systems

Our food system accounts for more than 30 per cent of all carbon emissions and exacts a heavy toll on the environment. How can technological innovations become a tool in minimising our carbon footprint? Self-sufficient greenhouses can thrive in the most demanding regions on earth. As regions that produce vast quantities of fruit and vegetables will inevitably experience extreme weather, greenhouse agriculture could offer a sustainable solution that nourishes humans and the planet.

Adelaide Lala Tam 

Food Story Designer

Studio Adela · The Netherlands

Jack Moy

CEO

Sustenir Group Pte Ltd · Singapore

Dr Saskia Visser

Program Manager Circular & Climate Neutral Society

Wageningen University & Research · The Netherlands

Charmaine Mok

Food & Wine Editor

South China Morning Post · Hong Kong

2.3 Inclusive Wellness​

date
08 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

2.3 Inclusive Wellness​

While neglect often happens to elderly and people with disabilities amid rapid development of society, their living standards have seen adverse impact during the pandemic. The current healthcare system and wellness services are hardly sufficient to meet their needs. To address this, more practical action is needed to further reduce barriers, create equitable access, and deliver a more holistic wellness experience. Inclusive design may be the answer to making densely populated urban centres more liveable across society’s different sectors. While diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives are progressing, evolving wellness design can better protect and engage at-risk communities and speak to people of different ages and abilities.

Dr Brian Lee

Associate Professor, Leader of Asian Lifestyle Design Research Lab of School of Design

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University · Hong Kong

Queenie Man

Founder & CEO

The Project Futurus · Hong Kong

Dr Sanjay Batra

Hardware Research Manager

Google · United States

Dr Gina Jiang

Managing Director

Hong Kong Institute of Biotechnology · Hong Kong

Talk 3

3.1 Keynote: Circular Design

date
15 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

3.1 Keynote: Circular Design

The world’s pivot toward circular design, while still in nascent stages for many, could be a game-changer for regenerative pursuits. With most products and services designed for the linear economy, which has proven wasteful for a planet with finite resources, we must reverse course and approach design with circularity as the goal.  

Joe Iles, Circular Design Programme Lead of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, shares how design can advance the transition, and the most innovative design strategies in successful circular practices today. 

Joe Iles

Circular Design Programme Lead

Ellen MacArthur Foundation · United Kingdom

Delicia Tan

CEO, Hong Kong & Greater Bay

Edelman · Hong Kong

3.2 Technology & Mobility

date
15 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

3.2 Technology & Mobility

Population growth presents many challenges for city planners, especially when it comes to transport.  

 

From adding EV charging stations to taking diesel-fueled vehicles off the streets, cities are bent on incorporating greater connectivity and improved sustainability in their urban transport ecosystems. 

 

But electric vehicles might not be the only answer — better mobility can include digital transformations of rail networks and other systemic solutions. 

Jens-Peter Brauner

CEO

Siemens Mobility Hong Kong · Hong Kong

Marcel Schreuder

Managing Partner

Springtime Design · The Netherlands

Darren Chuckry

Managing Director

HK Initiative · Hong Kong

3.3 Unlocking the Future of Web3

date
15 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

3.3 Unlocking the Future of Web3

Web3 is already here, yet very few understand what it means for our digital economy. Amid the hype and turbulence of crypto markets, many believe Web3 is here to stay — especially when we have a better understanding of how it can impact the way we work, live, and do business. Join industry veterans for a glimpse of how the transition to Web3 will change our views on personal assets, social capital, and the digital economy. 

Benny Ho

Head of Business Development

Animoca Brands · Hong Kong

Suresh Balaji

Founder

Web3 Marketing Association (W3MA) · Hong Kong

William Ip

VP & Head of Digital Commerce, APAC

Fiserv · Hong Kong

Darren Chuckry

Managing Director

HK Initiative · Hong Kong

Talk 4

4.1 Keynote: M+ Special — Nurturing the Arts Ecosystem

date
22 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

4.1 Keynote: M+ Special — Nurturing the Arts Ecosystem

Hong Kong is on the cusp of a cultural renaissance, following the remarkable development of West Kowloon Cultural District — one of the most ambitious cultural exchange projects in the world. Fast becoming the Asian hub of culture, Hong Kong is creating an art ecosystem by nurturing a thriving community of artists and providing performing arts venues, museums and creative support services. The museum director of M+ Suhanya Raffel discusses how we can contribute to such an ecosystem, sustain the creative community and nurture the next generation of artists. 

Suhanya Raffel

Museum Director

M+ · Hong Kong

Dr Edmund Lee

General Manager & Head of Group ESG Initiatives

Gold Peak Technology Group Ltd · Hong Kong

4.2 Dutch Design Week Special

date
22 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

4.2 Dutch Design Week Special

The Netherlands has embraced regenerative design. What can we learn from the Dutch model and how circularity is changing communities, promoting better standards of living, and ensuring a sustainable future? Join thought leaders and industry experts to learn how we can drive change through circular design principles, in-depth research, and opportunities to collaborate with Dutch creative businesses.

Miriam van der Lubbe

Creative Head of DDW 2022

Dutch Design Foundation · The Netherlands

Bart Ahsmann

Managing Director

CLICKNL · The Netherlands

Prof. Daan van Eijk

Chair Professor Industrial Design

Delft University of Technology · The Netherlands

4.3 The Eco-friendly Master Craftsman

date
22 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

4.3 The Eco-friendly Master Craftsman

For master craftsman Piet Hein Eek, working with nature is the best way to design. He believes if we take care of nature, then nature will take care of us. Eek enjoys global acclaim for recycling scrap material to make eco-friendly furniture. He has taken the idea of scrap-wood aesthetics to the next level, demonstrating how eco-efficiency can meet consumer demand and tackle consumer waste. 

Piet Hein Eek

Director/CEO

Piet Hein Eek BV · The Netherlands

4.4 Cultural Placemaking

date
22 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 20:00 - 21:00 (GMT+8)

4.4 Cultural Placemaking

We have the responsibility to leave behind a legacy for future generations. Museums are an integral part of our culture, allowing us to reconnect with our roots, discover our past, and see our heritage in a new light. Through a meaningful curatorial approach, artists and institutions can reinvigorate our sense of history whilst examining how traditions can shape future values.

Dr Louis Ng Chi-wa

Director

Hong Kong Palace Museum · Hong Kong

Joffrey Walonker

Design Manager

Royal Delft · The Netherlands

Lisa Roet

Contemporary Visual Artist

Lisa Roet · Australia

Levina Li

Co-founder & Director

Art-Partners · Hong Kong

Darren Chuckry

Managing Director

HK Initiative · Hong Kong

Workshops

Developing Sustainable Solutions through LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

date
22 Aug 2022
time
HKG | 14:30 - 17:00 (GMT+8)

Developing Sustainable Solutions through LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) is a “creative hands-on” approach to accelerating innovation, promoting team growth and enhancing business performance through building with LEGO bricks. In a facilitated session, organisations, teams and individuals are guided through an experiential process that is designed to help them build capacity for change and strategic innovation.

 

In this remote LSP workshop, participants will explore complex challenges of today’s business world through creative thinking, powerful storytelling and playing with purpose using LEGO bricks.

 

Led by Per Kristiansen, one of the two original master trainers for the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and the author of “Building a Better Business using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method”, participants will learn how LSP works through personal facilitation, interactive hands-on exercises and engaging dialogue in an immersive setting.

Per Kristiansen

Partner

Trivium · Denmark

Developing Sustainable Solutions through LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

date
23 Aug 2022
time
HKG | 14:30 - 17:00 (GMT+8)

Developing Sustainable Solutions through LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®

The LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® (LSP) is a “creative hands-on” approach to accelerating innovation, promoting team growth and enhancing business performance through building with LEGO bricks. In a facilitated session, organisations, teams and individuals are guided through an experiential process that is designed to help them build capacity for change and strategic innovation.

 

In this remote LSP workshop, participants will explore complex challenges of today’s business world through creative thinking, powerful storytelling and playing with purpose using LEGO bricks.

 

Led by Per Kristiansen, one of the two original master trainers for the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and the author of “Building a Better Business using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® method”, participants will learn how LSP works through personal facilitation, interactive hands-on exercises and engaging dialogue in an immersive setting.

Per Kristiansen

Partner

Trivium · Denmark

Regenerative Design for Business: Discovering Material Innovations at The Fabrick Lab

date
09 Sep 2022
time
HKG | 14:00 - 17:30 (GMT+8)

Regenerative Design for Business: Discovering Material Innovations at The Fabrick Lab

As the problems that regenerative design deals with are inherently complex, the solutions proposed by this discipline must also exist in multitudes. As such, it is crucial for innovators to gain a comprehensive understanding of the topic through investigations in its system, business, social and material levels.

 

This workshop will start with how The Fabrick Lab creates and demonstrates material creation through prototyping with a multi-disciplinary approach, and going beyond, participants will be guided through the process to come up with a persuasive business statement and proposition that integrate varied aspects of regenerative design into the supply chain. Join us and learn how to establish a creative business in a collaborative manner, co-create a compelling presentation supported with sustainable materials, and pitch your ideas with the lingo of regenerative design.

Elaine Yan Ling Ng

Founder

The Fabrick Lab · Hong Kong

User Brands: Creating Business Sustainable Brands with X Thinking®

date
16 Sep 2022
time
HKG | 15:00 - 17:00 (GMT+8)
NYC | 03:00 - 05:00 (GMT-4)
LDN | 08:00 - 10:00 (GMT+1)

User Brands: Creating Business Sustainable Brands with X Thinking®

In the age of the experience economy, the rules of what brands are and how they are created and managed have changed. Brands are no longer just attracting customers and creating value – they are now dynamic, living, breathing entities that need to be co-created with users, to capture the value generated, and ultimately to grow with users.

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the core concepts behind User Brands and how to leverage eXperience Thinking (or what we call “X Thinking” ) to create, manage, and sustainably grow a business sustainable brand via delivery of exceptional experiences, with a discussion on application of X Thinking® in the context of the Mainland China’s market.

Dr Michael T Lai

Dean

X Thinking Institute · Mainland China

Denim Making: Sustainability Here-and-Now (By Invitation Only)

date
30 Sep 2022
time
HKG | 10:00 - 15:45 (GMT+8)

Denim Making: Sustainability Here-and-Now (By Invitation Only)

Denim has deep roots in human history and culture, but have you imagined how innovations in denim making has reacted to the sustainability topic, in terms of environmental, technological and economical perspectives?

 

In this workshop, learn from masters how the industry has rediscovered the relationship between post-consumer denim, natural material, and traditional craft to create more sustainable solutions in denim making. You will also gain a hands-on experience on making your own natural-dyed denim fabric.

Michael Lam

Director

Advance Denim · Hong Kong

David Tring

Denim Head

Magic of Denim Consultancy · Hong Kong

The Future of Denim: Innovations for Circular Design

date
30 Sep 2022
time
HKG | 16:00 - 18:00 (GMT+8)

The Future of Denim: Innovations for Circular Design

Modern design is far more than just style and the latest fashion. Design has the power to change the narrative, shape the way we think and guide the choices we make. The denim industry faces major challenges in how to reduce the usage of water, power, carbon and the raw materials that go into making, shipping and selling our products and reduce our carbon footprint, etc., to be in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

The next generation of designers, merchandisers and buyers will have major sustainability challenges to overcome. In this masterclass, we will layout the sustainability challenges in the denim industry and discuss the current and near future solutions that can take us from an outdated linear system of “take, make, waste” to a new circular economy where products that come to the end of their lifecycle become the fabrics and fuel for new products. If we truly want everything to stay the same, then everything must change.

David Tring

Denim Head

Magic of Denim Consultancy · Hong Kong

Michael Lam

Director

Advance Denim · Hong Kong

Meet the Creators of The Sandbox Metaverse

date
07 Oct 2022
time
(Virtual) HKG | 14:30 - 16:30 (GMT+8)
(Virtual) NYC | 02:30 - 04:30 (GMT-4)
(Virtual) LDN | 07:30 - 09:30 (GMT+1)
(Physical) HKG | 14:30 - 17:30 (GMT+8)

Meet the Creators of The Sandbox Metaverse

What does “metaverse” mean to you? Meet The Sandbox, one of the world’s leading metaverse platforms, a virtual gaming world where players can build and own their gaming experiences powered by blockchains and NFTs. But gaming is only the beginning of its unlimited possibilities – international and local brands like Gucci, Adidas and MTR are already collaborating with The Sandbox to build out their own metaverse.

 

The workshop is a can’t miss opportunity to learn directly from the creators of The Sandbox how it is built and played by over 2 million users around the globe. It will start with a short presentation by Sebastien Borget, the company’s Co-Founder and COO, to introduce this decentralised, community-driven gaming ecosystem where created assets can be shared to co-create metaverse. This is followed by project showcases presented by Erich Wong, The Sandbox’s Head of Growth (HK), along with two local creative studios, PANGU by Kenal and Index Game, to illustrate why metaverse is more than games, who are behind the creation of the virtual worlds, and how creators have captured the opportunities to transform brand experiences and beyond.

 

This workshop is delivered in blended mode: you can join the workshop virtually or physically, yet only on-site participants can join an exclusive tutorial session, led by PANGU by Kenal, to create your own metaverse asset for use on the Sandbox platform.

 

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Sébastien Borget

Co-founder & COO

The Sandbox · France

Erich Wong

Head of Growth

The Sandbox · Hong Kong

Grow Your Innovation Potential with Creative Leadership

date
28 Oct 2022
time
HKG | 15:00 - 18:00 (GMT+8)
NYC | 03:00 - 06:00 (GMT-4)
LDN | 08:00 - 11:00 (GMT+1)

Grow Your Innovation Potential with Creative Leadership

Creative Leadership is a new idea for leadership training that is taking the world by storm. Led by Rama Gheerawo, who launched his new book "Creative Leadership: Born from Design" this year, this workshop will introduce you to ideas to transform your individual and organisational practice.

 

There are many leadership programmes that benefit corporations and companies. Creative Leadership focuses on humans – it is based on three human values of empathy, clarity and creativity which the workshop leaders have used internationally with major companies. Join thousands of people across the globe who are using these ideas to grow their knowledge of innovation and creative potential.

 

• Empathic leadership is on the rise. See how to grow applications for you.
• See how clarity can help sharpen your instincts and application.
• Step beyond outdated leadership models and embrace creativity as part of your daily practice.

Rama Gheerawo

Director

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art · United Kingdom

Speakers

KODW Partners