Open Design Cape Town 13 – 19 August

By MapMyWay
11 August 2017

The CCDI has partnered once again with Open Design Cape Town, the Mother City’s most dynamic design and innovation festival which will be from Sunday 13 to Saturday 19 August at Cape Town City Hall.

It will be followed by events and activations at other venues throughout the city from Sunday 20 until Friday 25 August.

This year’s programme will be jam-packed with an exciting array of events which include inspiring talks, exhibitions and experiences by pioneering African and international designers, bringing your own robot to life, and starting the STEAM movement in Africa. Together the Open Design community will explore how creative approaches to problem solving and sustainable design can benefit South Africa’s economy and society.

CCDI Human Capital Development manager, Lisa Parkes says: “We are delighted to partner with Open Design again this year as one of the flagship design events in our City. This year the inaugural STEAM symposium is the highlight of the programme, and as an advocate of arts infused learning the CCDI is showcasing their offerings in support of this, with our workshops which focus on ideation and creativity respectively – aimed at nurturing future-based skills in our youth like creativity, imagination, problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration.”Join us for one of our events:
13 August 201710:00 – 17:00Where:  Second Floor, City Hall, Darling Street, CBD
Join the Cape Craft + Design Institute and Africa A+ Schools for a free creative construction workshop – a place where children and parents have fun making something together using up-cycled materials. The children will experience how to plan, problem-solve and innovate while exploring shape, space and how different types of materials work together. This event is part of the Open Design Cape Town Festival 2017. RSVP here for the event

13 August 201714:00 – 17:00Where:  Second Floor, City Hall, Darling Street, CBD
The Better Living Challenges (BLC ) runs over a five year period and incorporates a series of challenges and interventions that aim to surface design innovations that support the improvement of the living conditions of people living in low-income communities and enable the incremental upgrading of homes. As part of the BLC, the Cape Craft and Design Institute – the implementing agents of the BLC – are partnering with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and Black Wolf Agency to come up with great ideas on how to use the power of social media to surface innovative building/ upgrading ideas from informal builders and residents living in low-income communities across the province.
This workshop will comprise of an open co-design session to ideate how this campaign could work, after which the most promising ideas will be taken away for further development. Join us as we look at how we can engage communities, unearth innovation and grow our community of innovators in a digital world!
13:00 – 14:00: Arrival and networking14:00 – 14:30: Presentation of brief and research14:30 – 16:30: Co-design session16:30 – 17:00: Presentation of Concepts
All materials will be provided. Refreshments available at festival coffee shop at own cost. RSVP here for the event

Some other key 2017 festival events include:

• Getting learners and adults to develop their innovative and entrepreneurial skills by doing things such as designing, building and coding robots at The Experience Workshop from Finland

• Africa’s first International STEAM Symposium, which will show the power of integrating creative skills, art and design thinking into the teaching of STEM subjects in order to develop children’s innovative skills

• The popular TALK100 discussion sessions, which will cover various topics including social design, rebranding communities, creating meaningful multi-sensory experiences and activations and women game developers in a male dominated industry

• Dine with Khayelitsha, a platform to bridge the gap between urban centres and township communities with great food and even better conversation.

INFO: full festival programme visit; or follow @opendesignct on Twitter; @opendesignct on Instagram; and Opendesignct on Facebook.

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