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  • Date:
  • Location: Kultuuri Katel Tallinn, Estonia
  • Price: Free


Design for Europe is excited to announce that its 2016 summit will be hosted in Tallinn, Estonia, the European hub for cutting-edge innovation and entrepreneurship, on Thursday 6 October.

Design for Europe: Powering Innovation is a free, day-long event that will demonstrate the transformational effect of design within European businesses and governments and provide solutions for future economic growth.

Join us as we discuss how design drives innovation, the skills our workforce need for the future, how design can address societal challenges and what we need to do to implement innovation more effectively.

Special guests and key speakers will include contributors from the European Commission, policymakers at regional and national levels as well as representatives from business organisations, such as Google, and networks across the design and innovation industries.

Download the summit programme

Find out more about the summit programme, the full agenda and our guest speakers.

Summit programme


Ellie Runcie, Director of Growth and Innovation, Design Council UK

Host nation keynote

Indrek Saar, Minister of Culture, Estonian Government

European Commission keynote

Antti Peltomaki, Deputy Director-General of the Enterprise and Industry Directorate-General

Summit panel discussions

Powered to Grow - Productivity and Performance

How design can be harnessed to pioneer, promote and prosper
Speakers: Margus Simson, Dr Graça Fonseca, Markko Karu, Yvonne Sonsino, chaired by Lynda Relph-Knight

Powered by Competence - Design Skills

How design is fast becoming a key skill which is integral to innovation
Speakers: Kaja Kruus, Mustafa Kurtuldu, Tobias Haag, chaired by Dr Steve Harding

Powered Together - Innovation Ecosystems

How a design-led process brings different actors together to create maximum impact
Speakers: Dr Anne Stenros, Siim Sikkut, Dr Tahar Melliti, chaired by Tim Stonor

Powered by Change - Social Innovation

How design helps to address societal challenges and improve lives
Speakers: Dr Geke van Dijk, Maarjo Mändmaa, Dr Nynke Tromp, Aphrodite Bouikidis, chaired by Brenton Caffin

OpenSpace Discussions

OpenSpace is a simple, user-led methodology for breakout discussions. It encourages participation by attendees who have a drive/passion for certain topics to be discussed. We will make available a number of timeslots and spaces, with a semi pre-planned list of topics such as the following:

Intellectual Property, Dids Macdonald, Anti-Copying in Design (ACID)
The Design Economy, Stephen Miller, Research & Evaluation Manager, Design Council
Design for Europe Impact, Anna Whicher, Head of Policy, Design Wales
Design for Entreprises, Andrea Ferrari, Head of the Area “Strategy and New Product Development”, and Andrea Pestarino, Business Development Manager, D’Appolonia
Lost in Innovation, Christina Melander, Programme Director, Danish Design Centre
A case for Applied Design Driven Innovation, Gulay Ozkan, Founder, GEDS, Design Studio

This event is most relevant to the following audiences:

  • Business intermediaries
  • Policymakers
  • Public sector agencies
  • Education leaders/academia
  • Policy / Innovation Labs
  • Business and design educators
  • Chief Innovation Officers / Innovation actors
  • Design community

Design for Europe: Powering Innovation is an invite-only event. If you have a colleague or friend who would like to attend please contact the Design for Europe team:

Your event has been the catalyst we needed in order to better understand what the issues are, where the challenges lie and which interlocutors we can possibly tap into to make our initiative an overall success. We are already in contact with a number of individuals and organisations present at the conference with a view to achieving this aim.

Mario Spiteri, President, Malta Business Bureau
Design for Europe Summit 2015 'European Growth by Design’

Host organisations