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Kochi Design Week 2019

India’s largest annual International Design Festival


With a focus on design and architecture, the government of Kerala in India is hosting a global design festival, Kochi Design Week (KDW) from December 12–14, 2019.

KDW is charted to discuss at length global trends in design and architecture so as to employ them in the southern state’s renewed efforts to rebuild itself in the wake of the 2018 floods. The three-day event to be held at the Bolgatty Palace in Kochi, Kerala’s most cosmopolitan city, has been created with the idea of formulating a sustainable ecosystem through innovative design with technology and visionary thinking.

Inquisitive individuals can learn and interact through workshops, panel discussions, keynote speeches, exhibitions, and many more, organised as part of the design week where they can interact with the industry experts on the future of design.

KDW 2019 has been organised by Kerala’s Department of Information Technology in association with Asset Foundation. Into its second edition this time, KDW will also chart an exclusive ‘Design Island’ to host the annual event besides setting up design exhibitions and installations across Kochi’s high-visibility areas.

On its last day, the KDW will also host Maker Fest 2019, an Indian continuation of Maker Faire held in the US. It will bring together makers, innovators, technologists, enthusiasts and artists from different parts of the country. Further, the event will also witness a competition for students in Kerala to bring about creative ideas towards rebuilding the state’s infrastructure in the wake of floods this monsoon and last year.

KDW is also expected to witness an assemblage of more than 5,000 design professionals, architects, interior designers, thought leaders, policymakers and government officials besides the general public.


Department of Information Technology, Kerala, in association with Asset Foundation


Pinarayi Vijayan (Chief Minister of Kerala), Amit Gupta (Founder, Curator, Content Director, STIR), Johnathon V Strebly (President-Elect of the International Council of Design), R Srinivasan (CEO of World Design Organisation), Carlos R Gomez (CEO of ARG Design), G V Sreekumar (Industrial Design Centre head at IIT-Mumbai), Saji Gopinath (CEO of the Kerala Startup Mission), Resool Pookutty (sound designer), contemporary artist Bose Krishnamachari of Kochi Biennale Foundation, Kalyan Krishnamurthy (Flipkart CEO), Lathika S Pai (Microsoft Country Head), Thomas Garvey of Carleton University, Biren Ghose of Technicolour India, Lydia Thornley of ISCA London, David Ludlow of University of West England, Marta Piekarska-Geater of Hyperledger, Robby Schwertner of CryptoRobby, Jane Thomason of Fintech Worldwide.
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