10 October 2018
Victoria’s design community is preparing to go on show at one of the world’s largest design events, Hong Kong Business of Design Week.
Melbourne is this year’s partner city for the event which will take place from 3-8 December. The week attracts more than 100,000 people from across the globe for a range of events that celebrate the latest in design across fashion, product design, games development, architecture, design education and more.
Now released, the 2018 Hong Kong Business of Design Week program will involve more than 170 Victorian designers, design organisations and institutions – making it Victoria’s largest design-focused trade delegation to date.
Under the theme ‘Think · Collaborate · Create’, the program will include a major exhibition and trade show, keynote addresses and panels featuring Victorian design leaders from every design field, together with a dedicated Melbourne fashion showcase.
Projects and products that will be featured include the KeepCup, Facett, the world’s first modular hearing aid and ground-breaking new technology that supports the fabrication of low-cost prosthetics.
Also on show will be this year’s Victorian Premier’s Design Award winner, the International Indigenous Design Charter, a best practice guide to ensure that the rights of First Peoples are respected and authentically represented in design projects.
A major feature of the program is a business showcase which will provide an invaluable platform for Victoria’s design community to exchange ideas, network and explore new business and trade opportunities with international design leaders and influential business figures.
The Victorian design sector contributes more than $5 billion to the Victorian economy including $400 million in design-related exports. Melbourne is the first city in the southern hemisphere to be named a Business of Design Week partner following most recent partners Italy, Barcelona and Chicago.