Preview- Business of Design Week



By David Ogilvie 



Business of Design Week (BODW), Asia’s leading event on design, innovation and brands, has announced a diverse and powerful line-up of international and regional speakers this year. More than 70 design masters and influential business leaders from over 10 countries and economies are set to inspire BODW 2019 audiences in Hong Kong from 2 - 7 December.


Presented by Hong Kong Design Centre in collaboration with this year’s partner country, the United Kingdom, BODW 2019 is curated on the visionary theme Design the Future, Create Tomorrow. The week-long event is anchored by the BODW Summit at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, with more than 20 forums, dialogues and exhibitions running concurrently around the city.


Coming to its 18th year, BODW is an international flagship programme in Asia that aims to connect local and Asian designers and industries with innovators, designers and game-changers all over the world, fostering new inspiration through the exchange of knowledge and ideas. It also serves as a world-class platform to include local and Asian forces and projects, and strengthen Hong Kong’s position as an international design hub in Asia. 


Keynote speakers at the summit include Chairman of the London Design Festival Sir John Sorrel CBE, champion of the UK’s creative industries for more than 50 years, who is leading the largest-ever delegation of British designers to Hong Kong. BODW speakers will present at a host of forums and panels exploring the latest trends and ideas in branding, communication, product design, digital and technology, spatial design and architecture, and culture and city life, with special sessions that offer new insights into ‘Creative Mindset & Design Thinking’ and ‘Immersive Live Experience’.