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[HONG KONG - August 28, 2014] Business of Design Week (BODW) – Asia’s leading annual event on design, innovation and brands – returns for its 13th year from 1st to 6th December 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Award-winning design masters, innovators and influential business leaders from all around the globe will be present to share their visions on how creativity can translate into business opportunities and inspire the participants about the power of design in building a better tomorrow.
Partnership with Sweden – One of the Most Innovative Countries
Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), to mark the 10th anniversary of its partnership with Sweden, under the theme “Living Design: Live It, Work It, Wear It, Do It”, is once again teaming up with this European leader in creative design to bring a group of reputable Scandinavian designers and innovators to share their design philosophy and innovation culture at the event.
Sweden is renowned for its devotion of massive resources to the training of innovative talents and scientific research. Its expenditure on research and development, in terms of gross domestic products (GDP), ranks 1st in Europe and 4th worldwide. According to the Innovation Union Scoreboard, an index published by the European Commission, Sweden is the leading country for innovation among the 28 EU member states. Cornell University/INSEAD Business School’s Global Innovation Index, also ranks Sweden as the 2nd most innovative country in the world.
The recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Hong Kong Government and the Skåne Regional Council of Sweden in this month to further strengthen their long-term bilateral trade relations in many areas including design has made the partnership between Sweden and BODW this year ever more meaningful and significant.
Swedish Design: Stylish & Practical Solutions Provider
Sweden’s long history of ambitious research and development programmes is not only about creating intelligent ideas, it is also about turning them into commercial success. Swedish iconic products, such as those from Volvo, IKEA, H&M, Electrolux, Ericsson and Scania, are embodying all that is best about Swedish design – with clean, simple lines and a strong emphasis on functionality and sustainability. These products have been designed to overcome many of the day-to-day challenges in a practical yet stylish manner, and are now sold at virtually every corner of the world.
As a forward-thinking nation, the Swedes highly value the notion of sustainable development. The Swedish Government has made sustainability a priority. Sweden has now the highest percentage of renewable energy use within the European Union, at 47%, and on average, the Swedes consume 2 times more organic food than their European counterparts. With environmental protection high on the agenda, Swedish designers are poised to provide the most innovative design solutions for a sustainable future.
Innovators from Sweden & Beyond Present at This Year’s BODW
BODW boasts an unrivalled occasion for designers, business leaders, educators, SMEs and the general public to exchange ideas. The week-long event will be replete with an array of discussion sessions, exhibitions and award presentations. Some of the world’s most sought-after design masters and influential business figures, many of whom from Sweden, will inspire the region’s audience on creative thinking and design management. Design experts will rub shoulders with young talents at BODW 2014’s various discussion sessions on living design, brand management, game development, product design, architecture, fashion, cutting-edge innovations, designing business, communication & marketing as well as sustainable design. To enhance user experience of the best of Swedish design and functionality, the Swedish automobile giant Volvo, will provide limousine service for the guests and speakers of BODW 2014.
Celebrating Excellence & Showcasing Asian Design Power
A highlight of BODW is a series of awards, including Design For Asia (DFA) Award, Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award (DFALAA), Design Leadership Award (DLA) and World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer (WOCD), presented to selected awardees who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to promoting design excellence and have generated business success through innovative design. These achievements will also be showcased in Inno Design Tech Expo.
If you want to stay on top of the latest ideas in design, technology and brand management, BODW 2014 is definitely an event not to miss! More details in keynote speakers and ticket information will be announced in September. Please visit www.bodw.com for further information.
About Business of Design Week
The Hong Kong Design Centre has been the organiser of Business of Design Week (BODW) since 2002. It is an annual international event aimed at promoting design and strengthening ties between the design and business communities. Each year, BODW attracts design and business elites from around the world to Hong Kong. The world's attention is drawn to current design issues through various international forums, exhibitions and outreach activities tailored to provide designers, business leaders, educators, SMEs and the public with communication opportunities to build strong business and commercial development. It is a world-class platform for the exchange of ideas, and an internationally renowned annual design event.
About Hong Kong Design Centre
Design for Society is the major undertaking of Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC). HKDC is a non-profit organisation and a strategic partner of the HKSAR Government in developing Hong Kong as an international design hub in Asia. Since 2002, HKDC has been on a public mission to (i) champion strategic and wider use of design for creating business value and community benefits; (ii) promote and celebrate design excellence; and (iii) educate the professions and the community to be resourceful champions for sustained developments through design and innovation.
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