Thessaloniki Design Week, Call for Submissions: INNOVATION IN DESIGN

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The 2nd Thessaloniki Design Week is organized in 2021, under the main theme of INNOVATION IN DESIGN.

All aspects of the event focus on the innovation, ingenuity and experience of young creators, aiming to redefine and develop every aspect of our lives, from economy and production to the environment and health, through the design of – large and small scale – products and services.

We invite individual designers, groups or companies from all areas of design to submit their proposals and projects, regarding digital or tangible products, services and applications that match the INNOVATION IN DESIGN requirement and fall under the individual thematic sections.


In the context of the rapid and successive changes of the era, there is a necessity to redefine the existing means, tools and services, in order to upgrade and ensure the sustainability of our environment. Urban and public spaces are in need of innovative solutions in order to meet new challenges and achieve smooth operation and accessibility for all.With a broader focus on "Smart Cities", new possibilities are given to address these issues through advanced digital technologies, from large-scale design and architecture, to urban green spaces and equipment ιn the modern city.


The constant change in living conditions leads to reshaping the existing life model, personal choices and means, in order to meet the modern demands of well-being in our era.The use of innovative solutions and practices and the advent of new experiences optimize everyday conditions in our personal space and develop new opportunities for personal expression, communication, education, entertainment, usability and functionality.Digital skills and online possibilities are expanding the personal space, giving other dimensions to interpersonal relationships, featuring however a number of unpredictable aspects.


Applications should be submitted until May 31, 2021 at 23:00, at and should include:

• The applicant’s profile, including full contact information, and short curriculum vitae (max. one page) • The title of the project and its description in Greek or English • Photos of the project in HD and designs in 2D/3D with dimensions • Any previous exhibitions of the project and installation requirements.

Proposals may include advanced technologies (AI, VR, AR, MR, 3D printing, nanotechnology, robotics), applications for cultural promotion and accessibility, communication, education, marketing, entertainment, economy/health services programs, "green" management, innovative solutions in urban design, "smart" materials, versatile objects, etc.

All applications will be examined by a responsible committee, consisting of representatives of design, distinguished in the fields of architecture, digital technologies, product design and visual arts.

The proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

• Relevance to the general theme and the individual thematic sections of the 2nd ThessDW • Innovation, functional value and aesthetic quality

The results will be announced in June.

Candidates’ participation in both Thessaloniki Design Week’s venues and events is free of charge. However, candidates will have to cover their project’s cost, as well as their personal expenses, in case they wish to attend in person.

In the context of Thessaloniki Design Week, the 3 best projects from each thematic section will receive awards worth 1,000 €, 700 € and 500 € respectively, while the possibility of implementing some of them will be explored.