Since 2008, A Better World by Design (BWxD) has brought scientists, designers, CEOs and students from around the world to Providence, RI to discuss how design and design thinking can work to make the world a better place. The three-day student-organized conference takes place at Brown and RISD campuses and promises "a year's worth of good feelings" for all in attendance.
This weekend marks the fifth anniversary of the conference, scheduled to run September 28–30. Core77 will be providing daily coverage of the event, from keynote speakers to panel discussions and everything in between.
Panels include: Big Data (featuring Ben Fry), Design Policy, Education for Social Innovation, Failure in Five, Research in Design for Development, Local Food Realities, Persuasive Communication, and Sustainable Business Models.
To kick off the entire conference, BWxD is throwing themselves what is sure to be an epic birthday party with the fantastic folks over at ANCHOR. Introducing the Better World Hall of Fame for the first time in BWxD history, the honorees will be showcased in the gallery space. From bike swag to a photo booth and bike-powered DJ, Damien Ewens, this year's after party might just be able to top last year's (a pretty sizable feat, based on past experience).
Student and Professional passes are still available for BWxD, be sure to stop by abetterworldbydesign.com to grab yours!
Carly Ayres is a writer using language and interaction to engage people in new and interesting ways. She previously penned "In the Details," Core77's weekly deep-dive into the making of a new product or project. Along the way, she covered rugs with dinosaurs, shrink-wrapped buildings, kinetic military boots, and a myriad of other topics. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design and lives in New York.