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MORE ABOUT STEAM: A well-timed collaboration between Finland (100 years old) and Open Design (South Africa).
Please find Speaker Line-up further below

With an uncertain global economic climate, a focus on innovation can ensure a prosperous future. Traditionally, innovation remains tightly coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – also referred to as the STEM subjects. However,  Art + Design are poised to transform economies and push innovation in the 21st century. Creative skills have finally been recognized as the core ingredient to add significance and meaning to a business, products, systems, environments and even in service. Now integration between different fields of studies and cooperative learning has become vital to drive a shift in education from STEM to STEAM. 
STEAM is a global movement, championed by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and widely adopted by institutions, corporations and individuals from around the world, to add Art + Design to the STEAM equation —transforming STEM to STEAM and bringing a focus to the development of innovative entrepreneurs. http://stemtosteam.org

The objectives of the STEAM movement are to:

o  transform research policy to place Art + Design at the center of STEM
o  encourage integration of Art + Design in education across all learning areas
o  influence employers to integrate design thinking as part of their DNA and to hire artists and designers to be at the forefront of driving innovation
Although the STEAM Symposium will have an education focus, education is the foundation of a much bigger ecosystem that will drive socio-economic development and prosperity of a more inclusive world. STEAM will develop key qualities in all people so that they can add value no matter their career choice. Leaders in sectors like engineering, business, technology and service industries that have already adopted and recognised creativity as the core that adds significance and meaning to their business will be invited to share their stories of success and motivation behind this new strategy. 

This will not only emphasise and support the education agenda of STEAM with great credibility but will also elevate the participating organisations as companies that really cares about education and the development of a future generation that's better equipped with skills that will empower them to tackle the challenges of the future with confidence. 

SPEAKER LINE-UP: (Full bios of speakers available on Open Design website)
  • Kristof Fenyvesi PhD (Finland) from University of Jyväskylä’s Department of Art and Culture StudiesSTEAM Researcher, Founder of Experience Workshop; Vice-President of the world's largest mathematics, arts and education community, the Bridges Organisation (www.bridgesmathart.org) and Chief Executive Officer of International Symmetry Association (www.symmetry.hu)
  • Prof Mugendi M’Rhithaa (Kenya, South Africa), Industrial designer, educator and researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, have a doctorate in Universal Design. First African President of World Design Organisation.
  • Richard Perez (South Africa): Founding director of the UCT School of Design Thinking (d.school) at the University of Cape Town. 
  • Abbas Jamie: (South Africa) Director for Innovation and Transformation at Aurecon, the largest engineering consulting and advisory business in Africa. Recently appointed as the Community liaison Africa for the World Design Organisation.
  • Marco Rosa: (South Africa) Managing partner at Formula D interactive and co-founder of the Learning Innovation Design Lab 
  • Jacqueline Beling (South Africa): Graphic Design Lecturer at the Greenside Design Centre College of Design 
  • Prof WA Olivier and Dr P Collett from Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Centre, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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Above: The magnificent concert hall/auditorium at the Cape Town City Hall will be the venue for the first International STEAM Symposium in Africa
About Open Design Cape Town Festival
Innovation, education and community are the building blocks of a sustainable, inclusive, prosperous society. Design and innovation are the unifying threads that link the building blocks and solutions to develop a better future world. One of Cape Town’s most dynamic design and innovation events, the Open Design Cape Town Festival, brings these concepts together.

The 12-day programme takes place from 14 - 25 August 2017: 
14 - 20 August: Festival Hub at the Cape Town City Hall
21 - 25 August: at various venues across the city and in other communities 

Open Design put the stake in the ground and set a new tone for the month of August to be recognized not only as women’s month” but also as “innovation month”.  

Open Design has three core pillars: Innovation, education and connecting communities.
The programme is curated to feature events that are relevant for people from all walks of life; interested in or simply curious about design, innovation and social entrepreneurship; designers and other professionals across different sectors; to students, learners, educators and parents; and those who simply want to see and learn about the possibilities for change in our society and diverse communities. Individuals and groups from all communities are invited to participate, to explore how the power of design and innovation can be used to mobilise social change and transformation in the way we educate, do business, communicate, socialize, connect and build communities and cities. It's an annual celebration of great design, innovation and social entrepreneurship that's serious about driving the Afrikan Design Innovation Agenda. 

It includes a variety of events, talks about how design, innovation and social entrepreneurship are making inroads in various sectors; conferences that present design and innovation as a tool to help us design more inclusive and accessible communities and cities; transformation in the way we educate and do business; problem solving and strategising for disruptive industries; exhibitions that showcase design as a viable career choice and how design and innovation are impacting and adding value in various sectors; a film festival where storytelling is the powerful tool that create awareness of change makers and unsung heroes as well as social and other challenges; workshops and skills development for people from all walks of life and Open Studio tours that invite the public to experience the working environments of designers, innovators and entrepreneurs living and working in different communities.

Programme Highlights
Now in its fifth year, the Open Design Cape Town Festival features a core events programme hosted at Cape Town City Hall (festival hub), from 14-20 August 2017 and a broader citywide activation programme that includes the participation of various communities, start-ups and individuals from 21-25 August 2017. Programme highlights include the opening and closing parties; the first International STEAM Symposium in Africa on 14 August; the Experience Workshop hosted by Finland from 15 -20 August; Pecha Kucha on 15 August;  Designing Careers Education Programme for high schools and the premier showcase of top tertiary design schools on 15 August; four Talk100 sessions where we explore how creative and innovative skills add value and bring about change in our communities and across different sectors like transport, healthcare and education; Master Classes for professionals and student engineers, architects and designers; Creative Mornings on 18 August; and the Architectural Open Studios on 22 and 23 August. The popular Dine with Khayelitsha will happen on Friday 25 August. Other events in communities like Langa, Khayelitsha, Lavender Hill, Athlone, Woodstock and Salt River will be announced closer to the festival.

In order to offer an accessible festival where people from all walks of life can participate and be part of, most Open Design Cape Town Festival events have no cover charge. A few specific events are ticketed for particular audiences. More details will be published on the Open Design Cape Town Festival website www.opendesignct.com

We invite you to be part of an exciting community and movement of change makers that celebrates the values and impact of social entrepreneurs and human centric design and innovation that improves lives. 


When and where?

Cape Town City Hall, main auditorium
Darling Street
Cape Town
South Africa

Mon 14 Aug 2017 at 10:00 AM (SAST)
Mon 14 Aug 2017 at 4:00 PM (SAST)

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