Call for Proposals

Policy makers are listening.

What are the innovative design ideas and actions that could bring about better futures? How can design in all its facets respond to issues as a transformational agent that supports cultural, political, economic, environmental and everyday societal needs?
By submitting your proposal you will take part in an unprecedented international event and have the opportunity for cross-disciplinary engagement and networking.


Proposals are accepted in their broadest form: a paper, a presentation about an idea, a concept, a project or current research. The Call is open to scholars, practitioners and concerned parties from all spectrums of the design disciplines, including: architecture, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning and interstitial or hybrid practices. The Proposals must provoke paradigm shifts and propose how we might rethink challenging world issues through design processes and their applications. They must provide innovative insights on how to attain change, therefore contributing to the objectives of the Summit: that is, to demonstrate the tremendous transformative power of design to create viable solutions for the global social, economic, cultural and environmental challenges we face worldwide.   A summary statement (40 words) that clearly states the position of the proposal and its innovative and transformative content must be included in each submission.

Important Dates

1st & 2nd Call for Proposals

Notification of Acceptance: July 2017

Registration Deadline for accepted presenters: July 30, 2017

Presentation File Submission: August 1 – August 30, 2017

Last Call for Proposals*

Online Submission Deadline: August 6th, 2017

Notification of Acceptance: September 2017

Registration Deadline for accepted presenters: September 16th, 2017

Presentation File Submission: September 1st – September 30th, 2017

All Congress Presentations: October 17th – October 20th, 2017

*Any proposals submitted after June 4th, 2017

Speaker Benefits

  • Present your project through the work sessions of the Congress
  • Connect with peers through your Speaker Cohort
  • Full Access to the Congress, Opening Ceremony and Expo.
  • Attend a fully accredited conference
  • A unique opportunity for cross-disciplinary engagement and networking
  • Reduced Registration Fee: $CAD650 regular or $CAD325 student

Review Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the World Design Summit Professional and Scientific Committee HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?
  • Register and create your profile.
  • Upload your materials and the 40 word statement.
  • Done! The Committee will review.
REQUIREMENTS Review the Official Call for Proposals PDF to learn about the submission requirements, before submitting a proposal. DOWNLOAD REQUIREMENTS

Selected Speakers

With over 500+ innovative ideas submitted, we are proud to feature some of the selected speakers for October.

Jesvin Puay-Hwa Yeo

Proposal: Designing meaning: exploring the impact of graphic design research on political and social issues

This paper shares insights of how graphic designers participated in design research activities intersecting with areas of social interest and political concern, such as presidential election and needy groups. It demonstrates that graphic design, as such, enabling constructive change.

Mira Haidar

Proposal: Réhabiliter le paysage urbain selon une approche sensible au patrimoine

Pour créer des villes durables et pour répondre à leur problème de saturation, cette proposition présente une méthodologie de réhabilitation de tout paysage urbain, à travers l’outil de patrimoine. Les interventions de design résultantes sont ainsi les plus minimalistes possible.

Chang Luo

Proposal: People’s Use of Small Urban Green Spaces: A Case Study of Haidian, Beijing, China

The papers findings could provide design guidance for landscape architects designing small urban green spaces. In the future this may have a positive influence on designs of small urban green spaces in dense Chinese city areas.