Neysan Zolzer

Must-attend event for industrial designers, PD+I is pleased to welcome Neysan Zölzer to its exciting lineup of speakers for 2016.

Neysan is a partner at Mensch, an innovation agency which employs human-centred, entrepreneurial, and collaborative approaches to design products, services, and organisations in emerging and frontier markets. He has designed for the governments of Rwanda and Malawi, Cambodian NGOs, and USAID, NASA, the World Bank, and TED.

On his speaker role at this year’s conference, Neysan explains: “Design’s vast potential to contribute to human prosperity remains largely untapped — PD+I is bound to be an exciting forum to explore ground-breaking and meaningful innovations.”

For his keynote, Neysan discusses: How Design can contribute to the Prosperity of Nations. It is his belief that design offers a compelling approach for tackling socio-economic complexity, yet its potential remains largely untapped. So, how can we employ collaboration, empathy, iteration, and creativity to design meaningful products and services that contribute to the development and prosperity of nations?

Delegates of the 2016 PD+I conference will be lucky enough to hear first-hand examples through insights into Neysan’s work innovating in the Global South.




PD+I returns for 2016


The must-attend event for industrial designers, PD+I is pleased to announce its London return for 2016, on 18th and 19th May, with this year’s theme ‘Design thinking for now and beyond.’

This unique two-day conference will once again take place at London’s America Square conference centre, with the popular return of Chris Lefteri in the chair. Chris is the internationally renowned authority on materials and their applications in design, editor and creative director of Ingredients magazine, and founder and owner of Chris Lefteri Design Ltd.

Another familiar face welcomed back is Gus Desbarats, Founder and Chairman at Alloy and Chairman of the British Industrial Design Association (BIDA), Gus joins the speaker lineup this year with a keynote that asks the question: What BIDA is doing for the UK’s Industrial-Design professionals?

On his involvement with PD+I 2016, Gus comments: “BIDA has supported PD+I since its earliest planning stages, so we are delighted with the ongoing success of the event. It is proof positive that the UK has a strong Industrial Design community with many good reasons to come together. We look forward to seeing everyone there.”

PD+I is the only conference which truly allows delegates to get under the skin of the hottest new trends, technologies, materials and processes in industrial design. It is also a fantastic platform from which to discover new opportunities and how to apply them to future commercial growth. Delegates and speakers from Europe, North America and Asia are being drawn in from well-known brands, design leaders and personalities from the worlds of advertising, management consulting and technology.

Already confirmed topics include: Nobody Needs Another Designer, How Design Can Contribute to the Prosperity of Nations, The Art of the Unexpected, Proportionate Protection, The Future of Urban Mobility, From Crystal Ball to Cultural Forge and Happaratus. A series of case histories and factual stories will feature about how design thinking is changing and being utilised by the industry for Product and Industrial Designs of the future, appealing to delegates of many disciplines.

With more than 200 delegates expected to attend, the potential for networking and building invaluable contacts within this specialist area is second to none.

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