In Summary

  • Leading Hong Kong design delegates visited Swinburne
  • Melbourne is 2018 partner city for Hong Kong Business of Design Week

Delegates from leading Hong Kong design organisations were hosted at the Swinburne Design Factory, Centre for Design Innovation and Factory of the Future in February.

Professor Eric Yim, Chairman of the Hong Kong Design Centre and Professor Cees De Bont, Dean of the School of Design at Hong Kong Poly University were among the high-profile guests.

Projects involving business partnerships in Hong Kong and manufacturing of components in China, were on display at Design Factory Melbourne, and student research work into virtual reality was also profiled.

Melbourne selected as 2018 Hong Kong Business of Design Week partner

The delegation visited Swinburne School of Design and other partner organisations in Melbourne in the lead-up to Hong Kong Business of Design Week (BoDW) in December this year. Melbourne is the partner city for 2018.

Hong Kong hosts BoDW each year as a celebration of design and innovation. The event attracts more than 120,000 local and international visitors. World renowned design experts in business and academia, and representatives from design-focused corporations meet at BoDW to present and discuss the latest design developments and global design trends.

Melbourne is the first city in the southern hemisphere to be chosen to partner with BoDW. Previous partner cities and countries include Italy (2017), Chicago, Barcelona and Sweden.

Melbourne was selected due to its strong and high-profile design sector, and will be in the spotlight.

The Victorian government sees this as a valuable opportunity for Victorian design industry to reach global audiences and generate new business opportunities in design, showcasing Melbourne as a centre of design capability and leadership.

Swinburne’s Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor Scott Thompson-Whiteside, is a member of the Creative Victoria BoDW steering committee. The Swinburne Design School will play an integral role at this prestigious design event.

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