Great design will improve any product, business or service, and we’re going to show you how. We’ve brought together companies with great stories to tell about how they’ve transformed their businesses using design to develop unique products, launch new services, and deliver sustainable growth. They will share insights into what worked, as well as what didn’t and hopefully inspire you to do the same.
Cocoon Labs and LDT Design
LDT Design and Cocoon Labs came together to develop Cocoon, a home alarm device that is affordable, unobtrusive and aesthetically pleasing. Having smashed their crowd-funding target in just a few days, and with LDT Design placed as a finalist for the upcoming Plastics Industry Awards, they are enjoying great success with their product with no sign of slowing down. They'll tell you all about the creation of Cocoon and the importance of involving a designer when developing a product.
The Engine Room and Kirklees Council
Lesley Gulliver, Managing Director of The Engine Room and Jayne Purcell, Transformation Lead at Kirklees Council, will talk about how design thinking and disruptive approaches to problem solving are driving positive change within organisations. They will profile Comoodle, the Kirklees initiative that won a one million euro prize for Kirklees, positioning them alongside Barcelona, Stockholm, Athens and Warsaw in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge Award.
We will also be introducing Design Network North, a growing community of businesses and individuals who are passionate about design and who are keen to collaborate and share ideas, projects and business opportunities. Established in the North East in 2009, we have members across Northern England and beyond, from all areas of design and manufacturing. Our ‘Rise and Design’ events are described as being the best place to meet new clients and suppliers, as well as learning about new technologies, business sectors and design practices.
There will be opportunities for networking, before and after presentations, and we will provide breakfast and refreshments.
There is also a chance to pitch to all attendees, and book a stand. If you've got something brilliant you would like to show everyone, book at pitch or a stand (or both) and get your business in front of our audience.
Rise and Design lasts for approximately three hours, and includes networking before and after speakers. There is a chance to pitch at the end of the speakers' presentations, and you can book a stand for the whole event. We encourage all delegates to stay after presentations for neworking - it is one of the most valuable parts of Rise and Design. For more information, please visit our website