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Ormeau Baths
18 Ormeau Avenue, Belfast , BT2 8HS
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A day of design experimentation where multidisciplinary design teams come together to solve a problem using design. The theme and problem of the design experiment will be released during Belfast Design Week 2018. The prototyped ideas will be pitched to a panel of judges and teams will have the chance to win a prize!

Read our blog for the full event description and what to look forward to.


Our judges are: 

Dr. Verity Faith

Verity is and architect from Eglinton, Northern Ireland. She studied architecture at Queen’s University Belfast and has developed an interest over the years on how design impacts wellbeing. She completed her PhD in architecture in 2014 with a thesis entitled “Designing for Dementia: An Assessment of the Impact of the Physical Environment on Wayfinding Success in Long Term Care Settings.” During her secondment to Rome, Italy she was responsible for completing a report on how European Union (EU) policy considers the dignity of older people in regards to the design and inclusion of technologies.

Damian Cranney

Damian is founder and managing partner at Big Motive – a design and innovation studio that creates digital products and service experiences for startups, brands and enterprises across many industries.

A career-long advocate of collaborative and human-centred approaches to innovation, Damian has worked with a diverse list of clients including Allstate, BBC, Channel 4, Danske Bank, Diageo, Honda, National Trust, Net-a-Porter, Nike and Oracle. Damian is also a design thinking coach and startup advisor as well as a frequent speaker on design in business and technology. He has lectured on various University design courses and delivers executive training in service design and applied innovation. He is currently external examiner for Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s Digital Design degree programme.

Kris Kelly

Kris Kelly is Managing Director of Enter Yes, an award winning Animation, VFX and Gaming studio based in Belfast. His works considers the impact and possibilities of digital media on our every days lives centering on the interpretation of emotion and creativity in digital media, intersecting new and old media techniques to create a dense rich visual language.

Adam Turkington

Adam Turkington is a freelance irritant and one half of Seedhead Arts. After an early career in the YMCA and Belfast City Council he now does stuff with street art, meantime use, lates, festivals, magic, cabaret and generally just being a pain in the ass.


This event is in partnership with and will be facilitated by:


Ormeau Baths


Barclay Eagle Labs


Belfast Design Week

Structure of Event:

10.00 am - 10.30 am: Intro to theme and panel of judges

10.30 am - 1.30 pm: Teams break out for problem-solving supervised by mentors

1.30 pm - 2.00 pm: Lunch break

2.00 pm - 3.00 pm: Teams wrap up and pitch idea for 5 minutes each to the panel

3.00 pm: Winners announced


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