Designathon #1

Seventy-eight participants selected through the BIO 26 open call took part in Designathon #1 (17-19 May in Ljubljana).

Curatorial team and mentors nominated them in eighteen teams. The teams competed among themselves for the progression to the next phase – Designathon #2 (12.–14. July in Ljubljana).

The jury of prominent experts selected the best projects to receive funds to be developed further into validated prototypes, installations, services, or systems and to be exhibited at the 26th Biennial of Design exhibition.

Six projects commissioned for Biennial of Design

What Is a Designathon?

The first designathon to commission projects for a design biennial. Combining the creative, entrepreneurial world of startups, tweaking it with a curatorial approach, the BIO 26 team is crafting a design marathon, in which an interdisciplinary team will be putting their minds and hearts together to solve a design challenge. In an intensive three-day working session, you and your team will have time to rethink the future of information processing, sharing, and understanding through challenges from established institutions, guardians of our knowledge production and transmission, and designing proposals with passion, creativity, and curiosity.

The six best projects win. Efforts from the first designathon will be presented at the end of day three and will be judged by BIO 26’s expert advisory committee for the chance to be one of the six commissioned projects for BIO 26.