Open Call • March 22nd–April 21st, 2019
The open call for participation in the inaugural designathon part of the 26th Ljubljana Design Biennial (BIO 26) was launched on March 22nd and open until April 21st, 2019.

Invitation: April 22nd–May 5th, 2019
After all applications have been received, a special selection committee nominated the participants for the first BIO 26 designathon. The chosen participants were announced for each of the challenges proposed on May 5th, 2019.

Designathon #1| Ideation to Prototype • May 17th–19th, 2019
The nominated teams got the opportunity to work with prominent designers and knowledge holders from each partnering institution to create innovative solutions for the challenges proposed in the designathon.

Winners Announcement • June 1st, 2019
An international jury (Deyan Sudjic, Amelie Klein, Johnny Golding, Aleš Pustovrh and Maja Vardjan) selected and announced the six winning projects, one per partnering institution, that continued development in the next designathon (Designathon #2).

Designathon #2| Prototype to Product • July 12th–14th 2019
All winning teams received special mentorship by distinguished designers and experts, as well as seed money to further develop their ideas and prototypes for the biennial.

Show Off • September 23th, 2019
On September 23th, 2019, the winning teams presented their final projects at the Museum of Architecture and Design, which will be displayed at their partner institutions during the 26th Ljubljana Design Biennial.

BIO 26 Exhibition Opening: November 14th, 2019
The 26th Biennial of Design runs from November 14th, 2019 to February 9th, 2020 in Ljubljana.

What Is a Designathon?

The designathon is an intensive three-day working session, in which projects for the 26th Ljubljana Design Biennial were selected. Combining the creative, entrepreneurial world of startups, tweaking it with a curatorial approach, the BIO 26 team crafted a design marathon, in which an interdisciplinary team will be putting their minds and hearts together to solve a design challenge. Selected teams 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.

Among the participants in the first part of the design marathon (Designaton # 1) we selected the six best projects. The projects, which will continue to develop in the framework of the second Design Marathon (Designaton # 2) and will be presented at the 26th Biennial of Design, were selected by BIO 26’s expert advisory committee consisting of international experts from various fields.