Design Networking Hub

Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Design Museum Foundation is developing the "Design Networking Hub", a contemporary knowledge and networking platform to support German-Kenyan cooperation projects in the field of design.

Practice-oriented source of information for the cultural and creative industries

As a digital knowledge and networking platform, the Design Networking Hub is intended to provide all essential information for the implementation of German-Kenyan cooperation projects, which include, for example, recorded lectures, handouts, videos, address and contact pools and best practice examples. Thus, a practice-oriented source of information for the cultural and creative industries of both countries has been established which connects designers / architects / creators from different disciplines and enables them to independently initiate and implement cooperation projects for the German or Kenyan market. Introducing different individual strengths, expertise and experience leads to mutual learning and unfolds great innovative potential. In addition, the platform serves to network German and Kenyan institutions from science, business, design and culture.

Exchange on an equal footing

An important concern of the Design Networking Hub is the exchange of ideas and information etc. on an equal footing, in which all participants learn from each other and develop together. Young designers and architects are are enabled to bring business ideas / non-profit concepts to market in innovative, cross-border co-productions, or to transfer innovations / ideas to the other market.

Pilot group

To make the information offered by the Design Networking Hub as user-oriented as possible, a pilot group of five German and five Kenyan young designers / architects will be recruited to work in small teams through the entire process of a bilateral cooperation project and jointly develop new product, business ideas or non-profit concepts in the fields of mobility, housing and digitalisation - from brainstorming, planning and implementation to financing and the consideration of necessary legal aspects. During a project phase of about one year, the young designers / architects will be intensively supported by the team of the Design Networking Hub. Digital events will be organised and on certain occasions participants will come together (if possible) in face-to-face sessions. The progress of the project will be documented on the website. In the end, a large digital store of knowledge will have been created that will motivate and enable more creative minds from Kenya and Germany to successfully implement (joint) projects.

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Background

Perfect cooperation partners

Germany and Kenya have traditionally maintained close and mutually beneficial relations. Kenya is not only Germany's most important trading partner in East Africa, but has also developed into the region's strongest economic power since the turn of the millennium. Infrastructure and the middle class are undergoing massive growth, and the political system is largely stable, making Kenya an important security factor in East Africa. The country, in which about three quarters of the population is younger than 30, also has a diverse creative scene where world trends and regional and local developments often merge into something new. It is not without reason that Kenya, also known as "Silicon Savannah", is home to Africa's most modern start-ups.

Germany, in turn, is very well embedded in the global economy and, according to the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report 2018, is a global innovation beacon with a high volume of investment. A strong entrepreneurial culture, interaction and diversity help to distinguish Germany as a "super innovator" from other innovation centres. Thus, Germany is developing into a hub for the creative scene of the 21st century.

Design Networking Hub to help getting started

When starting out in professional life, economic and specific know-how is fundamental, especially for young designers and architects. Many are also interested in adequate financing models and appreciate good, versatile networks - not only nationally, but above all internationally.

Cultural and creative projects connect people worldwide and create new social and economic perspectives. Their innovative strength penetrates other sectors of the economy and they are often pioneers for the working world of tomorrow.

It is precisely in the two-way development of international creative minds, in which each individual has different strengths, expertise and experience, and can contribute these to joint projects, that great innovative potential lies.

In order to make it easier for young designers / architects to initiate international cooperation projects for the German and Kenyan market and to start their professional life / self-employment, the Design Networking Hub supports them with professional advice, specialist knowledge / additional qualifications (covering entrepreneurial, creative and technical skills) and access to new markets, networks and financing models.

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German Design Museum Foundation

Firmly rooted in the German foundation sector, the German Design Museum Foundation, founded in 2011 by the German Design Council, has established itself as a multi-voiced, non-profit institution for the thematic spectrum of design with nationwide and international sponsorship projects.
The German Design Museum Foundation promotes design as a key component of education and culture, science and industry. Our aim is to raise interdisciplinary design awareness among a wide audience, to stimulate and further develop creativity, to impart knowledge and breathe life into it. Since 2014, our educational and cultural initiative “Entdecke Design” (“Discover Design”) has enabled more than 20,000 children and young people to discover the world of design and create their own works.

www.deutsches­designmuseum.de/en


German Design Council

The German Design Council is one of the leading international centres of excellence for design. Initiated in 1953 by the German Bundestag and sponsored by German industry, it promotes the economic, cultural and social relevance of design, brand and innovation. It decisively shapes Germany's design culture and offers a unique forum for knowledge transfer of brand and design competence. It promotes outstanding designers and young designers in various projects and competitions.

www.german-design-council.de/en

Design Kenya Society

Design Kenya Society (DKS) is a professional association based in Kenya that brings together a network of designers representing design practitioners, design students and design businesses with the aim of raising professional standards, expanding opportunities, and nurturing design leaders. We work to foster design and design recognition in Kenya and Afrika for the improved quality of life and economic prosperity for all. Our daily work is to promote best practice in the design profession in Kenya and Afrika by strengthening teaching and practice of design and presenting a unified voice to shape the industry, influence public policy and engage the public.

www.designkenyasociety.co.ke

Media partner ndion

ndion is the content platform of the German Design Council and provides a wide range of content from the field of design, brand and innovation. The platform features portraits of personalities, newcomers and companies, international design and brand news, cross-sector innovations and trends. ndion provides information on all topics relevant in the context of design and brand management through a wide range of articles, interviews, podcasts and videos.

www.ndion.de/en

Contact

Stiftung Deutsches Design Museum
c/o Rat für Formgebung
Messeturm
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 49
60327 Frankfurt am Main
Deutschland

Tel:
+49 69 - 24 74 48 600

E-Mail:
info@design-networking-hub.com