The Design Networking Hub of the German Design Museum Foundation was successful in the call for tenders for the promotion of international creative industries by the German Federal Foreign Office. The new knowledge and networking platform, the Design Networking Hub, supports German-Kenyan cooperation projects in the field of design.
The Design Networking Hub is essentially intended to promote the exchange of the cultural and creative industries of both nations (Kenya and Germany) in a partnership of equals. In addition to providing all the key information for implementing German-Kenyan cooperation, the Hub will offer networking opportunities and enable designers, architects and creative professionals from Germany and Kenya to independently initiate and implement joint projects for the German or Kenyan market.
A unique opportunity for creatives who think out-of-the-box and have a desire for international cooperation: In order to make the information offered by the Design Networking Hub as user-oriented as possible, a selected pilot group of five German and five Kenyan designers and architects will go through the entire process of a bilateral cooperation project in small international teams. The aim is to jointly develop new products, business ideas or non-profit concepts, and to implement them from the brainstorming stage through planning and implementation to financing and compliance with the necessary legal aspects.
The Hub team will provide intensive assistance and support for the group to meet all challenges and information needs over a project phase of about one year. The process and all central materials will be documented and collected on the knowledge and network platform, creating a large digital store of knowledge.
In addition to the not-for-profit German Design Museum Foundation, the German Design Council, the Design Kenya Society and Trade and Fairs Consulting are responsible for the implementation of the project.
With the "Creative Resources" funding line, the Federal Foreign Office is once again making funds available to promote cross-border, international cultural and creative industries. The regional focus of the funding line is on the cultural and creative industries in Europe and Africa.