With representatives from India’s fastest growing IT-hub Bangalore, innovation leader Baden-Württemberg, creative hotspot Catalonia, buzzing Central-Denmark and many other regions, SuperNova will mark the 40th gathering of the international Districts of Creativity Network (DC Network).
Every DC Network member region brings a high level delegation of entrepreneurs, innovation-experts, policy makers and regional representatives to SuperNova. SuperNova is a one-of-a-kind conference and festival in Antwerp (27-30 September) organised by flemish member Flanders DC, Scale-Ups.Eu and partners. Find out more at www.supernovafest.eu.
“The delegates not only have the opportunity to see some of the world’s top tech and innovative minds at work at the SuperNova conference, but can share and learn from other regions and countries across the world,” says DC Network coordinator Carlo Vuijlsteke. At this year’s annual member meeting innovative projects and regional strategies will be exchanged and ways of cooperation discussed.
“SuperNova is a great opportunity to meet creative people from all over the world and to learn from their expertise and knowledge. Together with the delegates from Baden-Württemberg we are looking forward to get inspired and to bring back many fresh ideas to Baden-Württemberg and our creative scene,” says Hanna Schaefer, project Manager of Baden-Württemberg for the DC Network.
Next year’s gathering of the DC Network will take place in North-Brabant, during the Creativity World Forum 2019.
This year the annual Creativity World Forum (CWF), one of the largest conferences on creativity and innovation throughout the world, takes place in Antwerp (27-30 September 2018) and exceptionally expands to SuperNova, the festival of the future. SuperNova is a one-of-a-kind event where today’s thought leaders, the most promising scale-ups and outstanding companies from all around the world gather in Antwerp – to talk, pitch and showcase.
SuperNova invites today’s game-changers and thought leaders such as Seth Godin (Global best-selling marketing author), Anna Rosling Rönnlund (one of Bill Gates’ five personal heroes), game designer Jane McGonigal (recognized as one of the world’s top innovators by MIT) and more on stage to share their visions and insights on the technologies, business concepts and creative ventures of tomorrow. Discover the speakers here!
SuperNova also invites companies to showcase themselves as innovators in their fields at the SuperNova Tech Fair! As an exhibitor, SuperNova gives you the opportunity to meet your next clients and partners at the biggest tech fair in Belgium and find the perfect match for your job vacancies.
The conference is also the top meeting moment of the international Districts of Creativity Network. The DC Network invites each of its members to join SuperNova with a high level delegation of entrepreneurs, innovation & creativity experts, policy makers and government officials.
DCLivingLab is a five day international student exchange program on creativity and innovation, powered by the Districts of Creativity Network. DCLivingLab gives creative students the opportunity to work hands-on in an international team on a concrete business or societal related challenge and to be inspired by world renowned innovation and creativity experts. Apply now as a student and sharpen your creative thinking skills, learn how to interact in teams and work with stakeholders in a real setting!
DCLivingLab will take place from Sept 24-28 in Antwerp (Belgium) during Supernova (www.supernovafest.eu), a one-of-a-kind international conference where visionary solutions, technologies and insights come together.
“Expect the unexpected,” has got to be the unofficial baseline of the Creativity World Forum, and that makes it hard to capture in words. It is the flagship conference on creativity and annual gathering of the Districts of Creativity Network. This year’s edition took place in Aarhus, Denmark.
Every time again the CWF empowers its attendees with a drive to harnass the power of creativity for a better society. This time it was designer Stefan Sagmeister‘s passionate talk on the importance of beauty, Google creative director Steve Vranakis’ quest, as a son of Greek immigrants, to do something back for the immigrants that arrive at Greece’s shorelines. Or Researcher Vivienne Ming’s fascinating world of machine learning for the better and architect Indy Johar’s manifesto for a more inclusive society where everybody is empowered to work on democracy.
But also the crazy world of Snask, a Swedish band & branding agency breathing creativity. Or the wry humor of urban planner Jan Gehl, who critised the way urban planning has been conducted the last fifty years.
“Creativity starts with being the best human explorer possible” – Tom Kelley (Ideo)
“20 years from now, all we need are creatives and explorers” said researcher Vivienne Ming: not knowledge, but lateral thinking, social skills and empathy are what’s needed for the future. “Creativity starts with being the best human observer possible”: Tom Kelley, ceo of world renowned innovation design agency Ideo called empathy one of the most important design thinking tools. At the same time Stefan Sagmeister warned for pure functional thinking and added the power and importance of beauty in everything we create: “form doesn’t follow function, beauty needs to be part of your quest as a designer”.
Along with the conference more than 60 students from over the world translated the words of the speakers into concrete projects and solutions in the DCLivingLab. During the international council of our network we shared regional strategies and projects on stimulating creativity.
The two days flew by. But behind the scenes we are already working on a new edition, because in 2018 the Creativity World Forum will again take place in Flanders, Belgium. Follow the latest updates on www.creativityworldforum.be!