The Global Grad Show 2016, the largest exhibition of student work from universities across the world ever to take place, will open its doors in Dubai on October 24th. Global Grad Show will showcase thought-provoking projects capable of transforming our future by the world’s next generation of design innovators.
Now in its second year, Global Grad Show returns with 135 projects from 50 leading universities in 30 countries and six continents, to offer unparalleled insight into the visions of these ground-breaking designers, and a glimpse into our world as it might be tomorrow. Alongside the exhibition, which is free to attend for the public, the designers of all the projects, along with representatives from each participating university, will meet for what will become the world’s most diverse design education summit, helping enhance Dubai’s reputation as a global hub of innovation.
Curated by Brendan McGetrick, Global Grad Show showcases the world’s emerging designers and the products, solutions and inventions that will shape our future. The works are categorized not by school but across universal themes of health, construction, home, work, memory, mobility, and play. From a system of collapsible hydroponic farms that grow food in empty shipping containers, to a touch-based music therapy platform for autistic children, the works that will be exhibited address underserved populations and demonstrate new ways of thinking.
Global Grad Show is held at Dubai Design District (d3) and plays a key role in Dubai’s transformation into an innovation-led economy.
Projects that will be featured at this year's Global Grad Show include:
Bottlelight: A combination water purifier and camping light. Designed by Christoph Kuppert, University of Wuppertal, Germany.
Synchrony: A touch-based music therapy platform designed for Autistic children. Designed by Kenneth Tay, ArtCenter College of Design, United States.
Wearable Shelter: A sleeping bag-coat that converts from a jacket with large storage pockets into a sleeping bag and also a tent. Designed by Anne-Sophie Geay and Gabrielle Geagea of Royal College of Arts, London
Flat World: A set of maps designed to reveal that arbitrary nature of political borders. Designed by Yosra Gamal, German University in Cairo, Egypt.
Launched in October 2015 during Dubai Design Week, the first Global Grad show welcomed over 23,000 visitors, received worldwide critical acclaim and is now an annual event that will travel around the Middle East and beyond.
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