Doors of Perception 8 will take place in New Delhi, India, during the week 21-26 March 2005.
Designers, product developers and grass-roots innovators from different parts of the world will discuss social innovation middleware, platforms for social innovation, and how to design them. Doors 8 will be a week-long mixture of presentations, peer-to-peer interaction, and visits in and around that amazing city.
The purpose of Doors 8 is to collect and compare case studies that will help us understand what infrastructures are needed to enable bottom-up, edge-in social innovation. Between now and next March, we will search for stories to do with:
- shared use scenarios, and the standards and structures needed to enable them;
- service design that is sensitive to culturally-embedded practices;
- media ecologies and informational flows in low density environments;
- location based information services in non-urban situations;
- tools and methodologies for mapping local knowledge;
- new business models
Doors has been described as “the nearest thing the design world has to a World Economic Forum” (by Hugo Manassei of Nesta in London). India’s Economic Times described Doors East, in 2003,as “the most avant garde event the IT world has seen”. And for Charles Leadbeater, Tony Blair’s favourite futurist, our invitation to DoorsEast in 2000 was "probably the most interesting invitation I've had in ten years". For a taste of what they were describing, check out: http://flow.doorsofperception.com/
We want to partner with a small number of companies and organizations to make Doors 8 in New Delhi a success. We are looking for partners who will help us with resources, and send interesting people to the event. Our partner in India, the Centre for Knowledge Societies, will soon contact your India colleagues with the offer to present to them a sponsorship proposal.
2 What role do sponsors play at Doors?
Doors is not like traditional industry events. A Doors conference is about knowledge exchange and building up a community. It is not about hyping or selling products. We therefore want to partner with companies with an intelligent, long-term approach to innovation who share out curiosity about platforms for social innovation.We want to learn from our sponsors, not just take their money.
If you can relate to such an approach, and like the look of the content and the crowd at Doors, read on.
3 What kinds of organization sponsor Doors?
Our main sponsors in Bangalore for http://www.doorseast.com/ were: Hewlett Packard; Nokia; Infosys; Philips; Spirit of Creation; Mondriaan Foundation; Netherlands Ministry of Culture Science and Education (OC+W)
3 Why Doors of Perception?
Doors brings different disciplines and communities together that would not otherwise meet. These connections lead to high-value relationships, projects and new business ventures.Doors is the cutting edge meeting place for service design innovators - and for the entrepreneurs and visionaries who would like to work with them. Doors is independent, and is about knowledge-sharing. Doors does not push technology and nobody is allowed to promote products.
4 Who speaks at Doors?
A Doors line-up is cutting-edge. The Doors buzz is unique because we feature who-will-be-who as well as who-is-who. The range of presenters has included writers (Manuel De Landa, Andrew Ross); philosophers (Ivan Illich, Pierre Lévy, Derrick de Kerckhove); architects (Rem Koolhaas, Christopher Alexander, Adriaan Geuze); designers (Bruce Mau); computer scientists (Danny Hillis, Mitchel Resnick), software developers (Kai Krause, Pattie Maes, Mark Pesce); industrial ecologists (Ezio Manzini, Wolfgang Sachs); economists (Susan George); game developers (Sim City's Will Wright, Stuart Butterfield); fashion forecasters (Li Edelkoort); Vatican internet experts (Claude Gaignebet); childrens theatre directors (Tony Graham); journalists (J C Hertz, Oliver Morton, Chee Pearlman); media artists (Toshio Iwai, Jeffrey Shaw, Gerald Van Der Kaap); museum directors and curators (James Bradburne, Kapila Vatsayan, Paola Antonelli).
5 Who participates at Doors?
Doors participants are as interesting as the speakers often more so. (Ask anyone who has been). Our smart and committed community includes designers, entrepreneurs, people from government, education, city councils, science, art, and other knowledge domains. Our delegates have come from more than 50 countries. The same goes for the 500,000 people who visit the website each year.
6 How do we promote the conference?
Word-of-mouth is the most important communication medium for Doors; word-of-email comes second.
7 What about the press and media?
Interesting and influential journalists come to Doors. Doors is not a trade show scrum, and we are rather picky about which journalists we accredit. We encourage writers and reporters to be as critical and controversial as they wish: their stories and broadcasts keep the debate going. A sample of the best quotes you can find in our press room.
Doors of Perception first took place in Amsterdam in November 1993. It was organised by The Netherlands Design Institute from 1993-1999. The mission of Doors 1 was is to "explore the design challenges of interactive multimedia and networks". Each conference has had a theme, such as 'home' (Doors 2) 'eco-info' (Doors 3) 'speed' (Doors 4) or 'play' (Doors 5). The average attendance is 1,000 people; they have come from a total 52 countries, the mixture being roughly 50:50 Dutch and foreign attendees.The results of each conference are published on the Doors website, which was visited by 500,000 people in 1999.The website won a 'Peoples Voice Award" at the Webbies (the so-called "Oscars of the Internet) in 1999. In addition, award-winning CDRoms have been published about Doors 1 and Doors 5; Doors 5 was also webcast to an audience of 5,000 people. A new feature of Doors, starting in 1998, was an 'interaction design bazaar' in which graduate design students from seven universities around the world present their latest concepts and projects. And in February 2000, Doors organised a workshop on design and the internet at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India.
9 How to contact us about partnering with Doors
Contact John Thackara or Kristi van Riet at:
10 who sponsored Doors of Perception last year
We gratefully acknowledge the sponsors who supported last years Doors of Perception event in Bangalore, India:
Hewlett Packard, Nokia, National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, Spirit of creation, the Mondriaanfonds and Philips.