Call for SDGC18 Host City

SDN is pleased to open the Call for Proposals for cities interested in hosting the Service Design Global Conference 2018!

Hosting the SDGC is a great opportunity to put your city in the spotlight and make it the focus of the biggest and most exciting service design gathering in the world. You won’t be doing it alone as each year SDN HQ gives the local host team lots of practical hands-on support and invaluable advice based on our experience of the last ten years. This includes event and project management support, communications, identity, PR, ticketing and social media too.

Would you like your city to host the 2018 SDGC?

Below you will find an overview of the SDGC and of the local conference team responsibilities. Please review and respond to the following items, which will then serve as your proposal.

The SDGC is the annual get-together of thinkers, doers and leaders. The exchange of experiences, ideas and different perspectives with the open-minded and creative Service Design community is the highlight of the Service Design year and a must for anyone interested in public or private sector service innovation! With an increasing number of attendees every year, the SDGC welcomes an international audience and offers the opportunity to learn, share and network with business partners, designers and academics through two buzzing and vibrant days of inspiring talks and intense breakout sessions. The attendees are also given the opportunity to participate in side-events such as Masterclasses, the Exclusive SDN Members Event, and other activities that are part of the local flavor of the host location.

Local conference team responsibilities

  • Indicate the chair or co-chairs and key members of the planning committee including brief biographies for each individual.
  • Describe the service design community in your city. Also indicate whether you have a local SDN chapter.
  • Have you been to an SDN conference? What did you enjoy? What would you improve?
  • Tell us why you feel your city will be a great place to hold the next SDN conference
  • List some potential venues that can accommodate 600–700 people, with breakouts for 250–300 people, and at least 8 workshop locations.
  • List potential local universities that could be partners for hosting the Young Talents Day or providing volunteers.
  • List hotels near to the conference venue(s) at various prices and levels of quality to suit the range in needs of conference attendees (i.e. from 3-star to 5-star accommodation).
  • List of potential venues for events such as the Exclusive SDN Members Event & Reception, Masterclasses, SDGC Reception, and SDN management team meeting.

Timing for submissions

  • All submissions are required no later than midnight CET 15 September 2017.
  • Review of submissions will take place between 15 September and 1 October 2017.
  • The SDN Event Board will be contacting the local team of the selected city between 1 and 15 October 2017. Note: Dates could vary; this timeline will be mainly based on the number of applications to be reviewed. Any changes in the procedure will be communicated accordingly.
  • We would love to publicly announce the selected city during our SDGC17, which will take place in Madrid on 2–3 November 2017.

Interested? Send us your application to

We look forward to receiving it!

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