Call for SDGC19 Host City

SDN is pleased to open the Call for Proposals for cities interested in hosting the Service Design Global Conference 2019!

Would you like your city to host the 2019 SDGC?

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.

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 flavour of the host location.

Host Team Responsibilities

  • Local venue guidance
  • Hotel selection guidance
  • Invited speaker selection input and outreach
  • Invited workshop leader selection input and outreach
  • Conference experience input
  • Local experience input, design, and execution
  • Sponsorship input and outreach


  • Free conference tickets (8 total)
  • Social Media coverage of the team members

Proposal Requirements

Please take a look at our guide before submitting your proposal.

  • 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 600–800 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 CEST 31 July 2018.
  • Review of submissions will take place between 1-15 August 2018.
  • The SDN Event Board will be contacting the local team of the selected city between 15 August and 1 September 2018.
  • 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 SDGC18, which will take place in Dublin on 11–12 October 2018.

Interested? Send us your application to

We look forward to receiving it!

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