Call For Proposals: IDS Conference

Experts, designers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, futurists – showcase your original approach and engaging ideas among the decision makers of design.

IDS is Canada’s largest design show bringing together the industry’s foremost minds and luminaries. Our Conference symposium is a unique opportunity to bring your case studies, teachings, predictions and never-before seen approaches to an engaged audience of over 14,000 professionals looking to learn, spend and be inspired.

We are examining design through a broad, multidisciplinary lens, and encourage sessions which bring new approaches to audience participation and knowledge sharing, from panel discussions and solo presentations to workshops, interactive design labs and more. In our second application cycle we will now be accepting content discussing The Future of Living and Technology.

AyA Kitchens in partnership with U31 Design and Cleaf addressed The Future of Canadian Living in 2018 through several pod-like treehouses that displayed innovative uses of texture, height, and space.

The Future of Living – How will our public and private spaces shape our future: personal, social and environmental? How do we design with empathy for both humanity and our fragile planet? Are modern needs forming or fracturing our communities? Are you designing for a world that no longer exists? This stream will uncover new ways of living and challenge the processes and policies we work within.

Powered by Microsoft HoloLens,Harrison Fae Design reimagined the idea of your inner child in 2019 their space PLAY.

Technology – Technology is evolving every industry, and designers must expertly navigate this world where change is a constant. How do you create client trust in technology? How do you seamlessly – and appropriately – integrate technology into a space? How, when and where is technology best utilized? And how do you sustainably leverage new techniques to future proof your business and career, no matter what new norms emerge?

Speakers, seminars, panels and workshops will be selected based on varying criteria including: relevancy, timeliness, originality, speaker experience and cohesion with the seminar program. We thank all applicants for their interest.


Take a look at some of the engaging speakers that inspired and educated visitors at IDS19. Join us as a speaker for IDS20. Applications close August 15th.

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