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Open Design hosts Africa’s first STEAM Symposium

The Mother City’s most dynamic design and innovation festival is set to host Africa’s first International STEAM Symposium at City Hall on Monday 14 August.

STEAM is a global movement that adds the creativity and vision of Art and Design thinking to the traditional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects.

Above: Kristóf Fenyvesi from Finland will be one of the speakers

Professor Mugendi K. M’Rithaa an industrial designer and researcher at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, President of the World Design Organization is one of the speakers at the Symposium. Among the other contributors at the symposium are:

  • Kristóf Fenyvesi, a STEAM researcher at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland
  • Abbas Jamie, director of innovation in Africa at engineering firm Aurecon
  • Richard Perez, the founding director of the UCT School of Design Thinking
  • Marco Rosa, managing director at Formula D.

See speaker line-up and bios here 

STEAM, a concept championed by the Rhode Island School of Design in the US under its STEM to STEAM motto, has three broad pillars. First, to transform research policy to place Art and Design at the centre of STEM learning. Second, to encourage the integration of Art and Design thinking into education across all learning areas from kindergarten to graduate degree level, and third, to influence employers to hire artists and designers to drive innovation and add significance and meaning to their business

The STEAM symposium is one of the platforms that Open Design uses to bring together an extended community of innovative thinkers, designers, entrepreneurs, educators, students and members of the public for a series of exciting experiences, talks, workshops, exhibitions and more. Open Design Cape Town, now in its fifth year, aims to illustrate and explore how creative and innovative solutions and sustainable design can benefit society and our economy.

Times, Dates and Tickets

Tickets for the Open Design International STEAM Symposium on Monday 14 August are on sale via Quicket at an early-bird special of R895 until 15 July.  Thereafter tickets will cost R1055. The symposium will be held at the main auditorium, Cape Town City Hall on Darling Street between 10am to 4pm.

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