Design Impact Conference: Joining Forces for Digital and Material Innovations 

28 March 2023, 3.30pm - 8pm

»Stadtwerkstatt«, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 11, 10178 Berlin, close to Alexanderplatz

The step from prototype to production is often a challenge. Especially when criteria such as resource-, energy- and more-than-human—friendly processes and consumption are the guiding design parameters. This requires a diversity of expertise and more knowledge exchange between science, industry and politics. Against this background, DesignFarm Berlin invites you to the Design Impact Conference: Current startups present their latest digital, material-based and textile innovations and discuss their results with various practitioners and stakeholders.




Der Weg vom Prototyp in die Produktion ist herausfordernd. Um so mehr, wenn Kriterien wie Gemeinwohl sowie Ressourcen schonender Verbrauch leitende Gestaltungsparameter sind. Dafür bedarf es einer Vielzahl an Expertisen und Wissensaustausch zwischen Wissenschaft, Industrie und Politik. So lädt die DesignFarm Berlin zur Design Impact Conference ein: aktuelle DesignFarmer und Startups präsentieren ihre digitalen, materialbasierten und textilen Innovationen und diskutieren mit verschiedenen Akteuren und Stakeholdern ihre Erkenntnisse.


15:00  Open doors

15:30 - 15:45 - Welcome and Introduction by Prof. Carola Zwick and Birgit Effinger


15:45 - 16:30 - New Partnerships needed - Digital Innovation (in German)

The panel explores how new digital infrastructures and services can help to tackle today's social and environmental challenges in decreasing CO2 consumption, blind spots in healthcare or mobility. 

Presentations of DesignFarm ventures:
WeRide, SymbioticLab and IndustrialCraft
Open discussion with Prof. Nils Krüger (Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin) and Hannes Nützmann (Co-Founder and CPO Ceezer)

16:45 - 17:30 - From Lab to Market: Material Innovations (in English)

Today, many new biopolymer and biodegradable materials are being developed and prototyped. In this panel we will discuss how material designers and scientists manage the balancing act between their customers' expectations and current industrial constraints. And what helped them keep going and take the first steps to market.

Presentations of DesignFarm ventures:
flower-matter, PassTheBone and superwood
Open discussion with Dr. Khashayar Razghandi (Matters of Activity) and Peter Putsch (RUBIO Bündnis für nachwachsende Kunststoffe, Polykum e.V.) and peelsphere

17:45 - 18:30 - Soft Power: Textile Innovations (in English)

Fiber-based and textile technologies are key to innovation in the architecture and fashion markets. The panel will discuss solutions for the reuse of pre- and post-consumer waste, as well as local approaches for resource-efficient production with low logistics costs to (re)produce longevity and thus avoid the growing textile waste streams.

Presentations of DesignFarm ventures:
SecondaryRaw, DigitalFelts and MeyersFuegmann
Open discussion with Prof. Dr. Lucy Norris (Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin) and Case Studies 

18:30 - Wrap up: Closing notes

18:45 - 20:00 Beer & Pretzel - Networking


Support and Registration

The conference is organized by DesignFarmBerlin and in cooperation with scholars of Weißensee School of Art and Design Berlin and Cluster of Excellence »Matters of Activity. Image Space Material« of Humboldt University Berlin.  The conference is part of the event series about new qualities of entrepreneurship and material innovation called "Activating Circular Networks". 

We kindly ask you to register your participation:



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