Create Your Own 2011 event – May 30 & 31, 2011 in Berlin

Posted by Selina Schepers on Tuesday April 26th 2011 at 11:48

Mass customisation and personalization have been shown to be a successful business model. But only recently we are seeing a surge in new start-ups and offerings by established companies.

Supported by the European Commission, research projects Open Garments and Servive are hosting the first “Create Your Own 2011″ event in Berlin (30-31 May 2011) – a business symposium and an exhibition that brings together some of foremost European thinkers and doers in mass customization, personalization and customer co-design .

This networking event shall provide a hub for discussion, showcase experience and offer participants to expand their network with a focus on start-ups and open-minded entrepreneurs in business-to-consumer (BTC) markets.

On May 30, the event kicks off at 5pm with an opening of an exhibition of European mass customization entrepreneurs and their products, and a reception and open press conference.

On May 31, a full-day business symposium will feature over fifty co-creation entrepreneurs, makers, researchers, technology experts, policy maker, and investors from around Europe. Plenary presentations and panels will look into the market for mass customisation, new business models, and the latest technologies that make it happen.

The agenda, further information and registration can be found here

Future Formers: press conference

Posted by Selina Schepers on Tuesday April 5th 2011 at 11:53

On March 28th, Social Spaces – together with the other project partners – organized a press conference on the current project “Future Formers”. Future Formers is the winning concept of the “GO 2030” competition and will be developed in five cities in Limburg (B): Beringen, Genk, Hasselt, Overpelt and Sint-Truiden. The youth of these cities – together by a coaching designer or artist – will translate their vision on the future in an artistic production (which will also address the problems and possibilities of public space in the city). By building on each other’s adaptions to a common design, the youth of the cities will create a collective Gesamtkunstwerk.

The press conference took place at Cultuurcentrum Genk. During the conference, also the designers/artists that will be coaching the youth of the five cities were presented: Aifoon (Beringen), Daan Gielis (Genk), Gert de Clercq (Hasselt), Karl Philips (Sint-Truiden) and Peter Westenberg (Overpelt). Three skaters (Mathias Ricour, Michael Reyskens, Sander Thys) introduced the speakers and, with their skateboards, made sure the press conference went like planned.