Design, Development & Research Conference

The 4th Design, Development & Research Conference with the conference theme: Design for participation: connecting disciplines, people and ideas was held from 8-10 September 2014, Cape Town, South Africa.

WDC2014 In the year that Cape Town celebrated its designation as World Design Capital 2014  this conference offered all participants a special opportunity to contribute to current thinking and questioning around design as a catalyst and strategy for social change. At the same time delegates were able to experience the events of the world design capital of which the central theme was: ‘Live Design. Transform Life.’ to focus on the role that design can play in social transformation.

WDC2014 - Official project #WDC690All people who believe that design forms part of their personal and professional ambitions, careers, and activities were invited to participate in this multi-disciplinary conference.

The conference had many papers, seminars and workshops that were aimed at academia and professionals. This allowed the sharing of knowledge and best design practices across multiple disciplines. There was also a dedicated session for innovative work being done in the field of Biomimicry – an emergent field of design that draws on 3.8 billion years of natural research and development.
A number of campus committees collaborated in organising the conference, including the scientific, logistics and events committees, and supported by CPUT’s dedicated WDC 2014 coordination office, called imaginethat*

Target Audience

All people who believe that design forms part of their personal and professional ambitions, careers, and activities. These included designers, researchers, engineers, scientists, managers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, educators, consultants, technologists, government officials, IT specialists, systems architects, media specialists, architects, planners, developers, artists, etc.

Student Symposium

Postgraduate Symposium

2014’s conference provided students with the opportunity to present their work to a diverse audience in the form of a student symposium, and to engage with local and international DDR scholars, artists, practitioners and experts as part of the broader event. The symposium consisted of paper presentations and interactive panel discussions focusing on topics relevant for BTech, graduate and postgraduate researchers in design, research and development. The aim was to offer a creative and friendly forum where novice researchers could discuss and help each other with their topics.

DDR received and reviewed contributions from many interested persons – the symposium was free of charge and open to all under- and postgraduate students. 

Conference Chair Welcome Message

Dr Stuart Warden

Dr Stuart C. Warden
DDR 2014 Conference Chair

Dr Warden posted the following welcome message:”On behalf of the DDR 2014 organising committee, I would like to welcome everyone registered for the Design-Development-Research conference and to Cape Town, South Africa. This World Design Capital 2014 event is hosted in the District 6 Home Coming Centre. This is a historic occasion as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, situated in District 6, hopes to forge and build future links with all communities.

From the outset we worked along the lines of the WDC 2014 motto where our focus is largely on communities, basically how design can assist social change. We have chosen a great theme, Design for participation: connecting disciplines, people and ideas. For this to be made possible, we have invited great keynote speakers and we are also thrilled with the many interesting papers submitted. We are sure these will bring new ideas and messages to all the delegates. The final programmes are on this website and we sincerely hope both, the Student symposium and Conference will be well received.

Finally we urge all delegates to arrive early and to bring along their acceptance/invitation letters as well as payment documentation to speed up the registration process as we need to register many delegates before the opening of the conference on both days at 08h30, by the Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Design, Prof. Johannes Cronje.

Thank you”

2014 Conference Tracks

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Design for social innovation and sustainability Social innovation can be seen as a process of change emerging from the creative re-combination of existing assets (social capital, historical heritage traditional craftsmanship, accessible advanced technology) and aiming at achieving socially recognized goals in new ways more
Design and climate futures Today, there are increasing calls for new strategies for translating knowledge about Climate Change into relevant actions. Too much focus seems to be directed towards the understanding of how the climate will probably become and what it requires in terms of mitigation and adaption more
Design to empower Design must address the needs and demands of the large strata of the society that is in the lower half of the development pyramid. With the focus on raising their standard of living and improving their quality of life, the products and services should be designed and developed such that the poor of the world can afford more
Design-enriched Information Systems Design-enriched IS (and similarly IS-enriched design) is an emerging, transdisciplinary perspective and has not found its theoretical rooting within the social and applied sciences. It may yet offer important practical and scholarly contributions by applying new insights and knowledge to the benefit of organisations and society more
Business Design Creating a significant competitive advantage for an organisation is one of the most neglected strategic initiatives of many companies. For this reason the use of Service Design is an important tool to build and strengthen the relationship between business and client. more
Software design for resource-constrained environments Despite massive improvement in network infrastructure in developing countries, there is still strong evidence which indicate that communication networks are not only unreliable, but also costly in terms of bandwidth. Can better designs be introduced to deal with these issues? more
E-government for development Global trends are seeing governments becoming more participatory in their efforts to promote development. Institutional cohesion and the integration of administration that are facilitated by information and communication technologies have a huge potential in contributing to social and economic development more
Successful implementation It is during development that projects move from the ideas stage to delivery. It is also here where the potential for success of the implementation is determined. For developing communities this late determination of the impact of an implementation can be devastating more
ICT4D (Information Technology and empowerment) This track will focus on the role of Information Technologies in empowerment. As the field of ICT4D matures, the question of the role of technology in the social human development seems to have been candidly answered more
Visual Art and Design Education Design Education is seldom foregrounded in general educational circles, and it is internationally recognized that the Arts are marginalized subjects. However, Design as a subject forms one of the choices for matriculation in the FET phase, and it is inherent in the teaching of Visual Art in the GET Phase in this country more
Challenges in humans' well-being: innovative product design Globally, we are facing enormous challenges in the area of health care and our wellbeing. Hospitals become overfull, residential care becomes less accessible and a big number of (elderly) people live in isolation because of this. Because of 'the speed of life' we tend to ignore each other and allow the public services to take care of these problems more
Regenerative Design and Sustainable African City Building African cities are faced with a major challenge of addressing the impacts of unplanned growth, overcrowding and mitigating a history of unsustainable development practices. This track explores how regenerative design research can be used as a tool to develop new models for African City Design and Development more
Nanosatellite applications towards sustainable socio-economic development A stated vision of the African Union is the socio-economic development and positioning of Africa in the global economy, through the development and use of science and technology. In this broad context, the African Space Policy is being drafted to synergise the various developing and developed space activities on the continent more
Digital literacy and leadership This track explores digital literacy as leadership challenge: what is a digitally literate leader? What is a digitally literate organisation? What are the elements of digital literacy? Is there a rank order of digital literacy elements? Can digital literacy be taught? more
Game design for participation How can game design, development & research contribute to solving real world challenges in developing communities? What are the latest research findings relevant to the application of game-based learning and engagement technologies within the African context? more
2014 DDR Conference Proceedings
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