Submission Open 01.01.2017
    Submission Closed 15.07.2017
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    Global Grad Show 13.10.2017
Submission Open 01.01.2017
WE ARE HERE Submission Closed 15.07.2017
14-18 November 2017 13.10.2017
Global Grad Show 13.10.2017

Innovation Conference: “Belief in AI”

“Belief in AI”, the inaugural Innovation Conference, takes place on 12 November and is curated by Ben Vickers and Kenric McDowell.

Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, explorer, publisher, technologist and luddite. He is CTO at the Serpentine Galleries in London, co-founder of Ignota Books and an initiator of the open-source monastic order unMonastery.

Born in 1977 in Napa, California, Kenric McDowell currently lives in Topanga, California. Kenric has worked at the intersection of culture and technology for twenty years. He graduated from the International Center of Photography-Bard MFA program in 2007. He leads the Artist + Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts & Culture, where he facilitates collaboration between artificial intelligence researchers, artists, and cultural institutions. Kenric is a regular conference speaker and consultant to think tanks and arts organizations, helping groups connect artistic practice and technology production with larger traditions of human understanding.

The event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending please email [email protected].

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Dubai Evolution Challenge

Also taking place for the first time this year will be the Dubai Evolution Challenge, overseen by Tuuli Maria Utrainen from the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). International and UAE based designers will team up to create a future evolution of a everyday objects, activities or services that they discover in Dubai.

The Progress Prize

The Progress Prize returns to the Global Grad Show in 2018. It is an international award that celebrates the next generation of design. The Prize is awarded to one Global Grad Show exhibitor each year. The winning project is selected by a jury of design and technology experts, through a transparent and public process of deliberation and debate.

The inaugural Progress Prize was awarded at the 2017 Global Grad Show. During the exhibition, ten finalists are selected from the exhibitors who present their projects to the prize’s panel of judges in an atmosphere similar to a design studio “crit”.

The judge’s panel includes experts in design, media, social entrepreneurship, fundraising, material development, and other industries. The multidisciplinary nature of the jury is intended to reflect the varied assortment of partners necessary to take a project from prototype to market. The judges assess the finalists’ projects according to the following four principles.


2017 Winner
Miko+: Physiotherapeutic Jewellery

Innovation for all


Innovation is a value that transcends technology and exists independent of wealth. At Global Grad Show you’ll find projects of all kinds - high tech and low tech, luxurious and low cost, mechanical and manual and virtual.


In the exhibition there is no hierarchy between designers, schools or countries. All share space equally, with the projects mixed together and arranged according to theme.


Global Grad Show is a gathering of projects and people. In the exhibition, every work featured is represented by one of its designers. On this site you can find their contact information. If you’d like to better understand a project, just ask. No question is too basic and no issue too complex.


This exhibition celebrates innovation for social and environmental good. It has been made to honor and encourage a new generation working to design a more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous world.

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