Submission Open 01.01.2017
    Submission Closed 15.07.2017
  • We are here
    Selected Projects Announced 28.09.2017
    Global Grad Show 13.10.2017

12-16 November 2019

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


Global Grad Show, in partnership with Investment Corporation of Dubai is an exhibition of graduate works from the world’s leading design and technology schools. Since launching in 2015, the show has grown to become the world’s largest student gathering. The fourth edition included works from 100 universities and 61 nationalities, brought together in a single space and presented to the public by the designers themselves. New this year was the inaugural innovation conference ‘Belief in AI’and the Dubai Evolution Challenge.

The exhibition was created to open the field of design to participants from as many places as possible. This includes the show’s exhibitors as well as its audience. The exhibition featured products intended for the young and old, for athletes and those displaced by war, for surgeons and architects. Our goal is to make it clear that design is a vital part of life, relevant to everyone and in need of contributions from everywhere.

About Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD)

Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD) is the principal investment arm of the Government of Dubai. Established in 2006, ICD manages a broad portfolio of assets, both locally and internationally, across a wide spectrum of sectors that underpin Dubai’s dynamic economy.

The ICD mandate is to consolidate and manage the government’s portfolio of commercial companies and investments. ICD also provides strategic oversight by developing and implementing an investment strategy and corporate governance policies that maximise value for the long-term benefit of the Emirate.

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.

About the curator

Brendan McGetrick

Director & Curator

Brendan McGetrick is an independent writer, curator, and designer. His work has appeared in publications in over thirty countries, including The New York Times, Wired, The Financial Times, Art Review, Der Spiegel, Domus, and Vogue Nippon. He is the editor and author of six books, including Content (Taschen, 2004), MAD Dinner (Actar, 2010), and Urban China: Work In Progress (Timezone 8, 2011).

In 2011, he curated Unnamed Design, a component of the 2011 Gwangju Design Biennale, in collaboration with Ai Weiwei. The exhibition received over 200,000 visitors and was named the year’s best contemporary design exhibition by the New York Times. In 2014, he co-curated the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, together with Anton Kalgaev and Dasha Paramonova, for which he received a jury prize. He has served as director and curator of Global Grad Show since its founding in 2015

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