SURFACES REPORTER was a media partner for the second edition of the KOCHI DESIGN WEEK held from the 12th-14th Dec 2019 at the Bolgatty Palace, Kochi. Vertica Dvivedi and Madhurima Chowdhury visited the event mainly organised by the state governments Department of Information Technology in association with Asset Foundation, one of the highlights of the event was the announcements by the honourable Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan to develop a Design Policy for the State, a first of its kind in India. Developmental projects should invariably resolve the concerns of the local population and take special care to make them not only part of the process but also position then as the end beneficiaries, a panel of experts said at the Kochi Design Week.
The event also included exhibitions, installations and contests besides cultural shows and a unique food fair, a Blockchain Summit, titled Block Hash Live to discuss the business potential of the technology-driven new age and an inclusive platform, titled ‘Design Open’, that makes design accessible to all. It also discussed the latest trends in design as well as architecture for their effective implementation to counter natural calamities.
Inviting visitors to try paint in 3D space, International School of Creative Arts (ISCA) introduced design buffs to a world of virtual reality. Using ‘Tilt Brush’ application Google launched three-and-a-half years ago, users were provided with a virtual palette that permits one to select a range of brush types as well as colours.
Besides the Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, the list of speakers also includes Oscar-winning sound designer Resool Pookutty, contemporary artist Bose Krishnamachari of Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF), HPIC Chairman S D Shibulal, Flipkart CEO Kalyan Krishnamurthy, IxDA president Alok Nandi of Architempo, Amazon senior manager Shibu Damodharan, Microsoft Country Head Lathika S Pai, Accenture MD Charulatha Ravi Kumar, Titan Company Chief Design Officer Revathi Kant, Thomas Garvey of Carleton University, Biren Ghose of Technicolour India, Lydia Thornley of ISCA London, David Ludlow of University of West England, Marta Piekarska-Geater of Hyperledger, Robby Schwertner of Austria’s CryptoRobby and Jane Thomason of Fintech Worldwide.
Some of the other prominent speakers, besides Mr Sivasankar and Kerala Chief Secretary Tom Jose, were the National Institute of Design former director Pradyumna Das, IIT-Mumbai Industrial Design Centre head G V Sreekumar, Kerala Startup Mission CEO Saji Gopinath, and Asset Homes MD V Sunil Kumar.
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