Design Research & Innovation Festival


The summer hasn’t started yet, but we are already thinking about October! Just like last year, the Design Research & Innovation Festival will take place in De Effenaar, during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.

Since 2014, we have been putting innovative projects -with results- at the interface of knowledge and innovation in the spotlight every year during DRIVE Festival. This year, DRIVE will focus on a couple of themes where we see great opportunities for the creative sector. Think about Immersive Content, both digitally and non-digitally, circular design and businessmodels, or societal innovation & inclusion for example.


DRIVE starts daily at 10 AM and ends at 2 PM. This includes a (private) work session. The live talk show is a public event and starts everyday at 10:30 AM. The talk show can be watched by livestream, or you can join us in Eindhoven. Please note that seats are limited. Do you want to join us in Eindhoven? Please send us an email ( We will put you on the waiting list, and you will hear from us after the summer break. Interested in watching the talk show by livestream? Keep an eye on our website.

This years themes

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5 themes

  • Monday 24/10: how can creatives contribute to Social Innovations?
  • Tuesday 25/10: design for Public Spaces, while thinking about (mental) wellbeing.
  • Wednesday 26/10: about Circular Design and its impact on business models.
  • Thursday 27/10: exploring the possible impact of Immersive Content, both digital and non-digital.
  • Friday 28/10: the possibilities of and with Experimental Environments.


Do you have a project that needs to be presented during DRIVE?

Get on the stage

DRIVE Live Sessions

Do you have a project that is top notch, and delivered new knowledge that you want to share? Does it fit in one of our topics? And do you want to inspire?

Interested? First make sure your project ticks the boxes.

A case for DRIVE Live needs:...

  • to have a (possible) link with the design sector
  • to have a knowledge component: what did you learn? How can we design better, knowing this?
  • to be presentable in 10 minutes
  • (As we believe in learning from each other, we prefer collaboration projects)

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Host a work session

Work Sessions

Do you have a project that needs a good sparring session in October? Or an idea for a collaboration, but wish to find new partners? Or a new method you want to explain and get feedback on? Here is your chance!

During DRIVE, we not only put project with results on our stage; we also facilitate work sessions between and with experts for those who put them to good use. Because although projects with results are nice, the world is nothing without new projects, new knowledge and new exchanges, and DRIVE gives you one of the most relevant networks on design research.

A DRIVE Work Session gives you the opportunity to:...

  • have a meeting with about 10-15 experts;
  • use the method you deem is the best one: from fishbowl to sticky notes and from discussion to work sheets;
  • a fantastic networking opportunity with a super network.

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  • October 24 until October 28

    Themes of DRIVE 2022

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