Design Research & Innovation Festival

DRIVE 2021

DRIVE is coming up again! Just like last year, the Design Research & Innovation Festival will take place in De Effenaar, during the Dutch Design Week. And just like last year, we - together with Design United are turning it into a hybrid and interactive event that you can join from home. Five different themes in five days. DRIVE takes place from 18 to 22 October and will be broadcast live daily between 10.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Don't miss it!

Since 2013, we have been putting innovative projects and project results at the interface of knowledge and innovation in the spotlight every year during Drive. These projects come from designers, researchers or preferably from a consortium that includes both. The projects delivered results that were important not only for the project themselves but also for future challenges. Insights that concern, for example, new methods and ways of creating engagement, stimulating desire, creating value or even encouraging system change.

Registration is now open!

Reserve your spot in the online audience for the session(s) of your choice. Click on the theme below, you can register for the session on that page.

DRIVE: the themes

Curious about the themes? Check below!


the Embassies

The DRIVE sessions are being programmed in conjunction with various Embassies of the World Design Embassy programme. Together with all its partners; designeers, as well as public and private parties, WDE organises various thematic exhibitions every year. With this, the social challenges were central at Dutch Design Week, both physically and figuratively. By linking DRIVE to the Embassies this year, we reinforced our shared message that the creative industry contributes to solutions to social challenges with knowledge and innovation and a people-oriented approach.

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  • DRIVE blokje
    Research results 2020

    Results of the DRIVE 2020 themes

  • PRESS
  • DRIVE 2020 - Health

    DRIVE 2021 - Speakers wanted

  • About the mission themes