Open Talks

Speakers' Corner

In the Speakers' Corner of the festival, international designers, colleges, studios and brands present new projects, ideas and concepts. In thematic lectures and panels, selected exhibitors and protagonists of the design scene discuss current trends and topics. You can learn about new production methods, materials or alternative business models. The talk series is open to all visitors of the festival.

Friday June 03 2016

13.00 to 13.30

Open Talks: Online communities conquer the living market

Andrea Fischer (CEO roomido)

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

The Community Trend has also reached the living market. Internet users with an interest in interior and home design look for authentic furnishing inspirations. Roomido shows living trends and supports users in their search by bringing together community users and design oriented experts. Especially young brands and experts reach out to a broad audience and gain attention with their projects on roomido.

14.00 to 14.30

Open Talks: Griot - activism through design

Oriol Arnedo Casas

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

Migration is a human right such as an uncomfortable reality in the West. Griot is an approach into the west african migration heading towards Barcelona (Spain). An investigation that creates new methodologies, using design as a political and cultural force for change.

15.00 to 15.30

Open Talks: Maker Days - A New Way to Innovate

James Mckinnon, Creative Director, Edenspiekermann

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

James Mckinnon will talk about Edenspiekermann’s internal Maker Days, where team members exchange and share experiences and expertise, creating freeform projects within the Maker Days framework. James will present projects that benefited from label-less making methods, and show how it directly and indirectly fuels new ideas and projects when collaborating with clients.

16.00 to 16.30

Open Talks: Which social order is implemented in my clothes?

Sebastian Sierra Barra & Max Gilgenmann

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

Dress codes and social codes are closely interwoven.
Our clothes might have always been part of the communication with our social environments.
By clothes can not just communicate to our environments but also with us, about us and about our environments.

So called Wearables can gather and process endogenous data, conceive relevant data from the environment and they can connect us with the global digital infrastructures.

We want to take two or three looks at the practice of human networking through textiles and ask ourselves which social impacts and codes are emerging from this now.

16.30 to 17.00

Open Talks: EGGX – your wooden friends

FUGOTO // Michal Sotkovsky, Petr Strojny

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

We will present our original product which we have designed and developed in our design workshop called FUGOTO. We will share with you our story and our design approches.

17.00 to 17.15

Open Talks: FOREVER YOUNG – A new walking stick for universal everyday use

Adrian Peach (Lehrbeauftragter @HTW) + 2 or 4 students

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

Project by 3. and 5. Semester Students of Industrial Design, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin
The purpose of this project was to design a new walking stick for everyday use, incorporating where appropriate the know-how and technologies of products from the medical and sports sectors. The product should therefore combine both ‘lifestyle’ and ‘healthy living’ concepts, and have appeal across different generations.

Saturday June 04 2016

13.00 to 13.30

Open Talks: Designing as in Creating Awareness

Pou-Belle Design // Elze van den Akker

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

An open talk about how design can create awareness about plastic ‘waste’ and become a social event.

13.30 to 14.00

Open Talks: Design for Self-sufficiency

Iván Vidal, Director of the Design School IED Madrid

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

The idea of Self delves into the changes that are taking place in the social, cultural and economic realms. Today everything seems to refer to itself. Technological development and globalization processes accentuate the idea, inserting it into a network. And Design acts as leading agent, articulating new relationships and possibilities for interaction.

14.00 to 14.30

Open Talks: KITAYAMA - handcrafted leather goods

Hexin Mao, Dan Li

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

Working with experienced craftsmen and utilize premium-quality leather, Kitayama bags marry comfort and look, fashion and tradition, uniqueness and versatility. Persistent but abstinent, principled but unsophisticated, superior but interesting: we endow a bag with personality reflecting, we expect, that of its owner.

15.00 to 15.30


Ultraschall-Kommunikation innerhalb des Körpers - Lesley-Ann Daly

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

Was wäre, wenn Du deinen Körper hören könntest? Wenn Du intuitiver und in Echtzeit über deinen Gesundheitszustand informiert würdest? Ultraschall-Kommunikation im Körper verstärkt den Hörsinn, gibt Dir die Möglichkeit, verschiedene Implantate zu hören, die Dir sagen, wie´s um Deine Gesundheit bestellt ist.

15.30 to 16.00

Open Talks: HOKU - A crowdfunding success story Made in Italy

Roberto Carisi

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

In his dynamic presentation Roberto will bring the audience in a journey to learn what are the pillars of a successful crowdfunding campaign, what are the usual pitfalls and unexpected challenges, and how everyone can launch his own crowdfunding campaign, successfully.

16.00 to 16.30

Open Talks: Personified - Maryam Al-Homaid

Objects With Personalities That Illustrate Applied Empathy As A Mechanism To Document Qatar’s Changing Phenomena.

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

In my research, I speculate that empathy can be used as a powerful tool of communication. I offer possibilities on how this tool might be used to learn a skill, to recall a memory or to show an accomplishment.

17.00 to 17.30

Open Talks: Hearing the colors, drawing the music.

Aya Kawabata - New Talent

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

Aya Kawabata is a graphic designer from Tokyo Japan based in NYC.
She will explain her works, thinking process and studio practice such as textile design, illustration, color, space and music.
More about Aya :

Sunday June 05 2016

17.00 to 17.30

Open Talks: Fluidity Formation

Wu KaI Xun

Kraftwerk Berlin, Koepenicker Strasse 70, 10179 Berlin

For ages, architects, artists and sculptors used concrete, plaster, bronze, glass and other fluid materials to create space by traditional method of casting. Fluidity Formation is aiming to change the way of space creation, moreover, to liberate fluid material in the process of forming space.


Special Ticket

valid June 2 from 6pm

Grand Opening 10,-€

Day Tickets

valid June 2, 3, 4 or 5.

Regular 12,-€
Reduced** 8,-€
(students, retirees, unemployed)
Pupil** 5,-€
Family ticket 22,-€
(2 adults + 2 children)
School Class* 100,-€
(up to 30 pupils + 2 teachers)
valid June 3

Tickets are available online or at the entrance.
*Application required under
**Verification on admission required

Opening Times

Thursday, June 2 12 noon – 12 Midnight
from 6pm Grand Opening Night (DMY-Award & Party)

Friday, June 3 10am – 8pm
Saturday, June 4 10am – 8pm
Sunday, June 5 10am – 6pm


Kraftwerk Mitte, Berlin
Köpenicker Straße 70, 10179 Berlin
U-Bhf Heinrich-Heine-Straße / S-/U-Bhf Jannowitzbrücke

DMY Location