Call for Speakers - 2021 Events


We are no longer accepting presentation submissions for 2021 events. Stay tuned for the 2022 event Call for Speakers to open soon.

Hello design community! This is your opportunity to participate in an upcoming IDSA event. We seek submissions for talks and interactive workshops that stimulate deep thought and offer a unique exploration of the industrial design landscape. Your presentation should provide real-world inspiration, tools, and methodologies our audience can incorporate into their own practice. Your contribution to the program should be memorable and distinct to the event. We are searching for the very best presentations that represent the forefront of design today and open the door to what we can expect in the future. (Pictured: Laura Silva presents at IDC 2019 in Chicago, IL)



2021 Events Overview

Getting It Made Deep Dive (GIMDD)
March 17-18, 2021

GIMDD 2021 is built to highlight the critical stages of the industrial design process related to bringing a product out of the conceptual stages and into the marketplace. This Deep Dive will focus on how designers can be best prepared to lead a project to success and ensure that end-users receive a valuable and enduring product experience. Topics covered during this event include (but are not limited to): prototyping, testing and validation, color/material/finish selection, tooling, vendor sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, sales channels, marketing, local vs. overseas manufacturing, crowdfunding vs. venture funding, micro vs. macro production, and much more. 

No longer accepting submissions.

Sustainability Deep Dive (SDD)
June 9-10, 2021

SDD 2021 seeks to leverage our resources, processes, and voice as industrial designers to establish new ways of thinking and methodologies in our studios, companies, and corporate settings that can help to ensure the ongoing health of our planet and its precious resources. Topics covered include (but are not limited to): circular design/economy, sustainable material innovations and manufacturing processes, zero-waste strategies, sustainable consumer behavior, closed-loop product development, and much more.

No longer accepting submissions.

Women in Design Deep Dive (WIDDD)
July 28-29, 2021

WIDDD 2021 is a gathering built to recognize the unique talents, initiatives, and challenges of womxn in the industrial design industry. This event creates a safe and welcoming space for critical conversations about the design industry and showcases the very best womxn designers making a mark today. Topics covered include (but are not limited to): diversity, equity, and inclusion; corporate and workplace culture; design trends, data, and methodology; design leadership and mentoring; community access and resources; and much more.

No longer accepting submissions.

The Business of Design Deep Dive (BODDD)
November 2-3, 2021

Industrial design has routinely proven itself as a vital component of corporate culture, service offerings, and customer experiences. This event endeavors to further the important role industrial design plays in business successes and ensure that design always has a seat at the table where decisions are being made. Topics covered include (but are not limited to): design management, design leadership, business integration, design thinking and other co-creation methodologies, performance metrics, business analytics, design value, and much more.

No longer accepting submissions.

Education Symposium
September 22, 2021

The Education Symposium is our premier event for design educators and academic institutions. For over 20 years, this gathering has supported the design education community through paper presentations, hands-on workshops, and interactive panels aimed at providing a comprehensive look at the state of design education, both now and in the future. 

No longer accepting submissions.

The International Design Conference (IDC)
September 22-23, 2021

The International Design Conference is IDSA’s biggest event of the year. It aims to showcase multi-disciplinary design through multi-sensory experiences. IDC is a platform for amplifying the unique and bold voice of industrial design while celebrating the deep interconnection with other creative disciplines. IDC is centered on the goal of convening a diverse group of the brightest minds in design, innovation, and creativity. Our interest is in developing a shared dialogue that advances our ability to collaborate and magnifies the impact of our work.

No longer accepting submissions.


What to Expect

What you can expect as a speaker:

All of IDSA’s events will be held virtually in 2021. We know it is not the same as meeting in-person, but we can still deliver creative content and an exceptional attendee experience even if we can’t be physically together. The success of our conferences and events relies heavily on your professionalism, expertise, and individual flair. We’ll do our part to help you succeed so that we all walk away with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Speakers are offered coaching and orientation sessions in the weeks leading up to the event to refine and elevate talks to the highest standard. 

It is not IDSA standard policy to offer honorariums, travel, or expense reimbursement for your participation. As a non-profit organization, we operate inside extremely tight budgetary constraints in order to provide members and participants the most value for their spend with us. Keeping our expenses down helps to keep our events affordable for as many participants as possible. Our hope is that you will find our events to be a compelling platform that is worthy of your time and investment, as well as an opportunity for your own professional growth and heightened visibility within the design community. Depending on the speaking session you are selected for, we can offer a complimentary or deeply discounted registration.

Who you will present to:

It varies by event, but generally our audiences consist of design professionals, design educators, design students, and business leaders from a wide spectrum of different but related disciplines: Industrial Design, Graphic Design, User Experience, User Interaction, Futures & Speculative Design, Design Management, Service Design, Experience Design, Branding, and more!

No sales pitches please:

We will not accept presentations that may be considered capabilities presentations, brand or product commercials, or generic or pre-canned content. Please respect this request.

How are selections made? 

A content team is responsible for reviewing and curating the content of each event. This group will review all submissions and evaluate them for their fit, relevance, novelty, and overall quality. Due to the high volume of submissions we recieve, not all can be accepted, but all will be archived and considered for future programming.


2021 Call for Speakers Form

You may submit a presentation to more than one event, however each submission must be done individually.

By submitting the information to present at an IDSA event, you agree to the following:

  • Attend speaker orientation phone / video conference call prior to the event
  • Provide presentation materials to event organizers by designated date
  • Maintain my allotted presentation time window
  • Present content as submitted / approved by event content team
  • Be present during the event to participate as an audience member
  • Promote the event through my social / professional network 
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