The Design Futures Initiative

Date: Jun 13th

Join us for our expanded 2-day conference on Thursday & Friday June 13-14 2019.
PRIMER19 Workshops will be held on Saturday, June 15th (sold separately-more info below). The Speculative Futures NYC Pre-PRIMER19 Meetup will be held on Wednesday, June 12th. PRIMER19 ticket holders can attend this event for free, but will need to register in advance using information provided in the PRIMER19 Conference Ticket confirmation email.

Speakers Include:

Paola Antonelli | Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design, MoMA
Manoj Fenelon | Program Director of Strategic Design & Management, Parsons School of Design, Former Director of Foresight & Innovation at PepsiCo
Matthew Manos | Founder & Managing Director of verynice, Author of Toward a Preemptive Social Enterprise
Tim Parsons & Jessica Charlesworth | Founders of Parsons & Charlesworth
Ytasha L. Womack | Filmmaker, Dancer, Independent Scholar, Author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture
... and many more!

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2019 Theme - Futures for All

This year's conference theme, FUTURES FOR ALL, highlights the wisdom and power of creating diverse spaces for interrogating the 'inevitable'. We intend to bring together participants from across industries and academia to share ideas, methods and projects that examine the reciprocal relationship between design, the world we live in, and the futures we want.

What is PRIMER?

PRIMER conference was created to prepare you for the future and to equip you to help shape it. It is the annual conference (in the US and Europe) produced by the Design Futures Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in San Francisco, CA and the annual gathering for the Speculative Futures community with 20 (and growing) chapters worldwide.

We welcome anyone to join us! Conference attendees (and localized MeetUp members) span a wide array of designers, artists, technologists, makers, students, and organizations whose work focuses on questioning and rethinking our technologies, products, and systems, or proposes alternative narratives and future worlds.

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