The 9th edition of the Service Design Global Conference (SDGC) will take place on 27 and 28 October 2016 in the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. With more than 600 guests, four keynote speakers and a network from 42 countries, the two-day conference is a leading annual event for the global service design community. The SDGC is organized by the Service Design Network and took place in 2008 in Amsterdam for the first time. Since then, the conference has taken place in other design cities such as San Francisco, Stockholm, New York and Paris.
Service Design Global Conference
The SDGC is a prominent annual international conference in the field of service design; a design discipline that deals with shaping services. Returning to Amsterdam after eight years, the conference consists of two bustling days with inspiring lectures and intense break-out sessions under the title 'Business as Unusual'. SDGC participants receive direct access to a worldwide network of professionals and researchers who are leaders in the field of service design. The conference, which welcomes both starting and experienced service designers and professionals from other disciplines, will present examples of the most successful international projects and offer hands-on workshops on service design implementation in various sectors. Two of the keynote speakers are:
- BMW'S Head of User Experience Holger Hampf will talk about how the digital world is increasingly merging with the automotive world and how it is thus one of the greatest opportunities for the automotive industry.
- Renowned service design manager Paula Bello from Livework will talk about developing in-house service design competencies in large companies. She will comment on a successful case that she realized when she was the first service design manager at Kone, world leader in the elevator and escalator industry.
Participants receive a program with more than 22 hours of presentations and workshops from both the Dutch and the international service design community. The full program and the speaker list will be announced in September.
Service Design Professor of the International School of Design in Cologne and chairman of SDN Birgit Mager: “In the past year, the service design field has made a huge leap and international companies have experienced the added value of service design. The amount of in-house departments is growing considerably and organizations are benefiting from the advantages of applying service design on a strategic level. The Netherlands has an active and innovative service design community with advanced service design. There are groundbreaking educational programs at, for example, Maastricht University, TU Delft and numerous internationally recognized organizations, making it an obvious choice for the conference to take place in Amsterdam this year."
Service Design Award
In addition to the program of speakers and workshops, SDGC will host the Service Design Award announcing winners from three categories. The entries of the finalists will be shown on location with an exhibition that offers insight into the most successful service design projects that have been carried out in the past year. The previous winners include Designit from the 'Non-Profit / Public' category. They realized a project for Oslo University Hospital that reduced the waiting time for breast cancer patients with 90%. More information about previous winners can be found on www.service-design-award.com.
The ticket sale for SDGC on 27 & 28 October is started. SDN is a community established to advance the practice of service design. It also organizes two pre-program events on October 26: a Young Talent Day and an SDN member day. More information about the SDN membership and the pre-program of the conference is available on the site.
About Service Design Network
The Service Design Network is recognized as the global leader in promoting the practice of service design. Through events, knowledge sharing, news, case studies, publications, trend reports, an Award program and local 'Chapters' hubs, the organization strives to support service design professionals as well as create awareness of the field. The SDN community represents professionals and students and is expanded by a significant online community of more than 30,000 people. SDN currently has 18 'Chapters' around the world.
About Service Design
Service design is a design discipline that deals with shaping services. From a customer-focused perspective, service designers work on improving services with the aim of increasing value for both the customer and the service provider. Service design is a relatively young discipline that originated around 20 years ago. With the current exponential growth of complex, often digitally guided services in combination with the recognition of the customer experience as a positive distinguishing factor, service design is growing and evolving rapidly.
Service design can be applied by small and large organizations; in government, health care and the wider public sector. In the first instance, service design was applied in agency client environments, but nowadays service design work is increasingly carried out in-house. Companies recognize the ability of service design as an accelerator for innovation and as a tool to apply an 'outside-in' way of thinking. Service design shares the same customer focus of related disciplines, such as User Experience design (UX) and customer experience (CX) and therefore reaches many facets of an organization; from marketing and strategy to IT and innovation.
SDN member Board of Directors Jesse Grimes: “The impact of service design is greater than ever. Service designers bear more responsibilities because they not only shape the customer experience, but also work on the experience of employees and the strategy of the organization as a whole. Service design contributes to increasing and transformational changes within the government, public sector, non-governmental organizations, health care, education and more. Furthermore, service design techniques are applied in a wide range of activities from policy-making to enterprise design strategy and from innovation to the world of startups. ”