For our 15th Edition we’re looking to push past the traditional online programming (think heads bobbing on the screen and an endless supply of slides). We all have screen fatigue but by June while California will hopefully be looking a little more normal, we can’t guarantee the pandemic (or the city) will allow for face to face gathering. Instead, we’re pushing the boundaries of online programming to create more engaging content for 2021. Get creative and find ways to communicate your experience, knowledge or message by engaging attendees in a more energetic way. Contact us for a free brainstorming session or guidance on how to best approach your event and make the most out of your participation!
OUR PLEDGE TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION:
San Francisco Design Weeks’ mission is to inspire and enable progress in the creative community. This year, we’ve taken the time to revisit and adapt to better reflect the world around us. The following principles are designed to inform our perspective as we move forward together.
This year’s theme puts these values into practice as we explore the power of design.
Proposals with a diverse line-up of speakers will be given priority by our review committee. We are offering Application fee waived for Minority-owned companies/brands or representing underserved communities.
We have opened up registration! This year we created four options for you to get involved!
Host a Virtual Studio Crawl – Events will happen Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Only proposals that give a guided tour of the interior/exterior of the studio or create a unique experience that shows off the personality of the studio will be accepted.
• The 2021 Summer Edition will take place June 7-13 online
• Deadline for Summer Edition proposals May 07, 2021.
Autumn/Winter Edition will be a hybrid of in-person and online, local health guidelines permitting. Studios and brands participating in the Summer Edition will be given priority proposal approvals for Autumn/Winter Edition
The virtual environment
As we all become more proficient in the virtual world, we are all looking for interactive and engaging experiences that help us connect better with our community. In order to accomplish this, we looked for a platform that could offer a seamless experience, with more accessibility tools and is easy to manage. Some of the features are:
Improved Live streaming features
• up to 10 speakers at the time
• screen sharing
• breakout rooms
• Upload Pre-recorded content display as Simu-live event with Live Q&A (Highly recommended)
• General Chat Room for all attendees on the landing page
• Chat with attendees in your specific event: Chat room for each session
• Q&A during your event
• Polls to gather how your audience feels
• Chat boxes, private, during the event, during the whole festival
• Networking Hub built into the platform for the whole duration of the festival
• Ability to connect directly with attendees outside of your event in groups or one on one
• Continue the conversation after your event with the new Discussion Feature
• Gather and set engagement ratings from event Leads for easy follow up/future engagement
A wide array of Accessibility Features
• Closed Caption
• Multilingual Translation
• Accessibility Profile options like Seizure-Safe, ADHD-Friendly and for the Visually-Impaired
Speaker Management Features
• Direct Access to the platform to upload speaker bio and profile
• Easy login to personal platform page showing what events speakers are participating in or attending
• Direct Access to the Backstage Greenroom to connect with your team before the live session begins
• Built-in Backstage private chat room to communicate with SFDW production team and your event host team