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Call for Community Proposals 2023 (Closed)

Host an Event, Exhibit, Installation, Get Featured

Deadline May 15, 2023

We are no longer accepting Community Host Submissions. Consider sponsoring or being featured instead!

Become a Community Host

Join us June 06–11, 2023, in a city-wide festival that brings together a diverse, global community of designers, strategists, artists, entrepreneurs, and activists. As with any good story, we can’t predict San Francisco Design Week welcomes event proposals, studio tours, public art submissions, installations and curated exhibitions which will engage attendees during the festival throughout the Bay Area which explore innovation and technology, design industry or tackle issues within our shared community. We want to hear about your ideas, products and visions, and how they can potentially move our region forward and bring the community together.

What we’re looking for

Panel discussions, fireside chats, presentations: In-person or virtual (live or pre-recorded with live Q+A).

Open studio tours: 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. 

Workshops: Our community loves hands on events! Workshops should not exceed 2 to 6 hours and be formatted for 1 day. 2-day workshops require an additional application. Minimum capacity 20 people, in-person or virtual.

Youth centered activities: Get the kids involved and introduce them to design!

Internationally produced events: We’re a global community and if you do business in the Bay Area, hire Bay Area Designers or just want to get your brand out in front of our audience please submit a proposal

Podcasts: Host a special San Francisco Design Week edition!

Proposals from individuals and teams that showcase the authenticity and diversity of the design community will be prioritized for acceptance by our selection committee. 

Awards Submissions Now Open

Not just another design competition. The San Francisco Design Week Awards is an international design competition seeking to encourage thought leadership by supporting designers whose works can contribute towards a positive future for society. San Francisco Design Week is the premier gathering of the world’s most active design community. Entries for the prestigious SF Design Week Awards will be judged by a jury composed of leading Bay Area design professionals; those selected will be showcased and have a permanent presence on the SF Design Week Awards website.

Plot Twist 2023 Theme

To shape the future, we need to embrace change — a key concept in the history of the Bay Area. San Francisco is a city built on twists and turns. Whether intentional or unexpected, change is always a chance to find a better way. At San Francisco Design Week (SFDW), we’re compelled to explore the turning points in design, business, and life that invite us to make choices, get creative, and take charge of the story. In partnership with Mission-based branding studio, Pact, SFDW presents the theme for our 2023 event: ‘Plot Twist.’ This year’s timely concept is an opportunity to gather and discuss inspiring stories through the lens of design – complete with unexpected turns, chance encounters, bold characters, and thrilling outcomes.

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