The DNDA Summit is a melting pot of ideas, innovations, and inspirations in the realm of humanity-centered design. It's more than a conference; it's a global dialogue among educators, designers, and thought leaders dedicated to reshaping the world through empathetic and sustainable design practices. Participate in engaging discussions, workshops, and networking sessions that fuel the movement towards a more inclusive and responsible design future.


Nov. 14-15/2024

Save these two dates for the formal awards to be presented followed by the summit and an unconference, where groups working on societal projects across the world can get together to share ideas, knowledge, and their experiences. The summit provides a formal forum where on the second day, the unconference provides a participant-driven set of workshops.

The 2024 DNDA Summit

The goal of the annual DNDA Summit is to provide a vehicle for practitioners and educators from across the world to learn from one another, sharing lessons learned from their work – from successes, hurdles faced, and failures. The primary objective is to stimulate, and demonstrate the benefits of humanity-centered design, showcasing the accomplishments of early career professionals and provide encouragement and support when they need it most: at the start of their career.

The summit and awards program will be an annual event. The first year, the event will be held on November 14-15 in San Diego. Why November 2024? Why San Diego, California? The “World Design Capital” is a designation awarded every two years by the World Design Organization (headquartered in Quebec, Canada). The San Diego, California, USA-Tjuana, Baja California, Mexico region is the world design capital for 2024: WDC 2024.

Humanity-centered design is one of the themes of WDC 2024 which makes it appropriate to be the location for the first awards and summit of the DNDA program.

The summit has two parts. Day 1 is the formal conference whereas Day 2 is an informal, participant-driven “unconference.”

Day 1

The Summit

Day 1 will focus upon content. A few talks by leaders in community-centered design, a chance to applaud award winners, and breakout sessions which give an opportunity for groups to focus upon the areas of most interest to them as well as to provide awardees time to discuss their work in detail. At the end of Day 1, participants create the topics to be discussed at the Day 2 unconference.

Day 2

The unconference

The “unconference” is participant-driven, intentionally departing from the expert-centered structure of the summit. Participants decide upon topics and select sessions they wish to attend. The format and conversations are determined by the participants of each session. There is no agenda, schedule, or ending time because these will be decided by the participants themselves.