The European Commission has launched the European Design Innovation Platform (EDIP) in Brussels on 25 March 2014 – a project to increase the use of design for innovation and growth across Europe. The project will be led by the UK Design Council and has been co-financed by the European Commission.
Design to boost innovation capacity
The launch event brought together more than 100 key stakeholders across different sectors to test plans and ideas for the EDIP. Bonifacio Garcia Porras, Head of Unit (DG Enterprise and Industry) at the European Commission, opened the event and reiterated the importance of adopting a design-led methodology in Europe, to boost the innovation capacity of businesses and the public sector. John Mathers, CEO of the Design Council stressed on the impact of design on stimulating business growth, and the overall significance of the design industry on job creation and economic development.
Other distinguished speakers included Judith Stracey (White Logistics), Paul Gardien (Philip Design) and Margus Simpson (Estonian Information System’s Authority) who expressed their ambitions for the platform and the relevance of design to businesses and the public sector.
Finding tools and techniques for applying design
EDIP will act as a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in finding the latest tools and techniques for applying design, making connections with peers, and finding the latest research.
By developing a digital platform that will bring together knowledge and examples of innovation design from across the EU, EDIP aims to create a space where those wanting to know more can connect with each other. Taking a user-led approach, EDIP wishes to engage with all relevant parties and organisations from the very start.
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