Team shortlist05 Sep 2016 AT 12:04 PM

Innovators of the future to showcase designs at Global Grad Show

This is where you need to be if you're looking for tomorrow's design stars
Team shortlist05 Sep 2016 AT 12:04 PM
#Dubai, Dubai Design District, Dubai Design Week, To Do List, Free events
#Dubai, Dubai Design District, Dubai Design Week, To Do List, Free events

Looking for the design stars of the future? For the second year running, student innovators will be showcasing their designs at the Global Grad Show from October 24 at Dubai Design District (d3). The event is part of Dubai Design Week and we think it’s definitely worth a look.

This year, many of the designers appear to have focused on humanitarian causes and developing one-of-a-kind designs aimed at improving lives; an example of something that will be on display is a jacket that transforms into a sleeping bag. The wearable jacket was designed by Gabriella Geagea and Anne-Sophie Geay from the Royal College of Arts in direct response to the Syrian refugee crisis. It converts into a sleeping bag that's big enough to shelter a parent and child or as a tent that can sleep four adults.

Other examples of designs on show include TippyTalk – an app that allows people with special needs to communicate by translating pictures into text messages; Favo – a motion-operated shower system designed for communities that lack running water; and Shelters for Extended Families – a system of inhabitable roofscapes designed for the Jerash refugee camp in Jordan as a means of providing communal spaces without compromising existing private and service spaces.

“We are seeing the future now,” said Brendan McGetrick, Global Grad Show Curator, in a press statement. “This year’s designs could be the solution to some of the pressing problems that the world is facing. The Global Grad Show is providing the platform for graduate students to introduce their brilliant thought-provoking designs to a wider audience. We encourage leaders and decision-makers to take part and see the myriad of possibilities and new ways of thinking to transform lives.” 

There will be 145 projects from 50 leading global universities at the show this year – almost three times the amount of participants that took part in 2015.

Global Grad Show plays a key role in Dubai’s transformation into an innovation-led economy.

The show is free to attend and will run from 24 – 29 October. For more information visit