Call for Proposals

Our 2018 Call for Proposals is now closed. Thank you to all who submitted. Our Advisory Board and organizing team will be reviewing over the next couple of weeks and curating the line up for #ADW18. We’ll be in touch mid-July regarding your submission.

Stay tuned for the schedule announcement this September, and in the meantime stay in touch with us on social media and check out the ADW blog.


+ Why should you submit?

Since Austin Design Week’s first event in 2016, the week has been a curation of proposals from YOU, the design community. We know you have expertise to share, work to showcase, and ideas on how to make design, Austin and the world better. Hosting an event is your chance to be creative and engage Austin designers, community members and visitors in an event led by you!

+ What do we look for?

Austin Design Week's programs are curated by the ADW Advisory Board and Organizing team. Unfortunately we cannot accept every event, so please keep reading to learn about what we look for when reviewing proposals.

Programming must align with Austin Design Week’s mission and abide by our Code of Conduct. We encourage collaborative events that straddle design disciplines, interactive events that allow attendees to meet other people and get their hands dirty, and high quality events that offer a fresh perspective.

We love featuring big brands and design studios, but we’re also focused on highlighting small shops and individual contributors.

Finally, we want to see theme alignment. This year’s programming centers around “Open Doors”. We encourage you to think broadly about this theme and interpret it how you see fit. Possible sub-themes might include, but are not limited to: mentorship, interdisciplinary teams, inclusivity, accessibility, continuous discovery, and the Austin design community’s relationship to the global design community. Think about how you could add a unique voice to these sub-themes, but don’t feel bound to them.

All proposals are reviewed and selected by Austin Design Week’s Advisory Board.

+ Event types


Typically 1.5-2 hours in the morning or over the lunch hour. As with all ADW programming, workshops will be free for all attendees. Materials and AV requirements are the responsibility of the facilitator of the workshop experience. Workshops should be hands on and accessible to the intended audience.

Workshop Examples from 2017:

Studio Tours and Open Houses

These can be a simple walk through of your studio space or a quick demonstration of what your creative firm does through interactive experiences. Make it your own and keep in mind we promote Studio Tours daily from 3pm-6pm. Many hosts provide food as a part of the experience but it is not required.

Featured Events

Our goal for our evening event series to is expose + engage all of Austin in a dialogue as to how design impacts our lives and how we can take on a more active role in how anyone can find a place in the conversation. ADW can help coordinate Food, Chairs, and AV by leveraging our Sponsors but we do appreciate it when you provide the venue + the content.

Featured Event Examples from 2017:


This is where you can get creative. Propose an event in a format that doesn't fit in one of the above categories. It can be an interactive installation, a new form of exploration, or anything else you imagine.

Other Examples from 2017:

+ What ADW Provides

  • Volunteers for all events
  • Promotion for all events*
  • Registration for all events
  • Wayfinding (ie. window signage, etc.)
  • Logistical assistance and venues where needed
  • Our goal is to keep ADW a FREE series of events for all

*Note: ADW does not guarantee to fill your event. We will list the event on our site and promote it through our channels, but we encourage you to get the word out as well.

+ What does it cost to participate?

There is no application or participation fee for Austin Design Week 2018. If you are hosting a workshop, you are responsible for any supplies you'd like to use. Studio Tours and Open Houses are not required to provide refreshments, but are welcome to. If you are proposing a "featured event" with AV and beverage needs, Austin Design Week will work with you to secure sponsorships.

If you are an organization or company with a sponsorship budget, please consider becoming an Austin Design Week sponsor to help us keep the event free to all attendees.

+ Timeline and Next Steps

  • May 10th - Call for Proposals opens
  • May 22nd - Virtual Information Session (optional)
  • June 29th, 11:59pm CST - Call for Proposals closes
  • mid July - You will be notified if you’re event has been selected

  • mid July - early August - If selected, you will work with programming lead will work with you to confirm details of your event
  • mid September - ADW 2018 Schedule goes live
  • Nov 5-9 - Austin Design Week 2018!

SAVE THE DATE: November 5-9, 2018