+ 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 are also very focused on highlighting small shops and individual contributors.

Finally, we want to see theme alignment. This year’s programming centers around “Make Space”. To make space requires us to not just create, but adapt. How do we remove barriers and set the conditions for everyone to work, live and thrive? What does it mean to build with intention for new ideas, for old ideas, for those who are frequently ignored and brushed aside? What spaces can we cultivate to learn, grow and center ourselves in equity as we continue to expand as a city, design industry and community? The rulebook to answer these questions has yet to be written. That's where you come in.

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