This years' DDW was certainly much different than in the past. In 2019, the NCCC supported RVO, the Consulates General of The Netherlands in Toronto and Vancouver & Handelsroute.nl to host Canadian designers in Eindhoven. The global pandemic meant that all the plans for this year had to be cancelled. However, not doing anything at all was simply not an option so with determination, technology, a studio and some enterprising designers, a virtual trade mission went ahead.
The Virtual Expert Program on Health and Circular Design Challenges was organized to ignite the discussion between decision makers, thought leaders and design experts from the Netherlands and Canada. The Expert program was organized by the Consulates General of The Netherlands in Toronto and Vancouver, RVO.nl, Dutch Design Week and Handelsroute.nl. The focus was Health on Day 1 and the Circular economy on Day 2.
You can see more of the videos from both days here.