Host an Event

Hosting is a great way to be part of the conversation and make your mark.

San Francisco Design Week brings together a diverse group of designers, trade professionals, non-profits, entrepreneurs and businesses leaders to engage in conversation and celebrate design through a wide variety of lectures, workshops, mixers, open houses, social experiments, studio tours all over the Bay Area. We offer a variety of opportunities to collaborate on exhibitions and installations as well, contact us for more info or apply to be a host below.

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Why host an event?

Benefits:
  • Supporting your design community during the largest coordinated design event in San Francisco
  • Official SFDW participant designation, with rights to use SFDW log and brand on promotions
  • Reach over 50,000 participating attendees, thought leaders, orgs and companies
  • Directly recruiting tool for hiring and partnerships
  • Exposure on our official event calendar and marketing communication
  • We set up Eventbrite for you- and hosts keep ticket revenue from their event

Apply to Host an Event

Represent a Non-Profit? Registration fees are waived! Use the Non-Profit Event Registration Form
Are you an Emerging Designer or just starting out? We want to show our support! Contact us to see if you qualify for free registration!

Early Bird Registration pricing ends March 1st, 2017.

 Questions? Contact the SFDW Events Team


 

Who gets involved

San Francisco Design Week has grown to represent a diverse and vibrant industry across many design disciplines. From small startups to enterprise businesses, our hosts run the gamut:

AI Design

Automotive Design

Architecture

Branding

Business of Design

Culinary Design

Digital and Tech

Design Education

Experience Design

Fashion Design

Product Design

Film / Media

Furniture

Game Design

Graphic Design

Illustration

Industrial Design

Interior Design

Landscape Design

Lighting

Makers

Product Design

Service Design

Sound Design

Urban Planning & Design

VR / AR

And More!

 

Choose your Format

Lecture

Individual presentation, either short-form (back-to-back) or a longer deep dive.

Workshop

Great for intimate discussions or hands-on activities.

Film

Dim the lights and screen pet projects, new documentaries or design classics.

Coffee With a Designer

Host an intimate conversation (up to 12) over coffee with a designer.

Happy Hour/ Mixer

Easy to set up and great for a casual event to meet other designers.

After Party

Guests unwind into the night after a busy day- limited spots available.

Panel

Lead a guided discussion with a diverse group on stage, followed by audience Q&A.

Exhibition

Schedule a gallery opening or design exhibition during SFDW.

Full Day Events

Create your own full day or two-day program on a topic of your choosing.

Inside the Studio

These events include a presentation or small private group tour. This is a standalone event and not affiliated with the studio crawl.

Studio Crawl

Studio’s open their doors during our widely attended two-night curated event by neighborhood. Attendee’s crawl from studio to studio with walking map.

• Doors open across this city across the city at the same time
• All the open studios for one night on a map
• Attendees can walk or ride their bike from place to place

VIP Party

Want to host something special and exclusive? Consider hosting an official SFDW VIP event.

Have questions?

Our Events Committee is happy to discuss with you the best strategy for choosing time slots, promotion of your event and best practices for hosts. Contact us

 

Peek at past events

2015 Events
2016 Events

 

Registration Fees

We’re a non-profit 501(c)3 so the fee’s we collect cover promotional and marketing costs for your event leading up to and during design week. To continue serving the SF Design Community by producing this event we rely on these registration fees, sponsorship, donations and the goodness of others. Thank you for support!

Are you a Non-Profit? Registration fees are waived for registered non-profit organizations, and should use the Non-Profit Event Registration Form.

Registration fees:
Registering for multiple events? Contact us for a discount! Early Bird Registration pricing ends March 1st, 2017.


Studio Crawl :
$99 Early Bird


Partial Event:
$200 Early Bird


Full Day Event :
$300 Early Bird


2-Day Event:
$700 Early Bird

Apply to host an event during SF Design Week 2017

Ready? Apply to have your event added to our calendar by completing the form linked below. We’ll be reviewing all applications to make sure the events are in line with the mission of SF Design Week and will be announcing participants. Once approved, we’ll be in touch and send your official SFDW Welcome Kit full of tips and templates to get you ready for your event. If you’re not accepted? Don’t be sad, we will refund your registration fee or work with you to create something that does reflect the spirit of the event.

Event Registration Application

Need some time? Our registration form requires some detailed information to make sure we schedule and configure your event correctly on our calendar. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability, this reserves your spot on the calendar! You can always make changes at a later time. Have additional questions? Check out our FAQ

Host FAQ

Non-Profit? Registration fees are waived for registered non-profits, and should use the Non-Profit Event Registration Form.

We’ll be reviewing all applications to make sure the events are in line with the mission of SF Design Week over the next few weeks. Once approved, we’ll be in touch and send your official SFDW Welcome Kit full of tips and templates to get you ready for your event. Event applications not accepted into this years program will receive a fee refund.

Questions? Contact the SFDW Events Team