March 16, 2010
The 1st International Congress of Design and Innovation in Catalonia begins

The Congress has been organized by the FUNDIT and the School of Design ESDi on the occasion of the celebration of its twenty years of existence, and has the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya, the city of Sabadell and the Fundació Banc Sabadell. The aim is to promote the reflections, the discussion and the interchange of experiences about the needing to increase the integration of design in the business framework to, in this way, be able to innovate and improve the competitiveness of international markets. More than 550 people who are registered for the Congress will enjoy a total of 60 technical papers from researchers, associations and organizations from over fifteen countries. In addition we will have the honor of having the participation of 7 high-level keynote speakers, internationally recognized professional: Francesc Aragall, Alfred Astort, Gui Bonsiepe, Alastair Fuad-Luke, Antoni Garrell i Guiu, Eric de Perthuis i Alberto Sanfeliu. ESDi and FUNDIT and various business organizations in Catalonia, have organized the 1st edition of the International Design Award for Innovation, which have been enrolled a total of 50 companies. These awards aim to highlight the results of product design and innovation services involving business and consistent with the accessibility to any type of person and respect for environmental sustainability. The jury, chaired by the Chairman of Congress and comprised of recognized professionals in the design and innovation award two honorary awards for the best projects: one international and one within the county of Vallés. The award ceremony will take place during the opening ceremony of the Congress on March 18. Further information in