If you would like to

show off your team’s innovative work,

& demonstrate thought leadership,

the London Design Festival is the best time to do it. 





now open for submissions

We shall select entries that will showcase the range of service design practice in the UK today.

It’s free to make a submission; we expect larger organisations to sponsor the festival in order to cover our costs. That way we can keep it free for independent practitioners to be part of, and we can offer promotion opportunities to those that can afford it.



Key dates

07/08/17 Final submission deadline for events/speakers
14/08/17 You will know if you're through to round 2 by this date
21/08/17 Deadline for refining submission for round 2
26/08/17 Copy deadline for online and print
16/09/17-24/09/17 Festival time!

Be Part Of It! is a meetup for people that have made submissions to pitch their ideas to the festival community. Get help from the community and get direction on how to make your event idea even better. Essential to attend for hosts that are new to the festival. You only need to attend one event.
Be Part Of It! #1 6.30pm, 27/07/17 (DONE!)
Be Part Of It! #2 4pm, 1/08/17 (DONE!)
Be Part Of It! #3 6.30pm, 15/08/17 (DONE!)


helpful Information

Read our ‘Hosts Info Pack 2017’ to find out:

  • Submission criteria
  • Process of submission and hosting an event
  • Whether you should be in our hub or not
  • Details of the festival audience
  • Detailed FAQ
  • Content inspiration


The event format you choose will affect who attends, so if you're trying to reach a particular group, check out this document about event formats. 

By submitting to be part of the festival, you agree to our contract and to back our inclusion manifesto (First version of the manifesto - we are hoping to develop it with the festival community). The contract is mainly about comms and maintaining an accessible experience for guests, and clarifying our respective responsibilities.

If you’d like to be a speaker on a panel, please explain what topics you could talk about more generally so that we can match you up with others. It's important that you come to a Be Part Of It! session so that we can see who you'd get on with in a panel.

Warning: Save your submission copy in case you are required to refine your submission later.


make a submission to be on the festival programme

Name *
An approximate number is fine. We strive to showcase a range of sizes of organisations.
In our hub space, or in your space? Please write the address. Is it in the building you normally work in?
We'll be in touch later with successful entrants to pin down dates. If you have a preferred date, tell us now and we'll try to accommodate you. All events must be between 16-24 September.
We recommend that you check out out the 'Formats' PDF to attract your preferred audience.
This could be a specific project you want to talk about, a method you want to demonstrate, or a theme you want to organise others around.
Include what kind of audience you hope to attract.
Include links to example past events you'd hosted. This could be an Eventbrite, or a blogpost about what happened at the event. Include photos if possible. This helps us understand what kind of events you have put on in the past, and helps us ensure quality for our festival attendees.

By submitting this form, you agree to our contract and to back our inclusion manifesto.

Other ways to get involved?