This festival is made by the service design community as a collective. Get as involved as you like!

To make the festival happen, we have a core festival team of multi skilled co-ordinators working on a voluntary basis.

Hosts are the service designers (and those from sister disciplines) who run workshops, talks, exhibitions and other events to show, grow and critique service design work. Hosts can get as involved in the running of and mechanics of the festival as they like - whether that's through making connections, or lending specific practical skills. 

We rely on our generous Sponsors to help cover the costs of materials and expenses. Thankfully we have reasonably low running costs because most of the events take place in our Hosts' spaces. Our Sponsors share our mission of growing the service design industry and they cheer us on. 

Sometimes people who are involved in the festival fit into more than one role, and that's lovely.

 

core festival team 2016

Katie Baggs, Captain of the Ambassador Army & Sponsorship

Katie Baggs, Captain of the Ambassador Army & Sponsorship

Culainn Boland Shanahan, Comms Commander & Sponsorship

Culainn Boland Shanahan, Comms Commander & Sponsorship

Lior Smith, Festival Instigator & Programme Curation

Lior Smith, Festival Instigator & Programme Curation

Sean, Video Maker

Sean, Video Maker

Emily Cheng, Branding & Website Design

Emily Cheng, Branding & Website Design

Claire Wan, Map Designer

Claire Wan, Map Designer


sponsors

Rainmaker has enabled the festival to grow bigger and better this year. We're deeply grateful to be able to do things *properly* with them. Until now, the festival had been run entirely on a volunteer basis. We'll let them introduce themselves:

Rainmaker are a fast growing niche consultancy focussed on “making the hard things happen” for our clients. We deploy a unique methodology that achieves a pragmatic and achievable approach to transformation and business change. In fact, our iterative approach to delivery ends the vicious cycle of expensive and ineffective transformation many organisations are trapped in.

Rainmaker focusses on clear alignment to business and user needs and so service design is at the core of what we do. To end this cycle of archaic and expensive transformation the industry needs excellent service designers. As such we are extremely pleased to sponsor this Festival and look forward to the opportunity of working with many of you in the future and seeing the results in the market.
 
Designersblock have been working with us for years before the festival was founded. They have given us space every year to showcase the best current service design talent with them. We wouldn't have started the festival without their support. They're basically our dad. 

Designersblock have been working with us for years before the festival was founded. They have given us space every year to showcase the best current service design talent with them. We wouldn't have started the festival without their support. They're basically our dad. 

Futureheads are a recruitment agency. They're helping us communicate what we do online and sponsoring opening night. We like them because they care about good job matches, they're truly collaborative, and they listen closely to how the service design industry is developing.

Futureheads are a recruitment agency. They're helping us communicate what we do online and sponsoring opening night. We like them because they care about good job matches, they're truly collaborative, and they listen closely to how the service design industry is developing.