agIdeas International Design Week is one of the largest and most prestigious design festivals in the world. Established in 1991 by Ken Cato and developed and presented by the Design Foundation in Melbourne, Australia. agIdeas offers an extraordinary program of events that celebrate design excellence and promotes the value of design driven innovation.
Throughout the festival there are a series of events for designers who are seeking inspiration, for designers emerging in the industry to explore the possibilities of careers in design, for companies looking to embrace design as an economic driver, for design researchers to share knowledge, for primary school children to understand design and become the leaders of a design savvy generation and for members of the general public interested in design, innovation and creativity.
Each year agIdeas brings 40 internationally acclaimed creative people to Melbourne, those who have pushed the boundaries and excelled in their area of creativity. They present in program such as design conferences, business seminars, workshops, panel discussions and are present at social engagements.
Since its inception 500 of the world's leading designers have presented, 93,000 delegates have attended events, 22,500 have come together at the social gatherings, 50 young designers have benefited from travelling scholarships, 4,500 volunteers have helped organise and stage the events, 300,000 people have visited the Melbourne Museum during the NewStar Exhibition.