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Hill is from the United Kingdom. Jain is from India but lives in London.

Dates of visit

21-24 October 2015

Purpose of visit

Designers Dan Hill and Anab Jain will speak at a public forum at Dutch Design Week on Friday 23 October as members of the so-called Smart Council. The forum comprises part of The State of Eindhoven, a multiyear cultural programme of the Eindhoven city council and Het Nieuwe Instituut. The scheme will address the changing relationship between government and citizens, and specifically Eindhoven’s ambition of being a “smart city” in a participatory society. While in Eindhoven, Hill and Jain will get better acquainted with the local design scene and recent changes in the city. Jain’s destinations will include the Circulaire Fabriek, a sustainability initiative; the design firms Edhv and Dutch Invertuals; and the Design Academy Eindhoven. Hill will visit locations including Brainport, the foundation promoting high-tech development in the region, and the creative hub Strijp-S


Dan Hill is a designer, urbanist and associate director at Arup, the global design and engineering firm. He heads Arup Digital Studio, a new, multidisciplinary team that helps clients design, build and deploy transformative digital technology across cities, spaces, infrastructure and organisations. He started his career working on the urban regeneration of Manchester, and has subsequently worked on city strategy and urban development projects worldwide. He teaches at universities in Melbourne and Sydney. Published writing includes Dark Matter & Trojan Horses: A Strategic Design Vocabulary (Strelka Press, 2012), as well as numerous pieces for books, journals, magazines and websites. He has produced the groundbreaking and highly influential weblog City of Sound since 2001.

Anab Jain is a designer, filmmaker, and co-founder of the British-Indian Superflux, a critically acclaimed foresight, design and technology innovation company. She is also the co-founder of IoTA, a civic innovation and advocacy platform relating to the Internet of Things. Anab Jain’s work has won awards from Apple Computers Inc., UNESCO, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design and the UK Government’s Innovation Department. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA New York and Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She regularly speaks about the impact of exponential change and emerging technologies on people, society and culture.