Get inspired by international top-talent at Bump Festival in Kortrijk, Belgium. On Friday June 22, this festival will challenge you with talks about design, motion graphics, creative coding and technological innovation.

On top of that, you'll be spoiled with a surprising lunch and an after-party to remember. Already excited? Discover the full line-up at bump-festival.be.

The conference takes place at the Kortrijk Schouwburg theatre on Friday June 22nd. Tickets are available at bump-festival.be for 45 euros. Are you a student? If so, you'll only pay 25 euros for a full day of creativity.

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TALKS
You'll be spoiled with keynotes by:

Kate Dawkins (UK): Kate is an award winning designer, creative director and founder of Kate Dawkins Studio. A studio specialising in creating and delivering bespoke content for spectacular live performances, shows and brand events, working across both projection and LED, indoor and outdoor.

Hayley Hughes (US): Hayley is a Design Lead for IBM’s Design Language. Her work is showcased on IBM’s “26 Innovations by 26 Innovative Women” and she is a certified IBM Design Thinking Leader. When she’s not focused on the language, Hayley works with IBM’s Executive Women’s Council to create awareness of unconscious bias and its impact on business.

Slimjim Studios (US): James Curran / SlimJim is a British animator and director with a background in videos games, music videos, commercials and animated GIFs.

Gene Kohan (DE): Gene Kogan is an artist and a programmer who is interested in generative systems, computer science, and software for creativity and self-expression.

Nicolas Sassoon (CA): Nicolas Sassoon uses early computer imaging techniques to render a wide array of forms and figures, encoded visually with pixelated patterns and animation.

Pamela Pavliscak (US): Pamela is founder of Change Sciences, a future insights firm that works with Google, IKEA, Virgin and a plethora of visionary organizations. She’s faculty at Pratt Institute where she teaches the next generation of designers.

At BUMP, Designregio Kortrijk will organize ‘WE ARE THE NEXT GENERATION’ talks, where promising young designers graduated from notable international schools, give a lecture or workshop on their research.


Alexandre Humbert was trained as a product designer (Design Academy Eindhoven) and gradually developed a fascination for, and expertise as filmmaker. He currently focusses on Filmmaking as a design practice. “As designers we are storytellers, we are not designing chairs but ways of sitting.”

His understanding of the design process guides him to explore the close relationship that exists between humans and objects through documentary, fiction and experimental films.

Based in Amsterdam, his work has been screened internationally and he collaborated on Films with recognized Artists and Cultural Institituions such as Åbäke, Studio Makkink & Bey, EventArchitectuur, Design Museum Gent, Martino Gamper, Noam Toran, LUMA Arles, Brakke Grond, Zuiderzee Museum, MUDAM Luxembourg, Eric Van Hove among others.

In 2017, Alexandre launched Object Interview, a collection of one-minute videos about design objects in conversation, investigating how objects exist on their own. Made in co-production with cultural institutions, ranging from museums to design galleries, the series involves designers, curators and artists from all around the world to reflect on the way we perceive objects.

In parallel of his practice, Alexandre is also a guest mentor at Design Academy Eindhoven.


Frank Kolkman is an experimental designer whose latest projects include: an Out-of-body experience simulator, a Domestic drug screening kit, a DIY Surgical Robot and proposals for a Humane Caviar Extraction Super Yacht & a Synthetic Rhino Horn Growing Device.

Trying to combine his curiosity towards the inner workings of things with analytical thinking and intuitive making, Frank aims to challenge our understanding of current and near-future technologies and their sociopolitical implications.

Frank holds a Bachelors degree in Product Design from ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem (NL), and a Masters degree in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London (UK).


Japanese designer Tomo Kihara has developed a tool for “street debating”, which allows homeless people to earn money without compromising their dignity.

Street debating is a new type of job that makes public discourse visible with coins. It also serves as an initial viable step for vulnerable people on the streets to discontinue begging by allowing them to earn money in a way that restores their dignity and sense of social connection. People are given a set of scales which they can write a topical question. Passers-by are invited to stop, engage in discussion, then put their coins on the side of the scale that represents their view. It’s also a way of helping people to break out of their social bubbles to be challenged by people with different opinions. The initial study showed that on average, street debating earns £13.5 per hour in London and stops 12.5 people for a friendly chat. The device data is open source at “www.streetdebater.com” and can be made by anyone. Currently, several street debaters are raising their own debate on the streets across the world from London to Capetown.

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