The digital scene and tourism – especially in urban areas – can no longer be considered separately. Let’s say: The settlement of start-ups indicates the innovative charisma of a city. Such cities are especially attractive hotspots for travellers and can always attract new target groups with their new scenes, places and architecture. A big gaming scene on the other hand promises creative ideas that also have a lasting impact on urban life. The same applies to co-working spaces, which are tailored to the needs of start-ups and for remote work and thus constantly attract new working travellers. It’s obvious: The branches are increasingly intertwining and using new interfaces and synergies. With the “X Design Week”, this cross-sector network is now being expanded.
The programme of the decentralised “X Design Week” under its motto “Shape Destination Experiences” lives the method of “Design Thinking”. Besides rather classic formats such as keynotes, panels and fireside chats, interactive challenges are targeting the new interface between tourism and the digital economy. The event will be accompanied by numerous networking opportunities, workshops with local players from the industry and technical visits to forward-looking institutions. This will offer a multi-faceted supporting programme at an outstandingly suitable venue: The metropolis of ten million people around the urban centres of North Rhine-Westphalia.