Kyambogo University School of Art and Industrial Design (UG Design Summit)

By | March 13, 2023

Kyambogo University, School of Art and Industrial Design in collaboration with Pan Afrikan Design Institute celebrates 2023 Afrika Design Day, starting from 3rd – 6th October 2023, under the sunshade of Uganda Design Summit (UG Design Summit)

The UG Design Summit will facilitate the showcasing of design outputs from Africa. It is also hinged on a successful Kampala International Design Conference (KIDEC) which was held in Kampala from 21st -24th July 2015.

UG Design Summit intends to offer a broad exchange of ideas by academia, design researchers and practitioners, and stakeholders from a variety of perspectives, disciplines, and fields across Africa and beyond.

Under the theme: “Weaving an Afrikan Design Mat”, the summit enables us to share design experiences and innovations woven by our diverse cultures, to gain a beer understanding of this world and how we as human beings are woven into it through design inputs and design outputs, provides another opportunity for Afrika to showcase its design-driven warp and we pattern of creative threads through Paper presentations, Keynote speakers, Exhibition and the Design fireplace (Ekyoto) for debating in a forensic manner some key topics that affect design research in Afrika.

Target: The summit will host scholars and designers from different industries including Advertising, Fashion, Interior, Photography, Illustrators and Animators, Product design, craft practice, Engineers, Technology, Ceramicists, Jewellery, Architecture, and Weaving among others. The four-day event is intended to explore design-driven tracks with a goal to spark conversation on design matters, inspire students, and educate professionals among others, with the intent to add a block on the development of Africa Design Identity (ADI) in the global arena.


  1. Material innovations
  2. Design and environment
  3. Culture, identity and design
  4. User Experience Design
  5. Design and future technology
  6. Design and conflict resolutions
  7. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics (STEAM) for novelties & Design Education


  1. Abstracts of 250-300 words *Clearly indicate whether oral or poster presentation;
  2. Abstracts should be in one continuous paragraph and include up to 6 keywords for online indexing;
  3. Abstracts should include the names of the author(s), affiliations, postal, email and telephone contacts, with the corresponding author indicated in a footnote;
  4. The full paper should be 3000-8000 words (6-16 pages) prepared in Times New Roman, size 12 font, with a spacing of 1.5 and in editable text format;
  5. All references cited in the papers should follow the APA 7th Edition Citation Style.

Abstracts and full papers should be emailed to:


  • All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed.
  • All presented papers will be published in the conference booklet
  • Proceedings will also be placed in an open-access online conference archive.
International participants380,000/-$100
East African participants304,000/-$80
International students304,000/-$80
East Africa students (Kenya, Rwanda, S. Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, DRC)152,000/-$40
Local students (Non-KYU students)102,600/-$27


Intends to showcase design innovations from both students and companies. This exhibition will provide an excellent opportunity for networking, learning, getting inspired and business propositions.

Exhibitors (Local and International)277,400/-$78
Kyambogo University StudentsFREE
Students from other Universities76,000/-$20
Exhibition registration deadline28th July 2023
Local students (Non-KYU students)102,600/-$27


Ekyoto is an evening design discussion intended to interrogate in a forensic manner some key issues that affect design research in Africa. The presenters will be distinguished key players in the design community.


The colloquium will be a unique opportunity for young researchers, PhD and Masters students to discuss research questions and ideas with experienced researchers, and practitioners, in order to facilitate their research effort. The session will be conducted by DRAW (Design Research Activities Workgroup).


International delegates

Accommodation options with proximity to the university will be available at a weekly rate of USD 200 – USD 300. More information will be available on request.

Students registered for a colloquium

The first 20 registered students for the colloquium will be accommodated in subsidized Kyambogo University International student guest houses.

Single Occupancy57,000/-$15
Shared Occupancy30,400/-$8


1. Deadline for submission of abstracts is 8th April 2023
2. Notification of acceptance                   28th April 2023
3. Deadline for full paper submissions is 28th June 2023
4. Early registration (20% discount)          24th May 2023
5. Normal registration deadline            25th August 2023
6. Late registration (20% more) 31st August 2023
7. Conference dates                   3th – 6th October 2023


Pay: Stanbic Bank Uganda Limited

Through: USD Account Number 04096521

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas New York, NY

Swift Code: BKTRUS33 ABA: 021001033 Kyambogo University Branch

A/C 9030003226521

Kyambogo University United States Dollar



Dr Mutungi Emmanuel Convener Dean, School of Art & Industrial Design 772502553Prof. Kwesiga Phillip Scientific Committee Chair, Dept. Industrial Design +256 772427315
Dr Sserunjogi PatrickPlanning CommitteeChair, Dept. Visual Communication +256 752 648 178Dr Kekimuri Joan Exhibition Chair, Dept. Fine Art +256 772480900
Dr. Tusiime Wycliff Communication & Logistics +256 702 064621Byarugaba CharitySecretariat +256 771399476

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UG Design Summit 2023

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