We know it’s rude to eavesdrop, but after attending a lot of events in the UAE, we’ve realised the most revealing reviews come from uncensored word of mouth.
While we made our way through yellow scaffolding and swathes of brilliant projects, we jotted down what we overheard people saying at Global Grad show Dubai, part of Dubai Design Week 2016 at d3.
The projects this year fall under the themes of Empower, Connection or Sustain, created with the aim to expand our abilities as a species, encourage community building and reduce waste – each more mind-boggling than the next.
A walk through the venue is like peering through windows into inventions of the future. Coffee sleeves that reduce spillage, doors you can unlock with your feet, algae-eating and biofuel-producing tech and so much more.
Can you guess the context for each line?
How will my product name work in another language?
“Very cool – I love like.. experimentation with sensory stimuli.”
“I think I’m going to take a sabbatical and take courses.”
This is going to make me a lot of money.
“No, this is just a prototype.”
“Whoa, what’s this project about?”
“So, I realized there is a need for something small and collapsible.”
“It’s not a question anymore about sustainability. It’s inbuilt.”
“I’m looking for someone who can code and do UI and stuff.”
Even though I lived with him, I didn’t know anything about his pain.
“You’re not selling a product – you’re selling knowledge.”
“I’m hoping it’ll be on the market by 2030.”