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About the Conference


What is DMC?

For over 20 years, DMI’s European Design Management Conference has gained recognition as the premier design and business event – attracting an international following. DMC is about case studies, keynotes and workshops, meeting new connections, member check-in and receptions.

DMI conferences are renown for high-level of content – and for their intimate size, allowing for current and emerging leaders to share and discuss strategic issues.


DMC18 will take place take place in Bonn, Germany and explore how design is humanizing technology in fin-tech, digital health and future technologies.


Who should attend?

Anyone managing Design & Innovation, or who wishes to learn more about these disciplines from speakers and their peer executives, Seasoned Design Managers to CDO’s; Brand Directors, Researchers, CEO’s; SME’s to Startup founders challenged to design everything from scratch; current and recent graduates ready to contribute.



Are Sponsorship Opportunities available?

Yes. With an international base of over 30,000+ leaders in more than 40 countries, reaching the right decision and budget makers is easily achieved. Collaborating with DMI is an investment in global relationships for your brand, team, clients and your future. With every conference promotion of your high level sponsorship, your logo/brand goes to 30,000 people in 44+ countries.
A wide variety of promotional opportunities are available to keep your company’s name front and center in the minds of conference attendees, before, during and after their conference experience. Contact Carole Bilson to discuss the sponsorship levels.




How are fees calculated?

Registration and fees are processed in US DOLLARS. There is an option to VIEW your fee in local currency here by clicking on the currency icon during registration or find current rates at


What do registration fees cover?

Professional registration fees include:

  • Attendance to the conference and all conference materials

  • Access to (selected) conference video and slide decks after the conference has closed

  •  Lunch and welcome/morning/afternoon coffee service will be provided each full conference day

  • At least one evening reception will be held

  • Optional workshops or tours are excluded. You may register for these separately or with your conference registration.

  •  Dinners are excluded. We encourage delegates to group together in the evening and enjoy Bonn!


Do I have to be a DMI member to register?

No. The conference is open to everyone. However, DMI members are eligible to receive significant discounts off the registration rates, as well as being able to participate in member-only events, such as the Member Check-in and Check-Out activities. Learn more about DMI membership and join here.


How do I register?

If you are a DMI member, or have previously registered for an event, purchased a product on, or are on our mailing list:

  • Go here to start registration
  • Log in with your user name and password.
  • If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it here.
  • If you are new to our site:
    • Please go to “Sign In” on the homepage, and “Click here to join”
    • You’ll be prompted to select your level connection: DMI member or Non-member Guest, and complete a brief profile. This information will be shared on your profile page, as well as the conference rsvp page.
    • Select your conference options: full conference program or single days
    • Confirm your total and proceed to checkout and payment.
    • If you require an invoice, please contact DMI. However, please be advised that payment is due in full prior to the conference to be admitted. Your name will also not show in the rsvp list until payment is processed.
    • If you encounter any problems, please contact  or phone at 617-338-6380.

Can we get a discount for group registrations?

Yes. We encourage teams and departments to attend our events together. We can offer additional discounts if 3 and more people attend.

Can I buy a one-day pass to the conference?

Yes. We value people’s time and budgets, and allow the flexibility to attend. Rates are posted on the registration page here. However, please keep in mind: there is not only significant savings by registering for the full conference, you will also be able to attend member events, as well as connect with all attendees.

Do you offer Educator, Non-Profit and Student rates?

Yes. We have a limited number of available reduced tickets to the conference. Educators, associates, and students must be involved full-time in their organization or program to qualify. 

Can I get a media pass for the conference?

Yes. We have limited number of media passes conference only for those qualified that will be sharing the news with a broader audience. One media pass will be provided per news organization.  Please contact Anne Lyon for more information and to request a media pass.

Do you offer any complimentary registrations?

No. At this time, we are unable to offer complimentary registrations to anyone. DMI is a non-profit organization, and uses registration fees to fund current and future events.


What is the cancellation policy?

Our policy is stated here. To avoid a cancellation fee, we strongly urge you to find a replacement to fill your registration seat.



How do I receive conference materials?

We will have everyone’s name badge and program book at registration on Monday or Tuesday morning. There is no need to bring anything with you!

What is member Check-In and Check-Out?

Join new and long-time DMI members in these gatherings to build community. Share personal and professional insights in a supportive and safe environment. This is a great opportunity to get to know your member community. You can become a DMI member now!

What can I expect as a new DMI member and attendee?

Information on this page can answer a lot of questions, but, the DMI community is always available to share their expertise! You will be sent a welcome package shortly that provides you with a roadmap on DMI content and programs, as well as being paired with a DMI Advisor at the conference, who can further guide you and introduce you to others.  

Do you have recommendations of where to stay?

There are many hotels and options in Bonn – ranging from basic to luxury and, of course plenty of airbnb. We suggest you review hotel websites and hotel search engines (,, etc.) for best rates and for reviews.


What is the dress code?

Business casual for the conference and events.


What is the weather like in BoNN?

The climate in the Bonn, Germany is relatively mild. The average temperature for April is around 10 °C (50 °F).


Is The Conference Venue wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the conference venue conforms to accessibility codes.


Do you offer special meals for attendees with food allergies?

Please contact DMI Staff with your restrictions. Special requests will be communicated with the venue.

Code of Conduct

We believe a clear code of conduct is a necessary part of building a respectful community space. All DMI delegates, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct:

  • Be friendly and patient.
  • Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities.
  • Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Remember that we're a global community, so you might not be communicating in someone else's primary language.
  • Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants.
  • When we disagree, be respectful and try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and DMI is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of DMI comes from its varied community, people from a wide range of backgrounds and passions.

We welcome your feedback on this and every other aspect of DMI, and we thank you for working with us to make it a safe, enjoyable, and friendly experience for everyone who participates.



Almost everything you need to know about your stay in Bonn can be found here.

Top suggestions:

Beethoven Haus – Bonn is Beethoven’s birthplace.
Museum Mile, a stretch of 5 museums, including Haus der Geschichte (House of History) and Kunstmuseum.
Haribo Factory Outlet – Gummi paradise! (FYI: Haribo stands for ‘Hans Riegel Bonn’.)
Rhine River Cruise – Explore the Siebengebirge Mountains and the legendary Drachenfels Cliff.
Eat hearty and drink Bönnsch! There are plenty of options to satisfy everyone.

Connect with other conference delegates via Twitter at #DMC18 to explore together.


DMI Conference Photo and Video Policy

The Design Management Institute (hereinafter “DMI”) will be documenting the 9-11 April 2018 DMI Conference (hereinafter “Conference”) for our own educational and future promotional purposes. My registration for this Conference grants DMI and any Sponsors of the Conference permission to capture photographic and videotaping images of me during the Conference. These images may be posted and shared broadly by DMI and Conference Sponsors. DMI reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at the Conference, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. DMI may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by DMI including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc.

To ensure the privacy of individuals, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian

By participating in the Conference, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify DMI and the Conference Sponsors from any and all claims involving the use of your picture or likeness.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


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