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Cairo Designathon to Host Awards Show at Great Pyramids of Giza

The winning teams of the Cairo Designathon will receive EGP 10,000 at a prestigious award ceremony set to take place by the Great Pyramids of Giza.

The winners of this year’s Cairo Design Marathon II - featuring Egypt’s most promising talents in design - will be celebrated in a spectacular award ceremony at the Great Pyramids of Giza on October 6th 2021. The winning teams will each receive EGP 10,000 for their innovative designs, and will have their works showcased at the Cairo Design Awards (November 11th to 13th 2021) as well as the Design Show at the Cairo International Convention Centre  (June 2nd to June 4th 2022).

Having taken place online last April, the second edition of the Cairo Designathon brought together some of Egypt’s most promising young designers to cultivate creative design solutions and tackle pressing social issues in a boot camp format. The marathon included an array of design exhibitions, talks, forums and various workshops to harness some of Egypt’s brightest minds in design. With a total of 150 participants, 16 design talks from esteemed Egyptian and international designers and three international design film screenings in partnership with Film My Design Film Festival, the marathon was double the size of its inaugural edition.

The brief yet eventful history of the Cairo Designathon began in April 2020, when it was launched by Lecturer & Design Manager at Lead Group Mohamed Radwan, Pinocchio Furniture Design Manager Amr Orensa, and Founder of HEDS Academy Hisham el Essawy. “It started as a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Radwan tells #SceneHome. “When the lockdown began, I thought about gathering up Egyptian Designers in a moderated online workshop to start designing solutions to post-pandemic life.”

Following the stellar success of the first marathon - with the project garnering attention from the international design cognoscenti - the trio decided to go bigger and better. “So we turned it into an annual event and expanded its scope to address even bigger problems, and cause positive social impact through design.”

Cairo Design Marathon III is currently in the works for Q2 of 2022. While the first two editions were fully virtual events, the third edition is planned to become their first ‘real world’ marathon.