CODE is an International Design Conference organised by School of Fashion & Design at GD Goenka University. The conference will have talks by leading thinkers and masters in the field of design and sustainability.The 2018 edition of the conference themed Waste as Resource, by Design aims to bring together stakeholders for the purpose of creating a platform for sharing, discussing, and synergizing on ways that waste be eliminated through our understanding, agreements, and actions. This includes members of the design community, the civil society, individuals and organisations working in this area, think-tanks, academic institutions, industries and corporates, and the concerned governmental departments.

Nature has no concept of waste. Outputs from each and every part of the complex natural system serve as a resource for another. Waste is a unique characteristic of human enterprise, and stems from the limitations in our understanding of the inseparable interconnections between our actions and their impact. ‘GD Goenka University School of Fashion & Design’s annual conference ‘CODE’, explores the role of design as a catalyst and partner to approach the issues of turning waste into resource—whether it is from the perspective of resources, processes, or energy.

Track 1

Consumer Culture and Waste:

  • Social paradigms and cultural influences- past, present, and future
  • Molding consumer behavior- the good, the bad, and the ugly
  • Mindfulness and personal behavior as an agent of change

Track 2

Industry and Waste:

  • Materials selection and utilization
  • Manufacturing processes and technologies
  • Tackling waste generation through scientific research

Track 3

Transforming Waste - approaches and interventions:

  • Social awareness and activism
  • Industry initiatives for waste transformation
  • Transformation through policies and legislations: the governments role


About GD Goenka University

G.D. Goenka University (GDGU) has emerged as a leading university in Delhi NCR, imparting high quality professional educational programs of international standards and offers courses in Communication, Engineering, Fashion & Design, Hospitality, Humanities & Social Sciences, Architecture & Planning, Law and Management.

Located in Sohna (Gurgaon), the campus of GD Goenka University is known for its best of facilities and equipment including laboratories, learning facilities and high quality IT infrastructure.

Website: www.gdgoenkauniversity.com

About School of Fashion & Design

The School of Fashion and Design (SoFD) was established in 2013 in strategic collaboration with Politecnico di Milano (PDM Milan, Italy). It offers industry oriented full time design education programs in Product Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design, and Communication Design.

The academic partnership with PDM ensures an unmatched international exposure to the students. There are regular visits of expert Politecnico faculty to the SoFD campus each semester for conducting workshops, as well as visit of SoFD students to Milan to the PDM campus and participating in workshops and exchange programs with the Politecnico di Milano campus in Milan (Italy).

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The Organising Committee


Mr. Nipun Goenka
MD, GD Goenka Group


Prof. Dr. Srihari
Vice Chancellor

Organizing Committee

Conference Chair

Prof. Sasi Gopal Menon

Executive Committee

Executive Secretary

Ms. Koshalpreet Kaur

Executive Members

Mr. Manish Joshi

Mr. Mohit Bhardwaj

Dr. Anjali Agrawal

Mr. Shantanu Chatterjee

Keynote Speakers

Arturo Dell'Acqua Bellavitis

Arturo Dell'AcquaBellavitis is the current director of the Milan Triennale Foundation and Exposition.

Arturo Dell'Acqua Bellavitis

Narayana Peesapaty

He is not an engineer, but is the man who invented edible cutlery

Narayana Peesapaty

Atul Bhalla

Atul Bhalla documents the experience of water—from the perspective of the element itself

Atul Bhalla

Monika Khanna Gulati

Monika Khanna Gulati, a practising graphic designer and a professor at the Sushant School of Design.

Monika Khanna Gulati

Dr. Shyamala Mani

Dr. Shyamala Mani is a Professor at National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).

Dr. Shyamala Mani

Shiv Marwaha

A Gold Medallist from School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi, Shiv Marwaha has been working as a principal design consultant for various kinds of educational institutions

Shiv Marwaha

Smita Polite

Smita Polite is the Head Marketing and Communications at Karo Sambhav.

Smita Polite


This is an invitation to be a part of a series of events and activities related to the theme Waste as Resource, by Design by School of Fashion & Design, G D Goenka University, Gurgaon.

Call for Submissions

Research Paper

The call for abstracts for the papers and its presentation on the CODE 2018 theme Waste as Resource, by Design is open.

  • Last date for submission of abstract is 30th November 2017.
  • Last date for submission of full papers 10th January 2018.
  • An abstract of the paper is to be submitted online only until 30th November 2017 in MS Word format. Abstracts may be submitted/ considered for (a) oral paper presentation or (b) poster presentations (self-running electronic format).
  • Submitted abstract will be accepted after peer review and recommendation of a cross-institutional review committee comprising of professors from GD Goenka School of Fashion and Design, Politecnico di Milano and other institutional collaborators.
  • Selected authors must submit the full paper in text format (As per the template attached and available on the website) by 10th January 2018, for it to be published in Conference Proceeding with an ISBN number.
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The call for tangible designs/product submissions on the CODE 2018 theme Waste as Resource, by Design is open. The submissions can be in the following forms:

  • Prototypes/production samples of products or interventions which are small enough to be transported to the university for the conference.
  • Photographs of prototypes/production samples of products or interventions that cannot be transported to the university for the conference.
  • Photographs should be minimum 300 dpi resolution with sufficient scope for printing in large format.
  • Last date for submission of initial proposals is 10th December 2017.
  • Last date for submission of tangible Designs/Product Photographs 10th January 2018.
Submit Design/Brand/Product Note/Proposal Submit Designs/Product Photographs


The call for photo-essays submissions on the CODE 2018 theme Waste as Resource, by Design is open.

  • Photo-essays can be submitted as PDF files with sufficiently high resolution of embedded photographs for projection on large screens and / or printing out on a maximum of A1 size.
  • Last date for submission of Theme Note is 30th December 2017.
  • Last date for submission of Photographs with Essay is 10th January 2018.
Submit Theme Note Submit Photographs with Essay

Audio-visual/Short Film

The call for audio-visual or short film submissions on the CODE 2018 theme Waste as Resource, by Design is open.

  • Auto-running slide shows with commentary / captions and videos with / without voiceover but with informative text will be accepted.
  • Quality of video to be sufficient for projection.
  • Last date for submission of Concept Note is 30th December 2017.
  • Last date for submission of Audio-visual or Short Film is 10th January 2018.
Submit Concept NoteSubmit Audio-visual/Short Film

Art &/or Installation

The call for art and/or installation submissions on the CODE 2018 theme Waste as Resource, by Design is open.

  • Art works can be in any format as long as they are amenable for transport to the university.
  • Installations can be either transported to the university or could be created at the university prior to the conference.
  • Last date for submission of Idea Note is 30th December 2017.
  • Last date for submission of Art and/or Installation is 10th January 2018.
Submit Idea Note Submit Art and/or Installation



Those who wish to attend the CODE conference.

Fees 500

This will include

  • A pass to attend the conference and talks
  • Mid-morning, tea, lunch, high tea for day
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Registration fees for the conference along with the workshop (for students) are as follows:


Professionals 5000
Faculty/Academician 4000
Students 1000

This will include

  • A pass to attend the conference and talks
  • A conference kit
  • Mid morning tea, lunch, high tea for Day
Participant accommodation (if needed) can be facilitated by the organising committee at an extra charge.


Contact Us

GD Goenka School of Fashion & Design

Sohna Gurgaon Road,
Haryana, India

Organising Committee
Mobile: +91 124 3315900
Email: code@gdgoenka.ac.in

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