DesignMENA Quiz, Industry events, Architecture events, Design events, Trivia night

Meet the sponsors behind designMENA Quiz 2019

With the third round of the designMENA Quiz night upon us, taking place on 24 April, 2019, interior designers and architects from the GCC are preparing for an evening full of trivia games, networking with industry professionals and media, and light competition.

Teams representing some of the largest architecture and design firms in the region including Godwin Austen Johnson, Perkins+Will, Roar, Rogue Design, Aurecon, Brand Creative, Cracknell, Killa Design and many more will be joining the editorial and commercial teams behind industry titles Middle East Architect and Commercial Interior Design to wrest the title of ‘UAE’s Smartest Creatives'.

designMENA Quiz features seven trivia rounds, some focused on design and architecture, and others on general knowledge topics including music and movies. Competitors will also face a creative round at the end of the night in which they’re tasked with a challenge involving the use of a single block of Plasticine, as well as building materials supplied by the round sponsor Cosentino.

To reserve your place for the evening get in touch with Teri Dunstan at teri.dunstan@itp.com. To enquire about sponsorship, please get in touch with David Bentley on +971 4 444 3396 or david.bentley@itp.com, or Laura Collinder on +971 4 444 3576 or laura.collinder@itp.com.

Here, we present our sponsors of the evening, which include Cosentino, Herman Miller, NVC Lighting, USM and Sunon.

Cosentino Middle East
Miriam Llano / Marketing Manager

What do you think of industry events such as designMENA Quiz?
The format of designMENA Quiz  breaks away from the usual awards and industry networking events, which tend to be quite formal. It is a fun night out for the industry with a lot of opportunities for team bonding and networking. We need more events like it!

Why do you want to be involved in this initiative? How does it add to your business and marketing strategy?
This is our second year supporting the designMENA Quiz as sponsors of the creative round. We were very impressed with the turn out, content and mood of the event last year and we’re looking forward to something similar this year, if not better.
The creative round is one of the highlights of the evening. It gives architects and designers the opportunity to engage with our products as they respond to a fun design challenge. At Cosentino, we don’t believe in the hard sell. We are about ideas and design inspiration. And by partnering, we feel we are building a meaningful relationship with the design industry. It is an opportunity to foster experiential learning and creativity.

What are you looking forward to at this year’s designMENA Quiz?
A lot of laughs! And of course the adrenaline rush of a competition, networking with industry peers and building relationships with suppliers and industry partners.

NVC Lighting
James Hunter Johnston / General Manager

What do you think of industry events such as designMENA Quiz?
We truly believe in the power of networking, especially when it’s outside the office’s four walls, where people can be honest and at ease and share their real opinions and interests. Quiz nights are fun and bring out the competitive edge in each of us. I am sure all of us want to have a laugh, but also to win.

Why do you want to be involved in this initiative? How does it add to your business and marketing strategy?
We want to be involved because it’s different from what we do during the rest of the day. That’s the added value. There is only so much business that can be done formally, through meetings in the office and over the phone. When we take part in something different we can get things done that might not be possible in a conventional business setting. Besides – it’s fun, and we are allowed some
of that!

What are you looking forward to at this year’s designMENA Quiz?
For business, I am looking forward to many industry figures becoming more familiar with NVC, as a company, as a group of people and in relation to the types of projects we do. It’s always nice to see people’s reaction when we say, “Did you know we did this five-star hotel, or that façade?” They are usually surprised that a company they had not heard of had done such large projects. Personally, I am looking forward to seeing a few old friends, making some new ones and enjoying plenty of laughter. My geography and history are fine – but please don’t ask me about films or TV.

Herman Miller
Rob Keddie / Regional Director

What do you think of industry events such as designMENA Quiz?
Events such as these enable us to collaborate, inspire, create and, most importantly, be part of a community of thought leaders and key influencers. designMENA Quiz connects the key thought leaders of the industry in an informal environment.

Why do you want to be involved in this initiative? How does it add to your business and marketing strategy?
Herman Miller has always been about fun and inspiration. If you look at the classic Herman Miller television commercials from the 1960s or the award-winning Steve Frykholm company picnic posters, you’ll see these two elements always playing a role in the work that we produce. The quiz night is a great way to connect with the design community in a relaxed and fun way, which is the best way to work.

What are you looking forward to at this year’s designMENA Quiz?
We are looking forward to many things, in particular, winning with our architects and designers.

USM
Eric Berchtold / Sales Director Middle East, Africa & India

What do you think of industry events such as designMENA Quiz?
DesignMENA Quiz gives USM an opportunity to interact and network with designers, architects, contractors and suppliers in a relaxed, fun-filled environment. It is also a great way to introduce the industry to USM.

Why do you want to be involved in this initiative? How does it add to your business and marketing strategy?
After taking part last year, we knew we had to participate again. It is a great way to connect and network with key industry members and is a platform that breeds long lasting professional relationships. As a marketing tool, it allows us to raise USM’s brand awareness in addition to highlighting our availability in the region, as well as an avenue to mention our new showroom highlighting our commitment to the region.

What are you looking forward to at this year’s designMENA Quiz?
For this year’s quiz night, we are hoping that as a brand we are able to raise awareness of USM’s products and quality and our availability throughout the region.

Product image supplied by Sunon

Sunon
Team answer

What do you think of industry events such as designMENA Quiz?
designMENA Quiz is an amazing networking event that pulls good designers and architects together and fosters the development of the industry. It is creative, helpful and a lot of fun. We hope there will be more events like this.

Why do you want to be involved in this initiative? How does it add to your business and marketing strategy?
We believe the involvement in such events is a great opportunity to reach out to many outstanding designers and industry experts who are very important for Sunon to work with in order to raise its profile and brand awareness in the region.

What are you looking forward to at this year's designMENA Quiz?
We're hoping to meet more design professionals in the industry and have fun!

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