Creativity and Innovation Programs

Idea Lab is where ideas come to life. It is a creative community to inspire and activate innovation within the Kingdom by offering cognitive tools to build materials in order to complete the design stages and production steps; create sustainable projects to add value, set challenges and develop beneficiary products within the market; and offer inspirational classes.

Our Tanks

The physical space of the Idea Lab is designed to support and reflect its concept. The Idea Lab is a three-level tank:

The three tanks offer workshops and hosts monthly meetups and talks for all visitors.


Do Tank

Includes the Idea Lab materials library, containing 1,600 material samples curated to inspire and educate the visitor who is interested in Design.


Show Tank

Includes the design exhibit, and hosting the monthly meetups, which is a series of talks and workshops focusing on creativity, innovation, design and the latest trends.


Think Tank

A brainstorming facility, open for the public to share ideas by design and ideation workshops.


Ithra Immersive Lab

Ithra Immersive Lab is a space to inspire and engage creatives, develop ideas and prototypes, promote, demo, and showcase innovative immersive content, and connect people. The lab contains different technologies to help you build your ideas such as virtual reality, augmented reality, immersive audio, mixed reality, etc.


The Factory by Idea Lab

The Factory is a maker space with an exciting collection of fabrication tools and machines that will help you build and prototype ideas. It is a special environment which provides you with the opportunity to learn to experiment, innovate, and then produce.

This is Tanween!

Tanween is the largest creativity platform in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A celebration of risk-taking creatives and innovative thinkers making an impact in the world. Tanween is an annual event filled with talks, seminars, workshops and exhibitions, which bring a diverse array of perspectives and experiences together. Tanween provides a platform for cross-cultural exchange and sharing knowledge in the creative industries. An inspiring showcase for cultural audiences and creative consumers to enjoy.

Every year Tanween takes on a theme exploring an aspect of the creative process.

To learn more about Tanween over the years

Creative Solutions

Creative Solutions is a yearly thematic innovation program for multi-disciplinary professionals (art, science, technology, etc.) that are eager to collaborate with others in the development of a viable solution to an identified opportunity or challenge. Participants of the Creative Solutions program follow the Idea Lab processes (Design Thinking, Co-creation, Open Innovation) and are guided by experts in creativity, innovation, advisors, mentors and facilitators throughout an idea to prototype journey

To learn more about Creative Solutions

Programs Highlights


Idea Lab Meetups

is a program that aims to increase awareness and knowledge through hosting a number of speakers and talented individuals.


Idea Lab Workshops

A series of workshops that stimulate creativity focusing on the process of making. The workshops tap into different design principles that will enable participants to explore new concepts and provide an environment for creative thinking.


Idea Lab Challenges

Take that extra step and test your creative skillset in the Idea Lab Challenges. These challenges allow participants to work directly with an industry partner to create a real outcome.


Idea Lab Society

As part of the Idea Lab’s goals to be a hub for creativity, it is planning to launch a series of specialized societies for different design disciplines. Our societies are: 3D Printing society, Precious Plastic society, Risograph society, Architectural society,and Design society.

Previously held exhibition