Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutDSG am HPI



World Record: Reacting Creatively Against Political Disenchantment

With 298 participants, the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) has set a new world record. The largest creative class in the world came together on the occasion of the d.confestival—held from 14–16 September in Potsdam—to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the HPI School of Design Thinking.

The HPI Academy sets a Guinness World Record (Photo: HPI/K. Herschelmann)


Initiated by the HPI Academy and led by 35 especially trained Design Thinking coaches, the 298 participants were divided into teams. Then, with the help of brainstorming methods, in just under an hour the teams developed ideas on the central question: "Redesigning the Election Experience."

With the federal elections imminent, it was all about ideas-especially how to motivate young people to vote. Questions were addressed such as: how to impress on voters the importance of every vote, or how to make it easier for voters to compare individual party programs.

The largest creative class in the world came together right in front of the Hasso Plattner Institute main building. Hundreds of Post-its with new ideas were stuck onto the glass façade. The most original and promising ideas of each team were then transferred to a large white wall. The entry in the Guinness World Records will follow.


The d.confestival was the largest Design Thinking event in 2017, with more than 900 innovators and design thinking experts from all over the world in attendance. The occasion for the three-day festival (14-16 September 2017) at Hasso Plattner Institute was the 10 year anniversary of the HPI School of Design Thinking. Built on the model of the Stanford d.school, the HPI School of Design Thinking offers 240 places annually for a supplementary study in Design Thinking, and the HPI Academy provides Design Thinking formats tailored to the needs of professionals.