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



DTRP Community Building Workshop

From September 7 to 9, 2021, researchers from HPI and Stanford University met virtually and in-person in Potsdam for the 27th Community Building Workshop of the joint Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Programms (HPDTRP). After three virtual workshops, the decision was made to organize a hybrid workshop, this time organized by HPI in Potsdam.  

DTRP Community Building Workshop
DTRP Community Building Workshop (Photo: HPI/ K. Herschelmann)

Over three days, each of the currently funded 15 project teams had the opportunity to present and discuss the results of their work to the research community and guest auditors; also teams were able to work on specific problems or questions in virtual/in-person interactive sessions.

The program directors Professor Christoph Meinel and Professor Larry Leifer opened the interdisciplinary workshop, which represents the conclusion of the HPDTRP program year 2020-2021 and urged an even closer cooperation between the two institutions for this program year. 

In addition to the presentations of the research teams from Stanford and HPI, external speakers also gave riveting keynote speeches. In his keynote on the second day of the workshop, Prof. Wendy Ju from Cornell Tech talked about "The Car as a Vehicle for Understanding Interaction at Scale." On the third day, there was an invited talk from HPI Digital Health and HPI-Mt. Sinai Digital Health regarding new research findings on both sides of the Atlantic.  At the end of each workshop day there were neuroscience reflections, which allowed for a closer comparative look at projects and meta-reflections. 

Concluding statements by Prof. Christoph Meinel on the third day of the workshop praised the work of the researchers and gave an outlook on the 14th program year with its 17 funded projects.

The 27th Community Building Workshop was successful in many respects: the research teams communicated research results, supported each other with valuable feedback, promoted collaboration between the two institutes and strengthened community through informal exchange.