HPI D-School
HPI D-School


The HPI D-School in Potsdam is the European center for a growing Design Thinking community. We regularly host workshops and events to complement the academic program. Interested visitors from all over the world meet at our events to experience Design Thinking in practice, discuss future trends and debate ideas.


HPI D-School Open House

Open House

At our Open House on June 14th, 2023 we answer questions such as: What exactly is Design Thinking? Why should I study Design Thinking? What can I learn in the academic Design Thinking programs? Why and how do companies and institutions use the innovation potential of Design Thinking and the HPI D-School? What do the learning and working environments of tomorrow look like? Join us online and meet our team and get information about the program contents, the application process, and partner projects.


Design Thinking ImpAct Conference

Design Thinking ImpAct Conference: 15 Years of Design Thinking at HPI

As drivers of innovation, the Hasso Plattner Institute and its School of Design Thinking have successfully shaped the future of learning and work. Since its opening in 2007, the HPI D-School has enabled more than 3,000 students to gain an innovative mindset and develop human-centered solutions with an impact. The HPI Academy has trained more than 10,000 professionals. At the "Design Thinking ImpAct Conference: 15 Years of Design Thinking at HPI" on September 15-16th, 2022, wie reviewed the highlights of the last 15 years of Design Thinking activities at HPI and discussed how we can further shape business and society with the innovation approach.


Global Design Thinking Challenge

Global Design Thinking Challenge 2022

The HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam partnered up with several global sponsors and Design Thinking institutions from the Global Design Thinking Alliance to innovate and create solutions tackling the 4th Sustainable Development Goal as defined by the United Nations. More than 340 students from 12 Design Thinking institutions around the world joined our call to co-develop innovative ideas to ensure quality education globally.



d.confestival 2022 at Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika

The d.confestival is a unique event and a main destination for multidisciplinary thinkers to collaboratively shape the future of Design Thinking in the fields of business, education, public administration, and research. When the event started in 2012, it was the first of its kind for the global Design Thinking community. In September 2017 the d.confestival took place for the second time at HPI in Potsdam. On a 3-day journey, 900 participants developed creative ideas, concepts and human-centered innovations with an impact for tomorrow; together with Design Thinkers, innovators and creative pioneers like Hasso Plattner and many more. The third d.confestival took place from October 12-14th, 2022, at the Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika in Cape Town, South Africa.




D-Flect is an informal forum for creative exchange within the Design Thinking community and beyond. We invite outstanding innovators from the most diverse fields to share their knowledge and talk about their innovations. We have already had inspiring discussions with Stanford professors David Kelley, Larry Leifer and Bernie Roth, the TV moderator Frank Elstner as well as David Briggs along with Colman Hutchinson, the inventors of  “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?“