Global Design Thinking Week

An introduction to Design Thinking (for HPI students & external participants)

For the students and Ph.D.-candidates of the HPI as well as some external participants, the HPI School of Design Thinking offers two consecutive introductory courses in Design Thinking, the "Global Design Thinking Weeks (GDTW)" during summer and winter. These introductory courses focus on different aspects of the Design Thinking approach. Multidisciplinary teams are working together with a project partner on a real design challenge. We organize the GDTW with partner universities and institutions from our global network. Students and alumni of the HPI have the opportunity to exchange experiences with colleagues from the international d-schools in the United States (Stanford University), South Africa (University of Cape Town), Malaysia (Genovasi) and China (CUC Beijing) and to learn how other use Design Thinking in practice.

Design Thinking is an innovative approach of thinking and doing to solve complex problems with a designerly mindset. Methods and tools from the field of design as well as ethnography to understand the latent needs, desires and wishes of tomorrow's user, customers, human beings. This human-centered approach is combined with the perspective of technological feasibility (how can ideas be technically implemented?) and business viability (how can new business models look like?).

We are offering two introductory courses: "From Inspiration to Ideas" (March) and "Bring Ideas to Life" (September)

"From Inspiration to Ideas" – The starting point of the GDTW in March 2018 is a Design Thinking challenge from a project partner from the business, social or non-profit sector. We are focusing on empathy: to better understand users’ in their context and to explore and identify their latent needs, requirements and wishes. As a start, potential fields of opportunity are identified and described from a user perspective. Designing and testing new ideas and solutions through prototyping and iterating are also addressed.

"„Bring Ideas to Life“ – The GDTW in September 2018 is focusing on the human-centered design and implementation of solutions. The starting point of this second introductory workshop week are promising business and product ideas. These ideas are further developed, designed and prototyped by making use of the iterative Design Thinking process in order to create new solutions and innovative user scenarios in the next step. The focus here is on the "design doing": the aim is to design suitable solution ready to market in the context of the worlds of users.

Both design thinking workshop weeks consists of five intense teamwork days. During this minds- and hands-on experience the participants will broaden their core competencies in critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. 

Our main area of interest is “Digital Transformation”. In our past Global Design Thinking Weeks we have for example been working with the Federal Association for Skilled Crafts (Zentralverband des Handwerks) and have developed innovative ideas to help Skilled Crafts Businesses to profit from the digitalization. And, with our partner institutions, Interhyp and ING Diba, we have been developing innovations for the workplace of the future as well as new digital business designs.

The next GDTW „From Inspiration to Ideas“ takes place from 22. - 28 March 2018. The Global Design Thinking Week in March 2018 will tackle the problem how digital transformation will shape the labor market of the future. We will address questions as: How do we work (together) in the future? How does collaboration look like in a digitized work environment? What are the job profiles, competencies and demands of the future? What kind of capabilities and skills are needed for the jobs of tomorrow? How does managing and leadership look different? We will communicate the design challenge as well as our partner institutions prior to the workshop.

All information about the prerequisites for enrollment / admission, ECTS points etc. for participants from the HPI can be found here (in German).

External participants are invited for application/participation as well. Interested external participants can apply here for the GDTW in March. The online-application tool is password-protected. Please send an email to office-d-school@hpi.de for your password request and further inquiries about the application process.

The application deadline is 31. January 2018.

The next GDTW “Bring Ideas to Life” will take place from 13. – 19. September 2018.

More Information

Contact

Elisabeth Höpner

HPI School of Design Thinking
Program Coordinator

Phone: +49 -331-5509-507
Fax: +49 -331-5509-589

E-Mail an HPI D-School Office

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