The HPI School of Design Thinking
The HPI School of Design Thinking
The HPI School of Design Thinking
The HPI School of Design Thinking
The HPI School of Design Thinking

The HPI School of Design Thinking (HPI D-School) was founded by Hasso Plattner in Potsdam in 2007 based on the model of the Stanford Since then it has become the European center for Design Thinking education. Every year, the HPI D-School offers 400 places for a supplementary study course in the Design Thinking innovation approach.


In small, multidisciplinary teams students from all kinds of fields develop innovative and human-centered solutions for complex problems. They collaborate with project partners from corporations, startups, NGOs or political institutions. This year, our students are from 20 countries, 65 universities and 70 disciplines. More than half of the DAX30 companies have already visited the HPI D-School.


Under the leadership of Prof. Ulrich Weinberg and Dr. Claudia Nicolai Design Thinking is successfully taught, lived and further developed at the Hasso Plattner Institute. As the initiator of the Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA), the HPI D-School promotes the exchange between Design Thinking schools e.g. in Egypt, Malaysia or South Africa.


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Dr. Claudia Nicolai and Prof. Ulrich Weinberg introduce the HPI D-School:


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Together with the Stanford, the HPI School of Design Thinking has taken a pioneering role in the development of Design Thinking. The HPI D-School focuses on teaching the method, cooperating with project partners as well as researching and further developing Design Thinking. 


The HPI D-School fosters entrepreneurial spirit: Many graduates use their inspiration, Design Thinking skills and new contacts to found their own startup. Some of these companies have existed for years. HPI D-School alumni also bring their experiences back to the HPI D-School and share them with new students.


Worldwide new innovation and training centers are constantly emerging. The HPI D-School in Potsdam encourages and supports this development whenever possible with experienced design thinkers.


Every semester, we newly form our teaching team. 50 coaches support our 170 students in all phases of their projects. The teaching team is continuously enriched by exciting experts, which creates a new constellation for the projects. This intensive support guarantees the unique teaching quality at the HPI D-School.

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The HPI D-School in Potsdam is the European center for a growing Design Thinking community. We regularly host workshops and events as part of the Design Thinking program. Interested parties from all over the world meet at these events and have the chance to experience Design Thinking in practice, discuss future trends and innovative ideas.


The formation of the HPI D-School team is also multi-disciplinary in reflection of our self-conception of Design Thinking. Our team works together with our students and project partners to create innovative solutions for complex problems.