The HPI School of Design Thinking

Prof. Ulrich Weinberg, Leiter 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 for short) offers a supplementary training program in Design Thinking that is unique in Europe. Students receive solid knowledge and skills in innovation methodology and practical application. In intensive collaboration with companies and social institutions, our multidisciplinary student teams develop especially user-friendly products and services. The special working environment, sophisticated innovation process and highly-qualified instructors provide the best conditions to make it happen.



Dr. Claudia Nicolai and Prof. Ulrich Weinberg are introducing 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 and promotion 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 120 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, set the trends for tomorrow and discuss 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.