Invitation to social initiatives supporting Ukraine: Join our innovation program as a project partner

From mid-April to August 2022, HPI School of Design Thinking will run its regular top-notch Design Thinking program that equips students with a mindset and tools to drive transformation processes in business and society. Six teams will work for 16 weeks on six Design Challenges submitted by partners from business, society, and politics. While learning, the students conduct extensive research and develop innovative ideas to tackle the partner’s challenge.

This summer term, one project slot shall be donated and offered free of charge to a social initiative supporting the people of Ukraine. At the HPI D-School, we stand for peaceful collaboration and co-creation, for human-centeredness, and diversity. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and the civil society in Russia bravely protesting against the actions of their government. Therefore, we have reserved one slot in our portfolio for a partner that is sharing our values and needs active help and some extra brains.

To apply as a potential project partner to complete our portfolio, we kindly ask you to fill out the below form until April 4th, 2022 and give us basic information about the design challenge that you would like to work on with a student team.

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First name *
Last Name *
E-Mail *
Organisation *
Challenge Title *
Challenge in one sentence *

(max. 2000 characters)

Background information *

Insert a short project description (human-centered) with max. 200 words. You could describe: Why did you choose this challenge; the target groups and other involved groups/potential interview partners; what do you consider as essential assumptions about our target groups and the problem under scrutiny; what kind of research you have done regarding the challenge; what kind of data have you already gathered? (max. 2000 characters)

Challenge objective *

Insert a short project description (business-centered) with max. 200 words. You could describe: Why did you choose the challenge; more details about the scope of this project; our expectations about this project and possible or desired findings and outcome; our design constraints, e.g., time and resources; how you are planning to integrate findings and solutions in the future. (max. 2000 characters)

About you *

Insert a short text about your organization, city, and country, including links to a website or further information. Example for last sentence: Please find further information here: insert organization’s website link. (max. 2000 characters)

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