HPI D-School
HPI D-School


Always on the Move

The HPI D-School in Potsdam is the European center for a growing Design Thinking community. Regularly scheduled workshops and topic-related events are held as part of the program. Interested parties from all over the world meet at these events and have the chance to experience Design Thinking up close, determine the trends of tomorrow and debate the best ideas.


D-Flect is an informal forum for creative exchange within the Design Thinking community and beyond. At this event, outstanding innovators from the most diverse fields are invited to the HPI D-School to share their knowledge and, most of all, their enthusiasm. Previously, inspiring hours were spent with the Stanford professors David Kelley, Larry Leifer and Bernie Roth, the TV moderator Frank Elstner  and David Briggs along with Colman Hutchinson, the inventors of  “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?“


The “d.confestival“ is a unique event and the destination for multidisciplinary thinkers to collaboratively impact the future of Design Thinking in the fields of management, learning and research. In 2012, when the event started, it was the first of its kind for Design Thinking worldwide. In September 2017 the d.confestival will take place for the second time. On a 3-day journey, the participants develop innovative ideas, concepts and user-centered creative processes as the raw material for the competitive advantage of tomorrow; together with Design Thinkers, innovators and creative pioneers like Hasso Plattner and many more.

Friends & Family Day

The Friends & Family Day pays tribute to the final project of our Basic and Advanced Track students with a public exhibit, presentations and the opportunity to socialize. We always welcome students of other disciplines, alumni, friends, family members, coaches and all others who are interested in design thinking. Take this opportunity to meet Design Thinking students on one of their most important days!

Open House

Our Open House Day is an invitation to get a behind the scenes look at the HPI D-School. This is your chance to get answers to questions like: What exactly is Design Thinking? Who studies Design Thinking and why? How is Design Thinking implemented in the world? 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? And much more. Meet our Design Thinking coaches, students and staff and get information about the application process, ongoing projects and possibilities on how to profit from the HPI D-School as a project partner.

Design Thinking Week

This event for HPI students and alumni offers the special opportunity for interaction with Stanford colleagues and other international universities as well as the chance to see how Design Thinking is put into practice by others. It is a week immersed in an international spirit, full of intensive talks and inspiration from Design Thinking pioneers. The day is enriched by multi-faceted workshops, lectures and encounters. It is the meeting place to try out new methods, be inspired by other perspectives, and get questions answered based on the full range of industry experience.