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.

HPI D-School Summer Showcase

The HPI D-School Summer Showcase pays tribute to the final project of our Basic and Advanced Track students with a public exhibition, interactive workshops 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 experience the unique atmosphere at the HPI D-School.

Open House

At our Open House we answers questions such as: What exactly is Design Thinking? Why should I study Design Thinking? What can I learn in the acdemic Design Thinking programs? 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? Visit us and meet our team and get information about the program contents, the application process, and ongoing projects.

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.

HPI D-School Partner Day

At the HPI D-School Partner Day we invite our project partners to meet our Design Thinking community. The Partner Day is an exclusive gathering of project partners from all kinds of industries and organizations, alumni, coaches and current HPI D-School students to reconnect and discuss the latest developments in Design Thinking. Our partners share experiences on the application of Design Thinking in different projects and exchange insights of successes and challenges during the implementation of these projects.