Our 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 engage in an inspiring discussion with our community.

The next D-Flect will take place on 2 December 2019 and we are happy to welcome Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel, the new Chair of Design Thinking and Business Innovation at Hasso Plattner Institute.


Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel


The “Design Thinking and Innovation Research” research group is investigating methods and approaches on how the application of human-centered design (HCD) is leading to sustainable business innovations in a corporate context. Special focus is on software-driven product, service and process innovations.

Relevant research topics include methods for better quantification of human-centered design, the management of Design Thinking and HCD in corporations and associations as well as the connection between HCD, Design Thinking and new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI).

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About Falk Uebernickel:

Prof. Dr. Falk Uebernickel is Chair of Design Thinking and Business Innovation at Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI). Prior to his position at HPI he was adjunct professor at the University of St. Gallen, one of Europe's leading universities for Strategy and Management. He received his PhD in Business Administration from the University of St.Gallen with focus in IT performance management and controlling.

Over the last ten years, Falk has been training students and practitioners worldwide in using Design Thinking as a mind- and toolset to solve wicked problems in a human- and user-centered way. As part of his role he worked together with companies from almost all industries like FIFA, Allianz, E.ON, SAP, Roche, Sanofi, Merck, Audi, Siemens and more.   

In between, Falk is pursuing to spread HCD and Design Thinking globally in a free and easy to access way for everyone. His mission and focus currently is foremost (East) Africa. Together with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and UN-Habitat Falk ran a project to improve the conditions for maintainability of open community fields in informal settlements in Kenya. As part of the last 26th UN Governing Council he agreed with representatives from the United Nations to set up an entrepreneurship program for job creation in four African countries as part of a global UN initiative to enable the youth to start their own businesses successfully. Since then he conducted extensive field research with the youth in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.

Falk is also Co-Chair of the SUGAR network - a global movement and initiative of over 20 universities (including Stanford University) and more than 100 companies to apply Design Thinking to real world problems. As part of his research activities he has published over 160 articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences, ICIS and MISQE amongst them. Furthermore he received several best paper awards in the last years.

The D-Flect will take place on 2 December 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at Hasso Plattner Institute, Main Building, 3rd Floor, Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3, 14482 Potsdam.

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