HPI D-School Partner Day 2020

At the HPI D-School more than 2,500 students have developed creative solutions for numerous design challenges in over 200 projects and together with project partners from 15 industries in the past eleven years. The result are numerous innovative prototypes, many implemented ideas, and stories of success that triggered organizational change.


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.


+++ Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we will postpone the HPI D-School Partner Day to 25 November, 2020. On 10 June, 2020 we are hosting an online panel discussion. +++


HPI D-School Partner Day: Online Panel Discussion on 10 June, 2020


Actually, we would have liked to invite you to Potsdam for a strategic exchange on the application of Design Thinking. Due to the current situation, we are unfortunately unable to welcome you on site, but would still like to exchange insights with you. Therefore, we cordially invite you to our online panel discussion, which will take place on June 10, 2020, starting at 16:00 via the Zoom Webinar platform.


We look forward to welcoming our speakers:


Sebastian Nix from Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

Lucas Paes de Melo of Amparo

Jann Swyter of Veigel

Veronika Taube and Joachim Müller Wedekind of Steelcase


The panel will be moderated by Claudia Nicolai and Uli Weinberg.




16:00-16:15 Welcome by Claudia Nicolai and Uli Weinberg

16:15-17:15 Panel Discussion

17:15-17:45 Zoom Networking


Please note that the event will be held in German.


Platform and Registration


The online panel discussion takes place via the "Zoom Webinar" tool. You can join the online event via a link. We will send this link to all registered participants by e-mail on the day of the event.


Register for the HPI D-School Partner Day Online Panel Discussion


HPI D-School Partner Day (on site) on 25 November, 2020


We have currently scheduled the HPI D-School Partner Day in its usual format for November 25, 2020 from 12:30-18:30 pm. Further information will be published in late summer.


Date: Wednesday, 25 November, 2020. 12:30–18:30
Location: Hasso Plattner Institute, D-Space 3rd Floor, Prof.-Dr.-Helmert-Str. 2-3, 14482 Potsdam


Partner Day speakers 2019


Project partners Bettina Honegger and Michael Haring, Marketing Thyroids at Sanofi-Aventis

Project partner Heiko Witte, Head of Engineering Improvement & Quality at Rolls Royce

Project partnerStefanie Trzecinski, CEO at KOPF, HAND und FUSS

Coaches Isabelle Dechamps and Yi-Cong Lu, founder and project lead at be able e.V.

Alumna Lisa Henke, User Researcher at Viessmann

Alumnus Michael Metzger, D.Network

Alumna & HPI D-School Coach Elisabeth von Helldorf, Interface Manager: Design / Architecture at Zalando

Uli Weinberg, Director HPI D-School

Claudia Nicolai, Academic Director of the HPI D-School

HPI Design Thinking Senior ResearcherMartin Schwemmle

HPI Design Thinking ResearchersAxel Menning and Benedikt Ewald

HPI Design Thinking Researcher Julia von Thienen

HPI Design Thinking Researchers Lena Mayer and Mana Taheri

Alejandro Lecuna and Franziska Reich, HPI Academy




If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Stefanie Schwerdtfeger.