Apply now for the Design Thinking program in the winter semester 2023/24

Your vision for the future meets Design Thinking: You are a student or a recent graduate and want to expand your skills, methodological knowledge and innovation mindset to shape a livable future? Then the D-School is the right place for you! Apply by August 14th, 2023 for the Design Thinking Basic Track program in the winter semester 2023/24.




In the Basic Track program, you will dive into the world of Design Thinking. You will learn the methods and mindset to work together in interdisciplinary teams to develop human-centered solutions to the complex problems of our time. Working in teams, you will experience all the development phases of an innovative idea and strengthen your creative self-confidence in an inspiring work environment.

You will learn the benefits of failing early in the development of innovations, as well as celebrating shared team successes. For real-life challenges of our project partners from companies, NGOs or political institutions, you will apply newly learned methods and your knowledge to develop solutions for exciting problems.

As part of our vibrant Design Thinking community of students, coaches and alumni, you will expand your network, and grow personally in a supportive environment.

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Basic Track in the winter semester 2023/24: Participate on-site or online

In the upcoming winter semester, we will offer the Design Thinking Basic Track in two formats: You can decide whether you would like to participate on-site at the HPI D-School in Potsdam or experience the program in a virtual format.

The program takes place two days per week. It consists of live inputs from our program and coaching team and collaborative teamwork on-site or in the digital space, supported by interactive live coaching sessions. We use different digital tools for both formats, such as the virtual whiteboard "Miro" and our online learning platform "openHPI."

All participants have access to the Design Thinking spaces at the HPI D-School in Potsdam. These workshop rooms are equipped with appropriate technology to work in a hybrid setting.



Information about the Basic Track application

Have we piqued your interest? Then apply online until August 14th, 2023 and become part of our Design Thinking community.

Simply fill out the application form and upload the following documents:

- Curriculum vitae (please use the format provided).

- Certificate of enrollment, if applicable

- T-Profile

A "T-Profile" represents your expertise in a specific area, e.g. from your degree program (by the vertical part of the letter "T"). In addition to your academic training, we would like to know more about your skills and interests (by the horizontal part of the "T"). Feel free to design your "T-Profile" as text, image, photo, or other creative idea.

After the application deadline, we will review all applications received together with our coaching team. At end-August 2023, we will notify you about the status of your application. We will also invite all applicants who receive a place to participate to an initial get-to-know-you workshop in September 2023.

For successful completion of the course, you will receive a personal certificate with information about your partner project.

If you have any questions, please check our FAQ or contact us via email.