Start of the summer term 2018

This week a new semester starts at the HPI School of Design Thinking with 120 Basic and Advanced Track students from 15 nations, 65 universities and 49 disciplines.


Photos: HPI School of Design Thinking/A. Harnisch


Students in our Basic Track begin their Design Thinking education with a one-week project introducing them to the innovation method and process. Our experienced Design Thinkers in the Advanced Track directly start working on the questions posed by their project partners.


As in previous years, the portfolio of partner organizations includes big corporations, medium-sized companies, and NGO’s as well as public institutions. This semester, organizations such as E.ON, Vitronic, Mannesmann Salzgitter, Arvato, Adalbert-Raps-Stiftung and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs have prepared challenges for our students.

Together with their project partners, our students work on challenges – complex problems from the organization’s practice – for which they aim to develop innovative solutions.


These include the development of a new digital payment service for younger customers, or designing customer-friendly solutions for the provision and transmission of information in the case of power cuts.
Students also work on questions concerning the development of digital tools that foster collaboration between departments in a federal institutions, projects empowering future teachers to develop empathy with pupils, or the development of new business contexts for existing products.


We look forward to a new semester full of exciting challenges and innovative solutions.