Start of winter term 2016/17

This week the HPI D-School kicked off a new semester of Design Thinking with 110 Basic- and Advanced-Track students from 23 nations, 81 universities and 68 disciplines.

While students in the Basic Track launch their one-week introductory projects in Design Thinking, the more experienced design thinkers in the Advanced Track will start directly on their partner projects. These involve real questions from industry and society. Just as in previous years, the portfolio of partner companies offers an eclectic mix of corporations, non-profit companies, and mid-size operations. Among others this year’s partners include: Hohenloher, NutriAct, Quantum, Roche, TechniSat, and Valeo.

Together with their project partners, the students work on challenges with the aim of developing innovative solution for complex problems that occur in actual practice. These include questions on how to help people between 50 and 70 change their eating habits or solutions for improving the self-care of diabetes patients. Project topics also come from the automotive, energy, smart home and the learning space design sectors.

We are looking forward to an exciting semester full of great challenges and innovative solutions.