The focus of the Design Thinking activities at Hasso Plattner Institute is the HPI School of Design Thinking (D-School). The HPI D-School is the first European innovation school of its kind and has supplemented the Institute’s IT study program since 2007. Every year, students from all academic disciplines are trained there in the development of user-friendly IT-related products and services.
HPI collaborates closely with Stanford University in Palo Alto and its Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. In November 2008, both institutes of higher learning began a shared innovation research program - the HPI Stanford Design Thinking Research Program.
At its HPI Academy, the HPI offers an executive education in Design Thinking, IT-trends, and business innovation. HPI maintains excellent relationships with Design Thinking professionals around the world and collaborates with them closely.