Design Thinking at Hasso Plattner Institute

Design Thinking is a methodological approach for innovative solutions that is taught and researched in different ways at Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), in collaboration with Stanford University. Through  multi-disciplinary teams, an iterative process and focus on the user, Design Thinking develops practical solutions for all areas of life.

The focus of the Design Thinking activities at Hasso Plattner Institute is the HPI School of Design Thinking. 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, 240 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 Institute 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.

Programm "Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation"

Das dreimonatige Programm "Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation" des Hasso-Plattner-Instituts (HPI) und des Stanford Center for Professional Development bietet Führungskräften neuste Kenntnisse aus Informationstechnologie, Wirtschaft und Design Thinking, um Initiativen zur digitalen Innovation zu managen.

An Overview of the Design Thinking Program at Hasso Plattner Institute

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For Students

The supplementary study of Design Thinking at the HPI School of Design Thinking is aimed at students of all disciplines and nationalities. It is divided into two semesters: the Basic Track and the optional Advanced Track. During their study time, students work in small, multidisciplinary teams and are supported by experienced Design Thinking coaches. Participants learn how innovations are developed in the team.

For Professionals

The HPI Academy, a spin-off of Hasso Plattner Institute, offers training programs in Design Thinking for companies and organizations. Participants become familiar with problem-solving tools and a mindset that enables them to adjust to today’s economic transformations and the pervading pressure to change. Program attendees acquire the ability to put this new way of thinking into action. The offers for professionals range from Open Courses, to a three-month long Professional Track, to tailor-made courses.

For Researchers

In the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program (DTRP) at Potsdam and Stanford, questions are investigated such as how Design Thinking can be improved, where past successes lie, and how the sustainable implementation in a corporate and organizational context can be realized.