HPI D-School Partner Day 2020

At the HPI D-School more than 2,500 students have developed creative solutions for numerous design challenges in over 200 projects and together with project partners from 15 industries in the past eleven years. The result are numerous innovative prototypes, many implemented ideas, and stories of success that triggered organizational change.


At the HPI D-School Partner Day we invite our project partners to meet our Design Thinking community. The Partner Day is an exclusive gathering of project partners from all kinds of industries and organizations, alumni, coaches and current HPI D-School students to reconnect and discuss the latest developments in Design Thinking. Our partners share experiences on the application of Design Thinking in different projects and exchange insights of successes and challenges during the implementation of these projects.


Date: Wednesday, 10 June, 2020, 12:30–19:00
Location: Hasso Plattner Institute, D-Space 3rd Floor, Prof.-Dr.-Helmert Str. 2-3, 14482 Potsdam


Speakers Partner Day 2019


Project partners Bettina Honegger and Michael Haring, Marketing Thyroids at Sanofi-Aventis

Project partner Heiko Witte, Head of Engineering Improvement & Quality at Rolls Royce

Project partner Stefanie Trzecinski, CEO at KOPF, HAND und FUSS

Coaches Isabelle Dechamps and Yi-Cong Lu, founder and project lead at be able e.V.

Alumna Lisa Henke, User Researcher at Viessmann

Alumnus Michael Metzger, D.Network

Alumna & HPI D-School Coach Elisabeth von Helldorf, Interface Manager: Design / Architecture at Zalando

Uli Weinberg, Director HPI D-School

Claudia Nicolai, Academic Director of the HPI D-School

HPI Design Thinking Senior Researcher Martin Schwemmle

HPI Design Thinking Researchers Axel Menning and Benedikt Ewald

HPI Design Thinking Researcher Julia von Thienen

HPI Design Thinking Researchers Lena Mayer and Mana Taheri

Alejandro Lecuna and Franziska Reich, HPI Academy


Agenda Partner Day 2019


12:30     Welcome & Registration with snacks and drinks


13:00     Update Hasso Plattner Institute and School of Design Thinking: Uli Weinberg & Claudia Nicolai


13:30     Session I: Design Thinking and social innovation


                Co-creation and collaboration for inclusion at be able e.V.

                Inclusive co-working at TUECHTIG



14:30     World Café: What’s new in Design Thinking


                Axel Menning & Benedikt Ewald: Team Dynamics

                Julia von Thienen: Innovation Modelling

                Lena Mayer & Mana Taheri: Design Thinking MOOCs

                Martin Schwemmle: Innovation Spaces

                Alejandro Lecuna & Franziska Reich: The idea arch


15:30     Coffee Break


15:45     Session II: Implementing Design Thinking in companies


                Digital shift planning at Rolls Royce

                Fostering human-centered diagnosis and therapy at Sanofi-Aventis

                Organizational change and workplace strategy at Zalando

                Integrating Design Thinking at Viessmann


17:30     Closing Words: Uli Weinberg & Claudia Nicolai


17:45     Networking with food and drinks




If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Stefanie Schwerdtfeger.