HPI D-School Partner Day 2019

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, 22 May, 2019 12:30–19:00
Location: HPI School of Design Thinking, House D, August-Bebel-Str. 88, 14482 Potsdam

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Our speakers


HPI Design Thinking Researchers Axel Menning and Benedikt Ewald

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

Claudia Nicolai, Academic Director of the HPI D-School

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

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

Project partner Ilka Rhesa, Project Lead TUECHTIG at KOPF, HAND und FUSS

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

Project partner Jörn Bruecker, Design Thinking Coach, Architecture, Strategy & Innovation at Nestlé

HPI Design Thinking Researcher Julia von Thienen

Alumna Lisa Henke, User Researcher at Viessmann

Alumnus Lucas Paes de Melo, CEO at Amparo

HPI Design Thinking Senior Researcher Martin Schwemmle

Uli Weinberg, Director HPI D-School


Our preliminary agenda:


12:30-13:00 Welcome with snacks and drinks

13:00-13:30 Update Hasso Plattner Institute and School of Design Thinking

13:30-14:30 Presentations & discussion part I

14:30-15:30 World Café: What’s new in Design Thinking

15:30-15:45 Coffee break

15:45-17:30 Presentations & discussion part II

17:30-17:45 Closing Words

17:45-19:00 Networking with food and drinks




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