d.confestival at the HPI in Potsdam

From 14–16 September 2017, more than 900 innovation experts and creative thinkers from more than 40 countries gathered at the “d.confestival,” which took place at Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany.

Over the course of three days everything revolved around the innovation approach of Design Thinking. In 26 panels and presentations, 32 workshops, and more than 20 activities, participants engaged in discussions about the future of work, mobility, and learning and developed new concepts for the application of Design Thinking in business, education, or science.

Visiting innovative workspaces like the SAP Apphaus and the InsureHub in Berlin as well as listening to the inspirational stories of Design Thinking at Google, BOSCH, SAP, Lufthansa, Danone, Volkswagen, Daimler, Nestlé, BMW Group and Deutsche Bahn made this event a memorable one for us.

The international Design Thinking festival marked the 10-year anniversary of the HPI School of Design Thinking. Representatives from the D-Schools in China, Malaysia, South Africa, and Germany launched the Global Design Thinking Association (GDTA) during the d.confestival. The GDTA is a network of institutions that teach, research and further develop the methods and mind-sets of Design Thinking.

Carried out in multidisciplinary teams with the user as the focal point, the Design Thinking method helps to solve complex problems creatively and quickly. The potential of Design Thinking has long been recognized in the sectors of business, research and politics.



Photo Credits: Kay Herschelmann

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