Design Thinking Impact Conference: 15 years of the HPI School of Design Thinking

HPI Hasso Plattner Institute


From September 15 to 16, the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) will celebrate 15 years of Design Thinking at HPI with a major hybrid “Design Thinking ImpAct Conference”. The design thinking innovation approach has long been established in science and business – companies and organizations worldwide benefit from the new mindset, which can solve problems much faster and drive innovation. The success story of design thinking in Europe is closely linked to the HPI School of Design Thinking, which after its foundation in 2007 quickly became the leading European training center in design thinking. Since then, more than 3,000 students have been able to develop innovative solutions to problems with the innovation approach at HPI, and the continuing education provider HPI Academy has trained more than 10,000 professionals.

At the “Design Thinking ImpAct Conference” you can expect inspiring keynote presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops with recognized experts from science, business and society. These include:

  • Bernard Roth, Academic Director, Stanford at Stanford University
  • dr Konstantinos Karachalios, CEO of the IEEE Standards Association
  • Mei Lin Fung, Chairman and Co-Founder, People Centered Internet
  • Professor Ulrich Weinberg, director of the HPI School of Design Thinking
  • dr Feiyu Xu, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Artificial Intelligence, SAP
  • dr Nina Smidt, managing director and spokesperson for the board of Siemens Stiftung
  • Christian Bason, CEO, Danish Design Center

Over two days, they will all present and discuss the various possible applications of the innovation approach, but also the further development of design thinking in business and society.

You can reserve tickets for the “Design Thinking ImpAct Conference” at for the event on site or online for the event platform Let’s Get Digital. Further information about the conference can also be found at

HPI Podcast Neuland on the success story of design thinking

The HPI School of Design Thinking, abbreviated D-School, which was founded on the model of the Stanford in Potsdam, has quickly developed into Europe’s leading educational center for design thinking. The head of the D-School, Professor Ulrich Weinberg, is one of Germany’s leading innovators. In the current HPI knowledge podcast Neuland “15 years of design thinking: What makes the innovation approach so successful” he talks with the academic director of the D-School, Dr. Claudia Nicolai and moderator Leon Stebe about leaps in the development of design thinking over the past 15 years, special experiences and outstanding projects. How has design thinking evolved since the beginning? What are the reasons for the international success story of the innovation approach in the various areas of society?

The HPI knowledge podcast “Neuland” offers in-depth knowledge about the digital world once a month, explained clearly and comprehensibly by HPI experts at:, on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Brief profile HPI School of Design Thinking

The HPI School of Design Thinking was founded in Potsdam in 2007 by Hasso Plattner on the model of the Stanford and has since developed into a European pioneer and competence center for Design Thinking education. Each year, HPI D-Skolen offers 300 places for an extra course in the innovation approach. In small, interdisciplinary teams, students from a wide range of disciplines develop innovative and human-centred solutions to complex practical problems. They are in close contact with project partners from companies, NGOs and political institutions. As the initiator of the Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA), HPI D-School promotes exchange between design thinking schools in Egypt, the USA and South Africa, among others.

Short profile of the Hasso Plattner Institute

The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam is Germany’s university center of excellence in digital engineering ( ). With the bachelor’s degree “IT Systems Engineering”, the joint digital engineering faculty of HPI and the University of Potsdam offers a Germany-wide unique and particularly practical engineering computer science education, which is currently used by around 700 students. In the five master’s programs “IT Systems Engineering”, “Digital Health”, “Data Engineering”, “Cybersecurity” and “Software Systems Engineering”, you can set your own research priorities based on this. HPI always takes top positions in the CHE university rankings. The HPI School of Design Thinking, Europe’s first student innovation school based on the Stanford model, offers 300 places for further study each year. There are currently 22 professors and over 50 other visiting professors, lecturers and lecturers working at HPI. It carries out excellent university research – in its IT departments, but also in the HPI Research School for PhD students with its research departments in Cape Town, Irvine, Haifa and Nanjing. HPI teaching and research focuses on the fundamentals and applications of large, highly complex and networked IT systems. In addition, development and research of user-oriented innovations for all areas of life.

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Christiane Rosenbach, Tel. 0331 5509-119,

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