Open Course - Design Thinking

You want to develop new approaches to innovation in your company? Better understand your customers and users? Implement a new collaboration culture? The Design Thinking Open Course is a three-day workshop in Potsdam, Germany which brings you closer to the core elements of the innovation method of Design Thinking using a practical project.

In a multi-disciplinary team, you will work through a complete innovation project. You will develop a strong understanding of the basic concepts of Design Thinking and learn how to use your newly-found knowledge in your day-to-day wor


The Open Courses stretch over three days. The first day provides participants with an intense introduction to Design Thinking and the experience of team-based solution development within short time-frames. On the following two days, teams run through the complete Design Thinking process, working on a real-life project and coming up with solutions to an actual problem - including user research and testing.


  • Work in small teams of max. 6 people with the intensive support of experienced Design Thinking coaches.
  • Get to know tools and methods for solution development and learn to apply them professionally.
  • Experience a new working culture based on empathy, playful testing and a user-centric approach.
  • Meet people from diverse professional backgrounds, expand your network and develop new perspectives.
  • Become a part of our alumni network and benefit from exclusive invitations to HPI Design Thinking events
  • Be equipped with a photo documentation, slides, materials and literature recommendations, so that you can continue directly after the course

Target group

The Open Courses are designed for professionals and executives from all industries who are expected to solve complex problems on a regular basis. Workshops are offered in German and English.


  • Duration: 3 days
  • Location: Design Thinking ProSpace at the HPI Potsdam
  • Costs: 3000.- EUR (plus VAT)
  • includes: participation, materials, transport to and from offsite workshop locations if needed, 1 Coach per max. 6 participants, all meals and Happy Hour (network event)

Further information on the format can be found here.