HPI Design Thinking Connect & Do Day

Unexpected connections, wild ideas and bold change-makers in an atmosphere  of fun, inspiration and good food & drinks – that is the essence of our  Connect & Do Day.

All Inspirational Speakers, Design Thinking Jammers, Start-Ups, the coaches and all the Professional  Track Alumni with their guests bring such a positive energy making this event exceptional.

FAILING TO SUCCEED? It´s the buzz headline of the moment - but you as over 80 participants made it a real experience. Thanks to a fantastic crowd of Design Thinking program alumni, pioneers and coaches who put maximum energy in contributing to our Connect&aDo Day on February 2nd: Flavia Bleuel & Christina Stansell transformed failures into ideas, George Kembell brought Design Thinking from our professional lives into our daily lives, Julia Leihener brought the Schul-Cloud ideation session to cool results, Simon Barna did speed sprints for redesigning the ideal pet and Jonathan Edelman introduced the community to the new formula DESIGN THINKING + DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY = TRANSFORMATION IMPACT. Our guest start-ups Kingdom of Something and Schul-Cloud brought exciting ideation challenges for our participants to brainstorm on. 10 Hacking Jammers inspired us by sharing their way of making Design Thinking suitable for their specific work- and life-challenges. And finally, we had inspirational speakers, especially from NORD/LB and SANOFI who dared to share their insights about the hurdles of Design Thinking implementation.

You can get a wonderful impression of the day from Dirk Lässig´s pictures and Anže Pintar´s graphic recording in the gallery (please click on a picture to start):

Impressions from the Connect & Do Day 2018

Impressions from the Connect & Do Day 2017

Impressions from the Connect & Do Day 2016

Photos: Dirk Lässig

Keep on daring doing the new! 

The next Professional Track will be launched March 2019.

Start-up Safari

Let’s go on Safari in Berlin – and be inspired by the heart of the German start-up community

Berlin is the undisputed center of the German start-up community. The community has evolved into a unique ecosystem for young entrepreneurs and the creative industry. Visit start-ups, technology companies, accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces to learn about the methods and practices of start-ups and their founders and get valuable impulses for your own work.

Target group

The Safari is designed for corporate teams and offers the opportunity to gain insights into the methods and mindsets of young entrepreneurs.

The Start-up Safari is suited for up to 25 people.


  • Spend a whole day with us touring Berlin visiting these “early stage” companies.
  • Meet selected start-ups and their teams and obtain a firsthand impression of how they work and how they benefit from Berlin as their home. See how young entrepreneurs network and live in Berlin and how they develop their innovations.
  • Successful founders talk about their experiences in setting up their own enterprises.
  • We will also visit a start-up hub and look closely at the way incubators and their concept of co-working operate.
  • The Safari enables its participants to look at their own working processes in a new light. Experience the vibrant work environments of start-ups and possibly transfer your observations into your own company.

The Safari is offered in German and English. We are happy to tailor the offer to your personal needs. Please feel free to contact us.

More events...

Find more information on current and past Design Thinking events of HPI Academy and HPI School of Design Thinking on the website of HPI D-School.