HPI Design Thinking Connect & Do Day

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


The annual Connect & Do Day is our executive Alumni event at the HPI Academy. The day is designed in a bar camp format: full of inspiration, exchange and creation of experiences by Design Thinking practitioners. The content is contributed by Alumni, coaches, start-up partners and other Design Thinking experts from our community.


Impressions from the Connect & Do Day 2020

67 participants from 41 different companies, 7 countries: a day full of inspirational talks, prototyping and sharing experiences, wrapped up with 20 minutes of speed dating. On February 14th we hosted this year´s “Connect & Do Day”. Participants from the Professional Track, the HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches and the HPI-Stanford Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation Program (LDTAI) all met to network, exchange and collaborate. These drivers of change came from many different organizations and worked on the theme of "Prototype your Transformation". Additionally, Dr. Julia von Thienen (Stanford-Potsdam Design Thinking Research Program) presented the HPI neuroscience initiative with an inspiring keynote about the link between neuroscience and the practice of design thinking. The focus of the whole day were the “hacking jams” - a short format where participants presented their Design Thinking “hacks” for organizational change. In interactive sessions, experts such as Eugen Litwinow (Ellery Studios), Gerald Kremer (CreditSuisse), Simon Ludwig (TeamBuildingThings), Simon Kiepe (Open State) and our coach Prof. Julia Leihener (design akademie) facilitated exercises on the topic of space, empathy work with board members and prototyping for strategy. Everyone brought such a positive energy and made this event exceptional.

You can get a wonderful impression of the day from Dirk Lässig´s pictures 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


Get more information on our Professional Track and registration here.