The D-Schools in Stanford, Potsdam, and Cape Town are shaping Design Thinking education, and training, thanks to the Hasso Plattner Foundation. In 2022, it is time to celebrate 15 years of Design Thinking at Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam and five years of connecting the international Design Thinking community with the Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA). Moreover, in Cape Town we will highlight the opening of the first building designed specifically for a Design Thinking school. To celebrate these milestones and the impact of Design Thinking on business and society, the HPI D-School Potsdam and the Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika at the University of Cape Town are hosting the Global Design Thinking Festival in September and October 2022.
As drivers of innovation, the HPI and its School of Design Thinking have successfully shaped the future of learning and work. Since its opening in 2007, the HPI D-School has enabled more than 3.000 students to gain an innovative mindset and develop human-centered solutions with an impact. The HPI Academy has trained more than 10.000 professionals. During this conference, we will review the highlights of the last 15 years of Design Thinking activities at HPI and discuss how we can further shape business and society with the innovation approach.