2-day workshop

Design Thinking


Understand the fundamentals of Design Thinking

Developed by IDEO founder David Kelley, Design Thinking is defined as “a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” The method focuses on three main elements of a product or solution: people, technology, and business. All of these aspects revolve around the customer.

WIRED is hosting a 2-day DESIGN THINKING Workshop for you to explore a human-centered mindset. You will get to know Design Thinking hands-on by exploring various methods & tools and applying them to a concrete challenge.

The course will provide you with short inputs, methods and tools for creative problem solving. We will cover all phases of the innovation process - from user research to a final prototype.
Get inspired by potential users, get support from our trainers, and collaborate in teams with your fellow course members!

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What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a process that provides methods, tools and a language for multidisciplinary collaboration.

At its core Design Thinking is about understanding people´s needs and creatively discovering the best solutions to meet those needs. Creating with a human-centered mindset means not to merely focus on technical feasibility and business viability, but also to understand the context, culture, behaviours, attitudes and needs of the stakeholders involved.

Design Thinking is using real user research through direct observation and in-depth interviews to create qualitative data and user stories that a multidisciplinary Design Thinking team can empathize with.

After the research the Design Thinking team is able to define what the actual problem is. After the problem is defined in synthesis the Design Thinking team will brainstorm to create new ideas for possible solutions. Because Design Thinking is about learning by doing, these ideas are transformed into rapid prototypes to learn about the quality of the ideas by testing them in the real world with real users. Based on the feedback of the users, these prototypes will be iterated and tested again until the Design Thinking team is confident that they developed a solution (that could be a product, service or concept) that is meaningful for the user.

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We spend a lot time designing the bridge, but not enough time thinking about the people who are crossing it.
– Dr. Prabhjot Singh, Director of Systems Design at the Earth Institute –

The Agenda of the Workshop

Part 1: User Research & Inspiration

- Get into the mind of your potential user -

We’ll start the workshop by exploring our challenge through the eyes of our potential users. This phase is not about finding a solution just yet. It is about deeply understanding the (actual) problem by gaining empathy, seeing into potential users needs, and making sense of our collected insights.

Part 2: Ideation

- Explore and develop possible solutions -

This part is all about creativity, imagination and openness to wild concepts! We will focus on the solution space - generating lots of ideas by applying different creativity techniques.

Part 3: Prototyping & Testing

- Get your hands dirty -

In the final part, we transfer our ideas and concepts into tangible prototypes! By observing how potential users interact with them we can test critical functions and hypotheses. Our users feedback and new ideas will help us to

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It is about them and for them. The closer the endusers’ needs are analyzed and answered, the more successful the adoption or purchase of a solution. You iterate until you get it right from a customer perspective. This the power of human-centered design.
– Olivier Delarue, Lead, UNHCR Innovation –

​​Learnings & Take Aways

Human-centered mindset

Approach for creative problem solving

Hands-on methods & tools

Empathy & inspiration from understanding user needs

New ways for generating ideas

Rapid prototyping & testing of ideas

Incorporation of feedback into iterations

Inderdisciplinary team work & collaboration

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User-centered design means understanding what your users need, how they think, and how they behave – and incorporating that understanding into every aspect of your process.
– Jesse James Garrett, User experience designer –

Who should participate?

The Design Thinking workshop is designed for you who wants

● to learn Design Thinking by doing
● to take the first steps towards designing with a human-centered mindset
● to train your approach to creative problem solving
● to try out and apply Design Thinking tools within your first Design Thinking project
● to learn how to do user research and gain empathy
● to get inspired by real user needs
● to get your hands dirty during prototyping & testing
● to learn from user feedback & iterate

This workshop is for anyone who wants to work with a human-centered mindset: Product Managers, Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs, Marketing Experts, Strategists and Planners, Innovation Consultants and Innovators (to be).

There are no special/professional skills needed.


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