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Global Design Thinking Alliance is growing further

At The LearningFactory, Pennsylvania 2023 © GDTA Global Design Thinking Alliance

From October 20th to 22nd, the annual GDTA Global Design Thinking Conference occurred at PennState’s The Learning Factory in Pennsylvania, USA. As a global network, the GDTA Global Design Thinking Alliance is expanding further in promoting the principles and practices of Design Thinking. The conference was held under “Upskilling the Current and Future Workforce.”

On Friday, the 20th, the internal GDTA meeting presented the alliance’s strategic plans and initiatives to partner with new members worldwide. As the first and, to date, the only member in Ecuador, the I3LAB ESPOL received the official certificate and pin as a formal recognition of being a member of the GDTA. Sharon Guamán-Quintanilla, Academic Coordinator, Researcher, and Lecturer at ESPOL’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (i3lab), said: “It’s a significant milestone for our center and another evidence of ESPOL’s commitment to fostering Design Thinking in our region.

We look forward to new members joining the Global Design Thinking Alliance.”

The day after, the annual and open GDTA conference was hosted at The LearningFactory, an amazing 10.000 square meter Engineering Design and Innovation Building on the PennState campus, by Matt Parkinson (Professor at PennState University and Director of The LearningFactory) and Jessica Menold (Associate Professor at PennState University).

Two-panel sessions covered the global perspectives on design thinking, moderated by Uli Weinberg (Founding Director of D-School Potsdam and President of GDTA). Lakshmi Devi Rao, a recent part of the Professionals’ Track at HPI D-School in Potsdam, showed impressive insights into her daily work as a Design Thinking advisory coach in the government space in Meghalaya, India. Furthermore, John Ochsendorf (Professor at MIT and director of Morningside Academy for Design), Richard Perez (director of d-school Afrika), and Matt Parkinson discussed the importance of space and architecture in different cultural environments.

The second panel provided unique insights from Design Thinking initiatives in Kazakhstan, delivered by Maria Stashenko, and from Ukraine, provided by Nadia Khokhlova.

The presentations were followed by a hands-on prototyping workshop and a flavor of Design Thinking Dinner to allow all participants to interact with each other. For the closing ceremony, the Global Design Thinking Alliance showed an incredible opportunity to connect with like-minded practitioners, researchers, and teachers from academic institutions worldwide. Today, we count 35 members from 23 countries – stay in touch; we’ll keep you posted!

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Global Design Thinking Festival 2022

In 2022, we have many reasons to celebrate: Students have been learning at the HPI School of Design Thinking for 15 years now, and we have been connecting the international Design Thinking community with the Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA) for five years.

But that’s not all: For another highlight this year, we look to Cape Town, South Africa. The Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika at the University of Cape Town is opening the first building designed specifically for a Design Thinking school.

To properly celebrate, reflect and discuss these events and the impact of Design Thinking on business and society, HPI D-School Potsdam and Hasso Plattner d-school Africa will host the Global Design Thinking Festival in September and October 2022. Read more

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Global Design Thinking Alliance welcomes six new members

The Global Design Thinking Alliance once again extends its network. From now on the GDTA can benefit from an idea and practice exchange with six other institutions: The Design Thinking Observatory at Politecnico Milano, Design Thinking Center Moscow, Industry Research & Development Group (IRDG), ULBS Sibiu, Darden School of Business, and Shenkar Collage for Design, Engineering, Art.

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GDTA member Universidad Mayor hosts to Global Design Thinking Summit

The exclusive online event will bring together world experts in Design Thinking.

Seiya Otta, former Volvo Global Director of Innovation and Design; Roberto Carreras, founder of VOIKERS, Runa Sabroe, director of Wonderful Copenhagen; and Claudia Nicolai, Academic Director of the HPI D-School Potsdam stand out among the several international guests.

The online event is organized by the D-School of Universidad Mayor from Chile, with the support of Corfo, and will take place on November 3, 4 and 5.

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Construction gets underway for Africa’s first Design Thinking school to be located at UCT

Africa’s first school dedicated to design thinking located at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Middle Campus is officially under construction, with groundbreaking having begun this month. The d-school’s sponsor, Hasso Plattner Foundation (HPF), is funding the new building, which will play a strategic role as part of UCT’s 2030 vision. Read more

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Global Design Thinking Week: Designing for global impact in Cairo

In the first week of December, Cairo became the central meeting point for startups from North Africa, the Middle East and beyond as the community came together for the annual Rise Up Summit. On this occasion, the American University in Cairo (AUC) and the HPI School of Design Thinking (HPI D-School) hosted a four-day Global Design Thinking Week as a featured bootcamp of Rise Up Summit. Read more

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Global Design Thinking Alliance welcomes five new members

The Global Design Thinking Alliance extends its network. On occasion of the annual conference at Hasso Plattner Institute, New York, the GDTA welcomed five new member institutions: The American University in Cairo, Echos Innovation Lab, Penn State University, Tecnológico de Monterrey and Universidad Mayor.

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