The Annual Conference 2014 focused on the theme of Design Thinking – which was described on the day as one of the ‘must-have’ business skills of the 21st Century. Using principles from the world of Design, leading public and private organisations worldwide are now bringing a more creative approach to Innovation, and increasingly employing Design Graduates and training staff on Design Thinking skills and practices. Over 200 people attended, from member companies all over Ireland.
In all this was our most successful event to date, with over 200 people from businesses involved in Research & Innovation, and colleges involved in Design, in attendance. International speakers from the USA, UK, Russia, France, Germany and Ireland shared their experiences of how the area of Design is contributing to Innovation. Lara Hanlon, a design graduate of IADT, shared her experience of joining IBM as a Designer this year and bringing her skills to their Innovation Centre (see her blog attached). Businesses such as Dell, SAP, IBM, Bord Fáilte, Kerry Group and Fidelity Investments all shared their experiences of how Design Thinking is transforming how they do their Innovation and making a real difference to their operations.
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The conference also featured on the IrishTV Dublin Matters programme (prog. number 24) – find the programme on this link
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