IRDG Design Thinking

IRDG Design Thinking Programme 2015

Building on the success of IRDG’s Annual Conference in 2014 which brought the subject of Design Thinking to a highly enthused audience, IRDG will host a range of initiatives on this topic throughout 2015.

Design Thinking is a user-centred process for creating new and innovative ideas and solving problems. This approach is being adopted by many leading, global organisations to drive their creativity and innovation.

‘People don’t want a drill, they want a hole’

Hear what our members had to say about Design Thinking at the recent conference….

1. Design Thinking Masterclass -starting Feb 25th 2015

This is a course over 4 half-days about developing radical innovation using a design thinking approach.  The programme will be facilitated by Design Innovation Maynooth, who have worked closely with IRDG to develop a unique and highly practical MasterClass.  Uniquely the course will take place in a different location on each of the days.  Each location is that of an IRDG member company who are exemplary in the implementation of Design Thinking in their business – SAP, Medtronic, Logitech and Dell.  As there is a large practical element to this programme, where participants will solve real work problems, it is recommended that at least 2 people per company attend.


2. Design Thinking Conference

In June 2015, IRDG will once again revisit this topic during a one-day event.  Our speaker line-up is coming together, and will again feature leading national and international figures.  We look forward to sharing more details shortly.

3. Design Thinking Special Interest Group

To help those companies who are initiating Design Thinking practices in their Innovation processes, IRDG will be facilitating a networking and learning group where companies can share their experiences and learn from each other.  It will also be joined by relevant experts from time to time depending upon the needs and interest of the group.

4. More to follow! 



2015 is Ireland’s Year of Design.  IRDG is grateful to Irish Design 2015 for supporting our Design Thinking Programme. ID2015 aims to foster dialogue and collaboration by encouraging investment in design as a key component of competitiveness and innovation. The overall objective of the initiative is to sustain and grow employment opportunities and sales and export potential for the Irish design sector into the future.





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