Director School of Design Thinking | Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam
Since 2007 Director of the School of Design Thinking at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam. Studied Arts, Design, Philosophy and Art History in Munich and Berlin. 1980-1986 active in TV design in public and private production facilities. Since 1986, specialized in 3D computer animation (among others with mental images, ART + COM) in artistic, technical and scientific projects for companies like ARD, BMW, Daimler Benz, Siemens, Schering, Telekom and ZDF. Founder of the company TERRATOOLS and CYPARADE with focus on 3D animation, simulation, cross-media projects and computer games. Since 1994 Professor of Computer Animation at the Film University Babelsberg. For four years the Vice President for Research, Development and International Relations. Since 2004 Visiting Professor at the Communication University of China CUC in Beijing and there since 2014 Honorary Director of the Design Thinking Innovation Center. Since November 2014 board member of the German Society for Quality DGQ e.V., board member of TEDx Berlin and, since 2015 co-founder of WeQ-Foundation and its chairman. Co-author of several books, author of “Network Thinking –Was kommt nach dem Brockhaus-Denken”.
The HPI School of Design Thinking is a sister institution of Stanford d.school. The principle: course-related project-based learning in multidisciplinary teams, no single grading. Collaborating people are the center of attention and a specially designed variable environment, based on teamwork atmosphere. Currently, 120 students from about 70 disciplines, 60 universities and 20 nations take courses in Design Thinking. A team of 35 professors and assistants accompanies the students in the learning process. In addition, more than 4,000 professionals are trained at HPI in Design Thinking annually. The Potsdam School of Design Thinking became a model for educational institutions in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Stockholm and Cape Town. Ulrich Weinberg supports and advises for years companies such as SAP, Janssen, Volkswagen and Bosch in transformation processes to networked digital work structures. He is to digital at home and abroad sought congressional speaker transformation, design thinking, Network thinking and collaborative working and learning culture. He has two children and lives with his family in Berlin.