Embrace a human-centred, design approach to innovation...

Join us, from wherever you are in the world, for Design Thinking Ireland 2021.  Now a virtual experience, this unique industry oriented event is reaching global audiences for it’s 8th year.

Companies across all sectors are challenged. And with challenges come opportunities. The challenges presented are bringing together a complex blend of product design, experience design, service design and business model problems that are looking for creative solutions.

Our present world means many companies are being forced to rapidly respond to changing customer environments, accelerating product and service lines, and flexing operations to meet current and future demands. Innovation and R&D has a key role to play, and design thinking is a powerful approach to leverage.

Leaders of innovation, along with those from all functions involved in the design and delivery of products, processes and services should join this event. Whether you are interested in exploring how design thinking could help you, or a seasoned practitioner seeking to grow your experiences, it’s a chance to be educated, inspired and connected.

Engage with us from the comfort of your surroundings. Learn from extremely accomplished Irish and international design thinking leaders and industry practitioners. Connect with a wide community of people from all walks of life.

This unique event in Ireland’s calendar is now even more accessible than ever before. You can join live, or catch available recordings afterwards. Be part of it!


Ulrich Weinberg

Director School of Design Thinking at Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam

Claire O'Grady

Service Designer at Musgrave

Mauro Porcini

Chief Design Officer at PepsiCo

Melis Senova

Co-Founder of Huddle and author of This Human

Phil Gilbert

General Manager, Design at International Business Machines (IBM)

Linn Vizard

Designer & Leading Advocate of Service Design and Founder of Made Manifest

Craig Scott

Head of User Insights at Dolmen Design and Innovation

Des O'Toole

Clinical Digital Innovation Lead and Digital Transformation at Health Service Executive (HSE)

Claudia Nicolai

Co-director and Academic Director at the HPI School of Design Thinking in Potsdam

Aidan McCullen

Change Consultant, Corporate Coach and Host of the Innovation Show

Jenn Whittingham

Principal UX Designer at McKesson

Denis Hayes

Managing Director at IRDG

Frank Devitt

Innovation Management, Strategy & Design Thinking at Maynooth University

Holly O'Driscoll

CEO at Ampersand Innovation and former Global Design Thinking Leader & Innovation Strategist Procter & Gamble, USA

Anja Svetina Nabergoj

Lecturer and Innovation Coach at Stanford

John McKeon

Chief Executive Officer at Allergy Standards Ltd.

Karen Hold

Founder & CEO at Experience Labs

Chris Curran

Head of Research & Innovation Partnerships at Irish Life

You'll be in good company...

What's happened previously. A flavour of companies who attended.

Abbey Machinery, AbbVie, Advant Medical, Aerogen, Airbnb, Alcon, Allergan Westport, Allergy Standards Limited, Allianz, Allsorter, Alltech Farming Solutions KEENAN, Amárach Research, Analog Devices International, Andor, Aon Centre for Innovation and Analytics, Asavie, Aspect Software, Aviareto Ltd, Aviva, Ballina Beverages, Bank of Ireland, BD Gencell, Bell Labs, Bemis Healthcare Packaging Europe, Bimeda, Bord Bia, Bord na Móna, Boston Scientific, Boyne Valley Group, Bricks4Biz, Bua Saddles, Carbery Group, Carma, Chilli Pepper, Citi Innovation Lab, Coillte, Cook Medical, Cora Systems Ltd, Dublin Airport Authority, Dairygold Food Ingredients, Daktronics, Dawn Farms, Dell EMC, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Dept of Justice, DePuy Synthes (Johnson & Johnson), Design Partners, Dolmen Design and Innovation, DreamTec Systems, Dropbox, Dublin City Council, Dun & Bradstreet, EBS, Ei Electronics, EI Travel Group, EirGen Pharma, EirGrid, Electric Ireland, Enable Ireland, EnerNOC Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Equifax, ESB, FastForm Research, FEXCO, Fidelity Investments, Firecrest ICON Plc, Fleming Medical, Fuxblau, Geith International Ltd, GeoSolutions, Gerflor, Glanbia plc, GS1 Ireland, GSK, Guidewire Inc., Henkel Ireland, Hewlett Packard, HiTech Health, Hogans Farm, Hollister, Horkans Group, Horseware Ireland, Hub Controls, IBM, iCabbi, IDA Ireland, Informatica, Innovotec, Integer, Intel Labs Europe, International Energy Research Centre, Invisio, Irish Life, Irish Whiskey Museum, J&J Vision, Janssen Biologics, Javelin Group, Jinga Life, Johnson & Johnson, Keohane Seafoods, Kepak, Kerry, Kora Healthcare, Laboratory Supplies Ltd, Laya Healthcare, Lennox Pump + Process, Logitech, Mafic, Marco Beverage Systems, Marinochem Limited, Mason Technology, Mastercard, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, McKesson, McKinsey & Company, Medentech, Medite Smartply, Medtronic, Mergon International, Merit Medical, Merlyn Industries Ltd, Microsoft, Minteq, Molex Ireland, Moog, Morgan McKinley, Munich Re, Musgrave Group, NearForm Limited, Netwatch, Nokia Bell Labs, Novartis, Nuritas, Nutribio, Openet, Openjaw Technologies, Oracle EMEA, Oriflame, PBC Ltd, Permanent TSB, Pilz Ireland, Pivotal Labs, Poppulo, Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd., ProPhotonix, Q1 Scientific, RCSI, Renew Health, SAP, Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, SeaQuest Systems, Siemens, SiriusXT, SMBC Aviation Capital, South Dublin County Council, SSE Airtricity, State Street Corporation, Stellwagen Technology, Stryker, Synecco, T.E. Laboratories, Takeda, Tanco Autowrap Ltd., Tapadoo, Teagasc, Techno-path (Distribution) Ltd., TEKenable Ltd, Teleflex, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Transitions Optical, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Ventac, Version 1, VHI Healthcare, Viatel, Virgin Media Ireland, Vizor Ltd, VMware, Voya, vStream, WaterWipes, Westrock, Zalando

Want to know Why Design Thinking Works?

Join the 2021 Virtual Experience!

Ticket price €195 covers all 3 days & recordings. Discounts available for IRDG members.