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In the true spirit of design thinking, we are learning on our feet, pivoting our ideas to bring you Design Thinking Ireland 2020 – The Virtual Experience!  We wouldn’t want you to miss our 7th annual event!

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. Be part of it!



Jeanne Liedtka

Thought Leader on Leading Growth, Design Thinking, Corporate Innovation at Darden Business School, Uni of Virginia USA

Roberto Verganti

Professor of Leadership and Innovation at Stockholm School of Economics, Harvard Business School, and Politecnico di Milano

Birgit Mager

Co-Founder and President of the International Service Design Network

Holly O'Driscoll

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

Domhnaill Hernon

Head of Experiments in Art and Technology at Nokia Bell Labs

Timo Pätiälä

Managing Director & Partner at Hellon

Paul Stack

Operations Director at Marco Beverage Systems

Lorna Ross

Chief Innovation Officer at VHI Health & Wellbeing and Big Life Fix Series

Paul Conway

Head of Engineering and Product Delivery (EMEA) at Advantech

Sean McNulty

Chairman at Dolmen Design & Innovation

Frank Devitt

Innovation Management, Strategy & Design Thinking at Maynooth University

Denis Hayes

Managing Director at IRDG

Fiona Chambers

Head of the School of Education at University College Cork and Hasso-Plattner Institute-certified Design Thinking Coach

Trevor Vaugh

Assistant Professor at Department of Design Innovation, Maynooth University and Big Life Fix Series

Siobhán Hennessy

Head of Customer Experience at Musgrave Retail Partners Ireland

Stephen Harvey

Global Head of Design Transformation at Logitech

Andrew Bradley

Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Founder Bradley Brand, Director Design & Crafts Council, Chairman Design Skillnet

David Hannon

Research & Technology Development Manager at Hollister Incorporated

David Beirne

Managing Director UPMC Ireland and SVP UPMC International

Francesca Sorgini

R&D Engineer at Coroflo

Gretchen Mendoza

Senior Director, Product Management at UPMC Enterprises

Frances Mitchell

Director of Business Development at Dolmen Design and Innovation

Claire Doody

Head of Global Capabilities and Learning Design at Twitter

Simon Roberts

Co-founder & Partner at Stripe Partners

Gillian Glassanos

Global Director – Voice of Customer Operations at Dell Technologies

Mark Payne

Global Program Manager – Voice of Customer Operations at Dell Technologies

Noel Joyce

Design & Innovation Director at SOSV and HAX Shenzhen

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

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