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Design the Right Thing

3-week online program
2.5 credits
Remote
Remote
FREE (€100 deposit which is refunded after completing the program)

Deep-dive into the discovery phase of a real-world product design project and learn alongside a peer group from around the world under the guidance of industry experts and mentors. This challenge will enable you to design successful products because you know the real wants and needs of your users. Join a community of aspiring and active product leaders to make an impact in product management and product design.

duration
3-week online program
study module
Remote
Application deadline
22nd of August
Program fee
FREE (€100 deposit which is refunded after completing the program)
€300 €100 one time fee
ects
2.5 credits
KfW is one of the world’s leading promotional banks that has been committed to improving economic, social, and environmental living conditions across the globe on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany since 1948.

KfW is actively involved in the issues that will shape the world of tomorrow. They promote wind farms, infrastructure projects, schools, and hospitals because meaningful and sustainable projects are part of their mission. As a bank, they are committed to responsibility. KfW supports people, countries, and institutions who think ahead and are motivated to take action, driving our society toward the future. This profile is what clearly sets KfW apart from other commercial banks.

Open Challenges

Design the Right Thing

Deep-dive into the discovery phase of a real-world product design project and learn alongside a peer group from around the world under the guidance of industry experts and mentors. This challenge will enable you to design successful products because you know the real wants and needs of your users. Join a community of aspiring and active product leaders to make an impact in product management and product design.

Deadline to apply:
22nd of August
Remote
3-week online program
FREE (€100 deposit which is refunded after completing the program)
deposit/refundable
2.5 credits
ECTS
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How You'll Learn

Our mission is to help you navigate the fast-changing world by building the skillset and mindset to make a sustainable impact on the future. That’s why we offer cutting-edge, intensive, and practice-based Open Challenges, delivered 100% online by Subject Matter Experts. Our certificates give you the resources to upskill, boost your career prospects, and unlock your full potential. The certificates are stackable, meaning that you can use the credits earned towards one of our degree programs.

Learn by doing
Experience real "learning by doing" in an international environment
Network and community
Engage your network and new global community to speed up your impact and get noticed
Guidance
Receive guidance from industry leaders and mentors who are already thriving in successful careers
Remote-first
Grow your network with peers from around the world in a remote-first setting

What You'll Learn

The challenge is made up of 7 milestones. Each of these steps has its own outcome and brings you closer to designing the right thing. By the end of the challenge, you'll have conducted your own design research process and developed a well-designed problem definition based on the insights about your users. These creative competencies will help you to move to the next phase of your design project.

Milestone
1
:
Explore the problem space

In this milestone, you'll get familiar with your real-world case study topic (sustainable micro-mobility, sustainable consumption, or, robotics). The introductory lesson on brainstorming methods will help you and your peers to develop an initial idea about which aspect of the problem space you want to explore.

Milestone
2
:
Develop your design research question

In this milestone, you'll dive into the discovery phase of a design project. With our lessons, you'll be able to identify the different phases of a design process and develop a guiding design research question.

Milestone
3
:
Gain desk research insights

In this milestone, you'll explore a new subject area, understand product environments and use processes, and identify potentials and problems. Our lessons will guide you in selecting suitable desk research methods, such as stakeholder mapping and environmental analysis, which you will conduct on your own.

Milestone
4
:
Discuss your first finding (challenge discussion)

After conducting your desk research, you will present your insights to your peers and mentors. Backed up with their feedback, you will refine your design research question and insight landscape.

Milestone
5
:
Select your user research method

In this milestone, you'll get to know four key methods for user research and corresponding analysis methods to conduct rigorous research and gain valuable insights. You will decide on the appropriate methods to apply in your own research process.

Milestone
6
:
Conduct your research

Backed up with all the knowledge, you'll conduct your own user research and analyze it. You'll share your experiences in a discussion with your peers.

Milestone
7
:
Pitch your insights

In this milestone, you'll learn how to derive key insights from your research and condense them into a consistent problem definition. Finally, you'll summarize your whole research process, insights, and problem definition in a pitch presentation to experts and industry mentors.

Who is This Program For

Open Challenge participants come from a variety of different professional and experiential backgrounds. The common thread is that they all want to make a sustainable impact and further their professional development.

You want to become...
A Product Manager
A Design Manager
A UX Researcher
A UX Designer

Open Challenges in a Nutshell

3-week online program
FREE (€100 deposit which is refunded after completing the program)
10–15h weekly workload
2.5 credits
ECTS
(transferable to the PM SET)
Limited cohort of 25 change makers
Weekly challenge discussion
Starts on:
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Slack community
Certificate

Upon successfully completing the challenge, you'll receive a digital certificate that can be shared with your personal and professional networks.

Program starts

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Keep these dates in mind.

Application deadline (limited seats)
until
22nd of August
Confirmation of participation
until
24th of August
Challenge starts
on
August 29, 2022

The design of any meaningful solution starts with a well-understood problem. But evolution wired our brains to quickly react to challenges, jump to conclusions, and act based on often implicit assumptions. That’s why we, in the discovery phase, focus on methodically developing our understanding of the problem and its causes to identify the most promising paths toward a valuable solution.

Oliver Greuter-Wehn

Head of Product at ToU

Meet Your Program Director

Daniela Peukert

Program Director

Dr. Daniela Peukert is the Academic Program Director for the B.A. in Sustainable Design & Product Management at Tomorrow University of Applied Sciences. As a product designer with a Ph.D. in Sustainability Sciences, she develops sustainable products that have a positive impact. She is an expert in design thinking and user experience research, as well as in the role of design for sustainability transformations. In her research, she explores design prototyping and material metaphors to foster integration and knowledge co-production within transdisciplinary processes and works toward a more-than-human-centered-design approach.

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