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February 16 Conference Kick-Off

Ask the Experts

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Design Thinkers Answer Your Most Pressing Questions

Supported by our graphic facilitator, we will kick off the conference by discussing challenges with real-world applications of design thinking, scaling up, and other nuances that emerge between theory and application.

February 17 Conference Learning

8:30 AM
Conference Welcome, Keynote Speakers

Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed

Gesturing towards Decoloniality in Design: From Human to Humility-centered framings

Maryam is currently a Senior Fellow at Social Innovation Canada supporting their Financialization of Housing Lab, a Senior Consultant at the Center for Social Innovation, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Foresight Canada, and pursuing a Doctoral degree in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment.  

Dr. Jaspal S. Sandhu

Design is an Essential Medicine

Jaspal teaches courses bridging public health, engineering, and business at UC Berkeley, where he served as the Fung Fellowship’s faculty lead from 2016-2021 and created the first-ever human-centered design course in a school of public health.

9:55 AM
BREAK

Breathe, beverage, family, recharge

10:10 AM
Concurrent Sessions 1

ROOM 1

Dr. Angèle Beausoleil (55 minutes):

Teaching and Measuring Innovation Literacy Through Design

ROOM 2

Tabea Berg (55 minutes):

The Vulnerability of Design Thinking: Helping Novices Feel Safe and Free to Get “Out of the Box”

ROOM 3

Chrystia Chudczak (55 minutes):

Reimagining Ukraine Through Design

11:20 AM
LUNCH

Breathe, eat, reflect, fuel

11:50 PM
Concurrent Sessions 2

ROOM 1

Dr. Bidyanand Jha (20 minutes):

Unleashing the potential of design thinking and innovation for a sustainable ecosystem

Gordon Alexander (20 minutes):

A Technologist’s View of Design Thinking in the Real World

Dr. James Simak (20 minutes):

The Innovator’s Voice

ROOM 2

Dr. Jannick Friis Christensen (55 minutes):

Engaging in Norm-Critical Design Thinking

ROOM 3

Katharine Ziff (20 minutes):

Teams, Tools, and Trust in Facilitating Design Thinking

Rhonda Webster (20 minutes):

Design Thinking Mindset

Lindsay Smith (20 minutes):

Level up your brainstorming with the 6 3 5 Method

1:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions 3

ROOM 1

Natalie Foley & Dr. Liz Chen (55 minutes):

How to Design & Execute an Experiment on Any Idea

ROOM 2

Sameer Singh & Jodi Calahoo Stonehouse (25 minutes):

Exploring Wâhkôhtowin: Prototyping an Indigenous/historical boardgame for the market

Brooke Foti Gemmell (25 minutes):

A Visual Designer’s Mini-Guide to Virtual & Hybrid White-boarding

ROOM 3

Glenda Tarnowski (55 minutes):

Engaging Family Caregivers as Part of the Care Team: Co-design of Competency-Based Education for Interdisciplinary Healthcare Providers

2:45 PM
BREAK

Breathe, beverage, family, recharge

3:00 PM
Keynote Speaker, Closing Reflections

Dr. Pierce Otlhogile-Gordon

Practicing Just Transformation: Building Equity Design Into Pedagogy

Dr. Pierce Otlhogile-Gordon is an innovation catalyst, researcher, facilitator, and evaluator, impassioned by the space between transformation and liberation. As the Director of the Equity Innovation studio at Think Rubix, a Black-led social innovation consultancy. Dr. Otlhogile-Gordon serves as a shepherd for Equity Innovation to shape our collective future.