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Design Thinking For Impact

About The Program

Learn Human Centered Design to launch your new enterprise.

This two-day weekend workshop is designed to take participants through the process of breaking down a complex problem and turning an idea into an actionable solution and finally making a business model for it using the principles of Complex Problem Solving, Human Centered Design, Analogous Thinking for Creativity and Empathy Building for Customers. At the end of the Day 2, teams pitch their products / services to a team of judges and receive further support for their projects.

Top skills you acquire:
  • Complex Problem Understanding and Breakdown
  • Cause and Effect Analysis
  • Idea to Prototyping
  • Stakeholder Mapping and Market Research
  • Human Centered Design
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Building A Business Model


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Design Thinking For Impact

Date: 18th and 19th August, 2018
Venue: 1776 University City
30 North 41st Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(Street parking available)

Registration Fees
75 USD per individual

Program Structure

The entire workshop is delivered using Experiential Learning Pedagogy, which means as participants you will be engaging in hands-on activities rather than learning only theories. Get a chance to specifically work on your respective project ideas (if any) or pick a problem statement under the context of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Day 1
Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM

Serial Module Name
1 Introduction to Human Centered Design
2 Understanding Problems
3 Complex Problem breakdown
4 Introduction to Research using Empathy
5 Market research
6 Making Sense of Data using Pattern Thinking

Day 2
Sunday: 9 AM - 6 PM

Serial Module Name
1 Creative Problem Solving
2 Innovation
3 Prototyping Human Centered Solutions and Feedback
4 Business Model Canvas
5 Execution Strategy
6 Business Pitch

Additional Benefits For Participants

As part of our commitment towards creating a global ecosystem of entrepreneurs, innovators and change-makers, all participants will receive continued mentorship for their projects by our global leadership team beyond the workshop.

Who is this for?

  • Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, Innovators and Professionals who wish to learn the principles of Design Thinking and Entrepreneurial Thinking at work.
  • No prior experience required.
  • All learning and working materials will be provided.
  • Should be available to attend the event in person on both days.

Meet The Facilitators

Insights and mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs in the field.

ycenter team CEO Dhairya Pujara

Dhairya Pujara

Dhairya Pujara is the Founder, CEO at Ycenter, he is responsible for building a global ecosystem bringing in corporates, universities, NGOs for creating experiential educational programs. Dhairya is the curator for "Global Shaper Hub Philadelphia" by World Economic Forum. He has been a global TEDx organizer and a sought-after public speaker on entrepreneurship and international development. He delivers keynote and guest lectures in some of the top business schools and conferences around the globe. Dhairya sits on the advisory board for European Commission program LASIN - Latin American Social Innovation network. In 2015, American Immigration granted him an approval for special category work visa reserved for "an individual of extra-ordinary abilities”. He received his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University.

John Cardone

John Cardone is a human centered designer & systems thinker from Philadelphia. He helps organizations ensure that their systems serve people, and not the other way around. John is particularly interested in how we can use technology and design thinking to solve society's most challenging problems. John also co-founded the Being Design Collective, taught a College Course on Urbanism at Syracuse University, made public art, and studied cultural identity in Dakar, Senegal.

About The Venue

1776 is the Northeast Corridor’s largest network of entrepreneurial incubators, they’re accelerating the explosion of startup activity and the transformation of legacy institutions. They exist to help entrepreneurs succeed and to reach their maximum potential. This beautiful Class A campus is completely eco-friendly, earning a Platinum Certification rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s L.E.E.D. program.


1776 University City
30 North 41st Street
5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104 (Street parking available)

Our Global Partners

Our network includes leading universities, high impact organizations, industry leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world.

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