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Design Thinking Ghana Conference

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Global Grand Event on Digital Design


The Design Thinking Ghana Conference (DTGC) is Africa’s premier Design Thinking conference. The goal of the conference is to bring attention to Design Thinking as a strategic problem solving and innovation process or tool, provide a platform for presentations on the application of this methodology in industry and point the audience to ways in which they can be more successful if they apply the insights and knowledge from the conference. Last year, DTGC2017 engaged an international audience of Ghanaians and expatriates in presentations, mini-workshops, design charrettes and great networking activities.

This year, DTGC2018 is bigger and better, featuring a Design Thinking Week that culminates in a two-day conference of exciting and educational activities.

DTGC2018 has the theme “Doing Design Thinking” featuring two program tracks: Competitive Advantage and Social impact. We believe that a reliable way to gain competitive advantage is to gain deep customer or user insights in order to better understand the customers’ needs to provide the best solution. If customers enjoy the best solution, their level of satisfaction will sustain the company’s business and also ensure the greatest impact.

Here are some descriptors of the value that the audience will get from the two tracks at the conference:

What you will learn?

For Competitive Advantage
  • Participants will learn how to gather deep customer or user and market insights in ways that their competitors will not be able to fathom
  • Participants will learn to unpack user needs and explore the best ways and practices of developing solutions to delight these users
  • Participants will acquire the right tools for conceptualizing and testing their solutions, in the local and global context
For Social Impact
  • Participants will learn to explore opportunities for social innovation in pressing socioeconomic spaces.
  • Participants will get better appreciation for relevant stakeholders needed to bring a creative collaborative focus to social issues
  • Participants will also learn how to build strong and sustainable business models for social impact

What are the benefits?

  • We believe if a company has deep customer or user insights, it can understand the customers’ needs better than its competitors and subsequently provide the best solution. If customers enjoy the best solution, their level of satisfaction will sustain the company’s business and ensure the greatest impact.
  • Therefore, with deep customer insight, companies are sometimes able to create value beyond what their competitors offer and make significant impact.
  • There are many ways of unearthing deep customer insights, but the Design Thinking approach has gained much ground, recently, in the business world and this year’s conference promises to be revealing and insightful.

CEIBS Academic Centre

5 Monrovia Road, East Legon

February 14 - 19, 2018

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Design Thinking Week: The Week-long program includes the following (stay tuned for more details):

  • 2-day Fast Forward in Design Thinking Workshop
  • Design activities with our partner organizations
  • 2-day Design Thinking Conference
    • Keynotes
    • Invited project presentations
    • Panel Discussions
    • Breakout Sessions
    • Networking

Design Thinking Introductory Workshop

The HPI d-school at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, is running a 2-day design thinking workshop (space limited) as part of the DTGC2018 Design Thinking Week. Dr Rael Futerman, Program Manager at the d-school, will take participants through an action-based Design Thinking workshop. This workshop will introduce participants to Design Thinking tools, methods and mindsets. The UCT chapter of the d-school is the newest and third Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking in the world, joining the well-established d-schools at Stanford and Potsdam Universities. Outcomes from this workshop will be presented by participant teams during the opening of the conference.

Presentations and other Sessions

We will have power talks that will inspire the audience to embrace Design Thinking further and invited presentations from organizations and groups that have used the Design Thinking process for projects in both areas of the conference theme. We also have sessions that help us dive a bit deeper into the Design Thinking skills and breakout sessions for the audience to network in areas of interest.

Please check frequently for more program schedule

Who's Speaking?

Meet your speakers

Arne Van Oosterom

Senior Partner & Founder DesignThinkers Studio,DesignThinkers Academy, DesignThinkers Group & Photographer/ Artist, Global Marketing and Communication, Open University the Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dr. Rael Futerman

Program Manager, HPI d-school at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa


Dr. Gordon Adomdza

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Ashesi University

Dela Kumahor

Strategist, Communication and User Experience Design

Yaa Cuguano

Researcher/Educator, Product Development

David Hutchful

Director of Technology Innovation, Grameen Foundation

John Armah

C.E.O, Orios Group

Yaw Adu-Gyamfi

Center for Social Innovations (CSI), Co-Founder

Jorge Appiah

Co-Founder/C.E.O, Kumasi Hive

Constance Elizabeth Swaniker

C.E.O, Accents & Arts Ltd.

Nana Kwadwo Duah

Creative Director, Oxygen

Hassan Salih

Co-Founder, DZYN Studios


Global Grand Event on Digital Design


Design Thinking Ghana Conference

2-Day HPI d.school @ UCT, South Africa, Workshop

GH¢ 600.00

  • 2-Day Workshop
  • 2-Day Conference
  • Certificates Awarded
Regular Package, Individual

  • Regular: GH¢ 200.00
  • Early Bird: GH¢ 150.00 ends 25th May, 2018
  • Tertiary Students: GH¢ 100.00 Present ID Card
Special Corporate Engagement

GH¢ 600.00

  • Pay a discounted conference registration for a minimum of 4 staff members at GHS 150 per staff
  • Register your company to submit a problem/challenge to be used for a workshop/breakout session if approved (additional GHS 500 to get a short-curated report).
  • Or
  • Register your staff in a 2-day post-conference design sprint where they work on a project of the company’s choosing from the stages of Problem to Prototype (additional GHS 300 per staff)
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