“Design Thinking in Startups + Accelerators”

What are the essential ingredients for innovation, for startups and accelerators? Can design thinking help create more meaningful solutions, products and services in startup envrionments? Many times design is left for the later phases of the start-up process, once strategy and vision is complete, as an implementation discipline. How could we integrate design more effecitvely in the innovation and technology processes – to reach better results and success?

Practically – we will apply the newly gained methods in this workshop to envision new opportunities and solutions, and applying them to the real-life scenario of student housing. Each year 60,000 students arrive in Cluj, looking for housing. How could design + technology envision new solutions for this context? Join us for an inspiring journey on the role of design, and discover together new opportunities with a closer collaboration between design and technology.

Moderators: Emilian Dan Cartis, Ciprian Mihnea, Iuliu Duma, Rodica Alamoreanu


Monday, May 22 2017 // 1PM – 6PM

Liberty Technology Park
Str. Gării nr. 21, clădirea D, parter
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

“Designing and Prototyping User Experiences using the Digital mindset, skillset, toolset”

Often, the nature of human actions and interactions rise some apparently simple questions in design:  how, what way, how much.  Design Thinking brings professional on a cognitive and creative path, starting from the problem understanding stage and ending with a solution finding phase, alongside this well-known user-centered design framework.   We invite you on a four hours trip, among  questions waiting to be raised  and  answers to be given in our workshop .

What involvement should we expect on behalf of user experience, in the early empathizing stage or in the final testing stage, while applying Design Thinking method? Is there always available a criteria-based evaluation of user needs? Or should we rather take a lenient glimpse on user needs and experiences relation? Since user experience is a part of reality, can we understand it by discovering or changing the mindset which exists behind, interact with it trough our skill-set, and mediate its representation by digital toolset we, as creatives, have at our disposal?

We will explore, guided by our guest experience sharing,  different ways of translating from abstract ideas to immediate material, in low-tech and especially high-tech level of prototyping, highlighting on each, limits and opportunities.

The workshop will offer the occasion to apply principles , methodologies of  Design Thinking addressing urban, social or cultural context — specially on <>  as a social activity with many design related concerns — , in the challenging perspective of Cultural Capital of Europe for 2021.  Graphic, ambient or product design perspectives can be involved in offering the appropriate cultural designed product the context asks for?

Moderators: Dan Moga, Eduard Jakabhazi, Dumitru Penteliuc, Diana Andreescu


Tuesday, May 23 2017 // 1PM – 6PM

Mind Hub Timisoara
Strada Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi 16
Timisoara Romania

“Design Thinking as Process”

While design has an evident application to the aesthetics of any service or product, it is really the design process that drives your path to innovation and success. What is the design process, and how does it impact your organization, your methods, and finally the outcome? Come and explore with us the articulation and value of the design process. 

Moderators: Alexandra Ghioc, Silviu Buraga, Adriana Bujor


Wednesday, May 24 2017 // 1PM – 6PM

Location TBD
Iasi Romania

“Improving life in concrete flat buildings using design methods”

Our shared heritage post ’89 stays with the many concrete buildings where many of us have grown and still live. Moving from centralized systems (entire building or neighborhoods) for heat, electric or many other aspects – to personal apartment measurements, to floor-based corridor lighting, and individual family heating makes for one of the most interesting experience changes. How can we use Design Methods to identify ways on improving life in these buildings? Come for a hands-on experience on design methods! 

Moderators: Andrei Carcea, Andreea Nițoi, Magda Ropotan


Wednesday, May 24 2017 // 6PM – 10PM

Studio Kort
Ziduri între Vii, 19 – C4, Sector 2
Bucharest, Romania

“Elevating urban transportation using design thinking”

Brasov is an exciting vibrant city in the center of Romania – with many tourist coming to explore the beautiful mountains nearby. Technology centers, and a vibrant young generation are revitalizing the tech industry. How can Design drive, and be a catalyst for this upcoming hub of technology, resident citizens and tourism-seekers? Specifically, how can design elevate urban transportation in this city? Join for a thought provoking, design-method driven approach to envision new solutions for transportation in this city. 

Moderators: Razvan Patrascu, Alexandra Plămădeală


Thursday, May 25 2017 // 1PM – 6PM

Location TBD
Brasov, Romania

Grande Finale @ Romanian Design Week

“Networks and People for Design Thinking and Innovation”

This event marks our Grande Finale, week-long marathon of workshops on Design Thinking, across all major cities in Romania – envisioned and created by Romanian Design Council. We will host the leaders from all events in other major cities, who will share the experience and outcome of the events across the country. We will share our vision for Romanian Design Council, and how we plan to impact Romania through Design Thinking, and enabling Design Discipline’s full potential.

In the workshop we will address critical skills in the Innovation Process. It takes an organization, team, skills and processes to enable Design Thinking, and make Innovation happen. What are one’s individual personal strengths, in the context of a team, and organizational drivers that best enables innovation? Come join for a thought-provoking and fun hands-on experience that allows you to discover all these aspects, and put them to work in your organization!

This event will be hosted in the Center Exhibition space of Romanian Design Week. Read more about this outstanding event in our partners section.

Moderators: All leads from other events across the country.

Friday, May 26 2017 // 2PM – 7PM

Romanian Design Week (Central Exhibit Space)
Str Cobălcescu 45 Bucharest, Romania

Dan Moga

Dan Moga

Design Director, Universitatea de Vest Timisoara
Rodica Alamoreanu

Rodica Alamoreanu

Design Director, Universitatea de Arta si Design Cluj
Emilian Dan Cartis

Emilian Dan Cartis

Lead, Product Design + Innovation, PepsiCo Europe
Razvan Patrascu

Razvan Patrascu

CEO/ Creative Director Firestarer
Andrei Carcea

Andrei Carcea

Chief Designer @ Studio kort
Andreea Nițoi

Andreea Nițoi

Chief Ideator, Cns
Magda Ropotan

Magda Ropotan

Innovation Coach, Freelancer
Alexandra Ghioc

Alexandra Ghioc

Product Designer, Associate Professor National Art University "George Enescu" Iasi
Dinu Dumbraviceanu

Dinu Dumbraviceanu

Director, UnArte Bucharest
Ciprian Mihnea

Ciprian Mihnea

Product Designer, Associate Professor UAD Cluj
Roland Kunst

Roland Kunst

Professor, UnArte Bucharest
Silviu Buraga

Silviu Buraga

Director Design Department, National Art University "George Enescu" Iasi
Duma Iuliu

Duma Iuliu

Brand Strategist + UAD Cluj
Andrei Dumitrescu

Andrei Dumitrescu

Professor CTNAM, Center for Advanced Technologies
Adriana Bujor

Adriana Bujor

Entrepreneurship Professor, Univ Enescu Iasi
Diana Ornella

Diana Ornella

Univ Vest Timisoara
Dumitru Penteliuc

Dumitru Penteliuc

Univ Vest Timisoara

Romanian Design Council is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of growing design and innovation as strategic component for the growth of Romania.

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