Design Thinking

Generate ideas to solve societal challenges

“Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that draws from the designer’s toolkit to integrate the needs of people, the possibilities of technology, and the requirements for business success.” — by Tim Brown CEO of IDEO


ENAC’s PhD students, post-docs & scientific collaborators only.


In this one-day workshop, participants will discover Design Thinking — an innovative, human-centered approach to problem solving that starts with a specific challenge and goes through multiple stages of iteration: observation, interviews, brainstorming, and prototyping.


To get a human-centered approach to solve academic, industrial, entrepreneurial, or personal challenges in any field — from architecture and design to innovative services and products engineering to urban planning and beyond.


After an introduction of the tools and methods, participants will practice in groups on a real-life challenge, from collecting insights on the field to reframing the challenge, generating and describing ideas, prototyping them and exposing them to external feedback.


The workshop is free of charge for registered participants.

Let’s encourage empathy, creativity and collaboration to drive tomorrow’s innovation!

With Grégory Grin, Design thinking coach

Managing Director, Fri Up

“Making an impact, and a sustainable one, is about happy people sharing the same values, welcoming diversity, implementing great ideas thanks to a mix of experiences, expertise, histories, cultures and opinions.”

Grégory leads Fri Up, the official support organization for business creation in the canton of Fribourg. Its mission: to be the point of contact for all new entrepreneurs who want to launch their start-up.

Prior to Fri Up, Grégory Grin worked for 20 years in the development and launch of new consumer technology products and digital services. He was the head of Product Development & Operations at Swisscom Smart Living.

He has also initiated the TEDx conferences in Fribourg.

Grégory Grin holds a MSc in Information Technology (University of Versailles) and graduated in General Management from the Harvard Business School.