Virtually coaching 150 data scientists in design thinking

Executive Training
Service & Experience Design

Client : The Data Lab

The challenge

Helping drive innovation in the Scottish economy

Every year The Data Lab, Scotland’s Innovation Centre for data and AI, runs an Innovation Week for over 150 data scientists from 11 Scottish universities. It enables the postgraduates to learn a range of new skill sets, to prepare them before they enter the job market. This has the longer-term goal of increasing the positive impact of data on the Scottish economy.

Our training arm – Design Thinkers Academy London – was invited to run this year’s event, which was focussed around an environmental challenge from the Glasgow Chambers of Commerce, looking at how Glasgow could reduce waste and become a more circular city. 


The approach

Online collaboration & co-creation

Due to the circumstances around Covid-19, we had to rapidly innovate and bring our planned live workshop to an online format, training the students in design thinking over the course of a one-week Design Sprint. This was the largest online hackathon of its type to ever happen over the popular collaboration platform Mural. 

All of our design thinking methods and trainings were converted to make them suitable for an online environment. Then, bringing together a group of 15 leading design thinking coaches and using webinars, online tutorials, workshops and feedback sessions, we trained the students in design thinking, taking them through the Double Diamond process, all focussed on this circular challenge. 

The impact

  • Job opportunities enhanced

    In just one week, 150 data students were effectively trained in the fundamentals of design thinking, making them more employable going forward.

  • Impactful solutions created

    Over 15 innovative solutions were created in response to an important environmental issue. These ideas can now be taken forward.

  • Visual training realised

    Over Zoom and Mural we brought high impact learning to the students, overcoming numerous challenges and difficulties.

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