Creating Positive Impact Through Design

Friday, 1st Sep 2017



2-3:30 pm – Lightning Talks – Limited seats RSVP Required
Join for a series of 7-minute Lightning Talks by people from CIID’s international network. They will share projects, demos and ideas that will inspire and motivate.

Speakers to be announced.

3:30-5pm – Open House
We open the doors to CIID’s unique environment. It is a great opportunity to meet with the CIID team for informal chats and networking.

More info and sign up here!


Thursday, 31st Aug 2017


CIID and the Danish Design Center (DDC) have formed a partnership to direct a design driven incubator called InnoFounder.

Owned by Innovation Fund Denmark, InnoFounder is a Danish initiative that aims to create business growth by boosting promising entrepreneurial talent amongst recent graduates from accredited Danish educational institutions.

Throughout their 12 months of incubation at InnoFounder, the entrepreneurs will be mentored by seasoned experts in design and innovation. As well as this mentorship, they will follow an intense and ambitious course with thematic workshops, key events, and deep integration into the startup ecosystem in Denmark.

By choosing CIID and DDC, Innovation Fund Denmark has put design thinking front and centre of one of the largest incubators in Denmark.


Ethical and Responsible IoT?

Thursday, 31st Aug 2017


We are happy to announce that our research project VIRT-EU in collaboration with ThingsCon will be present at TechFestival.

The event brings together innovators and thinkers from Sweden, Denmark and elsewhere in Europe to share experiences in an informal discussion around ethics and responsibility in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Help us spread the word with your circles, and we hope to see you there!

5 New Professional Programmes workshops in 3 countries!

Thursday, 24th Aug 2017


We are excited to announce that the next installments of the Professional Programmes initiative are set to take place in Brazil, Malaysia, and Singapore this autumn.

November 9-11th: BRASILIA, Brazil – Service Design through Experience Prototyping (3-day course)

November 13-15th: SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Service Design through Experience Prototyping (3-day course)

November 17th: SÃO PAULO, Brazil – Design Thinking workshop (1-day course)

November 30-December 2nd: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Service Design Thinking (3-day course)

December 4-6th: SINGAPOREService Design Thinking (3-day course)

Help us spread the word by sharing this announcement with your circles, and we hope to see you there!

3 CIID projects win Core 77 awards!

Monday, 12th Jun 2017

We are pleased to announce that three projects from CIID have received honours in the Core77 Design Awards 2017.
The projects are from the Interaction Design Program and Research — a notable celebration of the richness and brilliance of our house.
Highlighting the wide reach of CIID’s design process, the recognised projects ranged from the categories of Interaction to Strategy & Research.

We also want to congratulate core faculty member Matt Cottam and Tellart on their Notable Interaction award for the Museum of the Future!

The Internet Phone, by Isak Frostå, Sebastian Hunkeler, Jens Obel, and James Zhou is the student winner of the Interaction category.
“What if you could experience the internet by using a screen-less and physical interface? The Internet Phone makes the intangible processes of the internet tangible. You can access websites with the nostalgic interface of a rotary phone. Look up the IP address of the website you want to call in a special cyber directory, dial the twelve digit IP address using the rotary, and wait for your website to be read out loud in the receiver. And if you are feeling adventurous, you can enhance your experience with four different mode tokens – article, developer, incognito, and history.”


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Objectifier, by Bjørn Karmann, won the student runner up of the Interaction category.
“Objectifier empowers people to train objects in their daily environment to respond to their unique behaviours. It gives an experience of training an artificial intelligence; a shift from a passive consumer to an active, playful director of domestic technology. Interacting with Objectifier is much like training a dog – you teach it only what you want it to care about. Just like a dog, it sees and understands its environment.”



Mechanisms for Talking, by CIID Research, won the Runner Up in the Strategy & Research category.
“Talking Mechanisms” is one part of a European Union project, CoHERE, to explore the differences in how people across Europe represent their heritage and identity. The projects explores how heritage can lead to common ground with others, but in the increasingly hostile and tense climate – from religion to EU exit politics – heritage and identity can twist, undermine and break relations between culturally diverse audiences.”

Congratulations to all of these honorees. And, the awards are still open — take a minute and vote your favourite project for the Community Choice Prize!

Summer School starting soon!

Monday, 12th Jun 2017


We are getting ready to kick off our Summer School 2017!

We are enthusiastic to welcome over 200 people from 50+ countries in Copenhagen! You can still join our workshops for hands-on learning in interaction design and life-centred innovation, all in alignment with the UN Global Goals. This year we have curated a programme of over 25 workshops, based on teamwork, hands-on prototyping, and learning by doing, all taught by visiting experts in design, digital technologies, and innovation.

Read more here.

CIID Workshops in India

Thursday, 20th Apr 2017

CIID’s travelling Professional Programmes are coming to India this May!

After three successful Open Lectures in February, we are now bringing a 3-day workshop on Service Design through Experience Prototyping each to Bangalore and Pune. We are also proud to announce our partners in India making this possible:

Bangalore: May 13-15th, in cooperation with NUMA Bengaluru and THE Workshop.

Pune: May 19-21st, in cooperation with ImaginXP.

Register now and help us spread the word!

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Executive Training at CIID

Wednesday, 5th Apr 2017

We’re excited to announce three brand new executive training courses at CIID for leaders in the Auto and FinTech industries and for creative design-driven management. We invite you to join us in Copenhagen this June (it’s the best time to visit)!

June 15-17: Leading by Design
June 22-24: FinTech Brand (r)Evolution
June 29-30: Drive Data and Design

These courses are especially tailored to busy senior staff and executives who have limited time and want to make the most of their educational budgets. Join us for the fastest way to inject powerful design tools into your work, to make you a more effective leader, and to grow your business.

Register now in the links above!

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Patterns of Learning

Friday, 3rd Mar 2017

CIID-Research is happy to announce the PELARS exhibition launch!
PELARS is a 3-year EU-funded project on how contextual computing, tracking and tracing technologies can empower learners and teachers towards more hands-on STEAM practices inside the classroom.
The exhibition, called “Patterns of Learning“, will tell an engaging, interactive story of a 3 year design-driven inquiry into hands-on learning environments that can be tracked, understood and supported by the technologies and designs that CIID and other 11 partners in Europe collectively created.
Thanks to our hosts from NCAD, Dublin, you can join the launch on the 23rd of March! 

CIID Summer School 2017

Friday, 24th Feb 2017

Join us in Copenhagen for up to 5 weeks of hands-on exploration of interaction design!

The comprehensive programme with a choice of curated one-week workshops will run from the 26th of June till the 28th of July, 2017.

Whether you are a working professional, a student, or any other profile, we will bring you together with people from all over the world with the same drive and passion for learning. Our world-class faculty will lead workshops on topics such as social impact, storytelling, experiential spaces, virtual reality, and service design.

The one-week long workshops have been designed to stand-alone so it is possible to participate in one and up to five weeks. We encourage people to participate in more than one workshop (there is a discount for those who sign up for three or five workshops).

Looking forward to seeing you in the summer!

When: June 26th – July 28th, 2017
Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253 and other locations in Copenhagen

Have a look at this year’s exciting programme: