Skills Event – Design thinking for virtual teams

A special online training event by IEEE Switzerland Power and Energy Society

Design Thinking training for engineers and scientists

Do you want to learn Design Thinking skills and put them into practice at the same time? This is your opportunity!

In a world where working online is suddenly very important, IEEE PES Switzerland has organized a workshop to help you improve the way you use virtual collaboration.

The workshop will cover the basics of design thinking, show how it can be used by virtual teams, then apply the methodology to the thematic area of education and professional development for engineering disciplines during innovative virtual break-out sessions.

Participants will ‘learn by doing’ in an adapted design thinking workshop. During this workshop, we will cover:

  • The basics of Design Thinking and how this can be applied to virtual teams
  • Options for online tools that support the design thinking process
  • Application of the Design Thinking process and online tools to improve the way education, learning and professional development can be delivered remotely for engineering disciplines

Who should attend?

  • Engineering professionals who would like to improve their ability to collaborate and innovate online
  • Academics and researchers who manage teaching activities
  • Teaching resource providers
  • Technical trainers

Registration is required to attend this event. Only 30 places are available so early registration is strongly recommended. In case of high demand, priority will be given to IEEE members.

  • Date: 28 May 2020
  • Time: 10h – 12h CET
  • Cost: Free
  • Language: English

Event host: IEEE PES

Paula Rios-Rodriguez
IEEE Power and Energy Society Switzerland

Coach and facilitator

Dr. Mary Jean Bürer
Project Manager at HEIG-VD, Switzerland

Coach and facilitator

Karen Bhavnani
Innovation and Implementation Manager

Dr Mary Jean Bürer

Mary Jean Bürer is a Project Manager at HEIG-VD. She has been working in the field of energy, climate change and sustainability for more than 20 years and today works with a variety of participatory applied research approaches such as design thinking to conduct her research on the energy transition and business model transformation. Today she is developing new methods of teaching to motivate youth to become healthy and fulfilled – discovering their confidence and role in society, while increasing their creative skills for the companies and organizations of the future.

Karen Bhavnani

As Innovation Manager at MCI group, Karen is an advocate for innovation and culture implementation initiatives, and her experience is centered around helping organizations achieve excellence. She is a certified event designer and over the last several years she has experimented with using different innovation methods and tools to solve business challenges. A true social entrepreneur at heart, she co-leads the Women in Digital Switzerland initiative in Geneva and actively participates in the Open Geneva association.

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