Design Innovation Awareness Workshop

Innovation through Creativity

So you've heard of Design Thinking. What's Design Innovation then?
Design Innovation (DI) is a design process that is user-centric and begins with execution of specific design methods. These methods guide activities that lead to desired outcomes. This 1-day workshop will introduce participants to design thinking and its contribution to innovation and value creation, and make extensive use of hands-on exercises to train design innovation methods.

Learn advanced design and engineering methods in a way that both experienced and novice designers can benefit from. Through hands-on experience, you will gain awareness and confidence of the DI process.

Course Details

Course Dates:
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1 day, 9AM - 5PM



Who Should Attend

Executives, managers, business leaders, and business owners who are looking for ways to improve their business and create value for the organisation and customers through innovation and creative problem solving methods.

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives
  1. Introduction to Design Innovation
  2. Discover the user needs
  3. Define the main opportunities
  4. Develop ideas and Deliver tested conceptual ideas
  • CN Analysis
  • Contextual Needs
  • Journey Mapping
  • Mission Statement
  • Black Box
  • Activity Diagram
  • Affinity Analysis
  • C-Sketch
  • Word Tree
  • Mindmapping
  • Prototyping
  • User-Validation
  • Scaled Prototypes
  • Iterative Prototypes

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 


Dr Kristin L. Wood 
Principal Fellow, SUTD Academy
Visiting Professor & Founding Head of Pillar (EPD), SUTD

After completing his doctoral work, Dr Wood joined the faculty at the University of Texas in September 1989 and established a computational and experimental laboratory for research in engineering design and manufacturing, in addition to a teaching laboratory for prototyping, reverse engineering measurements, and testing. During the 1997-98 academic year, Dr Wood was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy where he worked with USAFA faculty to create design curricula and research within the Engineering Mechanics / Mechanical Engineering Department. Through 2011, Dr Wood was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Design & Manufacturing Division at The University of Texas at Austin. He was a National Science Foundation Young Investigator, the “Cullen Trust for Higher Education Endowed Professor in Engineering”, “University Distinguished Teaching Professor”, and the Director of the Manufacturing and Design Laboratory (MaDLab) and MORPH Laboratory.

Agnes Kwek
Instructor at SUTD Academy
Founder and CEO of MindTheSystem

Agnes is the Founder and CEO of MindTheSystem, an advisory and training outfit on complex systems challenges. Agnes had 20 years of career in the Singapore Administrative Service, serving in diverse portfolios ranging from defence, labour policy, community organisation and social welfare, public service innovation, transport and creative industry. Thanks to her work attachment at IDEO San Francisco in 2013, she is a policy-wonk-designer. Her niche and passion is in transforming organisations through design and supporting people through the change process, bringing to the table more than a decade of experience in public sector transformation and large-scale systems change. Agnes is skilled in design thinking, futures thinking and systems thinking.

Agnes graduated with a First Class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, Lincoln College in 2000. She went on to do a MA in International Relations in the University of Chicago in 2001. She has an Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, by the Centre for Coaching in the UK, accredited and recognised by the British Psychological Society and International Society for Coaching Psychology.

Policies and Financing Options

SSG Funding Terms and Conditions

Use of Personal Details

In consideration of the subsidy provided by SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (“SSG”) through the SUTD Academy for the Course,

I consent to:

The collection, use and disclosure to relevant third parties of my personal data by the SUTD Academy including but not limited to personal particulars, attendance records, assessment/performance records, for the following purposes:

  1. Reporting of national statistics and conducting of holistic continuing education training research and analysis;

  2. Facilitate the conduct of the relevant surveys and audits in relation to the Course;

  3. General administration of the Course including but not limited to processing of the subsidy provided by SSG;

  4. Publicity and marketing of the Course or other Courses to be provided by SSG or SUTD Academy; and

  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

I agree to:

  1. Attend and complete all lectures, class exercises, workshops and assessments;

  2. Complete the Course feedback at the end of the Course;

  3. Complete the post Course survey sent about 3 to 6 months after class attendance; and

  4. Sign up for a personal email account.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

  1. If a written notification is sent to within 24 hours after course registration deadline there will be no cancellation charges. A full refund will be made. 

  2. No refund is provided if written notification is more than 24 hours after course registration deadline. SUTD Academy reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant.

Replacement Policy

Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course by giving a 3-working day notice before the course commencement date to Terms and conditions apply.

Registration Policy

  1. Course may be cancelled due to insufficient participants. SUTD Academy will not be responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption or loss of information) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from any course cancellation.

  2. Course enrolment is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  3. SUTD Academy reserves the right to change or cancel any course or instructor due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Types of Funding

Funding under Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")

  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  2. Individuals/employers are not required to submit an application for the MCES. Those pursuing SSG-funded programmes will be charged the appropriate subsidised fees by SUTD Academy if they are eligible MCES. Individuals/employers will only need to pay the nett fee (full course fee after SSG's grant).

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Funding under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")

  1. ETSS is an enhanced funding to enable SMEs to send their employees for training.

  2. SMEs will enjoy subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
    - Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
    - Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
    - Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

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Funding under Union Training Assistance Programme ("UTAP")

UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme).

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