DesignCamp2015 focuses on design and entrepreneurship as drivers for social value creation.

This means that DesignCamp2015 centres social innovation and tunes in on how to use innovation to improve society and create social value.

We explore the concept of social innovation, why we need to focus on it, and how to address it from a design professional and business perspective.

Using a design-oriented and entrepreneurial approach, DesignCamp2015 thus sets out to produce new ideas and concepts within
a social economic context. Solutions that are based on a sense of social responsibility, build on companies’ existing resources and competences, and generate innovation and social value.

Mark your calendar Monday 28 September
– Friday 9 October 2015.

Check out the programme to learn more.

Social innovation

Social innovation means to develop new ideas, including products, services, processes and business models that solve social, societal and environmental challenges. At the DesignCamp2015 we will focus on the social and societal aspects. This means that we lean on the definition described by The Young Foundation in their 2012 paper ”Social Innovation Overview”, which is part of the TEPSIE project: ”Social innovations are new solutions (products, services, models, markets, processes etc.) that simultaneously meet a social need (more effectively than existing solutions) and lead to new or improved capabilities and relationships and better use of assets and resources. In other words, social innovations are both good for society and enhance society’s capacity to act.”


Fundamentally, entrepreneurship is about supporting enterprising behaviour. That is to act in enterprising ways on ideas and opportunities and transform them into something that is of economic, cultural, or social value to others. In relation to the DesignCamp2015, this can be enterprising behaviour to start new businesses or enterprising behaviour internally in existing companies.

The latter, also known as intrapreneurship, requires a specific type of employee, the intrapreneur, who looks for new approaches and creates innovation from within the company. Innovation, which generates financial growth as well as social and societal value.

Design thinking

In short, design thinking is a holistic and progressive way of thinking that Thomas Lockwood describes clearly in the book Design Thinking from 2010: ”Design thinking is a human centred process that emphasizes observation, collaboration, fast learning, visualisation of ideas, rapid concept prototyping, and concurrent business analysis, which ultimately influences innovation and business strategy.” It is a design philosophy with a development-oriented aim, which positions human beings at the centre. It emphasises the need for a profound understanding of the surrounding world and the context for which you are designing, the need to be creative and experimental when you design new initiatives, and the need to communicate your work, knowledge and results in a manner that is accommodating, accessible and application-oriented.



The Design School Kolding International DesignCamp is an annual, recurring event. For two weeks the Camp joins Danish and international students, companies, designers, researchers and others with an interest in design in addressing a current challenge that relates to social innovation.

The DesignCamp invites you to join a half-day conference on “social innovation and entrepreneurship”. The conference is directed at small and medium-sized companies, design students and designers. The conference is included in the DesignMasterclass programme for trained designers.

Read more about the BusinessConference

Only a few places in Denmark offer post-graduate training for designers. The DesignCamp2015 is one of them. The two-day course is for trained designers only.

Read more about the Masterclass

DesignCamp2015 is a two-week camp for invited students from all over the world. They encounter a number of companies that have accepted an invitation to engage in a close collaboration with groups of students. After two intense weeks the students present qualified proposals for initiatives within social innovation the companies should consider pursuing. StudentCamp ends with a presentation that is open to the public.

Read more about the StudentCamp

Read more about the DesignCamp2015 for students

“Social innovations are both good for society
and enhance society’s capacity to act”

The financial and economic crisis makes creativity and innovation in general and social innovation in particular even more important to foster sustainable growth, secure jobs and boost competitiveness
José Manuel Durão Barroso, former President of the European Commission


We have put together an exciting programme of experts and events offering an intense design process for specially invited students as well as an open conference for companies and others with an interest in design.

29 September 2015

29 – 30 September 2015

28 September – 9 October 2015

Presentation: 9 October 2015

The DesignCamp2015 takes place at Design School Kolding, Aagade 10, 6000 Kolding, Denmark

Thomas Lockwood
“Design thinking is a human centred process that emphasizes observation, collaboration, fast learning, visualisation of ideas, rapid concept prototyping, and concurrent business analysis, which ultimately influences innovation and business strategy.”


Design School Kolding
Design School Kolding has university status and educates designers at bachelor and master’s degree levels. The school has around 400 students and offers a range of design programmes including a Master’s degree programme in design management in collaboration with the University of Southern Denmark. Each year the creative setting at the school frames the international DesignCamp. Talented and experienced teachers are in charge of teaching the students, and the school’s departments for research, development and communication work together to create a top-level international DesignCamp.

D2i - Design to innovate
D2i - Design to innovate is a cluster organisation based in the Region of Southern Denmark that promotes industrial growth and innovation by introducing the extended design concept and networking activities.
D2i recently had four new projects approved by the Southern Denmark Growth Forum, one of which is the Design Business Boot Camp, which supports the international DesignCamp at Design School Kolding.


Design School Kolding
Aagade 10
DK-6000 Kolding
T: +45 76 30 11 00



Design School Kolding
Syddansk Vækstforum
EU Social Development Fund