Design Thinking Bootcamp

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Design is not what we see around us every day. Amazing smartphones, shoes or furniture are results of a certain process which represents the real nature of the design. Design Thinking or Human-centered design are common terms used to represent the same thing - making something viable and feasible for people around us.

Acquired skills

  • Understanding and experiencing a design thinking framework in practice
  • Obtaining or extending a knowledge of design, coding and entrepreneurship
  • Strengthening skills like communication, collaboration, uncertainty, iterations and critical thinking.

General information

Course term: 227.07. - 07.08.

Free seats: 10

Price: 799 €

Category: Personal Development & Communication Skills

Status: Available

Deadline: 30.04.2020


Design Thinking represents a mindset, set of methodologies or framework to tackle complex problems. The Design Thinking Bootcamp will help you to understand context, get valuable insights, come with innovative ideas, experience the power of quick iterations and handle the struggles of launching a product or service. You will become a researcher, strategist, storyteller, designer, developer and entrepreneur during two weeks. This course is going to be focused rather on practice than theory and reflects all elements of a Learning by doing methodology. All work is going to happen in teams through discussion and mentoring in a casual style of teaching.

The Design Thinking Bootcamp follows the course Designing digital product while the difference is in the learning outcomes and class setup. Joining both courses is recommended because The Designing digital products course helps you to gain a craft where the Design Thinking Bootcamp deals with philosophy and collaboration.


  • Day 1Understanding context and setting a team
  • Day 2Conducting user research
  • Day 3Obtaining valuable insights
  • Day 4Building ideas and concepts
  • Day 5Prototyping concepts
  • Day 6Prototyping concepts
  • Day 7Validating prototypes
  • Day 8Improving prototypes
  • Day 9Collecting data for business plan
  • Day 10Presentation

Course is running: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 14:00

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Lecturer avatar Petr Kozlík

Petr Kozlik



Petr Kozlik is a multidisciplinary designer with experiences from the US and Europe. As a designer, he prefers to focus on meaning before aesthetics and explore the powerful combination of design and technology with keeping human beings in the first place.

He experienced fields as fin-tech, e-retail, digital marketing, education together with several startups and agencies. He works as a product designer in and stands behind the 2FRESH academy in Prague. He holds a master's degree in Interaction design at Malmö University, where he was able to connect dots between multidisciplinary experiences and explore the power of teamwork. Mr. Kozlik has been teaching for European Summer School since 2016.

Course outline

Why to participate

  • You will build a maker's confidence that helps you define and solve the right problems.
  • You will learn by doing in the real world context that helps to understand theory more quickly.
  • You will explore the power of quick and dirty concepts by a moving beyond the surface.

Main content

  • Exploration of design processes
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative user research
  • Exploring insights and ideating innovative ideas
  • Building quick and cheap prototypes - rapid prototyping and UX design
  • Validating and improving ideas through user testing
  • Building and communicating business strategy
  • Teamwork - collaboration, leadership, communication
  • Presentation - explaining a design work to diverse stakeholders

Recommended literature before the course

  • Change by Design by Tim Brow
  • The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
  • Wicked Problems in Design Thinking by Richard Buchanan

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You will receive an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of your course. Please inform the organizing staff if you require any extra supplements, such as Transcript of Records. The student is eligible to receive up to 5 ECTS credits, however please follow the instructions here and consult the acknowledgment process with your university in advance.


  • attendance in class 15%
  • team assignment 40%
  • individual assignment 35%
  • exam 10%

Course time total 125 hours

  1. Total time of in-class work = 50hours
  2. Preliminary assignment = 10hours
  3. Preparation = 65hours


Course fee includes the course itself, application fee, study materials, Prague public transportation ticket for 2 weeks, afternoon/evening social activities and events, welcome drink and goodbye graduation party. Other expenses, such as meals, accommodation, insurance, personal expenses, extra activities (such as trips outside of town over the weekend and entrance fees), and required equipment (i.e. pencils, paper for illustrations) are not included in the price.

Please note, after the 30th of April 2020 there will be a late enrollment fee charged in the amount of 50EUR on top of the course fee. COVID-19 Cancellation fee - in case the courses will be cancelled without an alternative course or the Summer school program will not be happening due to the lasting Coronavirus restrictions in your country or in the Czech Republic, we will be refunding all amount except for only 40EUR.

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  • Notebook - dotted or squared, pencils, markers, post-its
  • Laptop (MAC/PC), smartphone with the Internet connection
  • B1-B2 English


"I came to the design thinking course to learn and get an overview of this approach, it helped me a lot to figure out the design process. Now i feel more confident with the methodology. The materials shared were really valuable and the course was taught in the best possible way. I really enjoyed it and I higly appreciated the activities that ESS was proposing everyday. You can discover and enjoy the city, you'll live in an international context and you'll make for sure new good friends. At the end of the courses there's a cerimony where everyone can shows the output and also get a certificate. I was in team with a Portugeuse engineer and a Japanese master student, we worked on a project for a pharmacy of Prague. I'm happy to remember the time we spent on it and all the great moments I shared with the participants of the summer school. Thank you ESS! It was definitely an amazing experience."