Applications for the Design Thinking Experience Program are Now Open!

In March 2021, the Innovation Hub and the Centre for Learning, Leadership & Culture will launch a Design Thinking Experience Program (DTEP) for students and staff. Building on the success of the Innovation Hub’s student and staff DTEP bootcamps, this program will continue to address challenges in the student experience at UofT while providing participants with hands-on training in design thinking; moreover, it will bring staff and students together to encourage dialogue and broaden perspectives on what is possible at UofT. 


By joining the ten-week DTEP, you’ll work on a project to improve student life. You’ll collect student stories through empathy-based methods like interviews, discussions, and observations, and you’ll uncover insights into unmet needs and prototype potential solutions. At the same time, you’ll learn and practice design thinking and qualitative research. The skills you’ll gain will be useful on your resume and in the workplace, and the team you’ll meet will be a great place to build connections. Our teams will have both staff and students, so you’ll get a chance to see how UofT functions ‘behind the curtain’ and inspire change.  

To learn more about the Innovation Hub’s work, go here, and see our past projects here

The program runs from March 5th to May 7th. Commitment is intensive: there will be a mandatory two-hour workshop each week, plus three hours of additional work. Because we work on genuine projects with deliverables and deadlines, we ask that participants commit to full attendance and participation.  

Spaces are limited in this program. Please apply by February 12, 5:00PM. You can apply to the project or sign up for an information session by visiting the Design Thinking Experience Program website at

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