Hands-on bootcamps are geared towards critical entrepreneurial aspects. Facilitators are both internal and external to UNH. Open to UNH students only. 

Design Thinking Bootcamp

February 6, 2018 | 12:40pm - 2:00pm (part 1) and 5:30pm to 7:30pm (part 2) | Training Room at the UNHI ECenter

1,000 Visa Stamp Credits for part 1 and 3,000 Visa Stamp Credits for part 2. 



James Intriligator, Professor of the Practice - Human Factors and Design, Tufts University


AMES INTRILIGATOR is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University where he runs the Human Factors Engineering programs.  He is Professor of Human Factors and Design at Tufts (Boston) and is also Professor of Innovation and Consumer Psychology at Bangor University (UK). Since receiving his PhD (Harvard University), Intriligator has moved between academia and industry several times. In the commercial world, he ran think tanks, designed new offerings in the automotive and financial services sectors, and has worked with some of the world’s largest corporations.

As an academic, Intriligator has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles in high-profile scientific journals such as Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, and Biological Psychology. He has published important work in multiple domains including psychology, neuroscience, design, entrepreneurship, physics, consumer psychology, and education. Some recent honours include: receiving a personal chair based on “innovation and impact,” being named a Bangor University Teaching Fellow (2013), and being named a “National Teaching Fellow” – the UK’s highest teaching honor (2014).  In 2016 he was admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
and in 2017 he was named Executive Fellow of the Academy for the Scholarship of Learning.

Professor Intriligator has over twenty years of experience in developing and delivering innovative educational programmes to students. He has worked with dozens of national and international companies, including Unilever, The National Trust, Aldi, Mars/Masterfoods, Tesco, Johnson & Johnson,, and Cadbury, as well as banks such as Santander, Citibank, Alliance Bank, HBOS and Lloyds Banking Group. 



Over the past decade, “design thinking” has grown to become the leading approach to design. Whether being used to design businesses, products or services, design thinking has swept through nearly all industries. Design-thinking can often lead to innovative solutions that may revolutionise a business or even entire industries (think of Apple in computing). Design-thinking achieves these results by putting customers at the centre of a multi-disciplinary structured design process. In this full-day workshop, we will explore design thinking and see how it can be used in a variety of contexts. Attendees will learn what design thinking is and will get trained in how to practice design thinking themselves. They will also see how some of the world’s leading corporations use this approach to develop new products/services and thereby gain valuable competitive advantages. Whether you are interested in crafting new market offerings, improving your customer relationships, or just being a more open and innovative person, this course will deliver valuable insights from the ground up. We will start with an introduction into what design thinking is (and ISN’T!) – we will look at its history and roots to gain an in-depth deep understanding of the design thinking approach. We will then learn about the CLIMBER model of Design Innovation and apply it throughout the rest of the session.  We will use this model to explore a wide-range of topics, strategies, methods and approaches to innovation. The interactive sessions will involve group work, case study materials, videos and a range of hands-on activities to generate deeper understanding. This short course will provide you with fresh insights into how design thinking can help foster innovation, creativity, and fun!

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the philosophy and evolution of design thinking.
  • Have an awareness of how design thinking can be applied in a wide range of contexts, from the personal to the global
  • Investigate and think creatively about design problems and opportunities
  • Initiate an attitude of playfulness to aid design thinking

Learning Methodology

The program is a combination of group led discussions and presentations, together with practical case studies and group exercises. The training is experiential and participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and contribute to group dynamics.