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[ActivateNM & Innovation Academy] Activate Innovation: A hands-on journey of design thinking and collaborative problem-solving

November 30 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am MST

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Ideas are easy. The right ideas take a bit more work. This two-hour workshop includes a hands-on exercise to expose you to a creative and collaborative problem-solving methodology known as design thinking. The design thinking process prioritizes both understanding and addressing the needs, behaviors, and preferences of your client/patient/end-user. By empathizing with users, generating diverse ideas, and rapidly prototyping solutions, it enables a deeper understanding of the problem you are trying to solve and fosters creative solutions rather than incremental change.

Why is Design Thinking Important?

This process provides a structured, user-centric approach to problem-solving allowing you to:

  • Develop a mindset for creative problem-solving through empathy, ideation, and prototyping.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of users’ needs leading to more empathetic and user-friendly solutions.
  • Adopt an iterative approach by refining ideas based on feedback.
  • Exercise your adaptability by navigating uncertainties more effectively.

Who Should Attend:

Professionals. Entrepreneurs. Students. From any industry or field of study. If you are looking for new and innovative approaches to solving problem complex problem, Activate Innovation is for you.


  • Thursday, November 30th, 2023
  • 8:30AM- 11:00AM


  • Q Station: 3225 Central Ave NE 87106


  • CNM Ingenuity: Activate NM
  • UNM School of Anderson: Innovation Academy
  • Design Thinking ABQ Meetup


  • Nancy Lewis, Director of the Canopy for Creative Collaboration, UNM Innovation Academy; Founder of Inquiry 3, LLC
  • Jeff Bargiel, Program Director at CNM Ingenuity; Founder of Toasti


  • 8:30AM-9:00AM Registration and Networking
  • 9:00AM-10:30AM Design Thinking Exercise
  • 10:30AM-11:00AM Debrief. Deeper Dive into Design Thinking. Q&A. Survey.

Important Details:

  • In-demand workshop with limited capacity.
  • Registration is required. Free event.
  • Partnered activities. We are counting on your attendance for the entire two hour duration.
  • In other words, if you sign up, please show up. If you cannot attend, please cancel your registration or email [email protected] so that we can open your spot to another participant.

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Innovation Academy


Q Station
3225 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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