Innovation starts with the heart

A day focusing on tools and methods dedicated to inspiration

Poster d.event design thinking 2017
Innovating is about being able to be inspired.

In a world dominated by rational intelligence, the capacity to be inspired is often neglected, because it seems to relate to “creative genius”. Yet inspiration enables us to transcend our day-to-day experiences and recognise their limits.

Often considered beyond reach, it has nevertheless been demonstrated that inspiration can be activated and moulded using identified tools and methods that can produce surprising results. What can we do to get inspired? Is there a method, can you learn it, or is inspiration something innate?

Inspiration is the first phase of design thinking: it is a crucial phase which should not be neglected. It is nevertheless a subtle, tricky and fragile art.

Creating the optimum conditions to trigger our powers of inspiration is essential in our lives as innovators. This day focuses on the secrets that can help us become inspired. Come and live an experience that will leave room for emotion, creativity, intuition and kindness.

Innovation is guided by the heart.

conférence design thinking 2017
A day 100% innovation
08:30   Opening
09:00   ME310 projects presentations
09:30   Conferences
12:30    Shared lunch and networking
14:00   Conferences
16:00   Closing ceremony


All along the day, come and discover an unique experience with virtual reality, innovative exposants, video-mapping, start-up challenge and networking.
Full schedule and speakers coming soon !



Conferences shared


École des Ponts ParisTech, created in 1747 under the name École Royale des Ponts et Chaussées, is a higher education establishment that trains engineers to a high level of scientific, technical and general competency.

École des Ponts ParisTech is the place where Paris was born and continues to grow. Every year, we welcome and train ENPC students, teachers and staff in design thinking. The conference takes place in the School’s new Coriolis building, a HEQ (High Environmental Quality) building that opened in 2013.

About the Paris

The Paris aims to share the power of innovation through the design thinking culture. The school develops a whole set of disruptive innovation ressources and methodologies, revolving around humanist values integrated in our contemporary economical and industrial context. A new way of thinking and designing, a state of mind enabling prospective creations that touches social and economical stakeholders as much as startups and industrials groups or entrepreneurs and intreupreneurs.





Keynote speakers

Get informed and inspired at more than 150 sessions and labs across eight tracks.
Mix and match to create a personalized schedule.



Natalie is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker. She applies her diverse background in anthropology, fashion, service design and dance to change lives through ideas. In her consultancy, she helps organizations design smarter processes and systems, build strategy, and develop leaders by teaching and applying the strategic design process. Natalie is the Founding Director of the Strategic Design MBA program at Philadelphia University.


    Club de Paris des Directeurs de l'Innovation

    Marc (PhD International Economy Panthéon Sorbonne) founded the Paris Club of Directors of Innovation, which brings together some sixty major European companies, and conducts research on innovation around the world, modern forms of management of innovation, Innovation and sharing of feedback from best practices in innovation. Marc is a member of the Académie des Technologies.


      California College of the Arts

      Nathan Shedroff was the founder and chair of the ground-breaking Design MBA programs at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, CA. He is a pioneer in Experience Design, Interaction Design and Information Design, is a serial entrepreneur, and researches, speaks and teaches internationally about meaning, strategic innovation, business value, and science fiction interfaces.

        BERNARD ROTH at Stanford University

        Bernie is one of the founders of the at Stanford and is active in its development: currently, he serves as Academic Director. His design interests include organizing and presenting workshops on creativity, group interactions, and the problem solving process. Formerly he researched the kinematics, dynamics, control, and design of computer controlled mechanical devices.

          SANDRA REY


          Sandra is a 27 passionate entrepreneur and designer, who completed her formation with a social entrepreneurship degree. She has always been surrounded by innovation and prospective, leading her to participate into a contest about synthetic biology. That’s in front of a TV show about deap-sea bioluminescent creatures that she had the idea to use those super-powers of creating light to revolutionize the way we illuminate our cities, keeping an optimistic but realistic vision on the mutation of energetical models for tomorrow.


            Highly configurable block with optional auditoriums and threads

            Hall Coriolis de l'École des Ponts

            Accueil & café

            Amphithéâtre Caquot

            Ouverture & Introduction

            Marc Giget > Les multiples facettes de l’inspiration

            Véronique Hillen > Soyez inspirés !

            Amphithéâtre Caquot

            L'inspiration par l'empathie

            Bosch et le projet ME310 de la

            Nestlé et le projet ME310 de la

            Tarkett et le projet ME310 de la

            Roland Garros et le projet ME310

            Halle Freyssinet & jardin Coriolis

            Pause & Networking

            Amphithéâtre Caquot

            Inspiration, rêves et créativité

            Natalie Nixon > Wonder & Rigor- Spanning Boundaries to Optimize Creativity

            Nathan Shedroff > Make It So: Science Fiction inspires Innovation

            Sandra Rey > Et si toutes les réponses étaient sous nos yeux ?

            Halle Freyssinet & Jardin Coriolis

            Repas & animations

            La pause déjeuner a lieu dans la halle Freyssinet et jardin du bâtiment Coriolis. Des food trucks vous proposent des formules variées. Le repas est inclus dans la journée sur présentation du coupon repas remis le matin.

            Amphithéâtre Caquot

            (Se) réaliser pour inspirer

            Bernie Roth > Yoda was wrong

            Cyril Moré > Savoir rebondir pour mieux s’en sortir

            Amphithéâtre Caquot



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