Dive into Design Sprints

A 1 day, hands-on Design Sprint Masterclass

English spoken

Date :       
Price :       
Wednesday 26 September 2018 | 09.00-17.30
Spring House Amsterdam
Early Bird           € 595 SOLD OUT!
Regular              € 645 (incl. 21% VAT)
NIMA-members € 595,- (incl. 21% VAT)
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Who should attend?

Product managers and leaders of design teams



Startup founders and executives at large companies


Designers, engineers, insights professionals and marketers

Anyone interested in building digital products, faster



Key takeaways


How to lead a sprint, define and prioritize challenges, and choose the best starting point


How to understand customers’ needs and map their journeys, and how to sketch innovative solutions in no time and

make critical decisions fast


How to spark ideas and answer crucial product questions within extreme time constraints


How to motivate your team members and get the most out of their combined expertise



John Vetan
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John Vetan spent six years chartering the evolution of New Haircut’s design thinking process. Currently, as founder and strategist at the Design Sprint Academy, John is helping organizations around the world use and adopt design sprints as an effective way to innovate.

Markus Leineweber
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Awarded Insights professional of 2017 by MOA. 

Markus is the co-founder of Perspective, a leading research company that stands for Human Centered Design. His aim: to help companies discover and develop innovative solutions.


Registration opens and coffee is ready!
Facilitator introduction and the workshop begins 
Break for lunch and mingling
Workshop concludes
17.30 - 19.30
Design & Drinks networking meetup
Lunch by Choux, snacks & drinks included
Spring House | Home for radical innovators
De Ruijterkade 128
1011 AC Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 210 3132
Parking spaces @ Park Centrum Oosterdok (€ 20,- per day). Get your directions here.

8 min. walk from Amsterdam Central Station, find your walking route here.


This event is a collaboration by Design Sprint Academy and Perspective.

Perspective is a human centered design company that helps clients discover new ideas and develop innovative concepts. Starting with the point of view of the end user, Perspective translates ideas and concepts into concrete solutions that can be implemented quickly. From Design Thinking to Design Doing.

Perspective shares their advanced knowledge and methods with others. During projects, in-house trainings and public events. 


The Design Sprint Academy teaches and trains globally from Berlin to NYC, Chicago, Amsterdam, Oslo, Helsinki. Design Sprint Academy travels the world to teach product people all the tools and techniques for preparing and running successful design sprints.


The content incorporates the experience Design Sprint Academy's facilitators have got from running 100+ design sprints and workshops.



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