Impact Week Manila, Philippines from November 09th to 17th, 2022

This year, Impact Week is adding the 14th country to the list - the Philippines!

It is very exciting to see our impact grow and to bring Design Thinking to more Asian countries.

This event will be an APAC Impact Week - all our international Junior Coaches will be from various regions in Asia. About half of our Senior Coaches and organisers will be Asian as well, thanks to the great support of the Impact Week Community in India.



What to expect in Manila?


With our two-module approach, we will train a new batch of Junior Coaches by guiding them through a 3-day „Train-the-Coach“ phase. The international and local participants will then take their new role as Design Thinking Coaches and work together with the students of De La Salle College of Saint Benilde and the University of Perpetual Help to find solutions for local challenges. This defines the „Practical phase“ and will give the new Coaches the unique opportunity to directly implement what they have just learned, while being guided by experienced Senior Coaches along the journey.


The innovative and customer-focused orientation of the Design Thinking methodology helps all participants to foster their way of tackling a challenge and the unique spirit of the Impact Week experience will definitely inspire you to look at entrepreneurship and social innovation in a completely different light.


Sounds interesting?

Then apply to secure one of our limited spots on the APAC Junior Coach Team!

With completion of our program you can call yourself „Design Thinking Coach“ and become a multiplier of the methodology in your professional and private life.


Applications can be submitted until 1st October, 2022 via the following link.

How does the Impact Week work?

The dual concept of Impact Weeks consists of two modules. In a three-day learning phase, international innovation talents and lecturers from local universities are trained as Design Thinking coaches. During the practical phase, the trained coaches apply their new skills and help students identify challenges within their respective societies and solve them using innovative business models.

Upon completion of the program, you will be a trained coach who has already applied the methodology. You'll gain key skills through Design Thinking, such as innovation, customer focus, and implementation orientation. In addition, Impact Week promotes local entrepreneurship and social innovation. We enable universities to apply Design Thinking themselves and run their own Impact Weeks.

What are the focus areas for challenges?*

  1. Urban Development
  2. Sustainable Aviation
  3. Desaster relief
  4. (Gender) Equality
  5. Education
  6. Inclusion
  7. Peace Process in Mindanao
  8. Wild ideas

*The challenges are still in the final planning stage with the local partners and track sponsors and subject to confirmation.


Each participating team will work on one focus area. The students can choose their focus area in the application process and get matched accordingly. Then it is up to them to own the challenge and create an innovative idea to tackle it – always keeping the Design Thinking methodology at heart.

Conditions for Participants

The participation fee for the Design Thinking training is €2,150. The local expenses for food and accommodation are €650.

The local transportation from the airport to the hotel and the hotel to the university will be provided by the De La Salle College of Saint Benilde.

Not included in the price are travel costs to and from Manila, visa (if applicable), vaccinations and recreational activities.


Impact Week is scheduled in the Filipino time zone (UTC +8:00)

Date Activity

September 01

Registration opens for participation
October 01

Registration Closes

tbd Virtual all-hands meeting of all participants 
November 8 Travel to Manila
November 09 - 11 Train the Trainer: Our Junior Coaches get a professional Design Thinking training
November 14 - 17 Impact Week Philippines – 4 days Design Thinking Challenge
November 17 End of Impact Week Philippines 2022


Teams will receive details regarding exact timings of the event after registration confirmation & selection.

Impact Week and Covid-19

Impact Weeks 2022 will still be held during pandemic periods.
We have been working closely with the local university and have developed a comprehensive protection and hygiene concept.
We reserve the right to cancel the event on short notice depending on the COVID-19 situation in the host country.

Do you have further questions?

Contact the organizing team for Impact Week Philippines
Carolin Taenzer Lead Organizer
 Neelam Pandey Lead Organizer
Alexander Grots   Lead Coach