Impact Week Manila, Philippines

When: From November 15 until November 23, 2023

Where: at the Hub of Innovation for Inclusion and the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde 

After a successful workshop in 2022, Impact Week is coming back to the Philippines for a second edition. Together with our university partner, the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and the Hub of Innovation for Inclusion, and in cooperation with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Lufthansa Group APAC and the help alliance, we are looking forward to creating impact. 

How does the Impact Week work?

The unique spirit of Impact Week, with a mix of entrepreneurship and social innovation, coupled with intercultural exchange, is a memorable experience for all participants. 

During the first week, we will train a new group of Junior Design Thinking Coaches, by taking them through a three-day "Train-the-Coach" phase. 

In the practical phase in the second week, the newly trained Junior Coaches will directly apply their new Design Thinking skills while being guided by experienced Senior Coaches and help students find innovative solutions for local challenges. 

What are the focus areas (tracks) for challenges?*

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.

Preliminary ideas for tracks are 

  1. Sustainable Urban Planning 
  2. Just Energy Transition in Mobility 
  3. Digitalization 
  4. Distaster Relief
  5. Inclusion
  6. Sustainable Tourism  

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

What's in it for the participants?

Upon completion of the program, you will be a trained Junior Design Thinking Coach, who has already applied the methodology and can become a multiplier of the methodology in your professional and private life. 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 and enables local universities to apply Design Thinking themselves and run their own Impact Weeks. 

How can I apply?

Since this is an exclusive event for Lufthansa Group APAC, participants from Lufthansa Business Units from Asia can apply via ebase. 


We will post information about the application process for local participants shortly. 


Impact Week is scheduled in the Philippine Time Zone (GMT + 8 hours)

Date Activity
September 15

Registration for international Junior Design Thinking Coaches closes

tbd Hybrid all-hands meeting of all participants
November 13 Travel to Manila
November 15 - 17 Train the Trainer: Our Junior Coaches get a professional Design Thinking training
November 20 - 23 Impact Week Philippines – 4 days Design Thinking Challenge
November 23 End of Impact Week Philippines 2023


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

Some impressions from Impact Week Philippines 2022

Do you have further questions?

Pawel Zolcinski Lufthansa Group Business Services Co-Organizer
Melissa Nitsche Student Co-Organizer
Jude Del Rosario
Self-employed Co-Organizer
Alexander Grots   Ex-Founder of IDEO Lead Coach