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SME Honolulu: Introduction to Design Thinking
January 21 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
You can’t produce NEW results with OLD habits! Join SME Honolulu for our first event of 2020 as we learn more about Design Thinking and how to have a more solution-based approach to problems.
Ian Kitajima, Design Thinking Facilitator, will be speaking about Design Thinking and giving us a preview of our upcoming workshop.
About Design Thinking: Design Thinking is a human-centered creative problem-finding and problem-solving process that provides the “how-to” in order to think “outside the box.” Design Thinking is a five-step process made famous by David Kelley, the founder of IDEO and the Stanford Design School. Design Thinking provides the principles and strategies to harness the creative potential of yourself and your stakeholders to solve the most difficult and challenges problems. Design Thinking is well suited for fuzzy undefined problems and when no solution seems to work.
About Our Speaker: Ian Kitajima, Design Thinking Facilitator – Mr. Ian Kitajima is the Director of Corporate Development and is the “Technology Sherpa” for Oceanit – a “Mind to Market” lab of 160 scientists, engineers, technologists, and designers conducting advance research for government and private clients. He has been a co-founder or partners in six startups, three of which are Oceanit venture startups, and prior to joining Oceanit was the CEO of a mobile phone startup in Finland. He is the co‐founder/co-organizer of the annual Design Thinking Hawaii boot camps since 2011, and is an evangelist for Design Thinking inside and outside of Oceanit. He has facilitated workshops and boot camps for over 4000 participants from Federal, State, and City government agencies, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, from C-level executives to elementary school children. www.oceanit.com
About SME Honolulu: Sales & Marketing Executives of Honolulu is a professional organization dedicated to ethical standards, continuing professional development, knowledge sharing, mentoring students and advancing free enterprise. As the only executive sales and marketing association in Honolulu, SME Honolulu fills a void by providing a personal and professional community devoted to providing knowledge, growth, leadership and connections between peers in both sales and marketing. Our organization provides seminars, lectures and networking opportunities however we are perhaps best known for our Salesperson of the Year event, which honors community leaders.