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Impact Week 2017 – Bogota, Colombia


After two great years in Kenya we scale Impact Week to three countries in 2017! Bogota, Colombia will be our first stop outside Africa. Colombia is in a state of change right now and we expect interesting challenges to work on.

Come join us and be one of fifteen enthusiasts who make Impact Week 2017 an unforgettable experience for all participants and for yourself! Travel dates for the organisation team is September 19th – 29th (more details below).

Who can apply

Motivated, open minded, Enthusiasts who feel ready for a new experience outside their comfort zones and want to learn Design Thinking.

Experienced Design Thinkers willing to support the Train the Tainer session, to run one of the tracks (Education, Health, Regional development, Public Policy, Tourism, Fair Trade) and to support three junior coaches and their teams focused on the track topic. As we'll spend almost every minute of these 10 days together you should also be likable and function well under social stress 😉

Organization talents (e.g. administration, fund raising, finance, communication) who want to help setup and run the event, support the group or cover the event in all kinds of media. 

Media and communication geeks who cover the event in all kinds of media to tell our story to everybody in the world.

Companies willing to sponsor parts of the event. See SponsoringPackagesImpactWeek2017 for details.

Please apply if you can identify with any of these five points

  • You want to learn and practice Design Thinking in a unique team and with a challenge that matters.
  • You are a Design Thinking or Business Model Generation coach.
  • You are great in producing videos and taking photos
  • You are great in writing texts and marketing
  • You are great in organising

Your commitement

Organising such a huge event only works when everybody is commited to do great work. There will be several virtual and in person (Saturdays in Frankfurt) team meetings before September where we will share the agenda and the contents of the workshops. And of course we want to get to know each other very well before heading to Bogota. In the end it's more fun than work and you will feel like being part of a huge family – but it is important that you are aware that Impact Week is not some kind of "all inclusive holiday"! It will be stressful from time to time but absolutely rewarding at the end!

Organisation team 2017

Alex Grots
Design Thinking Expert
Michael Kögel
Design Strategist
Andrea Lemke
Customer Experience Designer
Camila Lombana
UX Design Consultant
"Impact Week is a great way to inspire and to get inspired. To teach and to learn at the same time. In amazing places with even more amazing people." “Impact Week allows me to bring my business experience into society, make a difference and learn at the same time.” “Impact week for me means: learning, sharing and experiencing. Give and gain, also friends.” “Colombia is forging a historical path to achieve sustainable peace. Enabling students to actively participate in this transformation through entrepreneurship, is what this week is all about.”

Overall Program and Partners

The Impact Week 2017 in Colombia consists of two main bulding blocks: During the Train the Trainer we educate professors, faculty members and employees from different NGOs in Design Thinking and Business Model Generation topics. In the following Impact Week we support, together with the trained junior coaches, students and trainees to work on their ideas around the given challenges.

For both parts we have strong partners and we are glad to run the Impact Week together with them.


Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano Tadeo

Timetable, costs & How to apply

Departure from Frankfurt: September 19th
Arrival in Frankfurt: Earliest September 29th

Potential timetable (details to be discussed in the team):

Tue, 19. September

Fly to Bogota

Wed, 20. September

Coach Briefing and get used to the height

Thu, September 21at

Train the Trainer, Day 1

Fri, September 22nd

Train the Trainer, Day 2

Sat, September 23rd

Free day, joint excursion

Sun, September 24th

Free day, joint excursion

Mon, September 25th

Impact Week, Day 1

Tuei, September 26th

Impact Week, Day 2

Wed, September 27th

Impact Week, Day 3

Thu, September 28th

Impact Week, Day 4 / Impact Awards

Fr, September 29th

Return home or extend on your own

Costs: The cost for your participation will be ~1200€ incl. flights and accommodation. For the organisation team and the design thinking coaches we will try to cover all costs through sponsoring. So please apply even if the costs would be a challenge for you.

Impact week as learning opportunity: If you are not yet a design thinking coach but interested in the methodology and the Impact Week in general we offer the possibility to use the Impact Week as your personal learning opportunity consisting of two parts.

  1. 2-day Train the Trainer Session: Learn Design Thinking and Business Model Generation together with faculty members of the partner University
  2. 4-day Impact Week: Use and practice the acquired knowledge while coaching a team of students that works on their business idea related to a problem relevant to their community. Also here you’ll team up with one of the local faculty members. Expert coaches will always be available to supervise and support your work with the team.

In between the two parts you’ll have a chance to explore Colombia over the weekend with the team.

For this unique learning experience we take a fee of 1500€ that also helps us to fund the event.

How to apply: If you are interested in joining our team just click on the red button below and fill out the following contact form – we will get in touch with you as soon as possible via phone or mail to get to know you better. Don't hesitate to fill out the form even if you have tons of questions – that's normal! ! Let’s get in touch in we’ll take it from there! You do not commit yourself to anything by sending the form. All details will be discussed in person.

Submission deadline ended on July 15th. We are now interviewing all candidates. If you want to be part of Impact Week 2018 please sign up for our newsletter!


We are honored that we already have great supporters and sponsors. Without their help the Impact Week 2017 would not be possible. THANK YOU.


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If you want to support us as well, please see our SponsoringPackagesImpactWeek2017 for details