Programme:  Training for Mentors in Design Thinking for Kids
Period:   23–27 November 2017
Venue:   Public Room Centre for Design and Innovation
Participants: Designers and/or teachers with significant experience in kids’ formal and informal programs from all Balkan countries
Mentors:  Design Club, UK


Nowadays, Design Thinking is one of the most used frameworks for encouraging people to start exploring, empathizing, innovating and prototyping. Public Room and Solveo, in partnership with the British Council, detected a gap between the trained professionals who can deliver such services and the huge demand from parents and institutions. As a response, we have initiated a four day programme with Design Club from UK, to deliver training to creative organisations from the region. The UK trainers will work with 16 designers and teachers experienced in formal and informal creative education programs for children. By learning the necessary knowledge and skills, they can then become mentors in Design Thinking for children, from ten to 18 years old.


The training in design thinking is realised in the frame of the international festival Skopje Design Week 2017 as a partnership of the following organisations:

  • North Macedonia (Public Room and Solveo)
  • Serbia (Mikser Belgrade)
  • Croatia (Croatian Designers Store)
  • Albania (Tirana Design Week and Polis University)
  • Bulgaria ( Edno Design Week Plovdiv)
  • Kosovo  (Qart, Pristina)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (Mikser Sarajevo)
  • Montenegro (Zid)
  • Romania (Institute, Bucharest)


Hands-on training, introducing Design Thinking, its purpose, and a curriculum providing mentors with the knowledge and tools to guide young designers through the five key phases of the Design Thinking process: Define a design challenge, Empathize with target users, Ideate possibilities, Prototype designs, and Test designs for real-world feedback.


SKOPJE DESIGN WEEK 2017 will take place from 22 to 26 November 2017 in Public Room Design Centre in Skopje. The festival gathers design professionals from all around Europe, providing a unique chance to exhibit, work, sell, learn and interact with a wide audience. The festival is attended by over 15,000 visitors each year.