Design Thinking workshop with 300 European public servants

Johnny Ryan event, Events, Training

In June 2015 Dr Johnny Ryan of led a workshop with 300 European public servants and designers at the EU ‘Innovating Public Services in Challenging Times’ Conference. The event was part of a project to reform the public sector with human centered design organised by SPIDER. The workshop introduced civil and public service personnel from across Europe to Design …

Design discussion with, 3fE, and Irish Design 2015

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy

I spoke about design with John Collery (, Colin Harmon (3fE), and Laura Magahy (Irish Design 2015) in Dublin recently. Here are the highlights. As I wrote last year in The Irish Times, a happy customer is an extraordinary thing. So extraordinary that this first moment of happiness with a service can be a prelude to a long-term, perhaps even …

Design Sprint with Johnny Ryan at The Irish Times for the AIB Startup Academy

Design sprint with startups at The Irish Times for AIB Startup Academy

Johnny Ryan News

See full story at from 2 February 2015 Week two of the AIB Start-up Academy: An introduction to ‘design thinking’ Entrepreneurs to learn quick, inexpensive experiments to tweak or change a product This week, the 11 AIB Start-up Academy finalists will gather for the programme’s second module. The Academy lecturers will introduce the start-ups to “design thinking”. The instructors …

Prototyping at UCD Innovation Academy workshop

What start-ups need is proof, not passion

Johnny Ryan Business Strategy

I wrote this article for The Irish Times. Full story is at After the dotcom bust, entrepreneurs came to realise the untested hunch was no longer adequate. In 1999, the start-up Webvan launched in the US with the intention of becoming the grocery service for online shoppers. It climbed to a multibillion dollar valuation at its IPO in late 1999, …


Applying design thinking with students inside the Wayra startup incubator

Johnny Ryan media, News

I brought innovation students from UCD into the startup incubator Wayra in 2014, and wrote the following piece on the experience in The Irish Times on 4 July 2014. See full story here . Applying design thinking to start-ups Students from the Innovation Academy at UCD brought design thinking to client start-ups at the Wayra incubator, with interesting results Johnny …