Global Innovation

The skills you need to become a real professional.
Thrive in your career.
  • 24 September 2022
  • Trace Expert City, Colombo
  • 09.00 AM - 05.00 PM
  • LKR 25,000 Per Person
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Learn from Imperial College London's Professionals on enabling the country's enduring landscape changes to create new opportunity areas that industries can take to emerge even stronger from the crisis.

Writing to Forbes, Lauren Irwin-Szostak, the President and CEO of Business Processes Redefined, LLC says “the best time to innovate is during times of crisis”. Innovation never found a solution that does not exist, but always a solution that was not seen before. It involves a process of creative thinking and challenging constraints.

Organisations need to realize that innovation, now more than ever, is a choice. Leaders face an important decision around supporting innovation-led growth in the short term during uncertain times that will continue to be critical in navigating and emerging even stronger from a crisis.

History Suggests that Companies that invest in innovation through a crisis outperform peers during the recovery.

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1Identified as companies on the Fast Company World's 50 Most Innovative Companies list >2 years through a crisis, normalized to 2007.
Source: McKinsey & Company

Unforgettable Learning Experiences!

How Does This Workshop Work?
Key Learning Objectives
Key Outcomes

How Does this Workshop Work?

Together with Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC) - Masters Corporate Education Unit, this one day workshop will be facilitated by a panel of resource personnel from Imperial College London.

Prior to the workshop, participants will submit a medium term (1 – 5 year) challenge their industry wants to solve. They will also be given a report of a design futures project that reflected on multiple dimensions of a problem spanning a period of 20 years.

The participants will then use the techniques found in the report to reflect on their own challenges but for a medium-term horizon.

During the workshop, we will do ideation sessions in breakout teams to cross-pollinate and refine ideas. After this workshop, participants will have learned and practised all of the most important future mapping skills and gained some key techniques for times of crisis.

Key Learning Objectives

Learn how to conduct medium-term innovation contextual studies
Learn alternative design thinking frameworks.
Exceptional video experiences with transcripts, quizzes, and tables of contents.
Learn how to effectively communicate an innovation concept.
Learn how to down select and evaluate concepts based on contextual studies (pairwise comparison, Pugh matrices)

Key Outcomes

To be able to articulate a challenge (in corporate structure, product, or service) in alternative ways.
To be able to use design thinking frameworks to progress from an identified challenge to an innovation concept
To be able to draft the framework for developing minimum viable solutions and communicate this to other stakeholders (investors etc.)

Programme Coverage – Sessions & Exercises


At the registration, participants must submit a brief outline of a medium-term challenge they want to solve in their industry. Some examples from different industries are listed below. Participants are encouraged to submit their own:

  • Apparel and textile: How do you design systems to be power-efficient and ensure resilience in times of fuel crises? What new markets will allow higher markup and sustainability? 
  • Software: How do you further develop software being written today to become legacy software in 2 years’ time? What partnerships would allow entering high-value software markets?
  • Agriculture: How do you automate agricultural practices with a 10 year plan? How can chemical and fertilizer consumption be reduced?
  • Tourism: How do you innovate services to be resilient to foreign exchange crises? How can high-end and new categories of tourists be attracted?


A sample design futures project report will be shared to showcase how design thinking tools can be used for innovation ideation. Participants will utilize these guidelines in the workshop to sketch out an innovation concept.


During the workshop, presentations will be given to elaborate design ideation techniques with examples. Participants will then be asked to break out into groups to discuss each step of ideation followed by short group pitches to highlight what they learned from each breakout session.

These sessions will be facilitated by the resource people from Imperial College London.


After 4 ideation sessions on context definition and alternative problem definitions, solvable problem identification, innovation ideation for alternative concepts, and discovery of the most viable solution concept, groups will present their key learning outcomes and follow up action.

Meet Our Resource Personnel

Prof. Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Director of Morph Lab, Professor of Robotics at Imperial College London
Thrish is the director of the Morphlab, chair of the Imperial Robotics Forum with £50 million current research projects with industry collaborations, a director of the UK Strategic Task Group for Soft Robotics, and a founding director of Permia Sensing Pvt (Ltd). He has user centred problem solving experience with industry collaborations for more than 15 years.

Sibylle Rerolle

Design Engineering MEng Undergraduate, Imperial College London
Sibylle has work experience at Valkarie Industries and Rolls Royce. She has expertise in medical robotics, software and hardware for virtual reality applications, combining engineering rigor with design thinking for user centred problem solving, and horizon scanning opportunity mapping.

Camilla Giulia Billari

Design Engineering MEng Undergraduate, Imperial College London
Camilla has work experience at Ocean Infinity and Minazi Consulting. She has expertise in programming Augmented and Virtual reality applications for university education, as well as software engineering and data science for sustainable development. Her interests and expertise lie in combining the design and engineering aspects of robotics to innovate solutions addressing both social and environmental matters.

James Skinner

Design Engineering MEng Undergraduate, Imperial College London
James has work experience at Ocado Technology. He has expertise in industrial robotics for proceri sector, 3D CAD design and rendering, as well as multidisciplinary design involving both hardware and software to develop innovative solutions to user-centred needs.

Hannah Jane Knight

Design Engineering MEng Undergraduate, Imperial College London
Hannah has work experience at KUKA Medical Robotics. She has expertise in wearable soft robotics, user-centred problem solving, and technology interventions for community development including data-driven solutions.

Registration Deadline

For More Details, Contact:

  • Ms. Vasana Rodrigo
  • 070 242 4206
  • SLTC, Bay 07, Trace Expert City, Maradana