Feb 18: Design Thinking ~ Kris Hans

Presented By: Kris Hans

Thursday February 18, 2021
12:00pm - 1:00pm (MST)
Virtual Event
Registration: Here
"All genders - All experience levels - All sectors" welcome!


Kris Hans will bring us inside the mind of a designer and show us the value of a solution focused, action oriented approach to problem solving. He’ll explain the power of brainstorming and ideation followed by rapid prototyping and iterative implementation to help build the right product or analysis. “Good design is good business”.

With GeoWomenYYC’s “Data By Design” datathon we want to focus on designing an analysis over hard coding skills. We see coding and algorithms as useful tools but ultimately a means to an end. We will continue the Design Thinking theme over on our Slack workspace where we hope to generate discussion around applying a design thinking mindset to data analytics.

We hope you will join us on Slack.

Kris Hans Bio:

Kris is an ideas generator capable of turning dreams into reality and truly a social entrepreneur. He continues to undertake diverse roles and responsibilities that bring his skills and experience to serve Calgary’s many communities — a testament to the value that he places on civic participation and social enterprise.

Currently, Kris is Co-Founder and Strategist at Market Grade, an interdisciplinary consultancy focused on marketing, design, innovation, and strategy. Kris teaches Business Management, Design Thinking, Economics for Business, Entrepreneurial Thinking (Opportunity Identification & Technology for Entrepreneurs), Global Challenges, Leadership Practices – Navigating in Uncertainty, Marketing and Sales for Entrepreneurs, Strategic Planning, Strategic Selling, and Technologies of Innovation at the University of Calgary. In addition, he’s teaching Business Communications and Creativity in the Workplace at Mount Royal University and taught Entrepreneurship and Marketing in the past including a mandatory entrepreneurship course for all students in the degree program at Mount Royal. Also Kris served as the first-ever Entrepreneur in Residence at W21C in the O’Brien Institute of Public Health, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Kris continues to work with students and start-up ventures to help grow their businesses and diversify the Alberta economy.


GeoWomen is thrilled to be collaborating with “Women In Data YYC“, “Women in AI YYC” and the “YYC Data Society” and we strongly believe that cross industry networking opportunities is a main feature of this project.

As such, the first half of the webinar will be a 45minute presentation/discussion followed by a10minute break out room activity so come prepared to turn your camera or mic on. Introverts we feel your pain. We promise you to keep it light hearted and structured enough that the time will fly by and you might even enjoy yourself while forming some great new connections.