Design innovation integrating deep technology, societal needs, radical innovation, and future thinking: a case study of the CBI A3 program


  • Christine Thong Swinburne University of Technology, John St Hawthorn, VIC, 3122
  • Andreea Cotoranu Pace University, One Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038
  • Aaron Down Swinburne University of Technology, John St Hawthorn, VIC, 3122
  • Kirstin Kohler University of Applied Sciences Mannheim, Paul-Wittsack- Straße 10, 68163 Mannheim
  • Catarina Batista University of Applied Sciences Mannheim, Paul-Wittsack- Straße 10, 68163 Mannheim



design methods, social innovation, deep technology, self-efficacy, tertiary education


There is a recognized need for innovators with design capability to translate deep technology into applications that consider desirable futures and positive societal impact. Challenge Based Innovation A3 (CBI A3) is an interdisciplinary program that aims to develop such capability in university students’ using an integrated curriculum featuring design skills combining four domains: deep technology, societal needs, radical innovation and future thinking. This paper describes the CBI A3 program and discusses exploratory research using a mixed methods approach of observations, reflections, and before and after surveys measuring growth in student confidence. Initial findings indicate CBI A3 program achieves its learning objectives, recommending further in-depth research to validate findings and broaden understanding of specific tools and curriculum approaches for both professional practice and educational settings.



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How to Cite

Thong, C., Cotoranu, A., Down, A., Kohler, K., & Batista, C. (2021). Design innovation integrating deep technology, societal needs, radical innovation, and future thinking: a case study of the CBI A3 program. CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation, 5(1), 32–39.