2023 HDR Design Sprint – Tackling decarbonisation

In early 2023, eight HDR teams were given the challenge of unpacking the decarbonisation growth opportunities of the sustainable development goals.

Responding to the SDGs of People, Planet, Partnership and Planet, the goal was to shift the SDG narrative from ‘corporate social responsibility’ to ‘corporate social opportunity’, the opportunity being: doing good and doing well.

Using a design-led, qualitative research approach, the sprint teams uncovered and explored the trends, technologies and challenges of the SDGs related to decarbonisation in an industry ecosystem. The teams then explored and refined new opportunities, concepts and business models that align with SDGs and deliver value to the ecosystem. As these concepts push the boundaries of what’s possible, the deliverable for each sprint team was to develop research questions, hypotheses and provocations that need to be answered for these opportunities to be realised.

On 20 March 2023, teams had the opportunity to present their projects at the HDR Design Sprint Showcase – a special event that brings together the sprint teams, industry, QUT researchers and government.


Download the teams’ reports






Congratulations to the HDR teams – Enjoy the pics!


Thank you to our partners

This program would not have been possible without the support of our five industry partners. Thank you for championing this design sprint.