Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd June 2018
The Clayton Hotel, Cork City

Raomal & Rohan Perera
Google Ventures Design Sprint

How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just 5 Days?

How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution? What’s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start? What will your idea look like in real life? Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day. Now there’s a surefire way to answer these important questions; the SPRINT. Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Google X.

Raomal & Rohan Perera

Rohan Perera is an advocate of Jake Knapp’s (Author of SPRINT, How to SOLVE Big Problem and TEST New Ideas in Just FIVE Days) SPRINT process. Rohan attended Jake’s first two workshops in Bologna and Berlin. Soon after that, he was a guest designer at an AJ & Smart Design Sprint (Berlin). Rohan has facilitated multiple Design Sprints and is an evangelist of this game-changing methodology.

Rohan teaches Lean Start-up, Customer Development, Design Thinking, Design Sprints, Finance, Business Planning and Business Model Innovation. He has worked on several start-up programmes such as the Enterprise Ireland funded New Frontiers programme run in DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) and IADT (Institute of Art, Design and Technology), the iCubed student accelerate programme in DIT and SEIs (Social Entrepreneurs Ireland) impact programme, along with running Bootcamps at Insead and IADT.

When he is not teaching, he consults with government bodies, large corporations and early/medium stage start-ups, focus area’s being lean startup, business modelling and design sprints.

Clients include and not limited to: Darley, Glandore, An Garda Síochána, DJEI (Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation), HSE (Health Service Executive), Screen Training Ireland and Eli Lilly


Raomal Perera is a veteran of multiple entrepreneurial ventures and an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at INSEAD where he currently teaches and studies entrepreneurship, innovation and the management of rapidly growing companies.

Raomal is an educator and loves to work with entrepreneurs. However, his primary role is helping established businesses make innovation work. He uses an interesting mix of his hands-on experience of building successful companies and the more recent experience of academia and research in helping companies GET, KEEP and GROW their customers, using a number of highly effective tools and processes.

Raomal co-founded two technology companies; ISOCOR was listed on NASDAQ in 1996 and subsequently acquired by Critical Path in 1999. Network365 acquired US company iPin and formed Valista in 2003. Valista was acquired by Aepona in 2009 and Aepona was acquired by Intel in 2013.

Raomal was a recipient of the Irish Software Association’s (ISA) Outstanding Software Achievement Award in 2003. He was also a finalist in the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards. Raomal was one of 40 entrepreneurs worldwide chosen to the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) as a technology pioneer. Headed by Raomal, Valista also won a number of industry accolades, ranging from the Wall Street Journal Innovation GOLD award for business, and the Mobile World Congress Award for the most innovative product.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you are working on right now?

Rohan: Yeah sure. The last 18 months or so I’ve been evangelizing the Google Venture Design Sprint process in Ireland.

This is a relatively new process and only has been popularised since the book “Sprint” was released in 2016.

The book’s subtitle is “How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just 5 Days”. And that’s exactly it, very self-explanatory and to the point! As Jake Knapp said: “My best work happened when I had a big challenge and not quite enough time”

The book brings us through a timeboxed approach, essentially deadline driven ‘Design Thinking’ which forces us to achieve these amazing outcomes.

So, in the last 18 months after being trained multiple times by the Jake Knapp himself as well as the no.1 Design Sprint agency in the world (AJ & Smart) I now train Design Sprint facilitators from all over Ireland.

Clients include Dun & Bradstreet, Davy, Ammeon, UCD, Plusvital, Altify, MoneyMate, Aviva, NDRC, Poppulo. As well as running multiple Design Sprints and workshops for companies such as Glandore, Aviva, Zeeko, Hemas, John Keells, Virtusa (Sri Lanka) and INSEAD (Singapore).

What is the format of your upcoming workshop at RebelCon?

Rohan: By 5pm every attendee will be fully equipped to run a full Design Sprint in their own organisation!

So, we’re going to do the hard job of running a full Design Sprint in one day!

I’m going to give an intro into the power of Designs Sprints and how it all started as well as the success stories. Following that we’ll jump straight into the process. We’ll go through all the steps of the first three days of a Design Sprint and at the end of this workshop, you’ll be properly equipped with all the tools in terms of facilitation, process and guidelines. To wrap up the day we will be focusing on the prototyping and user testing days of the Design Sprint.

Warning: this is an extremely intensive practical workshop. Get a good night’s sleep, wear comfortable clothes and don’t expect an easy day. You will be completely drained and exhausted by the end of it, yet incredibly satisfied at the same time

Who would you say is the target audience of your workshop?

Rohan: This workshop is for anyone with a thirst for rapid problem solving and interested in making better products, faster!

Examples of the types of people we have on our workshops are: Leaders, Founders, Managers, Product Owners, Product Managers, Designers, Engineers etc

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Follow RebelCon