Tom Hulme

Design Director at IDEO

Design Director, IDEO

Tom Hulme is Design Director at IDEO in London and Managing Director of OpenIDEO and OIEngine - IDEO’s open innovation enterprises. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Tom has first-hand experience in building successful enterprises and a very thorough understanding of business. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was listed in WIRED UK’s top 100 “digital power brokers” in 2011 and 2012. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Tech City Investment Organisation.

Tom founded OpenIDEO, IDEO’s open innovation platform that won a 2011 Webby Award in the Community Category and presently has over 53,000 users from more than 170 countries. The technology, called OI Engine, is now being applied to clients to manage their own closed and open communities, including a global airline, oil and gas company, bank.

In 1998, he joined British sports-car manufacturer Marcos, where he became managing director. In 2000, he founded Fluid Conditioning Systems to commercialize the Magnom™, a patented magnetic filtration innovation system, now used in a diverse range of industries, including Formula 1.

Tom regularly speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, technology, design thinking, open innovation, and industry disruption. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he received the Baker Scholar Award of high distinction.