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Sharing the passion for doing


Sharing the passion for doing


“Creativity - it’s not just looking at a problem from a known base, it’s about those left field ideas. Something unexpected in the process may present where teams say “why don’t we try this”. Design Factory says “yeah, lets try it, lets do it, lets take the risk for something different.” Professor George Collins Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development Swinburne University


DESIGN FACTORY GLOBAL NETWORK 2015 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF P채ivi Oinonen EDITOR Viljami Lyytik채inen ART DIRECTOR Joel Meneses ILLUSTRATIONS Joel Meneses PRINTING Painotalo Casper Oy PAPER Multiart Silk 130 g/m2 (pages) MultiOffset 300 g/m2 (cover) P.O. Box 17700 FI-00076 AALTO paivi.oinonen@aalto.fi dfgn.org




This Atlas uncovers the network of 10 universities and one research organization with a goal to create change in the world of learning and research towards a passion-based culture.


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MAPPING THE DESIGN FACTORY GLOBAL NETWORK Design Factory Global Network Founder’s thoughts The road so far Design Factory Bootcamp International Design Factory Week

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Collaboration stories of the network pioneers NordDesign Satellite event Global mobility Learning through sharing A story about a planned coincidence Soft landing to China Challenge Based Innovation

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S 41 / Aalto University Design Factory Aalto-Tongji Design Factory Swinburne Design Factory Duoc UC Design Factory IdeaSquare @CERN Design Factory Korea Porto Design Factory Riga Technical University Design Factory Frisian Design Factory PhilaU Nexus Design Factory PACE University



FACTORIES Finland China Australia Chile Switzerland Korea Portugal Latvia

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Netherlands United States United States

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Glossary DFGN: Design Factory Global Network is a network of innovation platforms that drive change in their own institutions for a better learning culture, whether it is in a university or a research center.


Design Factory as the concept, the culture, and the philosophy the participants love and aim to adopt in their own way. or Multiple Design Factories as a term to collectively refer to all the different innovation platforms part of the network.



in numbers:

ADF Aalto University Design Factory ATDF Aalto-Tongji Design Factory CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research CBI Challenge Based Innovation, a project course organized by IdeaSquare @ CERN DDF Duoc UC Design Factory DFK Design Factory Korea FDF Frisian Design Factory FLPD FutureLab of Product Design; a research project out of which ADF was created IdeaSquare@CERN aka the “Design Factory� in CERN IDFW International Design Factory Week PACE University, and the local team with a DF heart PDF Porto Design Factory PDP Product Development Project, a course organized in Aalto University PNDF PhilaU Nexus Design Factory PIP Product Innovation Project; a course in TU Graz, Austria, inspired by PDP-course in Aalto, and a another course in Swinburne Design Factory RTU DF Riga Technical University Design Factory SDF Swinburne Design Factory SFC Sino-Finnish Centre, International platform college of Tongji University TAD Techno-Art Division, an interdisciplinary major in Underwood International College in Yonsei University

Institutions 11 space 7900m2

students in globally distributed project teams within the network


industry partners for global projects




visits by DF people to other lost count DFs in 2014 at 264

percentage of the world covered by countries with DFs

countries with hugging points



Kafis = kitchen + office

a lovely place to drink coffee, meet new people, catch up with old colleagues and to work in a casual setting



“We are so many and so different; we can learn so much from each other. So we are bringing interdisciplinary education and work back to the center of our strategy!” Rosário Gambôa President Porto Polytechnic





DESIGN FACTORY GLOBAL NETWORK Sharing a culture for passion-based learning

Co-creation in every corner of the world

Change agents for new learning cultures

We, the people around the world, join the network because the Design Factory Global Network can supercharge our co-creation activities. Design Factories are local platforms for interdisciplinary collaboration, and we like to work with you whether you are a student or a CEO of a company. When we take the idea global, we get more diversity, more cultures and richer experiences. As part of the family, we have access to every corner of the world. Regardless of what is considered as a comfortable personal distance, the Hugging Point will reduce it to nothing no matter where in the four continents of DFGN you are.

All Design Factories in the network are hubs for experimentation. Learning through small experiments and iteration is what we love. We notice that we have become change agents in our institutions.


We prototyped a vehicle of change from legos and we now steer it towards a better learning culture. However change is not easy, nor is being a change agent. To try out new things, to do things that escape the metrics of traditional academic activities requires the right kind of madness and passion. People who are involved in the DFGN are brave enough to challenge the status quo of universities and to put the learning outcomes of their students first. Trust in the network and likeminded madmen are of utmost importance.

WHY The goal is to create change in the world of learning and research towards a passion-based culture Local interdisciplinary co-creation experiments can be supercharged with the diversity of the global context

HOW & WHAT All DFs in the network are built based on the development interests of the host institution Shared ways of working and the supporting culture enable the collaboration in the network DFGN is defined by the action and collaboration projects we do ADF annually hosts the week-long DF Bootcamp to support the development of new DFs Once a year DFGN members organize the International Design Factory Week to plan collaborative projects between the individual DFs

World-wide impact None of this would make sense if there was no greater goal behind it all. A dream of a better future. Having an impact. Our goal is to change the higher education, hopefully towards the better. This happens by inspiring and empowering people, be they students, teachers, researchers, business experts or whomsoever. We want to be role models, the kind that will not sit still thinking, but invites

everyone to join us to build a soap box car. If you cannot physically come to us, we will share the schematics by mail. Having scientific evidence backing us up helps to spread the message further, and to convince also those who do not believe in something that works in practice, unless it also works in theory.


“At the Design Factory, out-of-the-box thinking is the norm, challenging authorities is required, and results follow from unexpected encounters.� Professor Tuija I. Pulkkinen Vice President Research and Innovations Aalto University



FOUNDER`S THOUGHTS: Kalevi Ekman on the origins of the Design Factory concept

Anyone, who has studied at university, probably has thoughts about the best and worst learning experiences. However, when the former student becomes a professor, it’s not that straight forward anymore to process those thoughts to actions. For me the most interesting question has been “How do we educate the best product designers in the world?” We could learn from project working methods. It’s good to define a goal. It’s good to plan the use of resources and schedule. There should be a process to follow and to manage the progress. This 16

applies to any activity or course. We could learn from workplace design. We are different learners, so flexibility and adaptation to different learning modes is necessary. There is a need for more interactive spaces, but silent spaces for focused work are needed as well. Product design is an interdisciplinary activity by nature, so room for brainstorming, prototyping, testing and planning for business cases is needed. Universities and industries could cooperate more efficiently. Their main goals are very different, but a simple

solution for a win-win model is just doing more things together. That means that more time should be spent together. Also unplanned rendezvous should be made easier and more probable.

All three aforementioned options hold true at Design Factory. But finally, it’s still all about people. People who have some talent, but most importantly are curious, a bit crazy, driven by a mysterious passion, can tolerate uncertainty and ambiguity. People who do not ask first, what their Design Factory can do for them, but what they can do for their Design Factory.


2001 International Development ADF Development

First remote students join the PDP-course from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

1980 Professor Matti Kleimola introduces real-life problems from companies as learning assignments. Machine design students are producing engineering drawings, analysis and reports to problems from industry.


Professor Kalevi Ekman takes over the Professorship of Machine Design.

1997 Product Development Project course starts in its current form. Industrial design students join the course, and sponsoring companies are expected to pay a fee for the projects.


2005 Idea of establishing an Innovation University (later named Aalto University) a merger of the leading technology, design and business schools in Finland, is introduced in public.

2008 Aalto Design Factory


First PDP- inspired course starts in TU Graz, Austria. Mario Fallast, a student of TU Graz attending the PDP-course in Finland during his exchange year, introduces Product Innovation Project-course (PIP) in his home university.



FutureLab of Product Design (FLPD) research projects starts. A pilot space of 300 m2 to support the learning of product development is built in the premises of Laboratory of Machine Design. More systematic research to understand how to better support the learning of product development begins.

the spearhead projects of the forthcoming Aalto University. The best practices and spaces from FLPD are transferred to the new building for Aalto Design Factory. Activities begin in September 2008. -



of Aalto University takes place in January 2010. Aalto Design Factory has already been in operation for 16 months.

2007 FLPD invites people from the three schools that will make Aalto University who are already practicing interdisciplinary collaboration to a “Demo or Die”-workshop to draft out ideas for the new university based on their experiences. The outcomes are drafted into a proposal for a new initiative and showcase for the new university. The iniatitave is given the name “Design Factory”



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2010 First Design Factory outside of Finland, Aalto-Tongji Design Factory, opens in Shanghai in May 2010. The agreement between Aalto and Tongji about the establishment of ATDF is signed a day after the inauguration of Aalto University.

2011 Swinburne Design Factory November 2011 in Melboune, Australia, under Swinburne University of Technology. ADF community joins the launch event from Finland via video conferencing at 4am. The launch of SDF, the third DF in the world, marks the birth of the Design Factory Global Network.

2012 Duoc Design Factory November 2012 in Santiago, Chile under Duoc UC. First International Design Factory Week takes place in Finland. The week brings together 16 people from 4 institutions.


2015 New Design Factories will open in Seoul (Design Factory Korea), the Netherlands (Frisian Design Factory), Portugal (Porto Design Factory), Latvia (RTU Design Factory) and in the US (PhilaU Nexus Design Factory)

First Design Factory Bootcamp is organized in Finland. The week-long activity targeted for institutions and people that are interested in establishing their own Design Factory gathers together 13 people from 5 institutions. IdeaSquare @ CERN is December 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, under CERN.


“ Inspired and helped by the Aalto Design Factory, IdeaSquare offers CERN a valuable interface to the society. Through effective use of rapid prototyping facilities available in IdeaSquare, we can now explore in parallel new technologies for fundamental research purposes, and address pressing societal challenges from a human-centric perspective.� Sergio Bertolucci Director for Research and Computing CERN



DESIGN FACTORY BOOTCAMP Support for the development of new Design Factories Experiencing the Design Factory concept Design Factory Bootcamp is a weeklong intensive hands-on learning of the DF concept, targeted for people and institutions interested in developing their own interdisciplinary platform. Its goal is to provide the participants with the best possible experience of the DF concept. The first Bootcamp was organized in June 2014 in ADF. It attracted representatives from five institutions; three institutions which after the Bootcamp went on to establish a Design Factory in their own institution, and two existing DFGN partners that decided to send their new staff members to familiarize them with the DF ways of working. 22

Bootcamp is a week-long activity supporting the development of new Design Factories 13 people from 5 institutions participated on the first Bootcamp in 2014 Bootcamp is annually hosted at ADF

Inspiration and insights The Bootcamp typically gathers together change-agents, people who have a dream of developing or improving something in their own institution and activities, but quite often are lacking insights, inspiration and support from like-minded people. During the Bootcamp they are introduced to the different aspects of the DF concept, its history and development, infrastructure, ways of working, pedagogical philosophy, and engaging with industry, through lectures and workshops by DF experts and community, also from the DFGN. Professor Sangwon Lee from Underwood International College in Yonsei University in Korea reflects back on the experience of the Bootcamp:

“Not only the attitude of the people was different, but the learning process was different. I was surrounded by the most tolerant people who ceaselessly encouraged me to pursue my dream with the creativity of a kindergarten.” In addition to experiencing and learning about the DF concept, the participants will also be coached to plan for and take the first steps towards their goals in their home institutions.

The journey continues Based on the encouraging feedback from the first Bootcamp, ADF will annually host a new group of change agents and visionaries from interested

universities and institutions. But most importantly the journey continues with all of the participants in their home institutions. Sangwon explains: “These days people in the universities are talking about the future of teaching more often than ever. Whenever I have a chance to ponder upon the problem I immediately question whether DF could be the one. All the exemplary works with the industry taught me that innovation can be anywhere. The learning environment at ADF made me realize that soft skills are the key factor in nurturing creativity. They affected my teaching style such that students learn by doing rather than passively receiving information. “ 23

INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FACTORY WEEK Planning for collaboration The 3rd IDFW was organized in Melbourne International Design Factory Week (IDFW) is the annual opportunity for DFGN members and other Design Factory friends and enthusiasts to meet and plan for collaboration face-to-face. Every year the family spends the week in a different DF to offer us the opportunity to learn more about the hosting DF. This way we also expose the magic of the network to the host institution. In 2014 Swinburne Design Factory and Swinburne University hosted the 3rd annual IDFW. The week-long event was bigger than its predecessors, welcoming altogether 37 members from 11 institutions around the world to Melbourne, Australia. 24

During the week the participants shared IDFW is the annual opportunity for experiences, planned future co-operation, DFGN members to meet and brainstormed different collaboration face-to-face to plan collaboration possibilities and the potential of the global for the upcoming year network. In practice, the week was filled with workshops aimed at sharing methods The network members get to learn relevant to the DF pedagogical philosophy more about the hosting and developing the DFGN as a network. institution and the host can As the network is growing all the time, the unleash the power of the network week serves also as a great platform to in their own university give support and share insight from the more established DFs to the newer network IDFW in 2015 will be organized in members. Duoc UC in Chile

GROWTH OF IDFW 2012 Helsinki 4 institutions 16 participants 2013 Shanghai 8 institutions 27 participants 2014 Melbourne 11 institutions 37 participants

Leveraging the power of the network In addition to developing the network’s activities, the hosting organization can utilize the network by engaging its local partners in discussions and project initiatives with the global network members. SDF director Dr Anita Kocsis explains: “The IDFW 2014 created acceptance for the Design Factory model here at Swinburne, that the model is beyond theory, and that it is happening now.” The hands-on doing during one of the events for the external stakeholders gained traction: “The Business Breakfast that was organized during the week because the international partners from DFGN were here participating - gave us the credibility in the eyes of stakeholders, both business partners and internal university stakeholders”, she continues.

Furthermore, IDFW was fertile ground for ideation, and IdeaSquare decided to organize a Joint Venture Bootcamp in December to coincide with the inauguration of their new home at CERN. This was a one-day event to bring together all the interested parties for a collaborative EU funding application hackathon. In 2015 the IDFW will be hosted by DDF in Santiago, Chile.



“Being a member of the Design Factory Global Network enables us to address our regional challenges from an international perspective.” Willem Smink

President NHL University of Applied Sciences





NORDDESIGN SATELLITE EVENT Being part of the network establishes familiarity and trust even between collaborators who do not know each other Shared ways of working reduces the need for planning oversight Agility is created by low hierarchies and fast decision-making

From trust to action In August 2014 the 10th bi-annual NordDesign conference for innovation, design and product development was organized at ADF. Academic conferences always aim to draw an international cohort of experts together to facilitate an exchange of ideas and knowledge, but this time the conference witnessed a significant spike in participation from Australasian countries through an unexpected contribution by DFGN. The power of the network was realized almost by chance when the SDF staff from Australia asked if it would be possible to attend the conference via a video connection after the first call for proposals was published. The Australians wished to avoid travelling long distances in the middle


of one of the busiest periods of the academic year. The issue came up in a conversation between the main organizers researcher Miko Laakso and head of ADF Kalevi Ekman over the coffee machine in ADF Kafis. The added value of conferences are very clear, meeting face-to-face is just as important as sharing information. Then how can we create an opportunity to participate for people from the other side of the world? Rapidly from idea to action Within days it was agreed that to celebrate the 10th event, Nord would go south this year, and a satellite event would be organized at Swinburne University. In just a few days the idea

turned into a concept and a decision. The ADF team had trust that SDF can organize the event autonomously and the satellite conference exampled logical action for global collaboration. In addition the ways of working were trusted to be so similar that they did not start to question why this wouldn’t work out.

you confidence and trust that these are the kind of people you can work with and count on. In this case none of us had the slightest moment of doubt whether this would be a good idea”.

In the network you do not have to do a lot of planning, you can just decide to do things together. “The network is great in the way it provides agile collaboration, as decisions can be made quickly and actioned into reality”, explains SDF manager Dr Christine Thong. Furthermore, Miko pointed out: “Even if you haven’t worked with the specific people before, the network gives 29


GLOBAL MOBILITY From Chile to Finland to Australia Network aims to lower the barriers of mobility by decreasing the number of administrative hurdles Similar ways of working and a familiar environment act as the “home away from home” during longer stays DFGN exponentially increases the amount of relevant talent and expertise each DF has at their disposal Altogether 25 network members have worked abroad in other DFs for longer periods of time

Joel Meneses, a fourth year student of graphic design from Chile, was awarded a scholarship only four students out of the 80 000 students of Duoc UC receive. Joel now had the possibility to pursue an international internship to complete his studies. Coming from Duoc UC, home of the Duoc DF, doing his internship in one of the other Design Factories was an obvious option to consider. Since the network supports and simplifies mobility of both staff and students, it was an easy decision to choose to do an internship within the DFGN, and specifically ADF.

After endless video meetings, emails and late-night discussions over the video windows between the factories over the 9-hour time difference, the visuals were present throughout the Swinburne University campus. Astonishment over the quality of the work that Joel had been able to do in only six weeks was shared among the representatives from nine other DFs attending the IDFW. In addition, the award-winning communications department of Swinburne University were delighted to witness the collaborative efforts of the DFGN made tangible in their own domain.

Success over Skype

The ADF team was so convinced by Joel’s talent that they decided to hire Joel after his internship extending his stay in Finland to a full year. Among many different ways Joel is a valued team member, he has been the art director and sole designer of this publication you are now reading.

Despite coming to Finland and ADF, the first project Joel found himself working on was for SDF in Australia, as they were at that time gearing up for hosting the International Design Factory Week. Out of all experts in the network, Joel was the right fit for the job of developing the visual identity for IDFW 2014. For DFGN, mobility can also be seen from the perspective of globally dispersed teams, sharing resources and mobilizing expertise.


LEARNING THROUGH SHARING Pedagogical development at ADF ADF has been organizing pedagogical development support for Aalto teachers since 2010 Over 150 teachers in 3 countries have participated in DF pedagogical development workshops 9 courses in 9 countries have been inspired by the Product Development Project course in Aalto University

ADF is an experimental co-creation platform, where the development of better learning experiences is at the heart of the activity. People come to ADF to experiment with studentcentered problem-based learning supported by DF facilities, ways of working, and professional mentoring. ADF staff and researchers have developed several methodologies, workshops, and tools to facilitate the work of Aalto University teachers and students. These experiences have been shared in the growing DF network. Sharing expertise in the network

Further reading: Björklund, T., Nordström, K. & Clavert, M. 2013. A Sino-Finnish initiative for experimental teaching practices using the Design Factory pedagogical platform. European Journal of Engineering Education, 38 (5), 567-577


The sharing of pedagogical knowledge, expertise and experiences started in 2011 when ADF staff partnered with Aalto-Tongji Design Factory to organize workshops for Tongji staff. The workshop program demonstrated the teaching and learning possibilities at DF as well as provided insights into integrating the DF learning philosophy, spaces and ways of working into teaching. The collaborations have since continued including a series of workshops in Chile in 2013 for Duoc Design Factory to support the establishment of the local product development program.

Andrea Ordenes Godoy, academic coordinator of DDF describes the extensive effort they have dedicated to pedagogical development: “After the first workshop organized by ADF in Duoc, we have continued to develop and offer a series of workshops designed for students, teachers and even administrative staff. These events have allowed the adoption of the DF concept and its ways of working throughout our own institution. In 2013-14 a total of 60 teachers participated in a 20-hour training program on the DF principles, ways of working and tools, which inspired and enthused them about the innovative ways of not only the teaching, but also the learning process.” Testing the proof-of-concept The collaboration is not limited to ADF accelerating the other DFs’ activities. The network provides all the partnering institutions an opportunity to test and develop their own pedagogical practices. For Aalto this has meant the ability to validate the proof-of-concept prototype known as Design Factory. This is done by testing the DF approach in other cultural settings, and learning from the way the local DFs develop the concepts further to fit their own contexts.


A STORY ABOUT A PLANNED COINCIDENCE The network creates all participants greater access not only to case studies and data, but also collaboration partners DF culture allows for planned coincidences to take place Openness and trust enable quick execution and action


A case study on research opportunities

Shared goals paving the way

Diana Vieira, from Porto Polytechnic, had an idea that it would be valuable to study the effects of project-based learning on the employability of students. The challenge was data collection. However, in July 2014 Diana, as the Pro-Rector of Employability and Alumni Relations, was involved in hosting ADF staff during their visit to discuss the possibility of Porto starting a DF. The management of Porto were introduced to the concept of DF and interdisciplinary courses. The meeting sparked an idea in Diana: “PDP could be an interesting case study from the soft skill development perspective, and if something like that was started in Porto, it would make a good comparative study later”.

Before the day was over, there was a plan and a decision to study the effects of PDP course on the employability and career success of students in comparison to those who do not participate in project-based learning. In no less than a month later Diana visited ADF to work out further details. When the ADF staff visited Porto, it was the first time the two parties had met. The shared goals and priorities on both sides helped to build a mutual feeling of trust from the very beginning. Diana looks back on the experience: “It was very easy to get things going. From the beginning to the execution, it all took place very quickly. The openness that DF showed to me really made me feel welcome and trusted”.

Facilitating planned coincidences The DF way of working and attitude allowed for a planned coincidence to take place for Diana. The principle of openness will also help to spread the outcomes of this and any other study to support activities in the DFGN. Trust, quick decision making,

support and help as well as access to a pool of interesting case studies can create fruitful opportunities for researchers with shared interests in the network.


SOFT LANDING TO CHINA Familiar environment for entering unfamiliar markets

DFs around the world provide familiar working environments and soft landing in new cultures Shared ways of working lower the barrier to collaboration across national borders Collaboration between the DFs allows cultures to meet and create something extraordinary


Finnish company working with Chinese students The Finnish, family-owned fertilizing company Biolan had identified a huge business opportunity within the vast global trend of urbanization. Despite living within cities, people might still want to engage with gardening and farming activities. Whereas the Finnish market has its limitations, the possibilities in Asia, and especially

China, are unlimited. But how to get actual understanding and data of the local users and possibilities? Biolan had previously been part of the PDP-course at ADF, with Chinese students as a sub team for a Finnish project. Therefore, getting involved with a similar type of project course at ATDF and engaging directly with the local students was an easy and obvious step. The local unit of Biolan

in Shanghai provided the brief and ownership to the project. Best of both worlds Working with the local students in China ensured that the product was suitable for the Chinese market. Chinese students could dig out the true needs and interests of the customers due to language skills and cultural understanding. At the same time, the

Finnish company was familiar with the Design Factory ways of working based on their previous experiences in Aalto, and trusted that there will be good outcomes. The experience provided Biolan with the best of both worlds. The Design Factory as a concept, with the familiar attitude and ways of working, creates a place that is easy to approach. If a Finnish person is interested in

collaboration in China, they can simply heat up the ATDF Sauna and have a chat, instead of navigating the vast sea of ceremonies of a foreign culture. The local context is second of the two pillars of activity, and it provides the companies with Chinese exposure, networks, language and understanding of local culture.


CHALLENGE BASED INNOVATION Creating the right partnerships for global projects

Challenge Based Innovation is a course coordinated at the IdeaSquare @CERN Eight universities have participated in CBI I & II DFGN simplifies the process of finding good partners for new global projects such as CBI

Societal benefits from CERN As one of the world’s largest scientific collaborations, CERN has pushed the boundaries of human knowledge and created many new technologies to do so better. One of CERN’s missions is to solve the mysteries of the early Universe through fundamental research in particle physics. IdeaSquare and the Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) program it hosts, are designed to aid CERN in translating a substantial part of that fundamental research into societal benefits and also in systematically applying the technological insights and inspiration in the context of human needs. Network of collaboration Challenge Based Innovation is a six-month project course, where multidisciplinary masters-level student teams collaborate with researchers at CERN to discover novel solutions for the future of humankind. The projects are an elaborate mixture, where the technologies from basic research at CERN meet societal, human-driven needs. The program is unique in how it is currently connecting the collaborating universities across the globe to cocreate with scientists and scientific inspiration at CERN. The pedagogical approach is developed from IdeaSquare in collaboration with the participating


universities, experimenting with the fuzzy front-end of innovation and a strong human-driven design process. DFGN offers IdeaSquare an opportunity to engage with a network of universities that can collaborate with CERN within the context of product innovation in a unique way. Joona Kurikka from IdeaSquare explains: “Being a part of the DFGN has been a great opportunity to find new university partners who we can trust to have the process understanding, support and great coaches needed for the intense projects like CBI.” In addition, the network can help accelerate the possible next steps of the student concepts after CBI when all stakeholders share the same open innovation philosophy. The network that IdeaSquare has developed around CBI and the DFGN are mutually reinforcing the partnerships and the community aiming to experiment with new practices to create change and achieve societal impact.



“We are looking forward to having Design Factory Korea provide a welcome stimulus to our teaching and educational culture, and to providing a new model for university-industry collaboration.� Professor Hyungji Park Dean, Underwood International College Yonsei University














COLLABORATION WORKING PARTNERS Close collaboration partners with a Design Factory heart

DFGN consists of Design Factories in nine higher education institutions and one research center, as well as one collaboration partner university. What brings these institutions together is collaboration and action, not signatures on a piece of paper. DFGN is a group of universities and institutions that have adopted a similar way of working, and aspire towards similar working culture.



Our roots are deep in mechanical engineering and product development, and despite our background we have always been interdisciplinary and a home for engineers, designers, and business people alike.

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Aalto University Design Factory


Our home is...

We live in...

an old research laboratory which has been redesigned to support experimentation, prototyping and interaction. The multi-purpose nature of the spaces makes it possible to maintain a high rate of use and keep things flexible. We are happy to be the first building of Aalto University!

Espoo, Finland, which is the country of Santa Claus, four seasons and long winters.

Aalto University

Otaniemi Campus, Espoo, Finland adf.fi Established in October 2008


HOME OF THE DF CONCEPT We love to work with… great people. In addition to students, who always come first, the Design Factory community brings together teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, and business practitioners. It is a mixture of people who have dreams and want to be a part of the community.

In all that we do, our first priority is...

to learn and to have fun.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

enthusiastic teachers who have been developing their courses at ADF. We have hosted 40 courses with 1200 students varying from Challenge Breakers, which is the ´´Mythbusters`` of Aalto University, Microbiology, and Creative Sustainability to Interdisciplinary Product Development.

to be a well-functioning support platform for our stakeholders. One example is the Teacher Partner -course, which combines pedagogical mentoring with hands-on experimentations and evaluation. In addition we have had the pleasure to host and share our activities with one king and one prince in addition to several ministers and visitors from all over the world.


The metric that measures our operations best is... the 42 000 cups of coffee that is consumed annually.


WE ARE UNIQUE BECAUSE ATDF is also hosting the Sino-Finnish Centre of Tongji University, one of Tongji’s international platform colleges. This means that we are able to arrange courses and give credits to students. We are the most international platform in Tongji University where students, teachers and companies come to meet people alike from all over the world.

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SHANGHAI Our home is...

We live in...

a 1500m2 old factory building where ATDF occupies the 4th floor and the rooftop. We have the slowest but coolest elevator you have ever seen with pink sofas and a face wall. In the middle of our IKEA furniture, you may witness the Chinese influence to the design, and experience our Finnish Saunas – the two best in Shanghai!

Shanghai, which is the fastest growing city in the world and the international trade, science, culture, and technology center of Eastern China. Growth and pace are just incredible here, so once you start planning for something, it has most likely already been built in Shanghai. There is a saying, that in China anything is possible, but everything is difficult. Nevertheless, so many things that happen here every day, could not take place anywhere else.

Yangpu District, Shanghai, China sinofinnishcentre.org Established in May 2010


THE BEST SAUNA IN SHANGHAI We love to work with… Chinese and international students. ATDF is the pioneer for new education in China. We love to see institutions, departments, labs and people to get exited and have an impact in their own work or workplace.

In all that we do, our first priority is...

to make revolutionary changes to get started in China. The change starts from the bottom, and requires support from the top.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

education tailored for China. ATDF has recently tested and launched newly designed workshops and course packages to support especially Chinese students’ international project work.

gaining more visibility in Shanghai, spreading the Design Factory Spirit (设计工厂精神) inside Tongji University, for example through several emerging ATDF hubs.


The metric that measures our activities best is... how many students come to our classes without registering and getting any credits. Many do.



Design is strongly part of our DNA. We are also the pocket rocket of Design Factories; our small space houses a big family.

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MELBOURNE Our home is...

We live in...

the brand new Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre, where we have a cozy 250m2 space. It is the focal point of high-energy activity on the campus that hosts all of Swinburne’s three faculties.

Melbourne, a true multicultural city in Australia that serves as a launching platform and a test-bed for many industries such as film, food, theatre and sport. It’s the most livable city in the world and a superb tourist destination with koalas, kangaroos, outstanding coffee and the bright sun.

Hawthorn Campus, Melbourne, Australia www.sdf.org.au

sdf@swin.edu.au Launched in November 2011


DIFFERENT BY DESIGN DOWN We love to work with… students from all three faculties in Swinburne, and we do it in an integrated way as Design Factory pedagogy is embedded in the curriculum. The partners we take on the learning journey with us are researchers, entrepreneurs, large corporations both in Australia and abroad.

In all that we do, our first priority is...

to provide students meaningful and relevant learning experiences to become change makers.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

the new global program Challenge Based Innovation at CERN and organizing the first satellite NordDesign conference. We also experimented with how network partners could contribute to SDF community development while we hosted IDFW.

to go beyond proof of concept. Our curriculum is integrated in the university and our program offerings are increasingly diverse. We’ve facilitated altogether 36 interdisciplinary industry projects of total project value worth of over $1m. But most importantly SDF is no longer floating in the periphery but has landed in the Hawthorn campus. Being in the center of hustle and bustle with all different faculties has quadrupled the number of visitors and walk-ins.


The metric that measures our activities best is... the metric is a work in progress, but the operations that best characterise SDF is the quality of the opportunities we create for our students.


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SANTIAGO Our home is...

We live in...

50m2 especially designed for our students to work on their projects. As our space is limited we have decided to simply commandeer open common spaces of our campus as an extension of DDF, spicing up hallways, decks and patios. These new spaces provide students, teachers and staff the opportunity to interact and work outside the regular classroom. DDFs on other campuses in Vi帽a del Mar and Concepci贸n are currently being equipped to fit the DF standard!

Santiago, located in Chile and surrounded by beautiful, diverse and picturesque scenery ranging from the Atacama Desert near the border of Peru till the glaciers of Patagonia in the southern end of South America.

Santiago, Vi帽a del Mar & Concepci贸n, Chile www.duoc.cl/designfactory Launched in November 2012


BUILDING 17 DFS IN CHILE BY 2020 We love to work with… our students and see how enthused and excited they become when they work in teams and discover their talents. We also love working with teachers who are extremely interested developing their classes and in capitalizing on the opportunities available.

In all that we do, our first priority is...

to create and develop a meaningful learning experience for our students as well as teachers.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

new course formats and different audiences. We taught an intensive short course for our night-class students during the winter, and we run workshops for our administrative staff.

opening two new DDFs in other regions of Chile, with a high number of students, teachers and businesses getting on board.


The metric that measures our activities best is... the high decibels we reach when our students burst the balloons we use in our introductory exercise for teamwork.


WE ARE UNIQUE BECAUSE We are a physical interface between CERN and society. Here, the scientists are free to collaborate with designers, students, professionals, companies and NGO’s in a new way. We are not a university, unlike most of the nodes in the DFGN, though educating the scientists of the future is one of our missions.


GENEVA Our home is...

We live in...

a freshly renovated industrial hall at Point 1 near ATLAS detector which one of the biggest prototypes in the world, 150 meters away from where Higgs Boson was discovered.

Geneva, Switzerland, the land of chillingly-good chocolate, massive mountains and the home of numerous international organizations. We also have a giant water fountain!

Meyrin, CERN, Switzerland http://knowledgetransfer.web.cern.ch/ideasquare Launched in December 2014


REDEFINING LHC: LARGE HUMAN COLLIDER We love to work with… CERN researchers, NGOs, university students and teachers from different disciplines.

In all that we do, our first priority is...

to find the right mix of people and empower them to do amazing things together.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

our physical space, seeing it in different setups in hackathons and courses. Currently we are thinking about Impact (with a big I) and trying to see how might we best contribute to the global challenges the world is facing.

to establish our space, and to launch activities together with different partners.


The metric that measures our activities best is... the amount of smiles generated in our nearby environment multiplied by the quantity of Double-decker ideation rides taken.


WE ARE UNIQUE BECAUSE Our roots lie in the Techno-Art Division, with its model of integrating design, technology, and management; Underwood International College’s international and interdisciplinary strengths; and Songdo, a vibrant hub of multinational corporations and international organizations.

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an expansive design studio and a separate machine shop (over 500m2) plus other useful spaces located across the Yonsei International Campus in Songdo, Korea’s latest open innovation hub.

Seoul and Incheon, Korea, the land of skyscrapers, smart IT, K-pop, and spicy food.

Seoul and Incheon, Republic of Korea sangwon.lee@yonsei.ac.kr Launched in April 2015


DESTINATION FINNISH KIMCHI We love to work with… students, faculty, and industry partners who share a passion for creative learning and hands-on solutions. We aim to build a platform that generates new possibilities for collaboration with industry and government partners.

In all that we do, our first priority is...

to create a new culture that fosters creativity, leadership, and entrepreneurship in our students.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

participating in DFGN events, signing our DF partner agreement with Aalto University in October 2014 and developing collaborative possibilities with other DFGN members. We have also generated excitement at our home Yonsei University about the launching of Design Factory Korea, and adapting our Techno-Art courses and educational programs to work with our DF partners.

our Techno-Art students winning various design and science competition awards and presenting their achievements at international conferences. We are excited to be gearing up for our first class of TAD graduates in 2016, and in having them work with DF in their senior year! We are also pleased at the support that Yonsei University has been giving to DFK, granting us space, budget, and freedom to pursue creativity in education.


The metric that measures our activities best is... is the quantity and quality of student creative productions, from design artwork to product ideas to business models, and the holistic learning process that allows students to translate creativity into innovation.


WE ARE UNIQUE BECAUSE PDF is first and foremost an entrepreneurship educational platform, directly promoted by the rector; PDF is the central piece of the global entrepreneurship program in Porto Polytechnic. We bring together all disciplines of Porto Polytechnic, mixing Technology, Business and Design to co-create, co-develop and co-accelerate innovative ideas.

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We live in...

located right at the heart of the Asprela Campus in Porto. The building is surrounded by different universities, research centers, business incubators and other facilities.

the beautiful city of Porto. It is in Portugal, the land of sun, sea, beach, surf, golf, great food and even better wine.

Asprela Campus, Porto, Portugal www.portodesignfactory.ipp.pt Launched in May 2015


BREAKING SILOS SINCE 2015 We love to work with… anyone who thinks outside the box. Students always come first; we try to engage them in projects with business practitioners, researchers and teachers. It’s a melting pot!

In all that we do, our first priority is...

passion! As a wise man once said, it’s about passion-based learning.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

our “Afterwork” program, a set of labs, courses and minors for post-graduates and masters, designed at Porto Design Factory to stimulate interdisciplinary hands-on learning.

the enthusiasm of students, companies and political institutions, that allowed us to win an EU grant that will fund PDF’s activities for the next two years.


The metric that measures our activities best is... the number of students involved in PDF projects. We expect 1000 in the first two years.


WE ARE UNIQUE BECAUSE We are not linked to any faculty in the university, providing a neutral and creative ground for inter-faculty collaboration & out of the box projects, as well as lot of freedom in our activities. We are also the only place with porcelain cups for coffee.

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We live in...

450 m2 of space in the center of our university campus; a space that was supposed to be an industrial kitchen. We have a prototyping laboratory, a kitchen and a hot-desk area. We also started “theLAB� in collaboration with a variety of companies. TheLAB is home to the 2nd biggest concentration of 3D printers in the Baltics, a vinyl cutter, a small electronic workshop, simple CNC mills and a nice space to relax. TheLAB is a micro version of the Design Factory allowing us to experiment and find solutions while working on the bigger concept and space.

Riga, in the center of the Baltics, where there is a very lively arts and crafts tradition, as well as an exciting start-up scene.

Riga, Latvia www.rtudesignfactory.com rdf@rtu.lv Launched Official launch in June 2015


WE MAKE THINGS FUN & FUN THINGS HAPPEN We love to work with… students, connecting them to innovative initiatives and startups in Latvia. We aim to support innovation in the university through an interdisciplinary approach based on design thinking methodology. Together we make things happen.

In all that we do, our first priority is...

the students. Their interests are put at the center of our Design Factory.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

summer school for product development for doctoral students, and participating in diverse reflection groups in Latvia related to innovation. We are currently experimenting with the first study program hosted partly at RTU DF.

to solve diverse administrative issues in order to simplify our operations. First, we started theLAB without using university funds. After seeing the success of the LAB RTU allocated more spaces and resources to RTU DF.


The metric that measures our activities best is... how many student projects have been made possible by coming and visiting RTU DF. We daily support on average 20 students and work in collaboration with 5 start-ups at any time of the year.


WE ARE UNIQUE BECAUSE We are located in a relatively remote and rural area of The Netherlands, which we consider to be our unique selling point. Our ambition is to become the innovation engine of our region, by combining our more than 70 disciplines, varying from engineering, applied arts, health care, business, communication and multimedia design, and even our 130 year old nautical college on the island Terschelling.

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LEEUWARDEN Our home is...

We live in...

the new X-Lab within one of our university buildings, which we are currently developing. The building was designed by the Dutch architect Herman Herzberger and hosts about 12 000 students. The new refurbishment of a dedicated space will create an inspiring place. However, the plan for the future is to be closer to our business partners and relocate to Blokhuispoort, a former prison that is being transformed into a regional innovation hub.

the small town of Leeuwarden, the capital of the Dutch province of Frysl창n, which has about 650 000 inhabitants. We are surrounded by the sea and since our country is rather flat, you can the see the sea from almost anywhere. We will soon be world famous as we just have been selected to be the European Capital of Culture in 2018!

Leeuwarden, Frysl창n, The Netherlands info@frisiandesignfactory.nl Established in February 2015


TURNING THE WINDMILLS OF INNOVATION We love to work with… our out of the box students and enthusiastic teachers and entrepreneurs. And we love to work with our partners abroad, which gives us the opportunity to see our own regional challenges with a fresh perspective.

In all that we do, our first priority is...

to learn together, with and from one another with challenging projects.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

making the drawings for our internal FDF lab, which we have called the X-Lab, where the X stands for crosssectoral innovation and collaboration. We are enjoying becoming part of this valued international community, and we are finding out how to work inside our own organization, how to cooperate with our international partners, and to cooperate with each other.

kicking off the activities with our first group of student teams starting their innovation projects. In addition in October 2014 our senior management visited ADF and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further explore our cooperation. In this way, we are trying to combine top down commitment and bottom up actions.


The metric that measures our activities best is... the level of inspiration that we are able to transfer to the students and teachers that are part of our FDF program.



We’re a small university with a full complement of design, business and engineering programs, all built to work together in the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. This interdisciplinary structure is enhanced by our strengths in textiles, health care, and the built environment.

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We live in...

the Lawrence N. Field Center for Design, Engineering and Commerce, a new facility built from the ground up to support interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary innovation. It houses shops, studios, classrooms, and spaces for work, presentation and informal talking, as well as the Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship center.

Philadelphia, where the United States was invented. We could drive to New York or Washington, DC in 2 hours, but there’s generally too much happening here to get away.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States WidderD@philau.edu Launch in September 2015


INTERDISCIPLINARITY IS IN OUR DNA We love to work with… students, companies, nonprofit institutions, startups, and other universities. People who have a better idea, who appreciate the value collaboration can bring.

In all that we do, our first priority is...

To make sure students learn as much from our corporate partners as project sponsors learn from the students. And they learn a lot.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

lots of new ideas and concepts through short “sprint projects” with lots of participants- and then following up with small-team “deep dives” lasting several months.

our graduate Industrial Design program was just ranked #7 in the USA. Johnson & Johnson will soon be manufacturing a consumer healthcare product developed in a recent interdisciplinary design project.


The metric that measures our operations best is... we’ve worked to find and solve new problems with more than 18 companies and institutions in the past year, including 5 in the Fortune 500.


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We live in...

a corner on the10th floor of our building that looks over the streets of New York City! We are in the process of equipping it with wearable technology, Arduinos and other tech tools needed to build solutions…and of course our inflatable kangaroo.

New York City: the place where inhabitants make significant contributions in everything from commerce to art, from fashion to research, from education to entertainment, and our favorite: technology. If you suffer from insomnia or FOMO (fear of missing out), and dream of food delivery that will still bring you hot, authentic cuisine even in the harshest winter weather, you will fit right into the city that never sleeps.

New York City, NY, United States jhill@pace.edu


WORKING TOWARDS GREATNESS We love to work with… anyone who is enthusiastic about collaborating with the Seidenberg School Community. Together we build, share, learn, and eat!

In all that we do, our first priority is...

to take care of each other.

Last year we have been experimenting with…

Lately, our biggest success has been…

being more inclusive and creating opportunities in Design Thinking for others. We want to see people from underrepresented communities creating software or apps to solve everyday problems. We also introduced Design Thinking methods to our classrooms to show our students different methods of finding disruptive solutions.

providing our students an opportunity to work with non-collocated teams during Aalto’s interdisciplinary PDP program. Design Factory Global Network has improved the classroom environment for virtually all of our students by creating a new source of fulfillment within the students’ research and technical careers.


The metric that measures our operations best is... the pride students feel when they follow their dreams towards working at a startup, starting their own business, working for existing companies, or continuing their academic careers.



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“This initiative is becoming a catalyst for the growth of new open spaces where innovative teaching strategies develop, providing new opportunities for our institution and our students� Francisco Valdivia Hepp Director of Academic Development Duoc UC


JOIN US! If you are a student looking for the most challenging learning opportunities, a company wanting to find and realize new ideas together with future talent and other companies, the DFGN might be a thing for you. DFGN is always open for collaboration with new interested parties. If you have the drive and madness to experiment with new ideas and push change towards better learning cultures, join us.


P채ivi Oinonen DFGN Strategist paivi.oinonen@aalto.fi Viljami Lyytik채inen ADF Head of International Operations viljami.lyytikainen@aalto.fi



THANK YOU Design Factory Global Network is defined by the collaboration projects that we do. Also this publication has been a joint effort of the network. Many thanks to all who have dedicated their time to make this happen. George Atanassov Tua Bjรถrklund Charles Busmanis Lucy Campbell Maria Clavert Tod Corlett Rui Coutinho John Eggleston Kalevi Ekman Joona Kurikka Anita Kocsis Miko Laakso Sangwon Lee Ana Lima 92

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