As an Aalto student, you are most welcome to all of the open events at Design Factory, as well as to use our prototyping facilities. We also host annually ca. 40 different courses from all schools of Aalto University at the Design Factory. Here are some of the courses and projects are more engaged and visible in the everyday life of ADF than others. Join in on the learning!


PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT PROJECT is aimed at students interested in developing new products, solutions or consumer goods. The problems are given and sponsored by both domestic and foreign industrial companies, who are searching for innovative cooperation with the next generation of product developers. Over the recent years students have also pursued their own projects and startup ideas in PDP. 


Global Team-Based Design Innovation Course. The ME310 experience is like no other. In fact, it’s more of a lifestyle. Through learning-by-doing, students are solving real-life innovation problems with corporate partners, all while surrounded and supported by a close-knit group of course mates, teaching staff, coaches and 310 alumni. The course has been developed at Stanford University to teach the methodologies of Design Thinking.


International Design Business Management is educating global producers and leaders of innovation in new product, service and business development. The program builds on the premise that new wealth, meaningful social innovation and solutions are increasingly created in the spaces between disciplines and thus there is a need to educate interdisciplinary professionals.


Aaltonaut is a new Bachelor’s Degree Minor Studies Programme in Interdisciplinary Product Development. Aaltonaut courses rely on problem-based learning as well as interdisciplinary teamwork in hands-on projects. Aaltonaut aims to educate its students on different aspects of product development, reinforcing an entrepreneurial attitude, and improving working life skills.


Pack-Age is an intensive 15 ECTS packaging design course uniting design, business and engineering thinking to sustainability and project-based learning. Students work in interdisciplinary teams with real projects from the industry. Creative problem-solving is a key concept. The idea is to use student’s background and prior knowledge as a resource for creative group work. The project work is supported by a wide range of theme lectures.


Rat Relay is a three-day design thinking hackathon organized by the Design Factory Global Network. Each Design Factory brings a sponsored challenge that is rotated around the world in five 6-hour slots before returning back home – just like in our interconnected world today, tasks are shared and split between teams working together near and far. The Rat Relay is open to everyone (although advance registration is required), and participants choose how many slots they wish to take part in.

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