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DFK brings together students, industry and researchers to co-create innovative solutions to industry problems. DFK Projects offer companies new inspiration and solutions from the creative mind of students. It is an easy way to meet students, professors, and start a co-operation with Yonsei University.

At the early stage of establishment, DFK is currently searching for concrete cooperative relations with companies and related industry as well as expanding our network to create more opportunities for students and industry. We look for challenging learning projects that require a combination of adequate coaching and resources. Collaborative projects will bring the university closer to the industry, and create direct value for society.

Download DFK Projects brochure for more information here.

Design Factory offers diverse programs for corporate sponsorship.

The easiest way is to join the DFK Capstone Project as a sponsoring company. In the Capstone project, students conceive, develop and generate innovative services and products. There are about 4-6 students per project. Teams are always interdisciplinary and often international. Students work together with company’s specified challenge to create a product that satisfies the values of innovative design, manufacturability and marketability. Objectives include idea generation, problem solving, new value generation, product/ service creation, and project management.

Examples of Capstone projects can be viewed in here.

The second way is to join sponsor of Customized DFK ProjectCustomized Projects needs time and effort in designing the budget, schedule, and project challenge. However, it will provide the company a tailored project just for their needs. Projects are possible to do in collaboration with other Design Factories thus making it global project utilizing skills and knowledge from two or more countries.

Examples of Customized DFK Projects in DFK Projects brochure, download here!

Outcomes For Partner Companies

DFK Projects offer companies new inspiration and solutions from the creative mind of students. It is an easy way to meet students, professors, and start a co-operation with Yonsei University. Our partner companies will get a proof of concept solution to the provided challenge, supported by research and design-led innovation process. In addition, the partner companies will experience the development process together with the students, and therefore gain both tangible and intangible benefits and learning experience. 

The partner will gain most by bringing an open co-creation mindset. Each company sponsor assigns a contact person for the student team who follows the process and contributes to the project. The company should allocate up to two weeks of working time during the project. We are open to companies of all sizes.

What kind of professionals do you need in your business?	Can they be educated through the traditional means of teaching, or is a learning revolution required?

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