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Product Development Project (PDP) course is primarily aimed at students of engineering, industrial design, and business who are interested in product development of investment or consumer goods. PDP-course is hosted by Design Factory, which is an experimental co-creation platform of Aalto University. PDP has become the standard methodology for hands-on education at DFs all around the world.

At DFK, seniors from the three TAD majors take the course Techno-Art Capstone Project where they conceive, develop and generate innovative services and products. To create a product that satisfies the values of innovative design, manufacturability and marketability, students will go through four stages in product development: observation, conceptualization, prototyping and evaluation.

In order to support students from different majors:

(1) professors hold workshops about theories and skills needed in each of the four stages,
(2) companies provide the problems and financial support necessary in coming up solutions,
(3) coaches from respective industries offer practical advice and guidance for the design, and
(4) Design Factory staff worldwide provide technical and theoretical knowledge needed in the manufacturing and executing process.

SubjectDFK Project Examples (2015~Present)

DFK-LG Project (2015-2016)

3 Student teams with 5 members each from design, engineering and management.

Industry Partner: LG Electronics

Challenge: Design an IoT accessory that can be attached to legacy non-smart products.

Solution: Due the property rights, solutions cannot be published.

Impact: Three ready-to-implement accessories.

DFK-SDF-Cisco Intensive Project

In collaboration with Swinburne Design Factory in January 2016.

Industry Partner: Cisco Australia

Challenge: Develop online communication platform for educational environment

Solution: Two application prototypes demonstrating the key functionalities needed

Impact: Collaboration across the cultures in the educational world


Product Development Process Workshop

For Junior High School students in January 2016.

Sponsor: Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity

Challenge: Develop products for people in natural disasters

Solution: Five prototypes for target group

Impact: Raising awareness on the design thinking based education in middle school level

Product Development Project

In collaboration with Aalto Design Factory, 2015-2016

Student Team: 11 members of which 7 members in ADF and 4 in DFK

Industry Partner: KONE

Challenge: Reduce the weight of elevator car by redesigning the elevator door

Solution: Project ongoing until the end of May 2016

Startup Weekend 2015

Organized together with DFK and Allianz Life Korea

Sponsors:  Allianz Life Korea, IBM Korea, Philips Korea, Korea Internet & Security Agency, and Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning

Challenge:  Find new solutions for health and lifestyle management

Impact:  Winners of the startup weekend received funding to continue developing their ideas further together with Allianz

International Design Factory Week, IDFW 2017

Co-hosted by Design Factory Korea and Yonsei Center for Social Innovation\

20 Design Factories from 17 countries participated

Main Theme: The Future of Education in Social Innovation’

Impact: Sparked the discussion of possible exchange of international cooperation and industry-academic cooperation in the future.

CK Social Innovation Capstone Project I (2018.1.)

Sponsored by Yonsei Center for Social Innovation (YCSI)

Student Team: 7 Student teams with 4 members

Industry Partner: Vitcon

Challenge: Identify socio-environmental issues and provide design solution

Impact: Innovative, creative products and services including a service that helps release stress by a series of reward experiences (First prize winner) and a service to help reduce subway doorway accidents (Second prize winner)

DFGN Delegation to Porto: Social Impact Week 2018

Sponsored by Yonsei Center for Social Innovation (YCSI)

Intensive week-long workshop focused on social innovation

Industry Partner: Vintage for a cause, Rios + - Engenho e Rio, Cuidadores and Mundo a Sorrir

Challenge: Work in multidisciplinary teams, collaborating to address the most pressing challenges that Porto Social Startups or organizations are facing.

Impact: End-user type of innovative, creative solutions to the respective challenges were suggested. One of the participating Social Startup, Mundo a Sorrir suggested a further development of the students' prototype, and the discussion is under process.

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