Product Development Project (PdP) course is primarily aimed at students of design, business, engineering, and whoever else is interested in new products development.
However, the course is open for other students and there have been participants from various master’s studies e.g. cognitive science, anthropology, and biology. The course is intended for the final stage of studies. You can sign up for the course on Aalto WebOodi.
The course follows a problem based learning (PBL) methodology. The challenges are given and sponsored by industry partners, who are searching for innovative cooperation with the next generation of product developers. At the start, a lot of attention is directed to the forming of highly motivated interdisciplinary teams. A project typically includes phases of understanding the challenge, planning, research, concepts generation, prototyping and testing. The project concludes with the Product Design Gala where the teams present their final functional prototypes of a tangible product or service solution for their industry challenge
PdP course is hosted by Aalto Design Factory, an experimental co-creation platform of Aalto University. Design Factory as an operational environment is two folds: The material side consists of team working spaces, machining workshop & electronics workshops, prototyping & testing facilities, its immaterial form is composed of low hierarchy, dynamic interaction, development methods and workshops that support innovative co-creation of the products of the future.