Welcome to Product Design Gala 2018 @ Aalto Design Factory and Urban Mill on May 18th!

PRODUCT DESIGN GALA | FRIDAY 18.5.2018 9:00-17:00
Aalto Design Factory & Urban Mill
Betonimiehenkuja 5C & 3E, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland

For 21 years PdP has brought students of engineering, design, and business together to tackle industry problems and develop state of the art solutions to real problems. At the Final Product Design Gala you’ll get to witness and experience these awesome products.

So come and fall in love with the results of our interdisciplinary Product Development Project teams in the Product Design Gala on 18.5. at Aalto Design Factory & Urban Mill!

The 12 student teams from Aalto University and our partner universities have been working hard for the last 8 months, to complete their design challenges given by industrial companies and other collaborating parties. In the public exhibition you will have a chance to hear about the teams’ accomplishments and process, as well as to get familiar with the people themselves together with their amazing prototypes.

This year the teams are sponsored by the following companies: AALTO EXPLORER, ABB, ERICSSON, KONE, KY, MURATA, ORTHEX, RESTEL, SAAB, SAFERA, TRENOX, and VALTRA. In addition, the Aalto teams have been collaborating with students from the following universities: Munich University of Applied Sciences, Pace University in New York, Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Porto Polytechnic, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, University of Tartu, University of São Paulo, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne,

For more details concerning the Gala and this year’s projects, please visit: http://pdp.fi/

You can find more information about the teams and their solutions also from PdP Gala 2018 Mobile Service: http://tag.urbanmill.org/tag/16952


 “All you need is Love, Design, Business, and Engineering.”

HAMK’s master students learning from business experts at Urban Mill

On a sunny Friday 27.4.2018, Urban Mill got visitors from Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), when its students from the Master’s degree programme in Business Management and Entrepreneurship spent the last contact day of their spring semester in Otaniemi.

During the day, the students had the pleasure of listening to lectures from experts from very varied fields of business. Lars Miikki from Urban Mill was kind enough to tell the story and mission of the Urban Mill Innovation Platform (Public-Private-People-Partnership), and Mikael Virkki came to give a lecture about the global operations of Business Finland. Teijo Räsänen and Tommi Gustafsson from Innotiimi International Ltd Oy talked about their company, change leadership and the many different styles of leadership with real life examples, and Perttu Karjalainen from Entocube gave a lecture about the global environmental problems the food industry causes, and gave an introduction into a possible solution: edible insect farming.

All of the subjects were very interesting and got a lot of discussion going on among the students. None of the lecturers was spared from sharp questions. The students got real treats, since Perttu from Entocube brought some tastings from their own production: crickets! How yummy! For lunch, the students visited the beautiful Fat Lizard restaurant and bar, which was conveniently in a walking distance. There they enjoyed a company introduction and a buffet – and also some more crickets.

At the end of the day, the students had a workshop, where they discussed the day’s topics and presented their own ideas and thoughts about change management and modern trends in food industry.

All of the students enjoyed the day at Urban Mill greatly, and the facilities got many praises for their innovative and refreshing atmosphere. The students were impressed also on the fact that the surrounding Otaniemi is full of companies with the same start-up mindset as Urban Mill. Lars Miikki mentioned at least Urban Mill’s neighbours at Otaniemi Innovation Alley: Startup Sauna and Aalto Design Factory with all its innovative students. Such a creative place!

Thank you for the awesome day, Urban Mill!

Text and photos: Terhi Tammivirta, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK).

Welcome to annual Design Factory Bootcamp – Pitch & Lunch on Fri April 13th

Invitation from Aalto Design Factory:

Dear colleagues & friends of ADF,

Design Factory Bootcamp, the annual event that brings together universities interested in learning about the Design Factory-model, is approaching again. We hope you join us for the DF Bootcamp Pitches & Community Lunch. So come and meet the DF Bootcamp Class of 2018 and hear them pitch their Design Factory-related experiments. Your feedback, as always, is highly appreciated and encouraged

Fri April 13th @ Aalto Design Factory
11:30 – 12:30

12:30 – 14:00

Community Lunch

Sign-up by March 30th at https://goo.gl/forms/NcSvlsiOpUkTAWAJ3

On behalf of the Bootcamp team

Viljami Lyytikäinen (Viltsu)
Design Factory Global Network
Aalto University

DF Bootcamp is a week-long intensive hands-on experience of the DF-concept. The participating institutions from the around the world spend a week living, breathing and experiencing the Aalto Design Factory. With the help of DF experts, lectures and workshops they will plan their own experiments related to interdisciplinary teaching & learning.

More info about the DF Bootcamp: https://www.dfbootcamp.aalto.fi

Some places left to autonomous winter-driving event @ Design Factory 21.11.2017

See beyond snow and rain –  Sensible 4

Winter is coming and it’s time to start testing. We’re excited to invite You to come and see how autonomous vehicles can handle harsh weather conditions. Sensible 4 presents Juto1 – our SAE L4 autonomous vehicle getting ready to tackle the Finnish winter.


Program draft – (Presentations in English, spoken in Finnish)

  • 14.00 – 14.30 Enrolling to the event, networking and catching up
  • 14.30 – 14.45 Sensible 4 CEO, Harri Santamala – Introduction to automation, what are the main challenges (read opportunities)
  • 14.45 – 14.55 TBC – Mayor of Espoo, Jukka Mäkelä – Espoo boosting tech SMEs and start-ups with PPP
  • 14.55 – 15.05 Liikennevirasto – Aurora, Project Manager, Alina Koskela – Automation for all conditions – the Aurora initiative
  • 15.05 – 15.15 Trafi – Director General of Road Transport, Marko Sillanpää – Governments role in enabling actor of automation ecosystem
  • 15.15 – 15.25 Sensible 4 CTO, Jari Saarinen – Getting Juto road-ready
  • 15.25 – 15.30 Moving to demo area
  • 15.30 – 16.00 How does Sensible sense? Tech demonstration

Enrol no later than 11.11.2017 by signing here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfAvqoTkiFtD7ouQi7avBxdjvQ3zefeJr5dPF1TL86-Q4s8mg/viewform?usp=sf_link

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Best Regards,

Harri Santamala, CEO, Sensible 4, harri.santamala@sensible4.fi, +358 40 334 1516

1 Lapin sanastoa Juto = ajoporo, ajokas, vetäjä
1 Juto = driving reindeer, freely translated from Saame language originating from Lapland

Design-hackathon DASH tuo 200 osallistujaa Otaniemeen ratkomaan yhteiskunnallisia haasteita

Dash on lajissaan Euroopan suurin Design-hackathon. Se tuo 200 lahjakasta osallistujaa Otaniemeen 3.-5.11. ratkomaan mielenkiintoisia, yhteiskunnallisesti merkittäviä haasteita poikkitieteellisissä tiimeissä. Kaikki Dashin osallistujat perehdytetään design thinkingin, eli erityisesti käyttäjälähtöisen suunnittelun saloihin, ja heitä kehotetaan tekemään jo ennen hackathonin alkua hieman taustatutkimusta haasteisiin liittyen. Näin varmistamme, että hackathonissa kehitetyt lopputuotokset vastaavat oikeasti ihmisten ongelmiin.

Dashissa on viisi eri Field of Designia, eli erilaista haastetta, jotka liittyvät mm. uudenlaisen akateemisen oppimisympäristön kehittämiseen tai ihmisten ötököistä valmistettuun ruokaan liittyvien ennakkoluulojen poistamiseen. Osallistujat jaetaan 5-6 hengen tiimeihin, ja heillä on 48 tuntia aikaa määrittää ongelmien perimmäiset syyt ja kehittää ratkaisut annettuihin haasteisiin.

Viikonlopun aikana osallistujat pääsevät myös kuulemaan mielenkiintoisia puheita, osallistumaan workshoppeihin sekä tapaamaan yrityksien edustajia ja alan huippuja. Upeat puitteet tapahtumalle tarjoavat Startup Sauna, Urban Mill ja Design Factory, kolme vanhaa teollisuushallia jotka nykyään muodostavat Otaniemen startup-elämän keskuksen.

SHORTLY IN ENGLISH: Dash is a design-hackathon like no other! This weekend-long gathering of the brightest young talents is the largest design-thinking hackathon ever organized in Europe. At Dash, we will focus on the design process at its purest, and pay extra attention to the research needed to create innovative and working solutions to the problems of today.

Double Diamond Design Process

Lisätietoa tapahtumastamme löytyy nettisivuiltamme / Additional information: www.thedash.fi

Teksti ja kuvat: DASH-tiimi

Valtionhallinto keräsi vauhtia kokeilukiihdyttämöönsä starttitapahtumassa Urban Millissä

Työ 2.0, Kokeileva Suomi, Suomidigi ja D9 järjestivät Valtionhallinnon kokeilukiihdyttämön starttitapahtuman Urban Millissä 19.10. Paikalle oli saapunut 18 kokeilun tiimit valtionhallinnon eri osa-alueilta eri puolelta Suomea.

Tapahtuman avasi valtiosihteeri Paula Lehtomäki valtioneuvoston kansliasta. Käytännön kokemuksia kokeilukulttuurista jakoivat Urban Millin vastaava tuottaja Kari Mikkelä sekä Aalto Design Factoryn vetäjä, professori Kalevi Ekman.

Fyysistä tuntumaa kokeilemiseen tarjosi Urban Millissä kotipesäänsä pitävä startup-yritys Samocat Sharing Oy, joka esitteli Otaniemessä Aallon kampusalueella yleisön kokeiltavana olevaa potkulautojen lainauspalvelua.

Pihalla oli koettavana myös meneillään oleva Metropolia-ammattikokeakoulun vetämä robottibussikokeilu.

Kokeilukiihdyttämö on tuettu, valmennuksellisia elementtejä sisältävä prosessi. Se koostuu syksyn aikana pidettävistä kolmesta työpajasta ja tammikuussa 2018 pidettävästä loppuhuipennuksesta.

Kokeilukiihdyttämön tavoitteena on

  • edistää kokeilevan toimintakulttuurin syntymistä valtionhallintoon
  • käynnistää uusia toimintatapakokeiluja
  • saada kokeilut osaksi valtion virastojen normaalia arkea.

Lue loppuun

Tomorrow 19th Oct: The annual ME310 Paper Bike Race at 16:00 at Alvarinaukio in Otaniemi

ME310 Aalto Paperbike Epic Race will be held on the 19th of October @ Alvarin Aukio. Everyone is invited to come and see our cool bikes!

The Paper Bike rally is a challenge given every year in the beginning of the ME310 – Global Design Innovation course taught at Aalto Design Factory.

Teams of 3-4 students are given two weeks to build a ”bike” (essentially any vehicle) made almost entirely out of paper products and compete in a given challenge.

This year, the challenge is an race where the teams face many of the hazards of cycling. The paper vehicles will go toe to toe around a track with varying obstacles, with the goal of completing the race in the last amount of time.

Students will first compete in qualifying heats to gather points to earn a place in the final, where they will then race one-on-one to decide the 2017 champion!

See you there to see some awesome designs and cheer the teams on!