Design Factory opening on 29 August: the new learning environment connects HAMK with a global network
Based on cooperation between Häme University of Applied Sciences and Aalto University, the Design Factory celebrates its opening on 29 August 2019. The Hämeenlinna unit is Finland’s first Design Factory outside the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
Based on cooperation between Häme University of Applied Sciences and Aalto University, the Design Factory celebrates its opening on 29 August 2019. Design Factory is a cross-disciplinary product and service development platform that connects students, teachers, researchers and businesses to solve companies’ problems and innovate, along with improving and testing new learning environments.
The Hämeenlinna unit is Finland’s first Design Factory outside the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. It is already operational at Aalto University in Helsinki and in 23 other cities around the world, including New York, Shanghai, São Paulo and Melbourne. Through the Design Factory Global Network, HAMK will gain access to world-class expertise for the development of companies and business in the region. On the other hand, HAMK students can take part in Design Factory studies organised elsewhere in the world.
At the opening, you can find out how the operations of Aalto University and HAMK can be brought closer together partly through the Design Factory, and how multidisciplinary and genuine projects submitted by companies help HAMK students and businesses in the region.
The first courses have already been organised this summer. The studies brought together students from degree programmes in Design, Business Information Technology, Business Administration, Mechanical Engineering, Electrotechnology and Automation Engineering, Construction and Civil Engineering and Sustainable Development. One of the customers was the Iittala Glass Factory belonging to the Fiskars Group. The Iittala Glass Factory project studied how the working conditions of the factory could be measured. A measuring instrument was built, the structure of which was designed and 3D printed by students. The project will continue in the autumn.
“In the Design Factory model, students are at the heart of both doing and learning. The operational model has been built to support unique study paths,” says Head of HAMK Design Factory Jari Jussila.
Opening programme (the event will take place in English)
Date: 29/8/2019 Place: Hämeenlinna University Centre, Visamäentie 35, Building E
9:00–11:00 Coffee, Culture and Conversations
Timo Kenakkala, Mayor of Hämeenlinna
Pertti Puusaari, Rector of Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK)
Jari Jussila, Head of HAMK Design Factory
Kalevi Ekman, Head of Aalto Design Factory
Päivi Oinonen, DFGN Strategist
11:00–12:00 Greetings from NASA
Charles Camarda, Senior Advisor for innovation, Office of Chief Engineer, NASA & Former Astronaut
12:00–16:00 Prototyping new with Design Factory Global Network
The event will also be streamed and can be watched online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guVAG_ZLnKc
Jari Jussila, Head of Design Factory
Tel. +358 50 4657 285
Jukka Raitanen, Community Manager
Tel. +358 40 8368 807
Connecting businesses and students, this project is related to the strategic cooperation between HAMK and Aalto University that started in spring 2018. Design Factory’s activities will gradually expand and be fully operational in 2021 in accordance with the HAMK 2030 vision.