Design
Factory
Global
Network

Sharing the passion for doing


What is Global Design
Factory Network

Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) is a network of innovation hubs in universities and research organisations in five continents of the world. DFGN is on a mission to create change in the world of learning and research through passion-based culture and effective problem solving. Shared understanding and common ways of working enable Design Factories in the network to collaborate efficiently across cultures, time zones and organisational boundaries fostering radical innovations.

What is Design Factory?

Design Factory is first and foremost a shared understanding of how to support and spark innovation. Design Factories bring together research, students and business practitioners to create a new learning culture and opportunities for continuous experimentation. Every Design Factory is a space, place and a mindset to enable serendipitous interactions between different stakeholders.

What do we do?

We provide hands-on learning experiences for students in real life challenges and industry projects. For businesses, Design Factories offer an environment for finding and realising new ideas together with leading scholars, top future talent and other companies. Researchers have the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research together with industry partners.

Where
are we?

Santiago

ddf

Duoc Design Factory is the Chilean arm of Design Factory Global Network. It opened in November 2012.

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Shanghai

atdf

Part of the Sino-Finnish Centre in Shanghai, established in May 2010 with Aalto University and Tongji University.

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Helsinki

adf

Aalto Design Factory is where it all began. ADF, the original Design Factory, is located at Aalto University in Helsinki and home to around 700 students a year.

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Melbourne

sdf

Opened in Melbourne in 2011, the Swinburne Design Factory is under the umbrella of Swinburne University of Technology.

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Geneva

Geneva

As part of CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, IdeaSquare is the only member in the Design Factory Network with a huge particle accelerator.

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Porto

Porto

Porto Design Factory is an experimental platform for co-creation, co-development and acceleration of innovative ideas.

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Seoul

Seoul

Hosted by Yonsei University International Campus, Design Factory Korea is a platform bringing together students, professors and companies, and spread the DF spirit to entire Korea

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Leeuwarden

Leeuwarden

Frisian Design Factory, a place at the NHL University of Applied Science created to learn to innovate products and services through working in interdisciplinary teams.

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Riga

Riga

RTU Design Factory is an independent platform in Riga Technical University with the aim of promoting interdisciplinary learning through passion-based & problem-based learning.

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Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Philadelphia University Nexus Design Factory is a popular platform for interdisciplinary innovation that shares a building with power looms, anatomy labs and design studios.

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Get involved

If you are a student looking for the most challenging learning opportunities, a company wanting to find and realize new ideas together with future talent and state of the art research, the DFGN might be a thing for you. DFGN is always open for new collaboration opportunities. If you have the drive and madness to experiment with new ideas and push change towards better, join us.