Design
Factory
Global
Network

Sharing the passion for doing


What is Global Design
Factory Network

Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) currently operates in universities across the globe. The shared understanding and common ways of working enable the universities in the network to collaborate efficiently across cultures and create radical innovations. The goal is to be the leader in international university collaboration beyond academic boundaries.

What is Design Factory?

Design Factory is first and foremost a shared understanding of how to support innovation. All local Design Factories operate as physical platforms to enable serendipitous interactions between different stakeholders. Design Factory brings together research, education and business practitioners to create a new learning culture and opportunities for continuous development.

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 Global Design Factory 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

Seoul

Seoul

Design Factory Korea aim to build a platform that generates new possibilities for collaboration with industry and government partners.

Launch date: 22.4.2015

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Leeuwarden

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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Through DFGN companies and researchers can engage in projects across national boundaries and access international expertise around the world. Students can take on the challenge of learning truly global collaboration. The different Factories in the network open up opportunities for all stakeholders by creating a homebase in all four continents.