December 14, 2016
Europe/Zurich timezone

Interested in learning about the latest developments in experimental education, passion-based learning and co-creation? Please join us!

IDFW Open Collaboration Day is an opportunity to learn about the Design Factory Global Network (DFGN), hear experts deliver keynotes on experimental education, passion-based learning, and co-creation developed with the Design Factory (DF) model, learn the DF ways of working in a hands-on ideation workshop together with CERN Ideasquare stakeholders, and to visit one of the Large Hadron Collider experiments to learn about the particle physics research conducted at CERN. 

The 5th annual *International Design Factory Week (IDFW 2016) brings Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) members from five continents to CERN Ideasquare in December 2016. IDFW2016 creates the opportunity for Design Factories and their partners to immerse in the development of the experimentation culture and to make tangible plans for collaboration for the following year.

What is the Design Factory Global Network (DFGN)?

Design Factory Global Network is a network of innovation hubs in universities and research organisations currently established in five continents. DFGN's mission is to create change in the world of education, 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 socially and globally relevant new product ideas and radical innovation.

Design Factory Global Network

What is a Design Factory?

Design Factory is first and foremost a shared understanding of how to support and spark innovation. Design Factories bring together students, professors, researchers, business practitioners and public sector representatives alike, to create an engaging, passion-driven learning culture and to open up opportunities for continuous experimentation. Every Design Factory is a space, place and a mindset to enable serendipitous interactions between different stakeholders, to provide capabilities for hands-on prototyping in developing ideas and to engage users in the development process to take projects fast forward.

What do we do?

We provide problem based learning experiences for students with end user driven real life challenges and industry projects. For students, it is a safe environment to experiment and show their potential in making innovation happen. For businesses, NGO's and public sector, Design Factories offer an environment for finding and realising new ideas together with top future talent, leading scholars and other companies. Researchers have the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research together with industry partners and public sector representatives.

Examples of student courses that we offer and support:
Product Development Project (PDP) -
Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) -
ME310 Global Design Innovation / Sugar Network -

What is CERN Ideasquare?

Ideasquare is an innovation experiment that brings together physicists, engineers, industrial partners, early-stage researchers and cross-disciplinary teams of students to work together on detector upgrade R&D technologies funded by external parties such as the EU framework programs. The purpose is to co-develop new technologies for research purposes, and at the same time, create a fruitful environment for new product ideas and innovation. Ideasquare is part of the Design Factory Global Network, to develop ways to combine research, education and technology to solve interesting societal challenges.


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