International Design Factory Week in PDF

From 18th to 24th June, Porto Design Factory hosted the International Design Factory Week (IDFW).

This year’s edition counted with the presence of 25 participants worldwide, including the Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) and its 24 members, all Design Factories, from different locations, size, background but all based in co-creation and learning. In fact, this two shared ideas and values are essential to be considered a Design Factory. Nowadays this concept is becoming more common not only among universities, but also a research centers and also companies, enhancing the probability of interaction between academics, industry developers and technology transfer programmes.

On the 21th June, the project Universities of the Future was present in the event within an open public debate about the future of jobs and the future of education. This session counted with the participation of representatives from IKEA Industry, AEP, INESC TEC and Aalto University, as well as PDF as moderator and the State Secretary of Industry presenting a final note.

The event was a huge success and counted with the participation of dozens of young enthusiasts in the world of Design Factories!

The project landscape in a nutshell

The project landscape will lay the foundations and provide the tone to the subsequent activities of the project, allowing an exhaustive mapping of the state-of-the-art and needs (including drivers and barriers) and the identification of a set of successful practices (programmes and initiatives set in place by “first movers” and respective lessons learnt) which together will contribute to the definition of a blueprint (roadmap) for the Universities of the Future.

This first part of the project compromises 4 main activities that, to be implemented with the involvement of the majority of the partners and main stakeholders, will contribute to:

  • Produce an up-to-date common body of knowledge on Industry 4.0 readiness and related impact on skills shifting, up/re-skilling as well as on the potential of integrating an Education 4.0 framework in universities.
  • Benchmark and showcase international best practices, encourage and support the helix model stakeholders (universities, including students/alumni, business, and governments) to integrate relevant lessons learned in their emerging pathways towards successful regional-driven re-industrialization processes where universities are assumed as a core and gluing sphere.
  • Co-develop a blueprint for enhanced and meaningful cooperation between universities, business, and governments, which will support, leverage and accelerate open, innovative and cooperative practices within the 4th industrial revolution.

Soon the preliminary and final results will be shared here! Stay tuned!

We believe in a collaborative methodology! Do you?

Within Universities of the Future, players of the quadruple helix are developers, co-creators and also final beneficiaries. Together with partners, these players will co-create a multitude of ground-breaking resources for higher education communities (including students and alumni), business and public bodies. Our collaborative methodology is built by five main steps:

Step 1: Laying the foundations

Step 2: Engaging key players and co-creating a sound collaborative strategy

Step 3: Co-developing, testing and validating an array of innovative, up-to-date and attractive educational resources

Step 4: Creating and deploying a set of innovative and valuable resources and guiding tools addressed to key players

Step 5: Building and animating a virtual teaching and learning factory for Industry 4.0.

The whole project is based on this approach and its implementation will keep this focus. All resources and activities developed will be created with inputs from the quadruple helix along the project. Join us to be part of this community!