PDP – Product Development Project is a very hands-on-course held by Matti at Sino-finnish centre.
The centre is located at the Aalto-Tongji Design Factory, within Tongji University’s Zhangwu Road Campus in Shanghai and is about innovative interdisciplinary education, research and practice through bringing universities, industry and government together.
Within this fascinating environment, PDP course is thought to be experienced by the student as a real opportunity to challenge with projects sponsored by well-known companies – such as Audi and Hayer – and to deal with real clients, outside the university field.
This is why I am glad to had taken part to the course: for the first time we developed a project with a clear brief provided by a company, we had some meetings with them and we experienced how to relate within the world of work. Moreover we learnt to drive a project in a very multidisciplinary (designers, engineers, economics) and multicultural team (italians, germans, french, indians, chinese…) which is a very appreciated skill to own among design field.
Every year, depending on the sponsor who is searching for a collaboration with the sinofinnish centre, the course is shapen accordingly. This year we were able to choose to apply for one options out of three different ones: Sharping team, sponsored by Audi to develop a new car for the chinese market and a car sharing system; Good Speed, sponsored by Audi as well to design the interaction among the car and the driver; Kool, sponsored by Hayer to develop a new generation fridge.
During the SFC Annual Gala, we celebrated the hard work done during the year. Final results of the interdisciplinary Product Development Project course are featured to the public. In addition to seminar sessions, the audience was welcome to get familiar with the teams and take a closer look at the prototypes.