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IDBM Capstone: Industry Project

The 'IDBM Capstone: Industry Project' programme is a joint teaching and research platform of all schools of Aalto University. The aim of the programme is to develop world-class expertise in global design business management through multidisciplinary research and learning.
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What can the company expect from taking part in this project?

The IDBM Capstone: Industry Project aims to develop new business value through uniting best practices in design, technology and business. Projects bring together forces of excellence over a seven month-long project to create new, cutting edge solutions through joining the knowledge of companies with new insights from talented, multidisciplinary master students of the IDBM programme.

The projects explore the principles of design and technology driven business innovation to provide new insights. By joining your best knowledge with young talents, the aim is to co-create the solutions for the design and technology driven businesses of tomorrow. Each project is driven by a multidisciplinary team of 4-5 master level students from various fields of design, business and technology. Together with company staff, academic senior coaches support and direct the progress of research and solution-seeking throughout the duration of the project. On a needed basis, the projects may have non-disclosure agreements.

Course details

  • Contact: Collaboration & Partnerships Apurva Ganoo, [email protected]  or Program Director Ville Eloranta, [email protected]
  • Duration of the project: 7 months (November - May), 15 ECTS
  • Number of students per project: 4-5
  • Project fee for the company: 25 000€ + VAT
  • Application period for companies: April - October
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At the moment elevator journeys are safe and efficient, but could they be developed further?

This kicked off the project of a lift-time to utilize the high-end smart design methodologies to identify the underlying constraints and opportunities to leverage the user experience of an elevator experience to record heights. In IDBM projects, the process starts from discovering the real problems often hidden in plain sight to create meaningful value for both the clients and their customers. This project created in collaboration with one of the global leaders in the elevator industry is a true embodiment of that ideology.

As a result of data collection, innovative ideation, and critical design thinking, the main challenges and values were combined to intertwine in the final solution. The developed elevator concept MoodLift offers a new service which raises the experience to a new level.

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