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In our courses you can work in international and interdisciplinary teams, mixing engineering, design, business, computer science and more, addressing challenges from various industries, NGOs and the public sector.

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in a nutshell

Project experience that is fun and will (very likely) land you a job!
You can use what you know, learn new skilly, work with an international team and solve a real problem - for a company or society. The experience will be insightful, fun and will look great in your CV! Join us this semester!

Design thinking project (DTP) - ME310

In DTP masters students work on questions from business and society using design thinking methods. The students work in international teams with 6-9 members and are accompanied by experienced coaches. The teams consist of students from different fields of discipline of the HS Mannheim and members from another international university. Through close collaboration with the corporate partner and the high practical relevance of the challenges, the teams learn how to develop innovative products and service concepts in a team. In this way, they are prepared for the innovation tasks of tomorrow.

At the end of the course, the final concept is in the form of an executable prototype. The project is based on the ME310 course taught at Stanford University. The university collaborations take place within the SUGAR Network.

PROCEDURE

The deadline for applications ends with the start of the semester at the 1 st of August. Later applications will be considered as long as there are places available. To apply send a short motivation letter and your CV to the inno.space e-mail. There are weekly appointments with the course coaches. In addition, you need to arrange meetings with your team.

The project requires strong commitment and promises an intensive learning experience. Especially in the last quarter you spend a lot of time with the project.

KEY FACTS

  • Open for masters students from all faculties of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
  • Duration: 2 semesters (end of September - beginning of June)
  • ECTS: 20 ECTS (the recognition of credits is handled by the respective faculty). The workload is approx. 2 days a week.
  • For more information, see the DTP presentation

Design Thinking Project (DTP) - Challenge Based Innovation (CBI) A3

The CBI A3 program combines CERN technologies and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). For the duration of 7 months, students design applications relevant to future scenarios for 2020-2030.

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, develops numerous complex technologies on their conquest to discover the answers to some of humankind's fundamental questions. Often, however, the usage of these technologies remains confined solely within the realm of CERN research. CBI aims to combine real life problems with these technologies and give them a societal application, thus closing the gap between super-science and society. CBI runs in collaboration with the Design Factory Melbourne and IdeaSquare CERN.

PROCEDURE

The deadline for applications ends with the start of the semester at the 1 st of August. Later applications will be considered as long as there are places available. To apply send a short motivation letter and your CV to the inno.space e-mail. In this course, students work within a multidisciplinary local team while having an international "buddy team". During the course, teams will get to explore the problems from their local context, CERN technology and spend 2 weeks at CERN in Switzerland to get more insights from researchers and meet all the other global teams. The project is finalized in the end of April with a proof of concept prototype and a presentation.

There are fixed times when you meet in a team with the supervising professors and coaches. In addition, you will arrange common times for the project work in the team according to your individual availability. Since the course ends in April in the second semester, classes also take place during the semester break, but in exchange you will be finished well before the end of the semester. The project requires a strong commitment for two semesters and promises an intensive, challenging learning experience.

KEY FACTS

  • Open for master students of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
  • Duration: 7 months (end of September - end of April)
  • ECTS: 20 ECTS (the recognition of credits is handled by the respective faculty). The workload is approx. 2 days a week.
  • For more information, see the CBI presentation

Product Development Project (PDP)

In PDP, master students work on resolving broad business and societal challenges using design thinking methods. 3 to 4 students from Mannheim and the same number of students from another European university form a team. Accompanied and guided by experienced coaches they learn to develop innovative products and service concepts. Close collaboration with a corporate partner ensures high practical relevance of the solutions. This way, they are prepared for tackling the innovations of tomorrow.

At the end of the course, the final concept is in the form of an executable prototype. The university collaborations take place within the Design Factory Global Network (DFGN).

PROCEDURE

To apply, send an email to inno.space. The deadline for applications ends with the start of the semester, 1st of March resp. 1st of August. Later applications will be considered as long as there are places available.

To align with the semester dates of the partner university, the project often starts and ends 1-2 weeks before the Mannheim lecture times. There are weekly appointments with the course coaches to guide you through the project. In addition, you need to arrange meetings with your team. The average workload per week is 1,5 to 2 days. A visit of the partner university (3 to 4 days) is planned, free of charge for the team members (when circumstances allow it).

The project requires sufficient commitment and promises an exciting and intensive learning experience within a vibrant community.

KEY FACTS

  • Open for master students from all faculties of the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences
  • Duration: 4 months (mid March - beginning of July & October - January)
  • Credits: 10 ECTS (The recognition of credits is handled by the respective faculty.) The workload is 1,5 to 2 days a week.

Global Digital Innovation Project (GDIP)

GDIP allows students to address real-world challenges in the area of digital innovation using Design Thinking methods. They develop solutions in the form of physical and digital prototypes that show the desirability, viability and feasibility of their concept. The overall goal is to acquire the skills necessary to deal with an ever-changing and complex work environment with an international, interdisciplinary setup. The challenges are provided by a company, an NGO or a public-sector organization and arise from the current pressure in the area of digital transformation.

The course is organized as an action-based project with international teams: three to four students from Mannheim and three to four students of a partner university from the Design Factory Global Network (DFGN).

PROCEDURE

The deadline for applications ends with the start of the semester at the 1 st of August. Later applications will be considered as long as there are places available. To apply send a short motivation letter and your CV to the inno.space e-mail. The international team of 6 to 8 works on one company challenge with a teaching team guiding them throughout process. In several sprints the students work on assignments leading them through the problem solving process and different facets of innovation. Several methods like user research, problem reframing, prototyping, user testing, etc. are introduced. At the end of the semester the student team presents one solution to the problem as proof-of-concept demonstrator.

The course is suitable for students with a strong interest in working in an international setting. Moderate English skills are required to handle the communication with the international partner. The students get the chance to learn state-of-the-art methods in Design Thinking and problem solving and they gain international experience.

KEY FACTS

  • Open for bachelor students from all faculties: 6th or 7thsemester
  • Duration: 4 months (March - June & September - December)
  • Replaces one elective (Wahlfplichtfach)
  • Credits: 5 ECTS. The workload is approx. 1 day a week.
  • For more information, see the GDIP presentation

What's in it for you?

New way of thinking

Hands-on approach

Improved and newly acquired skills

Interdisciplinarity and networking

International collaboration

Expanded horizon of opportunities

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