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IDBM Challenge

Individual course

Implementation method: Online & few face-to-face sessions in Espoo. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

IDBM Challenge is the introductory course for new minor students of the IDBM programme. This course brings together students from diverse educational backgrounds, and provides a setting for combining theory with practice to design bold solutions to a societal challenges that will affect people’s lives on a global scale. Through practical experience and learning-by-doing, students acquire the skills to conceptualise, develop and introduce socially sound and commercially successful solutions.

Students are presented with a complex challenge to test and forge their skills, and are taught to recognise and harness the unique working styles of their team members as well as their own.

Learning outcomes:

During this course, we will focus on the following learning objectives:

  • Understanding the dynamics between the individual, the team, and community. This will be based on readings, exercises during the class, as well as individual and team assignments.
  • Apply the skills you learn and practice through readings, talks, and exercises to propose your solution to the challenge.
  • Analyse the current situation and in multi-disciplinary teams connect the present state of things with how you envision the world.
  • In multi-disciplinary teams, learn to apply design-driven methods and processes to create a solution to a pressing societal challenge.

More information in Aalto University’s WebOodi course page.

Responsible teacher

Aalto University
Elina Hilden

Contact person for applications

Pilvi Lempiäinen , Head of study services
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Technical studies
Design management,
Industrial engineering and management
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Aalto University
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General prerequisites:
Motivation letter, CV and an official study transcript.
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