Sharing the passion for doing

What is Global Design
Factory Network

Global Design Factory Network (GDFN) currently operates in four different universities in four corners of the world: Helsinki, Shanghai, Melbourne and Santiago. The shared understanding and common ways of working enable the universities in the network to collaborate efficiently across cultures and create radical innovations. The goal is to be the leader in international university collaboration beyond academic boundaries.

What is Design Factory?

Design Factory is first and foremost a shared understanding of how to support innovation. All local Design Factories operate as physical platforms to enable serendipitous interactions between different stakeholders. Design Factory brings together research, education and business practitioners to create a new learning culture and opportunities for continuous development.

What do we do?

We provide hands-on learning experiences for students in real life challenges and industry projects. For businesses, Design Factories offer an environment for finding and realising new ideas together with leading scholars, top future talent and other companies. Researchers have the opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research together with industry partners.

are we?

  • Santiago

    ddf Duoc Design Factory is the Chilean arm of Global Design Factory Network. It opened in November 2012. Learn More
  • Shanghai

    atdf Part of the Sino-Finnish Centre in Shanghai, Aalto-Tongji Design Factory was established in May 2010 with Aalto University and Tongji University. Learn More
  • Helsinki

    adf Aalto Design Factory is where it all began. ADF, the original Design Factory, is located at Aalto University in Helsinki and home to around 700 students a year. Learn More
  • Melbourne

    sdf Opened in Melbourne in 2011, the Swinburne Design Factory is under the umbrella of Swinburne University of Technology. Learn More


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Get involved

Through GDFN companies and researchers can engage in projects across national boundaries and access international expertise around the world. Students can take on the challenge of learning truly global collaboration. The different Factories in the network open up opportunities for all stakeholders by creating a homebase in all four continents.