IoT Rapid-Proto Labs is a European transnational project, co-funded by European Union Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance Programme, bringing higher education institutions and businesses together to accelerate Internet of Things (IoT) product development. The project creates and implements a multidisciplinary (ICT, Design and Electronical Engineering) course curriculum which is focused on real problem-based activities (innovative IoT product development for SME’s/Start-ups).
Cross-border teams of students, teachers (coaches), and practitioners jointly develop solutions to challenging IoT applications (Internet-connected objects), add value for enterprises, and strengthen the employability, creativity and career prospects of students. IoT Rapid-Proto Labs represents an innovative, multidisciplinary, and low-risk enabler of SME/Start-up IoT innovation.
Distributed teams of multidisciplinary students, teachers, and practitioners, coming from three European countries, are supported by IoT Rapid-ProtoLabs Project Arena (web-platform) which enables them to effectively collaborate on rapid-prototyping of IoT products/services. The Project Arena also stimulates the flow of knowledge and innovation between Higher Education, enterprises and other stakeholders.
Each IoT Proto-Lab student-centred team will rapidly set-up, trial and test an innovative IoT solution for their SME/Start-up client (18 clients in the complete project cycle). Throughout the discovery, design, develop and test process, student teams are continually supported by teachers, external coaches (Research Centre and ICT Process Development House) and client staff. The fields of study embedded in the project curriculum (e-Competences, design thinking, lean/agile processes etc.) are highly relevant for every business today.
This project contributes to the modernisation of Europe’s Higher Education system (relevance/quality) and reinforces the European Knowledge Triangle (more effective links between education, research, and enterprise innovation).
Haaga-Helia: Danford Gerard (Gerard.Danford [at] haaga-helia.fi),