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Rat Relay

The Rat Relay is organized from the Design Factory Global Network http://dfgn.org. In this teaching experiment global problems were solved for eight hours by one country and then passed on to a new country, just like runners pass on the baton in a relay. In the end the problem returns back to the originating country for finalization of the outcomes. The Rat Relay is for students volenteers and participants from every work or education field. During the 48-hour relay, the volunteers worked in interdisciplinary teams of four to six people in eight-hour slots to solve the problems originating from the four different countries. It is a unique experiment because ´In Rat Relay projects are rotated around the world, taking advantage of the collaborative power of several creative and interdisciplinary teams,’ says Päivi Oinonen, the Design Factory Global Network strategist and one of the organisers of the event from ADF.

What is Rat Relay?

Rat Relay is a unique three-day global product design hackathon organized in the Design Factory Global Network. Rat Relay simulates real-world situation in industrial product development where very often one individual person or team is only working on a project for a limited time and not from beginning to the end. Rat Relay projects rotate around the world in slots and projects are provided by sponsoring companies, startups or NGOs. The slots consist of teams (5-10 people) working in one stage of the product design process and then passing it along the Design Factory Global Network.

Why should you participate in Rat Relay?

It is a one-time opportunity to work with real-life problems based in open innovation, sponsored by real companies, startups or NGO’s.
Anyone can participate and you can even be in more than one of the slots in Rat Relay. You will be part of a mixed team where students, company representatives, university staff, teachers and researchers are welcome to join!
All the problems should have some kind of social benefit and a global aspect, so you have a wonderful chance to get a global reach in a short timeframe. The result will be a design and prototype of a concept or a service.

What are the main outcomes?

Getting to work in a real global team, diving deep into global distributed collaboration, handle time pressure, enabling best possible progress for the next team with project documentation and increased argumentation skills for decisions that have been made. Learning outcomes also include process planning, product development skills, teamwork skills and international communication skills. There are several projects where to work on. Further information will follow ASAP.


21-23 March 2018 in the Blokhuispoort.
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