On Thursday, October 26th, Symbio hosted a visit of young design thinking talents from Poland. The group was a winning team of a Design thinking competition organized by Opole Region Center for Economic Development in Poland. The students were from secondary school-level Technical School of Electrical Engineering, aged 18-19 years old. In the competition, the team had designed a website with a heating cost calculator, where a user can check the cost of heating with electricity while checking other options. As a prize for winning the design competition, the Polish-Finnish Chamber of Commerce support to organize a visit to Finland for the group.
At Symbio, showcases of our solutions as well as Symbio design thinking offering were introduced to the group. Also, we had a lively discussion on the website that the students had made and corresponding services from Finland. The students were also interested in how the design sprint works and how prototypes can be tested in such a short time. Among Symbio, the group was visiting for example Aalto University, Startup Sauna and ABB.
Symbio Design Sprint is a five-day framework, inspired by Google Ventures and Stanford d.school. The method allows you to collaborate with clients, developers and key professionals to build and test ideas in a fraction of a time. The goal of each Sprint is to achieve concrete results on how the idea would look in real-life, and then test the hypothesis with users and proper prototypes. In the end, this investment saves time and money, compared to traditional development.
For me, it was inspiring to see that engineering students had interest also in human-centred approach. I also promoted the possibilities of studying design thinking in Finland. Perhaps we meet again somewhere in the future.