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How does it work

We work as a future radar for companies, NGOs & public sector organizations, tirelessly collecting insights from different phenomena and younger generation’s perspectives. To make it happen, we design and publish case briefs and larger themes open for applications. Cases are launched around the year and for each case there will be an interdisciplinary team (4-6 members) working with the topic for 8 weeks online.

For whom Co-creation projects are targeted

We are inviting all kinds of students: from PhDs to bachelors, from human sciences and arts to engineering and business, and everything between. Globally, our team members represent the following student distribution: PhD 7%, Master’s 56%, Bachelor’s 37%.

We are looking for people with the right mindset. People with curiosity to understand and find out. People with optimism, believing that different possibilities exist but might not yet have been discovered. People with perseverance, not giving up when facing a dead end and forced to return to the drawing table. People with empathy, having the ability to set aside their own assumptions and genuinely engage with others.

Our Values


Diversity


Curiosity


Action


Openness


Imperfection

Program Structure

Teams follow an 8-week structured process facilitated by regional polytechnics. The process combines elements & tools from design thinking, strategic foresight and systems thinking. Each team will receive weekly goals and determine as a team how to accomplish these goals. In online teams, participants define their own working time which includes at least one joint meeting every week. Participants work 10-15 h/week on average. The teams use virtual collaboration tools for creative co-creation work and a proprietary communication channel, Demola Chat, for project management & communications.

Benefits

In co-creation projects, you will learn crucial skills that are relevant in working life, including interdisciplinary communication and project management skills. Participants will also get familiar with strategic foresight tools and design thinking methodologies. We grant a Creative Foresight Expert Diploma for participants finishing the program.

There are also different additional benefits students are looking for when joining our projects. Here are a few.

Credit points

Demola project has an official Finnish government accreditation as university level education (EQF 6 and EQF 7). You will be granted credit points after a successful project execution either from your home university or from our partners.

Project results ownership (IPR)

Members of the team own the rights to the results they create during these projects. While these results are valuable content to your portfolio, some might also consider entrepreneurial activities later on, and the ownership to the results might come in handy at that point.

Students <3 Demola

Just like you, Demola participants are or have been university students who wanted to have a springboard for their career and work together with fascinating companies. Demola alumni live around the world and share the same Demola experience with pride.