Metropolia has started in September a multidisciplinary Application Development Project-course in which student teams develop a business model and supporting application software for client companies. The students are from Media Technology, Media Engineering, Industrial Management and Communications degree programs. The teams combine diverse skills in business marketing, communication, visualization, information technology and audio-visual technology. The teams have met their client companies on a weekly basis and presented their progress and the results for the company's representative. The course ends in December, when the products are ready.
The ADP- course runs for the fifth time this autumn. The course has four different teachers from different fields, whose mission is to encourage and support the student teams’ work. This autumn the course is taught by Nina Hellman, Paul Laine, Iris Tomaszewski and Kari Salo. Senior Lecturer Kari Salo says the course is a good example of how the Metropolia’s multi-disciplinary power and benefits can be displayed for businesses in practice.
- For such a course to be successful, we need enthusiastic and motivated students, a group of partners, planning, sales efforts, as well as a knowledgeable and responsive team of teachers from different parts of the Metropolia, says Salo.
One of the project client companies is Bluebiit, which employed two student teams. One team is working on an Android application for developing countries and the second on Android application for the elderly. The application for the elderly aims at easy sharing and receiving of photos on tablets. Application for developing countries on the other hand is about sharing a tablet between multiple users, as well as making the use of the tablet easy to learn.
Bluebiit’s CEO Heikki Leskelä has been pleased to see that the studies and courses have been adapted to the needs of businesses and working life. He also commends the internationality of the student groups.
- Together with the students, we have been successful to build potential product concepts, which can become global projects. This is the direction all educational institutions should go to. Students will also learn how the growing businesses are functioning.
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Senior Lecturer Kari Salo
p. +358 40 510 9268
CEO Heikki Leskelä
p. +358 50 1798