Demola is a place where project partners, universities and students get together to make new innovative demos and prototypes. Demola gathers a multidisciplinary team to create a demo in 4-month project campaign, based on real needs and challenges described by project partner. Demola annual campaigns are Demola Spring, Summer and Autumn, each one of these consisting of different milestones according to the Demola facilitation model.
Demola makes sure that both parties, student team and project partner benefit the project result on a balanced way – the team owning the project result by default and the project partner having the opportunity to license the results for own utilization. During the campaigns we’ve done projects with a wide range of project partners – from big industry (e.g. Konecranes, Kalmar, Nokian Tyres) to start-ups (SensoTrend, Koutu Digital, Ovelin) and public sector (City of Tampere, City of Helsinki, universities). The number of Demola projects done in 2014 totals 66.
The clear focus of a Demola project is the functional demo or prototype, but Demola project can as well take several positive side effects – as the team (or part of it) building a start-up on the project theme or team member(s) recruited by the project partner.
Demola doesn’t make any difference between Finnish and international students, all participation is based on competences and applications. From team members’ point of view Demola project might not be the easiest one – the project description is challenging and nobody knows at the starting point what will be the project output. Instead, Demola project sure is one of those things you want to experience, and gives a big amount of power and responsibility for each one of the team members!