Innovation Challenges

Credits: 5 | Identifier: NN00FD73-3009 | Campus: | Period: 11.03.2021

Innovation Challenges is all about solving problems in real life projects in multidisciplinary teams. You will learn to develop a concept and to use team learning to solve complicated problems. You will also develop valuable working life skills like performing, networking and successful team working. The course is built like an innovation process in practice and includes also materials and performing the outcome. The challenge can be the sustainable development of an industry or the market situation modified by COVID-19, for example.


During the course, students will resolve real-world challenges relating to the working world or the broader society and develop new creative solutions in multidisciplinary teams. The teams will also work together with the organisation that provided the challenge (internal or external partner). The challenges will be resolved by applying team learning methods. 

Upon completion of the course, you will: 

  • understand the design thinking principles in the context of an innovation project; 
  • be able to test ideas with different target groups;
  • be able to consider the customer perspective when resolving challenges;
  • be able to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team;
  • be able to challenge your own thinking and trust your team; 
  • receive feedback about your strengths, competencies and expertise;
  • be able to pitch your solution in English.

The term innovation challenge refers to a practical project that enable you to develop your expertise and creativity, set goals and achieve them together with your team. You will gain first-hand experience of innovation projects and apply your acquired knowledge in practice.  

Information about the cases / clients coming later, stay tuned!


This implementation of Innovation Challenges will be held on Thursdays 11.3.-29.4.2021 from 10.15 am to 2pm.


To pass the course, you must demonstrate your understanding of the innovation challenge provided by a customer and team up with your fellow students to address the challenge. You will be expected to generate potential solutions, plan the testing of ideas, and develop ideas into functional solutions.   You and your team must propose diverse solutions to the customer.   

A student will receive a failing grade if he or she is not able to independently describe the importance and purpose of the course learning outcomes for his or her learning and that of the team. A student will fail the course if he or she does not contribute to the activities set out in the team’s project plan and to resolving the provided challenge.


TAMK student: Pakki
TAU student: Through cross-institutional study services 

The course code is NN00FD73-3009 .


If you have some questions about this course, please contact Minttu.

Minttu Ripatti,


Picture of a light bulb on yellow background. Basic info about Innovation Challenges.