Accelerating IoT Development

The Internet of Things is experiencing explosive growth and it will impact almost every industry. Enterprises must know how to address the changes in their field. Especially European startups and SME’s should look into the possibilities of IoT in order to stay competitive. IoT Rapid-Proto Labs offers companies IoT development solutions created by student teams.

Power of Multidisciplinary

To valorize Internet of Things for business and economy, the project aims to develop a multidisciplinary curriculum integrating ICT, Industrial Design and Industrial Engineering. This aim is achieved in cooperation between higher education institutions, enterprises and research institutions.

Two-sided Marketplace

This website, the Project Arena, works as two-sided marketplace where project teams, clients and other stakeholders meet.

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Lean and Agile Piloting

A multidisciplinary, cross-border, project-based curriculum enhances e-competences which are most relevant to IoT development. The curriculum is designed and validated through an iterative development approach in three cycles. In total, there will be 18 projects, 160+ students and from 15 to 20 faculty members.

Unique Learning Model

The IoT Rapid-Proto Labs’ learning design is based on the latest theories of effective learning and teaching. A pragmatic inter-disciplinarily outcome-centered approach is achieved through cooperation and strategic selection of disciplinary inputs. This creates an authentic work environment.

IoT Rapid-prototyping Competences

The IoT Proto-Labs project will identify and define relevant multidisciplinary e-Competences for ICT, Industrial Design and Industrial Engineering students. These e-Competences will also meet the needs of project client companies.

Realistic, Complex Task Situations

Multidisciplinary student teams contribute to real-life IoT business cases.

Cross-border and Multidisciplinary Learning

The pragmatic multidisciplinary outcome-centered approach to the pilot projects helps the students gain relevant work-related experience.

Social Interaction

A pragmatic multidisciplinary, outcome-centered approach is achieved through cooperation. This creates an authentic work environment.

Timeline and Goals

The goal of IoT Rapid-Proto Labs is to construct an open-design learning architecture that enables multidisciplinary teaching, learning, and co-creation within higher education, research institutions, and enterprises. IoT Rapid-Proto Labs programme begun in January 2019 and will end by the end of 2020.

This goal will be achieved through a project-based learning format. The innovative curriculum design bridges the gap between academics and the IoT business world by deploying multidisciplinary cross-border student teams who are simultaneously supported by teachers, company clients and other experts.

A valid process of experimentation will be established during three project piloting phases through iteration. The experimentation process will allow researchers to validate student learning outcomes such as e-Competence proficiency. The final assessment of specific e-Competences and learning outcomes will be achieved through a process of appraising the knowledge, know-how, skills and/or competences of individual students against predefined criteria. IoT Proto-Lab Labs piloting begun in January 2019.

The primary goals for the IoT Rapid Proto-Labs project piloting stage includes:

  • Establishing Underlying Pedagogical Principles: How teaching and learning in an open design multidisciplinary innovation lab environment occurs (ideal and formal curriculum), and how to align curriculum within existing curriculums/programs?
  • Defining Learning Objectives, Activities and Outcomes: How the open-design labs are setup (operational curriculum), and implemented to achieve the desired student learning objectives (increase level of most relevant e-Competences)?
  • Assessing the Learning Outcomes: How the open-design lab objectives and activities are evaluated by the teacher (perceived curriculum) and by students (experiential curriculum)?
  • Validating the Learning: What are the learning effects from the open-design labs and how are these learning effects related to the implementation (learned curriculum) and outcomes for European SME’s and start-ups?

Join the Network

Higher education institutions, Startups and Small and Medium sized enterprises can freely join the IoT Rapid-Proto Labs network.

Benefits of membership

Team up for a Project

The IoT Rapid-Proto Labs Arena matches project partners, supports cross-border student teamwork, enables project management and client communication.

Manage a Project

Knowledge Sharing

Sharing project results is an integral part of the IoT Rapid-Proto Labs design. Knowledge sharing will help improve European innovation capacity and reduce risks in IoT product development.

Project Dissemination

Founding Members

The founding members of IoT Rapid-Proto Labs are composed of full partners and associated partners from four Erasmus+ Programme countries. This partnership respresents an excellent balance and variety of expertise, sectors and capacities needed to implement the project aims and outcomes.


HAAGA-HELIA (HAA) is one of the first Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland and focused on Digital Business, Vocational Teacher Training, Entrepreneurship, and Service & Sales. HAA enrolled 10,500 students in 2016 (bachelor, master’s and eMBA) and employed 700 staff/administrators. Together with The University of Westminster (U.K.), HAA launched a doctorate programme.

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Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)

Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) is a private no profit institution. Its mission is to develop both knowledge and expertise in the field of Microsystems/Microelectronics and Information Technology, aiming to conduct technology transfer in the local, national and international industrial spheres. The Centre for Information and Communication Technology is focused on high quality research in Information and Communication Technologies, computer science and systems.

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University of Trento (UNITN)

The University of Trento, Italy (UNITN) was founded in 1962 and consists of seven schools. UNITN is consistently ranked among the top three mid-size universities in Italy. UNITN covers a broad spectrum, with 25 bachelor-level and 28 master-level courses currently serving about 16 000 students. The project research activities are conducted by the UNITN Laboratory of Embedded Electronics and Measurement Systems (EEMS) of the Department of Industrial Engineering (DII).

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Leiden University (UL)

Leiden University (UL) is one of Europe’s foremost research universities. It is the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575), and ranks in top 100 of most international rankings. UL has 23,000 students and 4,000 staff. The faculties offered include bachelors, masters and PhD programmes. The Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching (ICLON) offers post-academic training.

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Delft University of Technology (TUD)

Delft University of Technology (TUD) is one of the world’s top universities of technology (#15 in QS Ranking). The University has 13,000 students, 5,000 staff members and 8 faculties. TUD offer 16 Bachelor’s programmes and 35 English taught Master’s programmes (science, engineering and design).

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Houston Inc.

Houston Oy (HOU) is specialized in agile software development and consulting for end-to-end solutions (prototype to maintenance). HOU constructs full end-to-end digital solutions for clients in a wide range of sectors (industrial, services, consumer).

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247GRAD GmbH is a digital agency based in Koblenz, Germany. Founded in 2010 by Sascha Böhr, 247GRAD has successfully worked for renowned brands such as Zurich, Adidas, Gazprom and Bayer and, besides that, established its own digital products with hundreds of thousands of users.

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European IoT Development Network

IoT Rapid-Proto Labs is a higher education network combining ICT, Industrial Design and Industrial Engineering. Cross-border student teams from Finland, the Netherlands and Italy contribute to real-life IoT business cases with the support of their teacher-coaches.

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