Welcome to our Community page!

This is the place where we communicate, announce events and workshops or
just show off our achievements and past projects.

We are building a local design thinking community at Sandbox. We focus on the local community of students, alumni and partners as well as international cooperation, which provides students with the opportunity to participate in global design and product development projects. We strive to create a shared understanding of how to spark and support innovation.

Sandbox Toolbox event - Human Centered Product Development with Sabah Haider of Bolt

The most successful products are the ones that deliver real value and joy to people. That requires companies to identify the unmet needs and opportunities in order to define the right products to build and then make sure they’re working effectively for users to meet their goals so smoothly that they’ll keep coming back. When products are built on assumptions or launched without being validated, the risk of failure is high, but the bigger risk is losing users.

This talk will focus on the role and value of user experience research as an integrated part of the product

Partner Company: Nõo Lihatööstus

Course: Digital Product Management Industry Project
Team Nõo Lihatööstus: Lichettey Aavik, Pirgit Pajoma, Pille Neider-Kuusalu, and Lauri Ütsik (Conversion Master in IT students)
Semester: Spring 2023

Team Nõo Lihatööstus

The challenge
Nõo Lihatööstus transports their products to clients using various plastic boxes. Once the delivery is made, clients are expected to return the empty boxes. Unfortunately, a significant number of boxes are being misplaced during this process. Nõo Lihatööstus is seeking a digital solution that can effectively monitor and keep track of the quantity of the boxes returned by each individual client.

Process and solution
During the course, the Nõo

Partner Company: City of Tartu

Course: Digital Product Management Industry Project
Team Tartu City: Veronika Moskalenko, Oleksandr Hranat, Erdem Güngör (Master's in Innovation and Technology Management students), and Gunay Hajizada (Master's in Quantitative Economics)
Semester: Spring 2023

The challenge
Tartu possesses exceptional prerequisites that position the city as a potential international test and development center for novel technologies. These prerequisites include:

  1. Open, flexible, and inclusive municipal governance.
  2. High-level research capacity offered by universities.
  3. Well-established business incubation environments like Tartu Science Park and Tartu Centre for Creative Industries.
  4. A vibrant and active start-up community.
  5. A top-notch education system.
  6. Convenient and accessible e-services.
  7. Expanding the availability of
Partner Company: The Estonian Health Board

Course: Digital Product Management Industry Project
Team Health Board: Katrin Põldsepp and Maris Palgi (Conversion Master in IT students), Merey Beisembayev and Toghrul Pashabayli (Master's in Innovation and Technology Management students)
Semester: Spring 2023

The challenge
The Estonian Health Board, or Terviseamet, is a governmental agency under the Ministry of Social Affairs responsible for healthcare, health protection, environmental health, chemical safety, and medical device safety in Estonia. They also provide chargeable laboratory services for assessing water quality. Terviseamet has received more user feedback that environmental health data is not conveniently available to citizens, research institutions, companies, or other state institutions.

Professional Self-Development Seminar

Course code: LTAT.05.030
Amount of credits: 2 ECTS + 1 ECTS
Schedule: Autumn and Spring semester
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The objective of the course is to support students participating in the Sandbox Programme and provide the necessary abilities for them to complete it. A student that has taken the course has: developed their understanding and gained practical skills in topics such as self-management and -analysis, time management and focusing, creativity, coping with stress. The seminars take place during two semesters. The topics covered in the seminars and the corresponding homework have been planned in a way that support the

Digital Product Design Introductory Project

Course code: LTAT.05.011
Amount of credits: 3 ECTS
Schedule: Autumn and/or Spring semester
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This course's focus is to give students first-hand experiences of conducting a digital product management project, understand the complexity of such projects and prepare them for a real-life experience.

On successful completion of this course, students will able to:
1. Quickly turn a practical problem statement into an initial product vision.
2. Quickly turn this vision into an initial prototype.
3. Present the prototype to potential customers.
4. Gain an initial understanding about the complexities and potential pitfalls of product management.

UX in Digital Products - Words and Visuals

Course code: LTAT.05.031
Amount of credits: 3 ECTS
Schedule: Autumn semester
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An introductory course to digital product creation with the main focus on linguistic and visual design. The visual design introduces graphic design and main principles in composition; linguistic design introduces the types of microcopy and its functions, how to write microcopy, and what should be known before starting writing. The first lectures of the course introduce the main principles of linguistic and visual design, information architecture, branding basics and user research principles. In the second part of the course, this knowledge will be put

DPMIP vs. GDIP: what are the differences?

Students who want to put theoretical knowledge of Digital Product Management to practice often ask us which practical course they should choose: Digital Product Management Industry Project (DPMIP) or Global Digital Innovation Project (GDIP)?

Indeed, there are a lot of similarities between these two courses. Both DPMIP and GDIP aim to familiarize students with Design Thinking Framework and allow students to practice Digital Product Management tools. And in both, students work in teams on real-life challenges provided by our industry partners.

But there are some differences as well! We put together this comparison table to make it easier for you

Maria speaks - Coaches Training in Barcelona

To tell the whole story I have to start from October’22. Every year all the Design Factory Global Network representatives from almost 30 countries around the world meet up in one of the factories. Last year, after 2 years of postponing the meeting due to Coronavirus, we finally gathered in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. One of the main goals of this week-long event is to initiate collaboration projects between factories. A handful of people pitch their ideas in front of the audience and teams are formed to deep dive into the development.

In Leeuwarden, Laura from Fusion Point (Barcelona) told us

Partner company: Centre for Ethics

Course: Digital Product Management Industry Project
Team Ethics: Aro Kivisild (Conversion Master in IT), Ojus Virendra Tudavekar (Master's in Software Engineering), Deepika Uttam Sambrekar (Master's in Software Engineering)
Semester: Autumn 2022

The challenge
The Centre for Ethics of the University of Tartu presented the challenge of digitizing the board game “Estonians 100 choices”. This game was created under a nationwide initiative, “Value Development in Estonian Society”. The game focuses on helping the players reflect on the causes of moral disagreements and the foundations of their own ethical positions. The development of four dilemma-based values games has resulted in board game