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: Are you solving the right problem? with Raik Ilves (Nov 16th)

This time we'll focus on defining the (right!) problems.

Before we start prototyping and testing our product we should understand and be able to articulate clearly the "What" and the "Why". How to narrow down to the core problem and choose well-defined goals with tools and methods like user personas, jobs to be done (JTBD), and design briefs.

Raik Ilves is a creative technologist with experience in blending design, technology, and strategy. Over the years he has worked as a specialist on various parts of the digital project lifecycle – UI/UX design, project management, coding, and technical leadership. Currently is

Sandbox Toolbox Primer

The Sandbox Toolbox is a series of events that we host once a month at our Sandbox space to provide hands-on experience about different topics related to digital product management.

The story of how this series began is quite interesting, and it starts with an awesome guest lecturer, Elmo Soomets from Mobi Lab. The Delta building was newly unveiled and we had our awesome new space. This was when the pandemic and the lockdowns hit us and no one was able to access the space. In came Elmo with a suggestion that he would like to teach the students more

Sandbox Toolbox: UX Writing with Maria Reile (Oct 19th)

Toolbox is back! This time we'll focus on UX writing.

What is UX Writing? Why is it important? How to write the copy for UX?

These are the questions Maria Reile will give an answer to.Maria Reile is a writing enthusiast who loves languages, enjoys writing various types of texts, is very fond of research, and just can’t wait for those few precious hours of free time to open another well-written book. She has a PhD in general linguistics and is currently working as a Research fellow in experimental pragmatics at the University of Tartu as well as

What is Design Thinking anyway?

In order to explain what design thinking is we could define it like the textbook does, as a highly user-centric process of solving problems. And continuing on and on about all the different aspects to it. There already are great articles (here and here) and even books which cover the topic in detail. So instead of re-inventing the wheel, we will look at the story of the OXO Good Grips Vegetable Peeler with the design thinking lens. This is the story about how one company transformed a boring everyday object into something iconic with good design. Their design is so

Human Computer Interaction

Course code: LTAT.05.007
Amount of credits: 6 ECTS
Schedule: Autumn semester
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With computers evolving from large mammoth machines, to literally fitting in the palm of our hands, the way in which we interact with them has also changed dramatically. Going from programming with punched cards, to using digital assistants with voice and gestures, the ways in which we interact with computer systems has reached a place where it requires a dedicated field of study. In this course we will focus on identifying and deploying methods for interface and experience design, development and evaluation. Drawing insights

Software Product Management

Course code: MTAT.03.325
Amount of credits: 6 ECTS
Schedule: Autumn semester
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This course introduces a range of methods for managing software products. The course covers the entire life-cycle of software products, from identifying customer needs, the validation of initial ideas, the design of a financially viable business model, to the planning, release and ongoing management of software products. The course introduces techniques for business model generation, business case analysis, prioritisation, product "road-mapping" and software release planning.

Digital Product Management Industry Project

Course code: LTAT.05.019
Amount of credits: 6 ECTS
Schedule: Autumn and Spring semester
Prerequisites: LTAT.05.007: Human Computer Interaction
Recommended: MTAT.03.325 Software Product Management
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Final launch of the DPMIP course, Spring 2021

With a strong focus on industry collaboration, this project based course is a great way to put the learnings of Sandbox courses to work. Since this course requires students to have completed Human Computer Interaction, it is designed to allow them to engage deeply with the material and apply design thinking practically. DPMIP offers students an opportunity to work with

Global Digital Innovation Project

Course code: LTAT.05.024
Amount of credits: 6 ECTS
Schedule: Autumn and Spring semester
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In the context of increasingly international companies and interdisciplinary teams even within companies, this course emulates the complex work environment that we are a part of. Sandbox, being a part of Design Factory Global Network (DFGN), offers this course in collaboration with members of the network such as inno.space at Mannheim University, Germany. As part of the course students from UT and inno.space will work in collaboration to solve real problems offered by Estonian and German partner companies. With the

Digital Product Management Seminar

Course code: LTAT.05.022
Amount of credits: 3+3 ECTS
Schedule: Autumn and/or Spring semester
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Ever wondered what goes into building and managing great digital products? This course is designed to answer just that with a focus on examples from different companies and research papers. We introduce industry tested methodologies, like design sprints and agile development, in a very hands-on way. Apart from just the methodologies, we also cover important topics such as Product strategy, Digital marketing etc to give students a birds-eye view into this world. Additionally, we also invite special guest lecturers from