The project DesignIT will drive research and innovation projects with test beds and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Norrbotten and Västerbotten. The goal is that SME's will develop more prototypes and innovations in areas such as transport, tourism and health care. The project will help develop business skills and experience in innovation, interaction and user experience. All small and medium-sized enterprises in Norrbotten and Västerbotten are welcome to participate in the project, regardless of previous experience in innovation and research. The companies are also offered the opportunity for professional development in the form of, for example, workshops and seminars.
We want to make it easy for SMEs to interact with us as research institutes. Innovation projects will be open and customizable based on companies' prospects for participation. We simply want to lower the threshold for companies in the region to establish cooperation with us.
Anna Sirkka, Studio Director Piteå, RISE Interactive (formerly called Interactive Institute)
The project will allow companies to work with innovation along with test beds based on real challenges. We want to show the value of working user-centered and needs-driven and we believe that our methods of applied research can also be used by companies in the region.
Sofia Larsson, Senior Researcher Piteå, RISE Interactive
In addition to support from the European Regional Structural Fund project funded by the Swedish ICT, County Administrative Board of Norrbotten, Norrbotten County Council and the municipalities of Piteå, Luleå and Skellefteå.