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For Students

Design Factory - real-world problems for a real-world education

Design Factory offers a unique opportunities for students who are excited by possibility, are motivated to act, and are open-minded thinkers - ready to create a brighter future. 


Students are placed in multi-disciplinary teams, working alongside learners specialising in engineering, business, IT, sports & human performance, graphic design, media arts - and more. We provide industry partners (such as Opus International, Hamilton City Council, and Habitat for Humanity), who share one of their wicked problems with the student teams. 

And from there - it’s action!

Surrounded by our experienced coaches and facilitators, our students are taught the skills of co-creation, and guided in applying their new learning on their complex problem. Empathy interviews, customer journeys, ideation, prototyping, user-testing, collaboration - and a whole lot more. 

At the end of our fifteen week, 30-credit program, our student groups present their final proof-of-concept solutions at our Design Factory Gala - a celebration event featuring their industry partners, alumni, local business leaders and more.

Joining Design Factory provides students with a unique opportunity to work in new ways, prototype solutions to problems they will not have encountered in their studies - and develop their soft skills of creativity, empathy and communication - in preparation for the workplace of the future.

Meet our students

Student interview Caitlynn Wendt

Why did you get involved in the design course?

I’ve always wanted to do things that were different, that would make a real difference. When I first heard about the Wintec Design Hub, I liked that it was inter-disciplinary and completely new. I knew It was a rare opportunity that I couldn’t say no to. 

What did you personally get out of it?

I’ve grown so much through Design Factory NZ. It’s introduced me to a whole new way of thinking, with techniques and processes that can be applied anywhere. 

Design Factory NZ has given me the confidence to approach industry professionals, and the passion to believe in myself. There are so many endless opportunities through the Design Hub. 

I aspire to take on leadership roles within the community, and be a voice for my generation. Without Design Factory NZ, I wouldn’t have built the confidence to pursue this passion. Personally, and professionally, it’s been the best choice I’ve made.

How beneficial do you think this will be for Wintec as a whole moving forward?

This is an extraordinary opportunity for Wintec. They already have such a good reputation. Being a part of the Design Factory Global Network shows Wintec’s willingness to try new approaches to learning. This opens so many doors to Wintec’s future. 

Caitlynn Wendt