Innovation through Design Thinking with the world’s best universities and companies
ME310/SUGAR is a nine-month design thinking program at the Kyoto Institute of Technology dedicated to developing innovative products and services. Leading companies challenge teams of students from the best universities around the world with open-ended project briefs. Utilizing design thinking methodologies, interdisciplinary teams discover unmet user needs, rapidly prototype and test ideas, and deliver innovative results for their corporate partners.
Kyoto Institute of Technology is part of the SUGAR Network, a group of universities that collaborate on projects in the ME310/SUGAR framework. Over the last 10+ years, Kyoto Institute of Technology has worked with ten universities from three continents and with over a dozen companies.
ME310/SUGAR originates from the ME310 program that started in 1967 in Stanford University and the SUGAR Network which was formed in 2009. Kyoto Institute of Technology is one of the founding members of the SUGAR Network and has been running the program since 2009, developing innovative solutions for companies and training the next generation of innovators.
Design Thinking is an approach that can be applied to many different industries. ME310/SUGAR has worked with companies from various sectors to develop innovative products and services.
Over the years, the Kyoto Institute of Technology has developed world class prototyping facilities so that teams can rapidly fabricate and test their ideas. When the resources of the university is not enough, Kyoto’s expertise and manufacturing ecosystem is available.