Product Development Project
Applications for PDP during Academic Year 17-18 are now closed. Check back in Fall '18 to apply next year!
PdP-PiP is a unique opportunity unlike anything else offered at Pace University or at most other colleges around the country. PdP-PiP is a nine month long field study program where students from different majors and universities around the world work together to solve a challenge posed by an industry sponsor. Sponsor companies range in size from startups to multinational corporations. This is your opportunity to get the “real world” experience of working, building and creating solutions as part of a team, across time zones, while still in school!
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Product Development Projects (PdP) and Product Innovation Projects (PiP)
PdP and PiP are field study programs offered through Pace’s NYCDF. As part of these programs, Pace students of various majors are placed in teams with students from NYCDF’s international partner universities. Student teams work together from October until late May to develop a solution (prototype) for a real problem posed by an industry sponsor.
Product Development Project (PdP) vs Product Innovation Project (PiP)
PdP starts and ends about two weeks prior to PiP. The project work kicks off in mid-October and ends in mid-May. PdP runs in partnership with Aalto University Design Factory (Helsinki, Finland).
PiP starts at the end of October and ends at the end of May. PiP runs in partnership with Graz University of Technology's Institute of Innovation and Industrial Management (Graz, Austria).
Due to the timing of the programs, PdP and PiP are best suited for juniors and graduate students, as seniors are likely to miss graduation.
Select your program
As part of your application, you will indicate your program preference (PdP or PiP). We will try our best to match you with your preferred program; however, we will also look at the type of projects available and select the one that will optimize your learning experience and allow you to put your existing skills and knowledge to good use. What does that mean? Well, for example, we will try not to place a computer science student on a team that does not require programming skills.
When will you travel?
The program requires you to commit one academic year, and each student is required to make two trips according to the schedule below.
PdP 1st trip: one week, mid-October. You will meet your team, meet the sponsor, receive a briefing on your project and do team building, ideation, and project work.
2nd trip: one week, mid-May. You will arrive a few days before the project presentation and fair-style demo day. You should use this time to finalize the prototype, presentation, demo display, and report.
PiP 1st trip: one week, late October/ early November. You will meet your team, meet the sponsor, receive a briefing on your project and do team building, ideation, and project work.
2nd trip: one week, late May. You will arrive a few days before the project presentation and fair-style demo day. You should use this time to finalize the prototype, presentation, demo display, and report.
Where will you travel?
You will travel with your Pace team and possibly your US-based team coach. You will travel to either Helsinki, Finland or Graz, Austria depending on the project.
What to expect?
- Each student will take two trips: for the project kickoff and for the final project presentation. Each trip will be about one week.
- Each student is expected to spend about 1 day a week working on the project. However, the project work is not linear. Some weeks it might require an hour and others it might require a few days.
- This project takes, on average, 250 - 300 hours over the course of the academic year. Make sure you can commit to this.
- Be committed to the project and the experience. This experience is give and take, meaning the amount of time and effort you invest will determine your personal and professional growth.
- You will meet with your coach and your Pace-based team once a week. You will speak with members of your remote team daily, and hold Skype meetings with your remote team at least once a week.
- You will communicate to your team your availability and other commitments ahead of time (at least three weeks in advance). Commitments and availability include vacations (even during Pace scheduled time-off), holidays, midterms and finals weeks.
- Undergraduate students will sign up for a 4 credit Computer Science elective for the Spring semester.
- Graduate students will sign up for a 3 credit Computer Science elective for the Spring semester.
- This program will kick off in mid-September and last through the end of May (breaking for winter recess). However, you will only get credits for the Spring semester.
- Airfare and accommodations will be arranged and paid for by the Seidenberg School.
- You are responsible for obtaining proper travel documentation (passports, visa, etc.)
- A study abroad fee of $100 will be added to your Pace bill.
- Learn Design Thinking
- Learn Agile methodology
- Develop communication, problem solving, time management, expectation management, and creativity skills
- Learn self-efficacy
- Gain valuable experience working with cross-functional teams
- Gain valuable experience working with an international team
- Gain valuable experience working remotely
- Learn conflict resolution
- Be a part of a team that designs and builds a prototype for a real company
- Challenge yourself and step out of your comfort zone
- Learn to deal with failures productively
- Learn how to work with people from different academic, work, and cultural backgrounds
Who can apply?
- Undergraduate students who start Junior year in Fall 2018
- Computer Science or Information Systems, 2nd or 3rd semester, graduate students who plan to graduate after May 2019
- Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Students that want to challenge themselves and grow
How to apply?
If you are interested in applying for PdP or PiP, please sign-up for updates; we will contact you with a reminder of the application deadline.