Design Factory

Empowering people at Ghent University to transform the world through innovation.

Don’t miss our next events!

Think Legal Tech (9 november)

Join us for this open event and be inspired about how technology can help to solve legal problems. Pieter Gunst & Jurgen Ingels will share their vision, followed by a network reception. 

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UGent Legal Techathon (9 - 11 nov)

Law and IT students are brought together to solve legal problems with tech solutions. Coached by industry and academia experts, the winning team goes home with 2 500€ and a ticket to the pitch round of The Birdhouse. 

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Rat Relay: global innovation challenge (20 - 22 nov)

A global innovation challenge where the challenges go thtorugh 6 stages of the design thinking process in 5 different locations. Take part in one or more slots of 6 hours. 

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Our values


Work across disciplines and fields to link our knowledge from different backgrounds to find innovative solutions.


Look at the problem from different perspectives to include the view of all the stakeholders.

Design thinking

Introduce design thinking as a mindset in all fields to solve wicked problems in an iterative process that validates the results.

Sustainable impact

Help to create a better world by solving problems linked to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Show, don't tell

Show your quick & dirty prototypes and test out your services instead of limiting yourself to making plans only.


Collaboratively create solutions together with companies, organisations, knowledge institutions & indivuals.

Generating New Ideas & Solving Big Problems
On a global scale

Young or old, student or researcher, we all want to use creativity, innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset to solve the big challenges of our world.

Ghent Design Factory bundles 4 initiatives of Ghent University that promote design thinking and that follow the Design Factory vision.

We are proud to be part of Design Factory Global Network and be in connection with other Design Factories across the world.


People Involved

Ongoing Projects


Let’s Start Something new

COME Say Hello!

Jolien Coenraets

Jolien Coenraets

Manager Ghent Design Factory
+32 9 264 32 60

Jozef Kluyskensstraat 31, 9000 Gent

The Foundry

De Krook

Industrial Design Center

Fablab UGent