What is ME310 PORTO?


Apply in 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Download the Application Form ME310 EN;
Step 2: Fill in the Form and collect all the documents needed;
Step 3: Send us all the documents to portodesignfactory@sc.ipp.pt  with the subject
“ME310 PORTO Application”.

Here is all you need to know about the Application Period.
You can find the Public Announcement here: EDITAL


General presentation of ME310 and Sugar Network

ME310 PORTO – Product and Service Innovation Post-Graduation is an interdisciplinary, project-based and team-based course for graduate students (BA or MA) and represents a true integration between engineering, business and design disciplines. Originally created at Stanford University, the course has operated continuously for over forty years. Over its lifetime, the course has shifted from practical engineering experience to design of mechatronic systems to design innovation and global collaboration. The course is now focused on teaching students the innovation methods and processes required for designers, engineers, and project managers of the future. Upon the completion of the course, students have acquired the skills necessary to be global innovation leaders.

Meanwhile, ME310 PORTO has gone beyond the hedges of Stanford University through the SUGAR Alliance and is now being taught in four different continents and eight different countries. Politécnico do Porto remains as the only portuguese partner of the SUGAR Alliance. ME310 PORTO – Product and Service Innovation Post Graduation is a program of P.PORTO, managed and taught by Porto Design Factory (located at Asprela Innovation District, Porto)


In ME310 PORTO, student teams work on innovation challenges proposed by corporate partners for nine months, learning and applying the Stanford/IDEO design process in product development to prototype, test and iterate to solve real world design challenges for multinational corporate sponsors. Through the projects, students go through an intense and iterative process of needfinding, ideation, and rapid prototyping to create and develop new product concepts. Company involvement provides the reality that is important for teams to improve their innovation abilities. In the end, teams deliver functional proof-of-concept prototypes along with in-depth documentation that not only capture the essence of designs but the learnings that led to the ideas.

Every team in ME310 PORTO collaborates with another team from a foreign university for the duration of the project. The partnership adds diversity to the project teams and students are given the opportunity to experience true global collaboration, a skill required in this highly globalized world.


All teams in ME310 PORTO typically start their projects with a design thinking kick-off workshop and experience the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley. Final proof-of-concept prototypes are typically presented at the Stanford Design EXPE each June in California.

During the program, students travel twice around the world (October and June) and also to partner universities research labs.

ME310 PORTO is all hands-on, all the time.

See the 2016/2017 presentations of Porto’s teams at StartX, in Palo Alto:

– Team SONAE MC – Continente here
– Team IKEA Industry here
– Team SILAMPOS here
– Team Sport Zone here

See the 2015/2016 presentations of Porto’s teams at Stanford University:

– Team IKEA Industry here and here
– Team SONAE-BERG Cycles here and here
– Team FORD here
– Team SONAE-WORTEN here
– Team ZIPOR here