The Future of Education

Edition 8

Accepted Abstracts

OCTOPUS Method: Crowd sourcing, Planning and Networking Collaboration in Inventive Design and Engineering Education

Iko Avital, Head, Mechanical Engineering Department (Israel)

Charu Monga, Assistant Professor (India)


We are proposing a new method named OCTOPUS, which intersects in the three section as crowdsourcing, planning and networking through sophisticated product planning process that combines update knowledge and public know-how using social, educational and professional networks. Nowadays, the technology domain scenario is a global creativity and technologically advance. Multinational companies cross borders of continents and countries activities are spread out all over the globe. Product research and development teams focuses on advanced Engineering, Design Thinking, Raw materials, Manufacturing, and Marketing based on strategy of costing, profit, availability, quality and logistics. World economy driven by innovation of products, success or failure of any company is contingent on the creative quality of development teams to introduce the very next Winner Product. The role of the nowadays generation of engineers and designers is to meet the demanding needs and changing local and global markets of customers and users. New product development (NPD) requires the integration of diverse disciplines of engineering knowledge side by side with the functional and aesthetic design skills based on unique inspirations. Above all, it requires high and brave creative thinking, crowd wisdom and mind sharing to develop futuristic ideas of inventive, exciting, and surprising products. Octopus method combines processes which detect current knowledge of all the latest inventive product conception, Hi-speed advancements of science, technology and entrepreneurship activity changes, in order to create new creative opportunities and challenges for designers and engineers also industry and academia collaborators.


The structure of the method consists of two types of interactions. One of the team with other teams; Second, interact with experts and professionals from academia and industry. Each team consists of eight plan, in that each team member is responsible for four themes of knowledge. This kind of gathered data empower the analytic stage and lead to strong design strategy and conception. Responsibilities of each team member on four main themes, ensures constant updating of all kind of knowledge required for the project, as a result of studying the issue and perspective professionalism in three levels: macro, micro and nano. The paper is about managing digital relationships with professional and academic networks in order to reach surprising innovation outcomes in engineering, design professionals and students.

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