About / platFORM is a collaborative product development class for design and business students from Emily Carr and SFU. The students work in trans-disciplinary teams to develop products, services, and systems that address contemporary social, economic, and environmental issues. Student projects address issues such as sustainable travel, social isolation, textile waste, cosmetics packaging, and food packaging.

*platFORM received a Professional Notable award from 2015 Core77 Design Awards, in the category of Education Initiatives. Check out the award page here.



platFORM is a collaboration between the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media, the Social + Interactive Media (SIM) Centre at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. It is also a partner course at CityStudio, supported by Leslie Ng from the City of Vancouver. Thank you to the Beedie School of Business Dean’s Circle for their generous financial support of this innovative program. platFORM is part of the Scotiabank Platform Program, launching in 2015, which prepares enterprising art and design grads, who are early stage entrepreneurs, to enter a competitive marketplace.

Project conceived and designed by Andreas Eiken, Maia Rowan, and Lisa Papania
2014 cohort instructors: Andreas Eiken and Maia Rowan (Emily Carr University, Masters of Design Candidates), Lisa Papania and Sara Lubik (SFU Beedie School of Business). 

Video / Creative direction by Andreas Eiken and Maia Rowan, Filming by Zack Embree, Editing and graphics by Jacquie Shaw.