SUGAR Network


Sugar is a global network that brings together multidisciplinary students from different universities and challenges them to solve real world product development challenges.

During one academic year, the course teaches students how to use the IDEO/Stanford design process in product development, and is concentrated in practice-based learning. The global student teams prototype, test and iterate in order to develop and implement innovative solutions to real world design challenges posed by multinational corporate sponsors. The final proof-of-concept prototypes are typically featured at the Stanford/Sugar Design EXPO each June in California.


For the duration of each project, every team collaborates with another team from a foreign university. This 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 begin their projects at Stanford University, where they participate in design thinking workshops and experience the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley. The course is now taught in eight different countries on four different continents.