First of all I would like to refer you all to our first post
You can’t say we didn’t warn you ;-P
Yesterday was the day of the presentations, aaand WE WON! Yuri did a fantastic job of presenting our idea clearly and effectively. However, we must say that all the SMART SPACES teams did a amazing job with the presentations, and it’s unbelievable the amount of work we could all achieve in the space of 2 weeks! Together we have create 5 great new business possibilities!
Here’s some photos from the celebrations of yesterday…
Oh… also… in the morning before the presentations we went to visit start-up sauna, Super cool place! and the events they arrange seem really interesting, who knows maybe you’ll see TEAM USKOMATON there sometime soon 😉
Summer school in Helsinki has been great! and we have all had a fantastic time!
We love you too Aalto ❤
PASCAL, YURI, MORTEZA, SUNIL, CRAIG
Today we had a day with lots of lectures the first was from Cormac Walsh about setting up a start-up company, it was quite interesting, but it felt as if he was talking only from is own experience and obviously everyone’s experience is going to be different. So I guess it’s difficult what exactly it takes to set up a start-up company. Just lots of hard work! He gave some good advice about the DO’s and DON’Ts of running a start-up such as only take 6 months worth of the money and the development should be paid for by the customers.
The next presentation was by Jesse Sandqvist about digital marketing. It was a good lecture with great slide, but I felt it was quite hard to follow! He had some good points on the future of marketing, suggesting that it’s now about C2B and not B2C. The challenge is to get the customer to approach the business.
We also had a really good lecture from Mikko Nurmi about User Experience. I personally was really interested in this lecture as I would like to go in to this field after graduating. It was particularly interesting to find out how a user experience agency works and good to know they actually go out and visit user in the field for their work.
The final lecture was by Jyri Hämäläinen from NOKIA Open Innovation, he spoke about NOKIA case studies such as standardisation, and some graphene thing.It be honest it was difficult to follow too. An interesting part was when he suggested that universities really contribute to them when they collaborate together because the open innovation is ingrained in them.
After a good first presentation and some valuable feedback yesterday we finished up our presentation slides and spent the evening creating our user-story and practicing the pitch.
See you for the presentation showdown tomorrow!!
This morning we had the first practice run of our presentations ahead of the final presentations on Thursday. We spent time the evening before, finalising the presentation content, and finished tidying up the slides and practising before presenting straight after at 11h.
The presentations were really good for every team and the feedback was really valuable. Unfortunately we didn’t get feedback from Christian or Petri because we ran out of time. 😦 but lucky we grabbed them afterwards!
After a long lunch break, we worked on the project some more, the report, pitch deck and the BMC and then went to visit NOKIA in the same building upstairs.
The lecture was one of the most comfortable I’ve ever had since NOKIA has nice red chairs in there lecture room.
The products they produce in the research centre were particularly interesting… The wearable, flexible phones and the parenting/bird robots, Fascinating 😀
I must say, after the lecture we had about pitching yesterday, the slides of the NOKIA presentation were not good. I think our own presentations slides were much better haha.
Today, after a late start.., we began by focusing on the project development. We had to start from the beginning since Team A-MOOSE stole our whiteboard and erased all our work (we found it as amusing as their team name). Good to note for everyone – take photos of your whiteboards and don’t erase other people stuff without asking. Anyways we worked well, and the idea is really coming along, we’ve also completed the Business Canvas Model.
After the team work we had a quick talk from a company this is working upstairs called 720° that tracks air in businesses to monitor the health of it’s employees, super interesting!
In the afternoon we had a lecture by Aape Pohjavirta… Crazy guy! But interesting lecture. Not sure I agree with his female only presenter rule, but the general notion of thinking about the WHY and the 3 points to create an interesting story was valuable to know. His advice on how to make PowerPoint slides was especially good. Maybe this lecture could have been useful a bit earlier in the summer school!
After and eventful first week, the weekend finally arrived!
The Saturday we went to Suomenlinna, an island just outside of Helsinki. The weather was beautiful and so was the island. We had a great lunch of Salmon (again… The Finnish love Salmon, haha) and also visited the island and sun bathed by the sea. Happy times 😀
On Sunday 3 of the team members took another boat to Tallinn in Estonia to visit for the day… Tallinn is a beautiful old city, that seems like it really wants to welcome a lot of tourists. They are really pushing the mediaeval theme and every second shop is a souvenir store!
The other 2 team members had a a delightful day in Helsinki, relaxing and taking coffee 😀
We are looking forward to the next week after a refreshing weekend.
Today at the beginning we got some practical explanation about the air-conditioning problem!
Then we had a session about Privacy. We learned about where does privacy come from! “The right to be left alone”!
We learned about different types of personal data and also different privacy laws that should be respected in united states and European Union. EU: Data Protection / WP29, US Data Protection: COPPA, HIPPA, SOX, Safe Harbor.
After spending so much time on brain-storming we finally have a brilliant idea! 😀 Wait and see!
In the evening we had an interesting presentation by Kimmo Kalliola the Co-founder of Quuppa!
They started this wonderful start-up almost two years ago, about smart tracking!
They provide other companies with tags and trackers and they have interesting applications based on this. Also they help some cooperator start-ups for their needs.
We started the day yesterday with a lecture on service design given by @rsarvas… It was great, he made our team really think about the problem our idea will solve and also forced us make really quick decisions about it for an advertising campaign.
Some of my favourite quotes from the lecture include:
“Fall in love with the problem, not the solution.”
“If your idea doesn’t solve a problem it’s just a work of art.”
I really enjoyed this lecture, super interesting!
After the lecture we all took a bus to a company across the harbour from the Hotel. MULTITOUCH. It was an amazing place, they build huge touch screen interfaces with really innovative and interesting interaction techniques. I particularly enjoyed playing with all these interactions for the first time after being taught about them in my lectures in the previous year.
Here’s some photo s and videos from the visit:
Finally we finished the day all socialising with a game of mini golf 🙂 super fun!
Best day so far!
The winning team has been formed!
Team Uskomaton – It’s Finnish for Incredible! Get Educated!
From left to right: Pascal Stegmann, Sunil Kallur Ramegowda, Morteza Neishaboori, Yuri Barssi and Craig Kershaw
So after forming our team we swiftly got down to brainstorming ideas for our new business venture… it went well, it was very open and free for all ideas and we had a good time discussing future world possibilities.
After a short break we had 5 other businesses come and talk to us, explaining their own experiences and what problems, solutions and challenges they face. The companies were (HERE, U-HOPPER, FONECTA, P&G, URBAN MILL and SPACIFY). From all the information provided by the companies, we were challenged with creating a Business Model Canvas for one of the companies. We chose U-HOPPER and specifically their RetailerIN application.
Team Lead Pascal pondering over exactly how awesome our Business Model Canvas is looking.
After creating a Kick-Ass Business Model Canvas, we had another lecture about Starting our own Businesses, it was a good and informative lecture, but I felt most people listening had heard a lot about this before from previous lectures through the previous year.
All around a good day… and we are looking forward to the days ahead.
– TEAM USKOMATON