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InnoEvent Tampere was an intensive week during which TAMK students from different fields of study were divided into multi-disciplinary teams with the purpose of  creating innovative solutions to real cases given by a variety of companies and organizations.

One of the participating teams was team ONGO, who aimed to solve a case given by TAYS Central Hospital regarding the difficulties foreigners experience in finding their way around the hospital premises. With most of their instructions in Finnish and about 30% of their patients being illiterate, TAYS is looking for bright and innovative solutions designed to make things easier for its visitors. Team ONGO responded to the challenge by creating a navigation device to guide the patient, once he registered the details of his appointment after arriving at the hospital.

The device is programmed in such a manner to lead the patient to his destination with the help of lighted arrows and there are also three more buttons which indicate how to reach the cafeteria area, toilets and other additional services. So far, the feedback received was quite good and the judges saw it as a realistic option to be considered.

Liza Daviskiba, ONGO team member said she was very pleased with the atmosphere within her team and the amount of work everyone put into the project: “The atmosphere in our group has been really good and that’s one of the key points during an intensive week when you have to spend so much time together and do team work. Everyone has actively participated and there were no language barriers. I think we all enjoyed working with each other.”

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Team ONGO:

Liza Daviskiba
Joonas Kääriainen
Ellanoora Kärkkäinen
Petteri Pelkonen
Catherine Maloney
Suvi Löffler
Matthäus Hörmann

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Text & photo: Andruta Ilie

Summer School 2016 (22 of 170)Hegi Rezhda from Greece, Seung Yub Shin from South Korea and Julia Seitz from Germany at Viikinsaari island.

For several years, Tampere University of Applied Sciences has organized a summer course for Basics of Finnish. This course has been very popular among exchange and international students. This year, the course was held for the first time by lecturer Ella Hakala from TAMK’s language services.

Getting to know Finland during the first week

Summer School 2016 (10 of 170)Viikinsaari island trip included a nature path tour with Michel Faas

Basics of Finnish started with an easy atmosphere, as most of the students had just arrived to Finland in the first week of August. Short introductions and basic details about the course were presented before the hard dive into Finnish language started. The course aimed to familiarize students with Finnish culture and give them the basic knowledge of an European language level of A1 in Finnish.

Viikinsaari was the location for the first cultural activity of the course. It is an idyllic nature sight to see in Tampere. The ferry goes very often to the Viikinsaari island during the summer time and the lake Pyhäjärvi is nice to see during the half an hour trip. Once everyone arrived to Viikinsaari, the tour guide, Michel Faas started by explaining what the place was and how Finnish culture felt to a foreigner living in Finland for many years. Michel is originally from the Netherlands and has been working during TAMK’s summer courses very often.

Summer School 2016 (28 of 170)Anett Galántai, Sushma Birdarkote Keshavamurthy, Emma Thirkell, Helena Gregerová, international coordinator Camilla Kalevo, Kehdriah Pearse, Regina Schröter, Hegi Rezhda, Julia Seitz, Razieh Zare, Charikleia Sakellari, Sebastian Roßkopf, Seung Yub Shin and International Services Trainee, Aleksi Jolkkonen with Dino, the dog.

Viikinsaari was one of the many activities offered during the first week of the course. Second great adventure was the kickbiking tour around Kauppi with Michel Faas and a bowling evening on Friday.

Summer School 2016 (41 of 170)The kickbikes went quite fast on downhill! Helena Gregérova is having a go with it!

The kickbiking gave an even better view to the Finnish nature and culture, as there was a traditional cooking with fire and the much loved sauna. The tour ended at  Kaupinojan Sauna, where students had their first experience in a public lake and after, in a sauna. There are actually quite many of these around Finland and Tampere. Rauhaniemen Kansankylpylä is another other option near Kaupinojan Sauna.The tour around Viikinsaari provided the course students with a great idea on how Finns see their nature. Foraging, wondering and being active in the nature is very close to the Finnish way of life. There are great forests everywhere to be explored and visited by anyone traveling around Finland.

Summer School 2016 (47 of 170)There are many sticks in the Finnish forests to be found for cooking purposes

The first week ended quite quick as the program was intense and tight. Daily lectures taught Finnish language and the evening activities gave a glace into the Finnish culture and way of life. Most students had arranged travelling plans for the weekend, and Helsinki was one of the cities they visited. The capital of Finland holds many interesting sights to see. For example, Suomenlinna, which is one of the largest sea fortresses in the world and is also an UNESCO heritage sight.

Second week adventures

Summer School 2016 (123 of 170)It is said that the city of Tampere is the best city in Finland

With the weekend wondering over, it was time to get back to business at TAMK. The Basics of Finnish lecture started every day at 9:15. 15 minutes over is a traditional starting time for Tampere University of Applied Sciences’s lectures. It is often called “akateeminen vartti” or academic quarter in English.

Monday evening was full with adventure, as there was a city challenge with the Action Track application. It is a smartphone app that allows creation of location based tasks for groups or individuals. TAMK has been testing it for multiple purposes, like orientation and self-serviced campus tours. Floworks is in charge of the projects related to Action Track. The track itself had fun tasks related to Tampere, such as going to take a sky-high selfie in the Torni hotel and interviewing a Pokémon player in Finnish, at the Pikkukakkonen playground. The challenge ended with girls’s team winning by arriving earlier at the finish line. However, as it is customary in Finland, everyone received an ice cream in the end.

Summer School 2016 (72 of 170)Even if baking is considered to be very precise and a delicate art of cooking, there can be fun moments too!

Finnish culture isn’t usually known for its food, but there are still some traditional home-cooked dishes. Tuesday’s program was about cooking in Finnish style. Baked goodies, soups and a wide variety of stews are usually cooked at home. The ingredients used are sometimes gathered from the forest or grown in its own garden. Mushrooms and berries, for example are some of the traditional cooking ingredients that Finns forage during summer time.

Summer School 2016 (78 of 170)Dishwashing has never been so fun for Eun Jung Kang and Seung Yub Shin from South Korea.

Cooking is always fun in a group where everyone gets to do something and experience new things together. For the evening’s menu there was: salmon soup, mushroom pie, musta makkara, cinnamon buns, Karelian pasties and egg butter, smoked salmon on rye bread buttons, Finnish squeaky cheese and cloudberry jam. Everyone took a dish to prepare that they wanted to learn. The Karelia pastry team had a very tough job, because Karelia pastries are very traditional and must be made strictly according to the recipe. In spite of the challenge, the pastries came out great!

Summer School 2016 (84 of 170)Karelia pastries looked great and tasted even better!

Wednesday was gone and Thursday arrived with no lectures. There was an “all hands on deck” TAMK day at the campus, so all lectures were cancelled for this purpose. For students, this was a great thing as there was time to go to the Särkänniemi amusement park!

Summer School 2016 (134 of 170)TAMK Ambassador and Tutor, Sami Kaita with students, Julia Seitz, Kendriah Pearse, Emma Thirkell, Anett Galántai, Regina Schröter and Helena Gregérova.

The park is located on a small cape along the Näsijärvi lake. The whole amusement park and city of Tampere can be seen from the top of Näsinneula tower which stands 168 meters tall. It is one of the most recognizable buildings in Tampere and is often seen in every picture representing the city.

Summer School 2016 (151 of 170)The carousel was one of the scariest attractions, but still enjoyable!

The tower is just one of many attractions in Särkänniemi. There are many rides from which to get your dose of adrenaline and a terrifying time. The Tornado rollercoaster is everyone’s favourite classic ride, that has given many fast paced and spinning rides for many years. This year, there was also a new ride called X, which went round and round while spinning. The ride was actually so long, that you got over the initial adrenaline burst and started to get really scared for your life. There were many rides to be tried even if there were a couple of rain showers from time to time. Finnish weather can be quite unpredictable.

Summer School 2016 (159 of 170)After receiving the certificate from Ella Hakala, Seung Yub Shin got some Finnish sweet licorice from Kirsi Jokipakka

These two weeks were some of the most amazing opportunities to experience Finnish culture and traditions in such a short period of time. It was also a “strict” requirement ended in a Finnish way, with coffee and cake. Students from all around the world received their course certificates and warm congratulations from Kirsi Jokipakka, Head of International Services and from Ella Hakala, the new Lecturer for the Basics of Finnish course.

 

Text & photos: Aleksi Jolkkonen

Floworks Jam (2 of 3)

Eager students ready to invent great things

Three challenging summer projects were introduced for a group of students working with Floworks: Orientation Goes Online, Building Connection with International Degree Programme Applicants and Video Production Team for Mindtrek 2016.

Y-Kampus was the location for the 12-hour Kick-off Jam that started in the morning of Thursday, 2nd of June. Lecturer and Coach, Timo Nevalainen had the students begin the day with a fun teamwork game. Everyone formed a circle and one person pointed for three to do an imitation of something. Choices for these were an elephant, a mosquito and a toaster. A loud laughter boomed around Y-Kampus during the fun game. After the students relaxed themselves and their brains from the active game, it was easier to follow up the lecture about idea generation. The main point of the lecture was to use different tools to generate as many awful, bad, great and awesome ideas. Quantity over quality matters here.

Floworks Jam (1 of 3)

Morning activation game: mosquito imitation

The projects presented by Floworks’s Project Assistant and Coach, Kseniya Tarasova aimed to overcome some of the challenges with student orientation and development of the Mindtrek 2016 conference. The day continued with a Post-It note workshop where students circulated around tables in mixed groups. The purpose was to talk and discuss while writing new ideas on the Post-It notes regarding the project on the table. This kind of method resulted in tremendous amount of new ideas from the students. Eventually, the tables were filled with Post-It notes.

Floworks Jam (3 of 3)

Post-It notes are a great tool for any team working and brainstorming sessions

With the first idea generation round finished, it was time to introduce some of the project commissioners from TAMK. Head of Higher Education Services, Aura Loikkanen, International Coordinator, Piri Hiltunen and Tamko Tutoring Expert, Satu Hiltunen came to present the orientation project goals and requirements for success. The students had the possibility to ask questions related to the projects and the ideas they generated. Some ideas might not work for different reasons and this was a very good time to find out while the commissioners were there.

The day continued with more ideas, group discussions and concept developments. There shall be more updates about the projects during the summer.

 

Text and photos: Aleksi Jolkkonen

Aurelija and team building activities with students

Aurelija Ganusauskaité from VMU and team building activities with students

 

In fall 2015 we spent one week in Odense, Denmark. The coordinator of the Nordplus Nordic and Baltic Business Innovation Network and the intensive course “Customized product/service innovation & marketing through traditional, digital and social media”, Senior Lecturer in Marketing Pirkko Varis from Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Finland together with Assistant Professor Christian Hammerich and Associate Professor Søren Jensen from the University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Engineering, organized for us the programme. Altogether 31 students and 9 staff members from Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Denmark joined the intensive course. From TAMK, Finland students Antti Härkönen, Joel Karhapää, Venla Kekäläinen, Veera Leppäniemi, Annika Seppänen, Otto Pietikäinen, Kaarle Putti and Tuukka Tuovinen took part in the Nordic & Baltic week.

 

Team building activities

Team building activities

Prior to the intensive course we had been divided into teams. On weekend we had some teambuilding activities and we could get acquainted with each other and spend some time together.

Pirkko Varis, Christian Hammerich, Vidar Alvarstein, Anneliis Tomingas and Kristo Krumm following student presentations

Pirkko Varis, Christian Hammerich, Vidar Alvarstein, Anneliis Tomingas and Kristo Krumm following student presentations

Danish student team

Danish student team

 

On Monday morning we had presentations of all the countries and study programmes taking part in the course. We also followed a presentation on “Presentation – communication” given by Vidar Alvarstein from UiT The Arctic University of Norway, School of Business and Economics.

Finland team presentation

Finnish student team presentation

 

Norwegian student team

Norwegian student team presentation

On Monday we were given the assignment from VandCenter Syd, a water and wastewater management company. We also did some more teambuilding activities before starting to work in teams. In the afternoon we worked in teams discussing the challenges and business potentials.

Visit to VandCenterSyd1

Visit to VandCenterSyd1

Visit to VandCenterSyd2

Visit to VandCenterSyd2

On Tuesday we visited the waste water treatment facilities of VandCenter Syd. In the afternoon we worked in teams identifying business/innovation opportunities. On Wednesday we worked hard in our teams and finalized our ideas and solutions. We also delivered our reports by the deadline.

Visit to SDU0

Visit to SDU0

Visit to SDU1

Visit to SDU1

On Thursday our presentations took place. All teams did great work. On Thursday evening we had a closing ceremony and dinner. We congratulated the winners and thanked the organisers and all participants and spent the evening together. On Friday we left Odense with a lot of nice memories.

 

 

 

 

 


In the following some students share their experiences and thoughts of the intensive course and time in Denmark.

Students from Tallinn College of Tallinn University of Technology, Business, Estonia

Discovering Odense centre (Alice, Haldi, Martin)

Discovering Odense centre (Alice, Haldi, Martin)

Alice Mikk, Maret Niitla, Haldi Küla, Martin Ruuto:

“Nordic and Baltic Business Innovation intensive course 2015 in Denmark, Odense was a great opportunity for all four of us. We did not know exactly what we signed up for, but it sure did exceed our expectations!”

 

 

 

This year we tried to come up with different solutions for VandCenter Syd, a waste water management company, located in Odense. Working in international teams was a great experience because each one of us had different views, ideas and personalities. Everyone had a certain role in the team – who was the leader, erudite, deliberative critic, wordsmith etc. As a result, we presented our ideas in one report and presentation to fellow students and the company.

International meeting at Mamma's (Nikolas, Haldi, Kaarle, Cecilie, Tuukka, Otto, Antti)

International meeting at Mamma’s (Nikolas, Haldi, Kaarle, Cecilie, Tuukka, Otto, Antti)

 

The week was not all about working and thinking, but also making new connections and having fun. On our first day in Dalum Landbrugsskole we first met students from Finland, Norway and Lithuania and thereafter Danish students joined us. During the whole week we spent time together, whether eating out, chatting or discovering surroundings.

 

Quiz night at an Irish Pub (Tuukka, Haldi, Nikolas)

Quiz night at an Irish Pub (Tuukka, Haldi, Nikolas)

Usually the intensive course encompasses excursions within the city you are situated, too, but this time we were given rental bicycles to explore Odense on our own whenever we felt like it. This gave everyone the opportunity to enjoy nightlife (city centre was only four kilometres from the accommodation), go sightseeing and of course ride to the university (three kilometres from the accommodation) for group work.

“All in all, we loved the bicycling culture, kind and happy people around us and stunning architecture. We experienced Denmark’s expensive prices, not to mention the water treatment plant with its fascinating smell. Having all those previous components in one week made it especially memorable. We are grateful for the opportunity and send our thanks to the organizers.”

Students from Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Economics and Management, Lithuania

Presentation by Lithuanian students

Presentation by Lithuanian students

 Ignas Šimukauskas:         

“I would like to express only positive words about the intensive business course for Nordic and Baltic students. I can strongly say I got “bigger” after that week. I improved my English skills and met many brilliant people. Moreover, I got familiarized with environmental (water treatment) problems in Denmark, Odense and also I had a chance to bring an idea of solution to someone who will be able to use it for better future. I am happy that there are these kinds of events for students and I became a part of it. Thank you!”

Karolina Samsonova:

“I am very happy that I had a chance to participate in a project like this. I had a best week full of the best experience, serious work, a chance to fall in love with Denmark and quality time while meeting new people and new friends.”

Lukas Bendoraitis:

“I would say that those six days in Denmark were meaningful for everyone who has participated there. It gave us not only practical team working skills, but also it gave us awareness of other cultures and especially the taste of Danish culture. I would recommend the intensive course for everyone.”

Scenerey on the islands near Odense

Scenerey on the islands near Odense

 

Odense

Odense

Text: Estonian and Lithuanian students

Photos: Monika Didžgalvytė, Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Economics and Management, Lithuania

Anneliis Tomingas, Tallinn College of Tallinn University of Technology, Business, Estonia

Alice Mikk, Tallinn College of Tallinn University of Technology, Business, Estonia

Pirkko Varis, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland

 

The following institutions are members of the Nordplus Nordic and Baltic Business Innovation Network:

Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Business, Finland

The University of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Engineering, Odense, Denmark

Tallinn College of Tallinn University of Technology, Business, Estonia

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, School of Business and Economics, Tromsø, Norway

Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Economics and Management, Kaunas, Lithuania