Saturday 13, a Teekkari Graduation Party in Mexican Way

It is a strange feeling to know that finally the effort of years is paying-off and your studies are officially over; to me, this means no more exams, studying, or homework… ever. As good as feeling as this is, the feeling of melancholy is inevitable. I studied the larger part of my degree at Design Factory and Startup Sauna, therefore celebrating my graduation at the neighbor’s was suitable; While I never spent nearly as much time at Urban Mill as I did the others, they are all somehow an alternative family within Otaniemi.

The party started a few days earlier when we started planning the event; we were expecting close to 70 people, 30 of which would join a family/adult dinner of which around 15 would join 40 friends at a later dance party. In the end, this was quite accurate, and we peaked at around an estimated 65 guests. The dinner party included Mexican food mixed with side-dishes, salads, appetizers, and some bubbly-wine which was prepared beforehand and served to the guests after a small toast from a few brave ones. The dance party focused more on music, lights, and a good atmosphere.

Among the guests were close family members, distant relatives, Mexican relatives, friends from my degree, from other degrees, from other schools, and from random origins. This mixture worked amazingly as we saw people from different origins mingling with each other. The food was widely appreciated and the dancefloor had people dancing Latin music, oldies, and house. It is necessary to mention that this party would not have been as big a success as it was without the help of Aalto Takeout who gladly lent us a set of party lights and a massive set of stereo speakers and subwoofer which gave us that punch we needed.

We had the possibility to reorganize the space as we wanted but we chose to keep most things as they were. The way the Urban Mill is distributed allows us to have many different little spaces for people to sit at which somehow give the feeling of a lounge bar with a somewhat industrial touch to it. The dance floor was set on the stage, lights shining from the floors above, and a large cloakroom set at the entrance, perfectly replicating a dance club.

Text by Rodrigo Prieto Padilla, who was celebrating his graduation. Photos by Reino Laukkanen.

The use of the facilities at student-friendly price was offered by Urban Mill and TEK’s Uusimaa Regional Office, which jointly develop and pilot new types of community space services in the Otaniemi area.

Read below Rodrigo’s 6 points for foreign students and graduates to get a job in Finland: Lue loppuun

Tervetuloa kehittämään tulevaisuuden koulutusta – paikkoja vielä rajatusti vapaana ensi viikon työpajoihin Otaniemessä!

Aalto Design Factory ja Tekniikan Akateemiset ovat mukana Universities of the Future (UoF) nimisessä EU-projektissa, joka keskittyy erityisesti neljännen teollisen vallankumouksen tuomiin haasteisiin (digitalisaatio, robotisaatio, työn murros, AI, yms) ja miten tulevaisuuden asiantuntijoita tulisi valmentaa töihin, joita emme vielä osaa edes kuvitella. Hankkeessa tutkitaan ja kehitetään yhdessä toimintaa, ja ohjeistuksia yliopistoille, yrityksille ja julkiselle sektorille, jotta he voisivat valmistautua 4. Teolliseen vallankumoukseen mukana tuomaan muutokseen paremmin.

UoF järjestää huhtikuun alussa neljä työpajaa Otaniemessä. Jokaisessa työpajassa suunnitellaan koulutuskokonaisuus ryhmissä, keskittyen päivän teemaan. Teemat valittiin projektin viime vuonna tehtyjen raporttien pohjalta. Raportit löytyvät täältä. Koulutuskokonaisuuksia lähdetään puhtaalta pöydältä. Mitä jos ei olisi olemassa olevia koulutusjärjestelmiä rajoittamassa mahdollisuuksiamme? Paikalle kutsutaan 10 henkeä per tapahtuma, noin neljä edustamaan yrityksiä ja neljä edustamaan korkeakoulutusta ja kaksi julkista sektoria.

Työpajat tukevat projektin lopputuotteina syntyviä ohjeistuksia yrityksille, korkeakouluille ja julkiselle sektorille. Työpajojen ideat voivat myös vaikuttaa siihen, millaisia luentoja ja kursseja tulemme toteuttamaan tämän ja ensivuoden aikana.

Ajat ja teemat:
• 1.4, 16-18, Lifelong learning
• 2.4, 16-18, Diversity in tech
• 3.4, 15-17, Cross-sectoral collaboration
• 5.4 14-16,  Balancing STEM and soft skills

Kiinnostuneet ovat lämpimästi tervetulleita osallistumaan työpajoihin. Voitte vapaasti valita päivän joko oman kalenterin tai aiheen mukaan ja ilmoittautua Irena Bakic:lle osoitteeseen

Welcome to Product Design Gala 2019 @ Aalto Design Factory & Urban Mill on May 17th!

It is perfect time to mark PdP Gala 2019 to your calendar!

PRODUCT DESIGN GALA | FRIDAY 17.5.19 9:00-17:00
Aalto Design Factory & Urban Mill
Betonimiehenkuja 5C & 3, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland

For 22 years PdP has brought students of engineering, design, and business together to tackle industry problems and develop state of the art solutions to real’life challenges. At the Final Product Design Gala you’ll get to witness and experience these awesome products.

So come and fall in love with the results of our interdisciplinary Product Development Project teams in the Product Design Gala on 17.5.19 at Aalto Design Factory & Urban Mill!

The 12 student teams from Aalto University and our partner universities have been working hard for the last 9 months, to complete their design challenges given by industrial companies and other collaborating parties. In the public exhibition, you will have a chance to hear about the teams’ accomplishments and process, as well as to get familiar with the people themselves together with their amazing prototypes.

This year the teams are sponsored by the following companies: AALTO INDUSTRIES, FMC, HAAPANIEMEN TIETOTEKNIIKKA, KAVO KERR, KONE, OMNIA AI, NOSE ACADEMY, PEXRAY, RAPALA, SAAB, TRENOX, WÄRTSILÄ. In addition, the Aalto teams have been collaborating with students from the following universities: Yonsei University in South Korea, Pace University in New York, Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Porto Polytechnic in Portugal, Riga Technical University in Latvia, University of Tartu in Estonia, University of São Paulo in Brazil, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Warsaw University of Technology in Poland and ISDI Parsons in Mumbai.


All you need is Love, Design, Business, and Engineering!

Tervetuloa Eurooppaan! EIT Digital Summer School Invites You! Infotilaisuus 2.4.2019 klo 16:30-17:30

Aika: Tiistai 2.4.2019 klo 16:30-17:30
Paikka: Urban Mill, Betonimiehenkuja 3E, Otaniemi, 02150 Espoo

Kahvia ja pientä purtavaa tarjolla.

Lisätietoa alla sekä


Tapahtuman järjestävät EIT Digital Summer School, Urban Mill ja Creative Life in a City -hanke (CLiC!) kumppaneineen yhteistyössä Aalto-yliopiston alumnisuhteiden kanssa.


FITech ICT and EIT Digital Summer School are welcoming industry professionals with residence in Finland to get hands-on experience in digital business development. The FITech ICT early bird offer is 250€ including accommodation for 2 weeks at one of the European cities!

The two-week summer program combines state-of-the-art excellence in key digital technology with expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E). The summer schools are scattered across Europe in Lisbon, Eindhoven, Stockholm, Budapest, Rennes, Tallinn, Trento, Ljubljana, Munich, Bologna and Helsinki. They are perfect for those who want to deep-dive in emerging technologies and learn how to benefit from it in business situations.

EIT Digital Summer Schools are part of EIT Digital, a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organization driving Europe’s digital transformation. EIT Digital is the Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.

FITech ICT Tech is a talent’s fast track to the future. The FITech network universities provide selected studies at all Finnish universities of technology.

For more information and to apply:

Lue loppuun

Pack-Age Gala @ Aalto Design Factory on Friday 14.12.

Invitation from Aalto University:  Welcome to see Aalto’s talented students from Pack-Age minor presenting their package concepts and prototypes for the public on Friday 14.12.2018 at 13.00-18.00 at Aalto Design Factory Stage, Betonimiehenkuja 5C, Espoo.

Keynote presentations about innovative use of materials:
– Creative Anna Glansén (SE) Tomorrow Machine
– Professor Pirjo Kääriäinen, Aalto CHEMARTS
– Doctoral Candidate of Arts, Taneli Luotoniemi, Aalto Math&Arts

Event is open and free for everybody.

Event page in Facebook:

Preliminary schedule
13.00 Dean opening words
13.15 Markus what is P-A
13.30 Fiskars
14.00 Aalto EE
14.30 Foodhub
15.00 Luke

quick coffee and salty snacking

15.30 Anna Glansen
16.00 Pirjo Kääriäinen
16.30 Taneli Luotoniemi
17.00 stands, mingling & interviews
18.00 official party over

Call open to Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors: Mathematics meets Art and Architecture up to 15th Dec !

Dear all,

please note the forthcoming  Crystal Flowers course (MS-E1000, 10cr) at Aalto Math&Arts ( ) starting in Jan 2019 !

During the course student groups will build a prominent, mathematically themed art exhibition targeted to a wide audience in collaboration with EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art.

Through the art projects students deepen their understanding of various geometric and topological phenomena, and find new interpretations of them.

The contents of the course set up an ideal foundation for digital technologies such as CAD, 3D printing, game design and VR.

Please also note that motivation letters are expected by Dec 15th through MyCourses !

More info :



Kristallikukkia peilisaleissa –kurssi – MS-E1000 Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors: Mathematics meets Art and Architecture – on avoin kaikille kandiopiskelijoista tohtorikoulutettaviin, matematiikan ja tekniikan aloista taiteisiin ja kemiasta liiketoimintaan. Kurssille otetaan korkeintaan 50 opiskelijaa motivaatiokirjeiden perusteella, ja haku on auki 15.12. saakka. Kurssi on 10 opintopisteen suuruinen, ja se järjestetään joka toinen vuosi.

Kurssi on ainutlaatuinen mahdollisuus käsillä tekemiseen ja näyttelyn rakentamiseen moniosaavissa ryhmissä – tieteitä unohtamatta.

Maanmittarikillalle uusi hallitus vaalikokouksessa Urban Millillä

Aalto-yliopiston Maanmittarikilta järjesti vuosittaisen vaalikokouksensa Urban Millin tiloissa 12.11.2018. Urban Mill on jo muutaman vuoden ajan toiminut killan perinteisenä vaalikokouspaikkana, joten jälleen kerran kiitos henkilökunnalle, että saimme tulla paikalle!

Paikalla oli runsaasti maanmittareita, parhaimmillaan 60 henkilöä! Innokkaita hakijoita oli paljon ja neljän tunnin kokouksen jälkeen Maanmittarikillalle oli saatu valittua hallitus ja toimihenkilöt vuodelle 2019.

Ensi vuonna killan puheenjohtajana toimii Veera Lehto ja hänen apunaan on 11 muuta hallituksen jäsentä: Laura Tuomainen, Henri Miettinen, Nelli Nokkonen, Pinja Pirinen, Eetu Kaskela, Ville Alasalmi, Eeti Ahola, Eero Leinonen, Tuomas Hukkanen, Lotta Kuisma sekä Katariina Kasvinen. Onnittelut vielä kaikille valituille!

Teksti ja kuva: Maanmittarikilta / Meri Ahokas

Tilat tapahtumaan tarjosivat Urban Mill ja TEKin Uudenmaan aluetoimisto, jotka yhdessä pilotoivat uudenlaisia yhteisötilapalveluja Otaniemen alueella.