Get to know the Aalto Sustainable Business Club!

We recently organized our first event at Urban Mill this year – Get to know SBC – to expand the idea of Sustainable Businesses to more students. If you missed the event, here’s a short summary about what we do:

The Sustainable Business Club (SBC) is a vibrant community of students enthusiastic about sustainability. We were relaunched in the beginning of 2019 and currently have about 300 members. We organize various events, such as company excursions, panel discussions and movie nights. Our aim is to connect students with like-minded people as well as interesting organizations. We encourage multidisciplinarity, welcoming students from all fields with a passion for sustainability. Our aim is to make SBC more accessible, lead by example, and make sustainability more fun.

The Get to know SBC event was a success, with people attending from various backgrounds. We spoke about the club, ideated about weird sustainable startups, brainstormed on new designs for the club, learnt about energy, and had a fun time getting to know each other with good vegan food.

As our location partner, Urban Mill – with its focus on innovation – is a perfect collaborator. With the speed at which the world is progressing, in both good and bad ways, we need to be able to innovate and realign our paths quicker than ever before. SBC is built from a need to innovate, and Urban Mill is building an ecosystem of innovators. We’re looking forward to strengthening our collaboration and creating greater value for everyone involved.

Get to know us better here: https://aaltosbc.wordpress.com/

And on social media: https://www.facebook.com/AaltoSBC, https://www.instagram.com/aaltosbc/

Text and photo: Aayush Kucheria & Co., SBC

Join EDU Talks about Radical Creativity at DDW in Zoom today 22.10. at 12:30 (Finnish time)

European Design Upgrade (EDU) Day at Dutch Design Week DDW 2020

LIVE STREAM NOW: EDU Talks about Radical Creativity!
Today 22.10.2020 in Zoom at 12:30 (EETS)
Participation link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81787906377

PROGRAMME

12: 30-14: 00 EDU TALKS. Radical Creativity. How can we break the borders?

Some potential debate points
• What is Radical design?  Everything needs to become Radical?
• What is Boundary crossing Creativity?
• Building bridges between countries and people – how to implement it in design communities?
• How to co-create over boundaries (social, economical, technological, cultural, environmental, political or legal)?
• How does serendipity take place in virtual collaborations?
• Creative Collaboration within multidisciplinary and multicultural teams?
• Creative Solutions for Global challenges – synchronous and asynchronous cocreation?
• Creativity within the universe – leaving the earth?

 

Welcome: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81787906377

Background:

As part of the European Design Upgrade (EDU) initiative, Urban Mill in collaboration with KFund and Creative Brussels organized an Online hackathon on 28-30th of August, 2020. EDU programme included three stages starting with online courses from mid-June onwards, leading to a hackathon at the end of August, after which, the best teams received an opportunity to get visibility during Dutch Design Week in October, 2020.

#EDU #edupgrade #creativeeurope #urbanmill #kfund #creativebrussels #espoo #kiev #urbanmill #espooinnovationgarden

FallUp 2020 goes Online – Registration is now open!

From AaltoES FallUp team:

Are you ready to change your mindset? Take part in Fallup, Europe’s largest student-run entrepreneurship event. We want you to get inspired to become an entrepreneur and show entrepreneurship as a viable career option.

This year FallUp will happen online due to COVID-19 situation. The event is separated into three parts:

1) Online Workshops on Tuesday 13th October,
2) FallUp Live Talks livestream on Thursday 15th October,
3) Founder Stories, which are videos where founders of companies tell how they become entrepreneurs.

More information and registration for both Online Workshops and FallUp Live Talks is on at www.fallup.fi.

Make sure to follow FallUp on Instagram (@fallup20) and Facebook for further information about speaker lineup and more!

Creative Otaniemi Talks – Watch the Urban Mill Espoo Day 28.8.2020 recordings

The recordings can be watched on YouTube:

1. Creative Otaniemi Talks on Espoo Day 2020 PART ONE – sustainability, creativity and co-creation

  • Opening, Kari Mikkelä, Executive Producer, Urban Mill Innovation Platform
  • Co-creative Communities and Ecosystems in Sustainable Espoo, Markku Markkula, Chair of the Board at City of Espoo
  • Aalto University Campus – Creative and Sustainable Landscapes, Aapo Pihkala, Project Manager, Campus Development, Aalto University
  • The Art of Co-creation, Matti Hämäläinen, Aalto alumni, Forum Virium Helsinki

2. Creative Otaniemi Talks on Espoo Day 2020 PART TWO: Opening session of EDU virtual Hackathon

  • Opening and Welcome
  • European Design Upgrade Intro
  • Country Perspectives
  • Design hack + objectives intro
  • Practicalities

Invitation to the High-level Webinar of the Baltic Sea Region – Towards Sustainable Economic Transition on 28 Sept. 2020 at 10 am EEST

“Smart Specialisation for Economic
Transformation and SDGs Implementation –
for sustainable future in Baltic Sea Region”

Date: 28 September, 2020
Time: 9.55-14.00 EEST
Venue: Virtual Meeting (Webinar), hosted from
Aalto University

Please register no later than 25 September: https://webropol.com/s/bsrconference

We have a pleasure to invite you to High-level Webinar of Baltic Sea Region – Towards Sustainable Economic Transformation over Zoom on the 28th of September 2020 with Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission and Markku Markkula, Vice President, European Committee of the Regions.

The event focuses on the future opportunities of the Baltic Sea Region in order to speed-up sustainable economic transformation and implementing SDGs, while contributing to the post-crisis’s recovery and resilience.

We attempt to look behind the scenes at how regions embed Smart Specialisation Strategies in their regional, economic, and spatial development policies. By working with nine regions in each of the Baltic Sea Region countries we have intended to get an insight into how Smart Specialisation Strategy affects the future prospects of the regions. During the event a new book ‘Sustainable Baltic Sea Region – towards Economic Transformation by Smart Specialisation Strategies’ will be launched.

The Webinar agenda addresses these main topics (timing EEST):

  • 10.00 Opening remarks
    • Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission
    • Paula Lehtomäki, Secretary General, Nordic Council of Ministers
    • Markku Markkula, Former President, European Committee of Regions (CoR)
    • Hosted by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University
  • 10. 30 Policy discussion on ‘Sustainable Economic Transformation’ in the Baltic Sea Region
    • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
    • Reinar Kneifel-Haverkamp, Director General for European and International Affairs, Ministry of Finance
      and European Affairs of the State of Brandenburg, Germany
    • Sille Kraam, Director, Economic Development in the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia
    • Gunars Ansins, Deputy Chair, Development and Cooperation of Liepāja City Council, CoR Member, Latvia
    • Steen Bording Andersen, Aarhus City Council Member, CoR Member, Denmark
    • Sari Rautio, Vice Chair of the Board, Association of Finnish Municipalities, CoR Member, Finland
    • Moderated by Markku Markkula, Former CoR President, President of the Board, Helsinki Region
  • 11.20 Launch of the Book ‘Sustainable BSR Towards Economic Transformation by Smart Specialisation Strategies’
  • 11.50 Panel on ‘Leadership & Innovation – Future invented with Youth’ in Baltic Sea Region
    • Inge Relph, Executive Director, Global Choices
    • Wiktor Sawaryn, Dansk Youth Council & Jonna Rönn, Finnish Youth Agenda 2030
    • Satu Haapanen, Chair of Education and Culture Board, City of Oulu, CoR Member
    • Tomasz Szymczak, CEO, Inkubator STARTER
    • Marianne Ping-Huan, Professor, Aarhus University
    • Moderated by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University, Finland
  • 12.40 Introduction to “BSR Strategic Instruments for Sustainable and Entrepreneurial Capacity Building”
  • 12.50 Experienced Insights – How to Move Forward to Actions
    • Ramojus Reimeris, ex-Managing Director, Strata, Lithuania
    • Tuija Hirvikoski, Former President, ENoLL
    • Patrizia Busolini, Policy officer, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, EC
    • Martin Brynskov, Professor and Chair of OASC
    • Moderated by Taina Tukiainen, Professor, Aalto University, Finland
  • 13.20 Closing Remarks on the Future of Smart Specialisation and the Baltic Sea Region
    • Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of Unit, Territorial Development, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
    • Ossi Savolainen, Regional Mayor, Helsinki-Uusimaa Region
  • 13.35 Virtual Cocktails

Background and more information (pdf)

For further information and agenda, please check out the Smart-up Website https://smartup-bsr.eu/final-conference/

Registration for the webinar is open and is possible through the above-mentioned website or directly here: https://webropol.com/s/bsrconference.  Deadline for the registration is 25.9.2020. Please, register as soon as possible.

Feel free to forward this invitation to the interested experts in your own region.

We warmly welcome you to the webinar!

Taina Tukiainen
On the behalf of the organizing Committee
Professor, Aalto University

 

Try Mindfulness meditation in Urban Mill at PDP Gala 4.9.2020

Announcement for PDP Gala 2020 visitors from Urban Mill ecosystem actor network: Experience how mindfulness practices make difference in the state of your mind and learn how mindfulness can support your team.

MINDFULNESS SUPPORTING YOUR TEAM | FRIDAY 4.9.2020 at 11:00-13:00
4 different practices á 30 min: 11:00, 11:30, 12.00, 12:30

Urban Mill, Betonimiehenkuja 3E, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland

An innovative mind and good communication work best when there is just a moderate amount of stress, when one feels him/herself safe. This is something that you can improve with mindfulness-meditations. You may practice these meditations privately or as a team.

Well experienced, professional mindfulness teacher Erja Lahdenperä, Helsinki Mindfulness will guide these meditations.

Fri 4.9.2020 – 4 different exercises

At 11.00 Body and breathing.
Calming down the nerve system, helping brains to become more open and observative. You might notice that you are finding solutions more easily.

At 11.30 Meditation of the sounds.
Opens the mind to observe the ”bigger picture”, perhaps also a different point of view.

At 12.00 Body and breathing with the difficult sensations in our body
One learns how to be with the problematic moments. Staying there calmly gives you an opportunity to notice the way out instead of pretending that the difficulty doesn’t exist.

At 12.30 Body scanning
Helps to calm down and to become close to yourself. Helps to improve emotional intelligence and gives a way to recognize the hints of intuition.

Be at the place in time because we will close the door when we start.

You may come only for one meditation or you may like to try them all.

Give yourself, your body, brains and heart this experience. You will notice the difference.

See you at PDP Gala!

Erja

Welcome to Product Design Gala @ Aalto Design Factory and Urban Mill 4.9.2020

PRODUCT DESIGN GALA | FRIDAY 4.9.2020 at 9:00-17:00
Aalto Design Factory & Urban Mill
Betonimiehenkuja 5C & 3E, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland

www.facebook.com/events/660646771189955

For 23 years PDP has brought students of business, design, technology, and science, together to tackle industry challenges and develop state of the art solutions to real problems. At the Product Design Gala 2020, you’ll get to witness and experience these awesome projects.

Come and fall in love with the results of our interdisciplinary Product Development Project teams in the Product Design Gala on 4th of September, at Aalto Design Factory & Urban Mill!

The 12 teams from Aalto University and our partner universities have been working hard for the whole year 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 processes, as well as to get familiar with the people themselves together with their amazing prototypes.

This year the teams were sponsored by companies such as: ABB, Airbus, Aurora Propulsion Technologies, CAEN Spa (in collaboration with the University of Manchester), Futudent, GRK (former Winco), Heimdall, HitSeed, Imagine, Logisnext (former Rocla), Trenox, and SkyEcho. In addition, the Aalto teams have been collaborating with students from universities in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania such as: Javeriana CaliInovaLab POLINYC Design FactoryThomas Jefferson UniversityPorto Design FactoryWarsaw Design Factory – INFOX PWHAMK University of Applied SciencesRTU Design FactoryHochschule MünchenISDI Mumbai, and Design Factory Melbourne

For more details concerning the Gala and this year’s projects, please visit: http://pdp.fi/

In addition, in Urban Mill you can

  • explore prototypes and concepts co-created 28.-30.8.2020 by Finnish and Ukrainian teams in the European Design Upgrade (EDU) Hackathon 2020 for Creatives and Startups.
  • experience how mindfulness practices make difference in the state of your mind and learn how mindfulness can support your team. Well experienced, professional mindfulness teacher Erja Lahdenperä, Helsinki Mindfulness will guide 4 different kind of practices á 30 min between 11 am and 13 pm.  –  An innovative mind and good communication work best when there is just a moderate amount of stress, when one feels him/herself safe. This is something that you can improve with mindfulness-meditations.

PS – Visit this event physically only if you are healthy, and remember to take care of good hand hygiene.

Aalto University
#pdpgala2020 #pdpaalto #aaltodf #aaltouniversity #urbanmill

Join now the Live Pitch Streaming on YouTube from European Design Upgrade Hackathon 2020:

Link to the Live Streaming:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcX24J_0VBM

Several Finnish startup and design teams from Otaniemi in Espoo Innovation Garden will start their pitches within few minutes.

Challenges provided by startups and design teams from Finland, Ukraine and Netherlands. During the hackathon creatives, designers and startups has worked together with real-life use cases.

#EDU #edupgrade #creativeeurope #urbanmill #kfund #creativebrussels #espoo #kiev #urbanmill #espooinnovationgarden

Hacking at Otaniemi Innovation Alley on Espoo Day 29.8.2020

Experience moments in virtual EDU Hackathon Studio at Urban Mill

Espoo-päivän tapahtuma
Lauantai 29.8.2020 klo 13-15
Urban Mill, Betonimiehenkuja 3 E, 02150 Espoo

Koe kansainvälisen European Design Upgrade (EDU) -hankkeen virtuaalisen Hackathon for Creatives and Startups -tapahtuman inspiroiva ilmapiiri Urban Milliin Hackathonstudiossa. Pääset mm. seuraamaan isoilta näytöiltä miten designerit, suunnittelijat, taiteilijat ja yrittäjät laativat uusia konsepteja ja ideoita rajat ylittävissä kansainvälisissä tiimeissä. Tutustu samalla Urban Millin luovuutta ja innovaatioita ruokkiviin tiloihin ja palveluihin!

Hackathon-studio sijaitsee Urban Millin Cave-tilassa

The event is produced by Urban Mill Innovation Platform in collaboration with European Design Upgrade (EDU) programme co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

#espoopaiva #EDU #edupgrade #creativeeurope #urbanmill #kfund #creativebrussels #espoo #kiev #brussels #sdg #EU

Lue loppuun

Creative Otaniemi Talks – Join Espoo Day Online Event 28.8.2020

Creative Otaniemi Talks
Friday 28.8.2020 12:00 – 14:00 EEST
Virtual Espoo day event in Zoom
Join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81382473540
Zoom Waiting room opens at 11:45
If Meeting ID is asked, type: 813 8247 3540
Inspirational talks about creativity & sustainability in Otaniemi, in the very heart of Espoo Innovation Garden. Join and find out what already happens and what will happen in the future!

Virtual presentations in Zoom by the City Espoo, Aalto University and creative designers followed by the opening session of the Hackathon for creatives and startups from Espoo, Kiev and Brussel.

Programme

12:00 – 13:00 TALKS ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY, CREATIVITY AND CO-CREATION

  • Opening, Kari Mikkelä, Executive Producer, Urban Mill Innovation Platform
  • Co-creative Communities and Ecosystems in Sustainable Espoo, Markku Markkula, Chair of the Board at City of Espoo
  • Aalto University Campus – Creative and Sustainable Landscapes, Aapo Pihkala, Project Manager, Campus Development, Aalto University
  • The Art of Co-creation, Matti Hämäläinen, Aalto alumni

13:00 – 14:00  OPENING SESSION OF EUROPEAN DESIGN UPGRADE (EDU) VIRTUAL HACKATHON

The event continues in EDU Zoom
-> go to: https://zoom.us/j/94261455031?pwd=U0lobVN1Ym1MZnBwNmR6REFiMWU0UT09
Meeting ID: 942 6145 5031
Passcode: 053339

  • Opening and Welcome
  • European Design Upgrade Intro
  • Country Perspectives
  • Design hack + objectives intro
  • Practicalities

         

Additional information

Link to the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81382473540

The event is produced by Urban Mill Innovation Platform in collaboration with the City of Espoo, Aalto University and European Design Upgrade (EDU) programme co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Photo: Unto Rautio

#espoopaiva #EDU #edupgrade #creativeeurope #urbanmill #kfund #creativebrussels #espoo #kiev #brussels #sdg #EU #aaltouniversity