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THE UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES OF THE FUTURE
The University of Applied Sciences of the Future is a joint hackathon event arranged by the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Arene and the University of Applied Sciences Students in Finland – SAMOK. The University of Applied Sciences of the Future will celebrate the 25-year history of permanent universities of applied sciences, ponder their future, and inspire participants to think and create.
In the fall of 2020, universities of applied sciences adopted a program for sustainable development and responsibility. The program makes the pledge that, in addition to their specialist knowledge, all UAS graduates will have at least basic knowledge of sustainable development and responsibility, including climate issues. Sustainable development and responsibility cut across all degree-level education in universities of applied sciences.
What skills should a UAS teach its students, so that they can combat climate change effectively in the future? And how can social sustainability be strengthened and the exclusion of young people or the elderly prevented? In what ways can an engineer, nurse, bachelor of business administration or bachelor of hospitality management help to ensure sustainable development and combat climate change?
What kinds of questions could we use to approach the hackathon's theme of sustainable development?
Should universities of applied sciences have a course or a set of courses about sustainable development?
Should completely new material be developed?
How can we increase accessibility in higher education institutions?
Should students be granted a token for each completed credit that they can invest in their preferred charity?
How can we prevent social exclusion?
Should each university of applied sciences have a designated chat board for discussing responsibility?
What kind of event could a university of applied sciences organise to highlight recycling and ecology?
Should learning materials be gamified? How might information security be improved within society? How might universities of applied sciences benefit from virtual reality in the future? How could cyberbullying be reduced?
<br /> What kinds of questions could we use to approach the hackathon's theme of digitalization?
How can we provide digital services to all citizens?
How can we improve the accessibility of digital services?
A new application that supports and rewards students?
Should we gamify courses?
How can we successfully bring student life and parties online?
What kind of brainstorming application could there be to find tips and topics for a thesis, for example?
What would a YouTube series supporting nursing and hospitality management studies look like?
How can we use digitalisation in nursing?
How can a university of applied sciences continue to serve its alumni? How does learning become part of work?
What kinds of questions could we use to approach the hackathon's theme of lifelong learning?
How should we group different student groups?
An application that displays all the courses and accomplishments you have completed and achieved during your life?
What kinds of courses should we offer to older people?
What would a podcast on continuous learning be like?
What would constitute continuous learning in an engineer’s career?
How can we make continuous learning communal?
What will the telework of the future be like, and how should a university of applied sciences prepare students for this? How can changing work environments be taken into account in universities of applied sciences?
What kinds of questions could we use to approach the hackathon's theme of changing work?
How could we organise on-the-job learning remotely in the future?
What are the new opportunities for remote work?
What kind of virtual remote work environment could there be to easily exchange ideas and tips, regardless of your organization?
What would a new kind of webinar be like where everything happens in virtual reality?
What kinds of digital skills do nurses need in the future?
The application round has ended. Thank you to all the applicants!
Selected teams and their solutions:
Johanna Salminen, Sini Rasi, Paula Hänninen & Emilia Kankaanpää (Laurea-ammattikorkeakoulu, Haaga-Helia ammattikorkeakoulu)
Topi Hänninen & Kerttu-Liisa Helppi (Savonia-ammattikorkeakoulu)
Isidora Sofronijevic, Uchechukwu Nwosu, Thomas Rogdakis, Maksim Minenko & Anneli Matila-van Houtum (Laurea-ammattikorkeakoulu)
Sara Mattila, Tua Ek-Taiminen & Karoliina Hämäläinen (Haaga-Helia ammattikorkeakoulu)
Antti Kuusisto & Jaakko Viljanen (Seinäjoen ammattikorkeakoulu)
Roberts Belins, Lotte Leibner & Janni Hakkarainen (Haaga-Helia ammattikorkeakoulu)
Yana Dobretsova, Ritika Giridhar & Alona Tsikora (Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu)
Hannele Lohiniva, Milja Heinonen & Taru Rintamäki (Laurea-ammattikorkeakoulu, Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu)
iViktoriia Shustova, Daria Kalugina & Iuliana Fadeeva (LAB-ammattikorkeakoulu)
Janita Hietala, Moona Taavitsainen, Niklas Sillander, Tekla Hahl & Antony Smal (Jyväskylän ammattikorkeakoulu)
Topi Aila, Roman Tsypin & Eric Telkkälä (Hämeen ammattikorkeakoulu)
Xuan-An Cao. Thi Dinh, Khanh Hua, Viet Nguyen & Hong Huynh (Vaasan ammattikorkeakoulu)
The problem or challenge is identified, exists, and has been explained and justified in the application. The problem or challenge falls under one of the competition themes. The problem or challenge is relevant to the future (and not solely now).
How well does the idea provide a solution to the problem presented?What opportunities and benefits does the solution bring to the presented challenge? How well does the solution answer to a future challenge facing a university of applied sciences (related to one of the themes)?
Novelty value and innovation
What is the innovative angle of the solution? How does this differ from previous solutions to this challenge? What is new about this solution?
How many people might actually benefit from a solution of this kind? How well can the solution be realized at practical level? Does the solution have many limitations?
Two other teams will also be presented with prizes in the final. The value of the additional prizes is €100 per person.
Executive director, Eurooppalainen Suomi
Co-founder, Pros of Tomorrow
Director, S Group's HR Services and Development, SOK
Visionaire, Una Europa
Rector and President, Turku University of Applied Sciences
Advisor, Finland Chamber of Commerce
Founder, FinEst Bay Area, Founder, Slush
January 7, 2021
Team application round begins
February 17, 2021
The teams selected for the competition will meet, engage in sparring and receive help with developing their ideas. Teams can participate in the event on the basis of an idea under development.
During the day, the teams work from 9 am to 4 pm. After the kick-off day, teams are expected to work independently before the development and networking days for about 1-2 working days.
March 25 to 26, 2021
Development and networking days
Companies in the sector, participating teams, and representatives of universities of applied sciences and student unions will be brought together during these two days. Participants will have the chance to network and share ideas on solutions and the industry’s future. Teams can fine-tune their ideas based on tips and insights from other participants, and companies can hear about current themes and ideas from experts and students in the same field. In turn, the participating companies can discuss their own services.
The teams will present their solutions as follows:
Thursday, 25 March: 13-16
Friday, 26 March: 12-15
Sign up to development and networking days with this form.
Teams work on both days as follows:
25 March: 9-12, work in teams
25 March: 13-16, presentation of solutions and networking
26 March: 9-11, work in teams
26 March: 12-15, presentation of solutions and networking
After the development and networking days, teams are expected to work independently before the final for about 1-2 working days.
April 14, 2021
Before the final, the teams must submit a video pitch of their final solution. Based on the presentations of the final solutions, the jury selects the winning teams.
In the final, the teams will give pitches on their chosen solutions, and the jury will comment on each team’s idea. The final will be streamed on this site and can be watched by anyone.
The winning teams will receive prizes at the end of the final.
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