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in finland, big businesses get scrappy with startups

by:QY Precision      2019-09-11
Volunteers at the Helsinki Technical Conference
Photo by Yuxi Hellsten, plastic]
Old factory in Helsinki, Finland, in a 4,000-square-
Simply called Kattilahalli (\"boiler hall\")
More than 500 developers and creatives gathered for the largest ever hackathon in northern Europe.
Called Junction, 48-
Hour hackathon has nearly 1,000 applicants from more than 35 countries and vigorously promotes impressive cooperation
In November 6, partners including Uber, Shopify and Klarna were organized. 8.
The hackathon is a prelude to Slush, the largest technical conference in northern Europe, and it is estimated that the mass production of the conference attracted 15,000 participants in November 11. 12.
Juntion and Slush reflect the emerging start-ups and big business symbiosis that I recently saw in the Helsinki startup ecosystem.
I can\'t help but notice the deep collaboration between young entrepreneurs and fresh ideas and executives from large industry players during these two events.
For example, at hackhackathon, participants are registered under seven tracks, including those with health, business, digital payments, and travel priorities, all of which are made up of largeApp-
Uber-based car services, for example, hosted \"improve city tracks\" while Reaktor design studio, Finnair and Finnair Helsinki Airport Co.
Sponsored the \"future of the travel track,\" and P & C Insurance, a technology company, led the \"health track \".
\"More than 500 participants participated in the 2015 junction hackathon held in Helsinki. [
Pictures provided by juntion]
As one of the two visiting judges of the future of the travel track, I became very good --
Familiar with the 30 teams involved in the track and other judges of Finnair, Finnair and Reaktor.
I also learned the reason for the development track from inside-
That is to say, a lot of sync between many organizations and collaboration with active organizers and participants.
As in this case --
In the travel track alone, developers can quickly access about a dozen related application protocol interfaces (APIs)
Aggregate on the track web page with Helsinki-
Specific travelrelated data.
However, unlike other hackathons scenarios, participants also have access to developers and non-developers
Engineering talents participating in the organization.
Finnair operations analyst Henry Lorne consulted multiple teams during two meetings
Day hackathon, for example.
A team called Fly4Free has multiple questions about how airlines can solve the problem of insufficient flight sales and whether this meets the cost
Compensate the ticket effectively in exchange for other values such as consumer flight reviews.
Lönn\'s industry expertise came in handy, explaining the industry status quo of overbooking, fuel costs per customer, weight trade-offs and even alternative transportation solutions.
\"Maybe you can fill this seat with one person --
I overheard him add: \"It\'s not a passenger, it\'s a container of shape . \".
However, when the hackathon clock runs out, the instructor\'s guidance is not over ---
The judges included Oskari Kettunen, managing partner of Reaktor Ventures, Oksanen, vice president of Finnish Aviation digital magazine, Eero knutila, head of Finnish aviation services development, and Konsta Hansson, general manager of Reaktor Aero, deputy judges of Runway Girl Network.
Sponsors bring their big players, to say the least. -
From different backgrounds-
Provide feedback to the team for travel innovation.
It\'s refreshing to see that big companies have a substantial understanding of startups, rather than avoiding the changes that often come with those messy outfits.
Students from the University of Alto attended the ME310 design of the school-
The thinking course describes their year
A long-term project by Merck Pharma. [
Photo by Erika Yan]
Finland\'s growing startup ecosystem is taking root at an important moment in national development, and educational institutions are also working with industry participants to ensure that students are prepared for the new economy.
With the decline of Nokia-Finland\'s once-
The dominant mobile technology giant accounted for 4% of the Finnish economy in the golden age. -
China is seeking new ways to inject vitality into its economy, which has contracted for three consecutive years and is expected to again fall below its euro peers in 2015.
While large organizations are joining forces with young innovators to imagine a new future, it is more important that changes take place within schools.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Slush and Junction, as well as some of Helsinki\'s startup activities and organizations were organized by students from the University of alto ---
That\'s right. 15,000-
Meeting of 500 persons and
This year\'s hackathons are organized by students.
According to many sources, the University of Alto is the \"Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Finland\" and the home of startups.
In addition to other startup products, the workspace launches the sauna, the startup internship program launches the living and the Aalto Design the factory manufacturer space.
At the design plant, students have the opportunity to work with customers such as Apple, NASA and Toshiba on international projects in the following ways
Credit rating ME310 operating in partnership with oil wells
The famous Stanford Universityschool.
Or they can use a lot of machines-
Including CNC machines, woodworking workshops and 3D printers--
Prototype of their own project.
If Finland\'s tuition is not enough
Free education at all levels for all students, regardless of their nationality, the focus of its entire education system is to prepare students for their life from kindergarten to university, rather than testing.
In addition, it is a middle school and university program-
Like those in Alto. -
Is adapting more and more to meet the growing demand
The changing economic landscape
Student hands-on work
Complete the project and acquire skills before graduation to enable them to enter the labor market or start a business.
And, again, it is a partnership with the industry that makes these projects andthe-
Possible ground experience.
The heads of startups and large businesses, as well as educational institutions, tend to lag behind because they are unable to adapt to the needs of the industry due to lack of communication between players.
While I \'ve been in Finland for less than two weeks, it\'s the closest model I \'ve ever seen to a fully integrated and collaborative economy, from schools to innovative start-ups to large industry players.
In the United States, we value our competitive advantage and tend to keep ourselves secret.
We are an innovative society, but we are still isolated by the size and position of the industry, the company.
There are many partnerships across borders, but only when strategically meaningful.
In Finland, I feel a strong desire for cooperation. -
Even across borders.
Nordic countries--
Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden-
There seems to be a lack of friendship in the United States and its neighboring countries.
For example, I participated in an event at the Icelandic embassy in Helsinki, the Ambassador of Iceland, cristdin ·
Onadotti and Finnish Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, Renita toiwaka, discussed the importance of strengthening the relationship between start-ups between the two countries and introduced the delegation of top start-ups in Iceland, children\'s Code game box Island and Authenteq are included.
As far as the region is concerned, the United States actually only has close relations with Canada and Mexico. I have never seen the regional pride I felt in northern Europe and the intention to develop a startup relationship.
In the long run, I can see that these collaborations are good for the region, especially when they talk about showing each other\'s work in large events, like Slush, attracted investors and entrepreneurs from all over the world.
Also, I feel that if our school joins more industry engagement in their curriculum, focusing on learning and experience collection, rather than testing, our students may start to bounce back from their consistent poverty and falling international rankings.
The Finnish leadership seems to understand the relationship between education and the economy. -
The United States should consider the same issue and make adjustments in the 21 st century.
All in all, the tech startup ecosystem I saw in Helsinki seems to be an emerging place for innovation because of the poor performance of Finland\'s economy and the demise of flagship companies and industries.
However, thanks to the many partnerships and collaborations that span industry and corporate boundaries, Finland seems to be moving towards a brighter future for technological innovation, especially in terms of design and gaming ---
It has two strong suits. -are concerned.
Investors may not be enthusiastic right now, but if it were me, I would have spent a long time with Finns.
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