Innovation events, such as student camps are becoming common nowadays. Our department participated in DIMECC Innovation Camp.
In the three-day camp, students formed groups that innovated solutions for participating companies’ problems & will ge 2 credit points for the work when they provide an additional learning diary. Last year the same thing was called FIMECC Innovation camp, but the name is new as FIMECC went together with DIGILE and formed DIMECC, located in our Kampusareena. That should also provide new opportunities for development and collaboration.
Of course, a camp is also a friendly competition, as the best group for each customer is given a small prize. No grand winner was now selected as the comparison between cases is difficult. Roughly 150 students, divided to groups of 3-6 students from TUT, TAMK and UTA participated. Large majority of the students were from TAMK where the camp is a mandarory part of studies fos many students. From our department, the camp interested mainly international students. The customer companies were Cargotec, Fastems, Kone, Konecranes, Solita and Tieto.
During the days there were supporting lectures about innovative business, business model development and selling ideas. Each group had two coaches who helped the groups form (Marshmallow challenge was used to aid that) and were available in a “helpdesk” fashion later. I was there as a coach for one company’s groups.
First two days had checkpoints with the customer and he coaches and the third day ended in groups’ presentations for the customer, selection of the winners and an after party.
As always, students proved innovative and created nice ideas for the companies. I understand that the quality of presentation were improved this year and the groups were more eagar to get sparring from coaches, both very nice things.