Is creativity something we are born with or can it be learnt? Did you know that empathy is a key element of creativity?

In times when we see controversy, borders and divisions, we need bold curiosity and exploration, ground-breaking research, radical creativity and pioneering design to truly solve the wicked problems facing us.

Truly transformative innovation and creativity take place, when several skillsets and many types of innovative people come together. Interestingly, one of the most powerful tools for creativity is empathy - the ability to understand others, to find out who they are, what they need, and what you have to do to make their life better.

Empathy is in the core of design-thinking, the art of creating organic and user friendly solutions to problems, no matter how tiny or immense they are. In Finland, we believe that future can be made, designed.

Join Episode VI of the webinar series to dive into one of the most interesting communities of game changers in the world - of scientists, artists and engineers in Finland. The episode is facilitated by Aalto University. Explore and find your path to Aalto and Finland through studies, research or cooperation.

 

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In case you missed Episode VI, or wish to watch the presentations again - you can find the recordings available on the Study in Finland YouTube channel. Welcome to relive the webinar buzz!

PROGRAMME

Episode VI: Future is Made in Finland – Design it yourself!

17 November at 12.00 EET / 15:30 IST / 18:00 SST / Aalto University

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Greetings from the moderator

Salu Ylirisku, Design Teacher, Senior University Lecturer, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering

Welcome to Aalto University!

 Ilkka Niemelä, President, Aalto University
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Design Doing – multidisciplinary hands-on design-based learning at Aalto University

Katja Hölttä-Otto, Associate Professor of Product Development, Aalto University School of Engineering
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Integrating Design and Technology with Business Management – IDBM the Flagship initiative for multidisciplinary education

Niina Nurmi, Professor & Director, International Design Business Management (IDBM), Aalto University School of Business
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Importance of Design Thinking & Multidisciplinary education in the current global context – Reflections

Kaisa Väänänen, Professor, Faculty of Information technology and communication sciences, Tampere University and Turkka Keinonen, Professor, Department of Design, Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture
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Destination Aalto! – Student Panel

Why should you choose Aalto as your destination for multidisciplinary education, research and also to kick start your careers? 

  • Daria Babanina, Alumna, Masters in Real Estate Economics
  • Imran Shamsul, Student, Masters in Collaborative & Industrial Design
  • Kunal Ghosh, PhD Scholar, Department of Computer Science and Applied Physics
  • Silja Yli-Juuti, Student, Masters in Sustainable Energy System and Markets
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Corporate Collaboration - Boosting insights to work-life and network opportunities for students at Aalto University

Pirita Posti, Manager, Corporate Relations, Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture
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The Story of a Startup from Aalto - “Young Finnish Design connects young designer talents and manufacturers in Finland”

Elisa Luoto & Heidi Maria Huovinen

Elisa Luoto & Heidi Maria Huovinen are Co-founders & Designers of Young Finnish Design

Wrap Up and Next Steps

Salu Ylirisku, Design Teacher, Senior University Lecturer, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering

Speakers

Katja Hölttä-Otto
Associate Professor of Product Development, Aalto University School of Engineering

Professor Hölttä-Otto is an expert on interdisciplinary design. Her current research areas include empathy, creativity and need finding. She is interested in how empathy and creativity can be developed and learned and also how creativity evolves during engineering education. She is also interested in novel methods for finding latent needs, needs not expressed by the user. She is active in the area of complex system architecture.

Prof. Hölttä-Otto teaches product development methods including design thinking. She is in charge of the ME310 Global Innovation Program at Aalto University, which is part of the global SUGAR network on global interdisciplinary design thinking. Prof. Hölttä-Otto is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and has won ten best paper awards or similar distinctions. 

Niina Nurmi
Professor & Director, International Design Business Management (IDBM), Aalto University

Professor Niina Nurmi is a director of the International Design Business Management (IDBM) program at Aalto University. Before Aalto University, she worked at Stanford University, Department of Management Science and Engineering. As an organizational psychologist, she studies how employees can find motivation and thrive in contemporary organizations. Her research focuses on work design, leadership, employee well-being, and innovative collaboration in virtual teams, particularly those spanning national boundaries.

Kaisa Väänänen 
Professor, Tampere University 

Kaisa Väänänen is a professor of user experience in the unit of Human-Centered Technology (IHTE) at Tampere University. Professor Väänänen’s research interests include UX design, design research on human-centered technology, and social robots and their applications in sustainable development.  

Turkka Keinonen 
Professor of Industrial Design, Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture 

Turkka Keinonen is a professor of industrial design, vice dean of research and head of doctoral education at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Keinonen has a doctoral degree from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (1998). He has worked as industrial and interaction designer for Finnish technology industries (1990-1995), been a principal research scientist at Nokia Research Center (1998-2001) and visiting associate professor at National University of Singapore (2007-2008). Keinonen’s publications include Mobile Usability (McGraw-Hill 2003), Product Concept Design (Springer 2006), Designers, Users and Justice (Bloomsbury 2017) and about 100 other publications on human centered design, product concept design, design strategy and design ethics.  

Portrait o Salu Ylirisku

Salu Ylirisku

Design Teacher, Senior University Lecturer, Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering
Ilkka Niemelä

Ilkka Niemelä

President, Aalto University
Elisa Luoto and Heidi Huovinen

Elisa Luoto and Heidi Huovinen

Co-founders & Designers, Young Finnish Design
Pirita Posti

Pirita Posti

Manager, Corporate Relations, Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture
Daria Babanina

Daria Babanina

Alumna, Masters in Real Estate Economics
Imran Shamsul

Imran Shamsul

Student, Masters in Collaborative & Industrial Design
Kunal Ghosh

Kunal Ghosh

PhD Scholar, Department of Computer Science and Applied Physics
Silja Yli-Juuti

Silja Yli-Juuti

Student, Masters in Sustainable Energy System and Markets