Demola selected as Activator of the Year

TAMK and the School of Art and Media are proud members of Demola. We are happy to publish the Demola press release:

The Demola open innovation environment was awarded "Activator of the Year" during the World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on 10th March 2009.

The World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is arranged by the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Multidisciplinary collaboration

Demola is a service offered by higher education institutes in Tampere, ICT and Media companies and the Technology Centre Hermia to multidisciplinary student teams in order to develop digital products and services based on companies' concepts. Companies ranging from local SMEs (small to medium-sized companies) to international large-scale enterprises collaborate with the teams. The companies bring their project ideas for student teams to cultivate. Demola offers the teams the tools but the teams need to come up with the solutions themselves. The results are honed into real products and services to be part of the companies’ operations. An additional objective is to spawn new companies.

According to Jukka Saarinen, Demola’s contact person at Nokia Research Centre, an essential ingredient of Demola is the unique approach: the teams take the bull by the horns and get to work without being stifled by bureaucracy.

A developing concept

During the first five months, 12 projects have been underway within the framework of the Demola project. Some 100 students have been involved in the projects and their number is constantly growing.

The students taking part in Demola have had positive experiences: they have felt that they have learned a lot and formed connections with real companies. Demola’s premises are located in Tampere city centre. "In the future, Demola will be further extended and developed", says Brand Manager Petri Räsänen from Technology Centre Hermia.

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