Finland centennial and Aalto

During the centenary of Finland’s independence, Aalto University aims at building an innovative society through its Finland 100 projects. Then, the decision-making is based on scientific knowledge, success is based on innovations, and education is seen as an investment rather than an expense. We should be proud of being Finnish. And we want to take on the pioneering responsibility in global development. – Tuija Pulkkinen, Vice President

Game Changers: a project, a work of art, and a research, that visualises and makes tangible the important role of universities in the development of Finnish well-being since the 19th century, till today and into to the future. Game Changers is be a digital and a physical timeline where events, people, fenomena, innovations, and companies behind the success stories, are emphasised. More information:

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Opening of the Academic Year ceremony and Aalto Party take place on 8 September. After the ceremony, the party traditionally begins with a tug-of-war between the University management and the student union. In 2017, the ceremony will be in conjunction with the opening of the renewed Dipoli building. More information  

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Helsinki Challenge is a science-based idea competition which brings different actors from the scientific community and society together to solve the great problems in the world. This year's Challenge themes, Sustainable Planet, Urban Future, People in Change, are linked to the UN's sustainable development goals. More information: Helsinki Challenge

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FallUp is the largest student entrepreneurship event in Europe organised by Aalto Entreprenurship Society (Aaltoes). The event encourages students to become entrepreneurs and change makers. The next FallUp takes place in October 2017. More information: FallUp2016, Aaltoes

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WarSampo, Finnish World War II on the Semantic Web. The WarSampo Portal allows both historians and laymen to study war history and the destinies of their family members in the war from different interlinked perspectives. More information: WarSampo

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SuomiAreena: Aalto students, from the Department of Architecture, designed the Aika stage (Time) for SuomiAreena 10–14 July '17. The 285-square-metre stage will be built in co-operation with Stora Enso using their structurally strong LVL. More information: SuomiAreena



Exhibition Echoes™ – 100 Years in Finnish Design and Architecture presents selected, beloved classics alongside with less well-known gems from the beginning of the country’s independence till the present. More information: Echoes™



CodeBus Africa is a fun ride of 100 days into the world of technology. African and Finnish tech and education innovators organise creative coding workshops for 13–20-year-olds in 10 African countries in spring 2017. The co-ordinator is Aalto Global Impact, home to Aalto’s social impact initiatives. More information: CodeBus Africa, Aalto Global Imapct



Suomi 100 Satellite is a high-profile technology project which aims at giving Finns the experience of space, with an on-board camera showing views of Earth, space, Finland, and the Northern Lights. During the project, a Space Truck travels the length of Finland, as of 15.9., bringing a space exhibition for all to see. More information: Suomi 100 Satellite

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Aalto Festival showcases the talents of the University's students, graduates and faculty with exhibitions and events. The Festival takes place during 2–31 May 2017 around the Helsinki metropolitan area. More information: Aalto Festival 2017

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Sino Finnish 100 Challenge: New Way of Doing is the main event of the Finland 100 programme in China. The Challenge creates preconditions for utilising Finnish know-how in solving challenges in China. It promotes and enables export opportunities within Chinese stakeholders. More information: Sino Finnish Challenge

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Public Service Hackathon, #pshack100 course harnesses the skills of Aalto University students for solving public sector challenges to speed up its digitalisation. The master's level course in autumn 2017 is organised together with Accenture and three public sector organisations. More information:



Digitaalinen Suomi publication (Digital Finland) is a collection of articles, which describe the development of the digital breakthrough during 1995–2015, and evaluate Finland's success in the international framework. The publication aims to answer the question 'can you learn from the past?' More information (in Finnish only): Suomi Digi



Modern Heavy Metal Conference 2017 embraces the theme music and national identities. The School of Business organises the conference with Tuska Festival and Music Finland. MHM is targeted to academic scholars, music industry representatives, and students. More information: Modern Heavy Metal

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Semantic Finlex is the first open-linked data service of legislative and other juridical information in Finland. Finlex contains acts, decrees and decisions. Semantic Finlex has been developed in co-operation with the Ministry of Justice, Finland and Edita Publishing Ltd. More information: Semantic Finlex



Excellence in Finland brings together the Finnish leading talent. Aalto University is one of the eleven actors in a network to build new types of structures and best practices across the competencies in sciences, arts and sports. More information: Excellence in Finland

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The Fintech Seminar Series provides a holistic view on how digitalisation and new technologies, new start-ups and large tech companies, and  regulation are powerfully reshaping and redefining the financial industry. Everyone is welcome! More information: Fintech Seminar

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