Creativity, innovation & digital fabrication for business and education – boosting the Oulu ecosystem

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Digital fabrication and technology making are significant topics of today that require attention both from industry and education, being associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution that includes developments in previously disjointed fields such as artificial intelligence and machine-learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3-D printing, and genetics and biotechnology, and that will cause widespread disruption not only to business models but also to labor markets over the next five years, with enormous change predicted in the skill sets needed to thrive in the new landscape. Hence, digital fabrication and technology making will act as key drivers of innovation in the future and have serious implications on IT industry. Children of today also need to be offered skills and competencies in digital fabrication and making – to innovate, design, make, and build new technology. Digital fabrication and making have already been integrated into the education of the young generation of today, while Finland has not been in the forefront in responding to this challenge. This seminar aims to make visible the significance of the topic for industry and educational sector in Oulu area.


Morning session: addressing education

9.00-10.00 Opening session

10.00-10.15 Coffee

10.15-11.45 Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen & Kai Hakkarainen: Design, making and digital fabrication in (comprehensive/primary) school education – Helsinki experiences

11.45-12.45 Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon session: addressing the industry

12.45-16.00 Martin Steinert: Design Thinking - Prototyping Silicon Valley Style (Failure Prototyping Experimentation as a MUST in early stage product/service/system concept development)

14.15-14.30 Coffee


Registration by 8.11.2017 via 


Sponsored by: INTERACT Research Unit, Center for Ubiquitous Computing and Martti Ahtisaari Institute, University of Oulu

Contact person: Prof. Netta Iivari; e-mail:



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Event location

Linnanmaa campus, University of Oulu

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Last updated: 27.9.2017