Every year Digital Wellbeing Sprint (DWS) brings together students from different disciplines and partner organizations from the health and wellbeing sectors to solve challenges. The teams approach these challenges through design, prototyping and testing their ideas with potential users. This is the second time that the sprint is organized virtually.
– This year we have a really diverse group of students, partners and inspirational speakers, says Michelle Sahal Estimé, DWS Project Manager. We have 45 student participants from both Bachelor and Master levels and six partners ranging from startups to an international company and civil society, Michelle adds.
The virtual sprint started with getting to know each other, the inspirational keynote speech by Minna Hendolin, Leading Specialist, Health data 2030 at Sitra followed by developing a deeper understanding of the challenges. The keynote focused on the future of healthcare through the lenses of strategic foresight and megatrends. Minna introduced new and developing technologies used in the healthcare field and also told us how changed business models and ecosystems are changing the healthcare field. The field has also seen some rapid changes due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Minna shed some light on these during her speech.
Other inspirational speakers during the sprint include Sakari Soini, CTO and Co-Founder of Disior, who will share Disior’s success story on Wednesday and Lauri Kuronen, Senior Business Advisor from Health Capital Helsinki, who will teach students to prepare a winning pitch on Friday.
The seven day long sprint will continue until 28th of May when the student teams will pitch their final creations to the partners and the other teams.
– The pitches will be live-streamed on Facebook, so mark your calendars and join us on the 28th to cheer for the student teams and get inspired – Michelle concludes.
Michelle Sahal Estimé, Project Manager michelle.sahalestime(at)laurea.fi
Digital Wellbeing Sprint is a seven-day intensive course organized by 3AMK Universities of Applied Sciences – Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia. This year’s sprint partners are AddSecure, Emooter, Hivpoint, Hublet, Seniors in Shape and ViaEsca.