What to expect from the Sprint?

As the Digital Wellbeing Sprint 2022 is almost behind us, and the students are preparing to pitch their solutions to the partners today, we thought it would be a good time to share with you some company feedback we received from previous partner companies that we contacted one or more years after they participated in the Sprint and asked them to share some of their experiences and advice for future students and partners participating in the Sprint.

For HIVpoint and Coach4Pro working with students on the previous sprint was smooth and effective. It provided valuable ideas for making improvements and deciding their next course of action, and one of them even hired one person from the student team to work on their project.

In their opinion preparation and an open mind are the keys to a successful Digital Wellbeing Sprint experience! 


Sami Tuunainen from HIVpoint 

What were your expectations for the sprint? 

We had quite little expectations. We were curious and open minded and hoped that we get some benefits of it to our project.   

Did it meet your expectations, or did you reach your goals?   

We met more than we expected. From sprint, we got quite a clear picture of how to continue with our project and how to reach our goals.   

What was the outcome of the sprint for your company? Did you find it useful?   

Yes, it was useful. We actually hired one of the students to work with our project.   

What was your general experience with the sprint and working with the students?   

It was great. Sprint was effective way to work and got new ideas.   

What would you say to the new companies and students taking part in the Sprint?   

Be open-minded. Just go with a flow with students, and give them tools and info for the sprint. Enjoy!


Mikko Koskela from Coach4Pro 

What were your expectations for the sprint? Did you have any concrete goals? 

Our goals were to get outsiders’ views of our own designs and our partner’s services. 

Did it meet your expectations, or did you reach your goals? 

Teams were meeting expectations and we got good input for our development. 

What was the outcome of the sprint for your company? Did you find it useful? 

We collected all the feedback and analysed those in our company. Based on DWS teams and customers feedback/ideas we were able to improve our products as well our partners were able to do improvements for their part. 

What was your general experience with the sprint and working with the students? 

We have been lucky to got teams with ideas and wide knowledge to work on our projects. Teams had both fresh young students as well as those who have already work experience. Working with them have been smooth. 

What would you say to the new companies and students taking part in the Sprint? 

Companies please take time to prepare properly. This will ensure that you will get good result out of the sprint. Student do not be afraid to bring up out of box ideas – many times fresh view even some which sounds not so practical will trigger thinking issues from completely new angle.