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In this blog post we sat down with a CTO and co-founder of Disior Sakari Soini to talk about everything health-tech start-up related. Are you interested in joining a health-tech start-up or creating your own? Have you heard about death valley? Will someone steal your idea? Are there opportunities for students in health-tech? If any of these questions got your attention – keep reading!

Disior is a Helsinki-based healthtech start-up, it develops a 3D analytics software solution for clinicians, it’s mission to provide medical professionals with the diagnostic information they need to deliver perfectly-tailored treatments to every patient.

Today Disior is a team of 20 motivated professionals, and recently the company closed a €3M capital investment round, which surely means that the team has ambitions plans for further development. But let’s find out about everything from our guest first-hand!

Galina: Sakari, could you tell us about Disior story? Why did you choose healthtech?

Sakari: I was leading all the simulation in Nokia (and at Microsoft department for a couple of years after the acquisition), our team created these simulations from scratch. Anna-Maria Henell (co-founder of Disior) was also a key person in Nokia simulation system. So, we created the whole simulation system and took it into use. These were special years, in Nokia we used simulations a lot, we created systems for the reliability, turmoil, antennas, acoustics, electromagnetic and more, in fact, this was a base for founding Disior. We learnt a lot about how simulations are used back then. And then after this, Microsoft bought Nokia Mobile Phones division, they decided to end all that stuff. At this point, me and Anna Maria were thinking about what to do next. And in fact, if someone is looking for ideas, we have collected a lot! We still have 50 ideas in our PowerPoint list, and they are all from different areas. One of those ideas was to utilize what we have learned in some other discipline area. We visited quite many different places, there was a lot of exciting possibilities, but then we ended up in health tech because one of my neighbours hurt his leg.

we ended up in health tech because one of my neighbours hurt his leg

I looked at how it was treated: medical staff takes one image, they put an orthopaedic cast on the leg, and say to please be more careful. And then I thought that if that would be an engineering problem, the process would iterative, and we would use simulations there. So, we thought that maybe we can make use of simulation and analysis what we have done in medical field.

We didn’t know anybody from health tech and/or the medical area, so we just called some of the leading physicists in HUS (Helsinki University Hospital) area and say, “Hey, it’s Sakari and Anna-Maria, is it possible to have a chat?”, and then we would meet these people, we didn’t know anything about medical area, but we had a lot of very fine knowledge from the mobile phone analysis and this was very fancy technology back then in the field. We have been meeting with experts for several months, we met Risto Kontio and Gonçalo Barreto.

Gonçalo knows a lot about bone structure and bones as material, he has a PhD in orthopaedics and traumatology, and does research in joint osteoarthritis; Risto is a Chief Physician and a maxillofacial surgeon, he knows what the doctors need. And Anna-Maria and me, we know how to build those analysis systems, so together we make a team of 4 co-founders.

During the testing phase and interviews with clinical professionals, we went through many, many, many different areas, but ended up here [orthopaedics and bone structure], as this was an interesting area. We didn’t end up continuing working on the mobile phones which we have done for two decades, but still, we can utilize our knowledge quite well. We identified that there is a need for this kind of solutions and proceeded to test the markets, that was the starting point.

Galina: What was the first big challenge for you back then?

Sakari: In the very beginning when we were new in entrepreneurial scene, the first challenge was to get funding. And that is a big, big question there, because you have to find somebody who will put his or her own money in that project. And that is a big step. Many of our colleagues from Nokia and Microsoft were also setting up companies, but many didn’t get any funding, and didn’t continue this entrepreneurial journey.

The funding rounds are, in fact, always difficult. But still especially you need to do a lot in very early stages, which for us ended up in sleepless nights and questions like “how this will end? how I will go on?” because there was no going back in any way, this was our only option, and so we worked very hard to get it done.

there was no going back in any way, this was our only option, and so we worked very hard to get it done

Galina: How about the product? How long does it take to develop? Do you remember your first customer?

Sakari: It is quite difficult to say as our product have evolved during the whole time, in the very beginning, when we were testing our idea and we were doing the research projects, our first customer was Helsinki University Hospital (HUS). In the medical field you are not able to sell the actual product for clinical use until your product is regulated, you need to receive a CE mark and/or FDA clearance, which takes minimum 2-3 years. That is a difficult process for medical device start-ups, which is missing from the normal start-up journey, and that’s why not too many are in healthtech field.

There are certain ways how you have to operate in this field, so that you get over the quite long death valley, as they say. In the medical area that time when you don’t have product that you can sell, and you don’t have good funding is a long period of time. It is crucial for early-stage medical companies to think about this period, break it into smaller chunks and get the product eventually out.

We have been a bit lucky with this, as we are cooperating very closely with the Finnish company called Planmed (part of Planmeca Group). We created our first ankle product together with them. From our point of view, it has been very fruitful for the development because Planmed has a long history in the medical device business, they have CBCT equipment, and they know better than we do about the regulations. It’s wise to co-operate with this kind of people who are on the market for a longer period of time. They have the knowledge.

In the medical area that time when you don’t have product that you can sell, and you don’t have good funding is a long period of time. It is crucial for early-stage medical companies to think about this period, break it into smaller chunks and get the product eventually out.

Galina: You mentioned that you are working together with doctors and clinicians, as well as you have partners in medical devices industry. How important is it to get customers into the product development?

Sakari: It’s very important to us. In our case the skills which are needed to use the product are very unique as well as they are completely different from the skills needed to create this product. Doctors are using it, and we are building solutions for them, so it is absolutely crucial to cooperate all the time. Currently, we have weekly workshops with different doctors: they are looking at what we are doing and are giving us feedback, and we are fine tuning our features accordingly as well as we are constantly asking our customers what they need and what can be improved.

Doctors are using it, and we are building solutions for them, so it is absolutely crucial to cooperate all the time.

Galina: How about other companies? Often young entrepreneurs are afraid to show their ideas to the public because it might get copied. What do you think about this?

Sakari: As a co-founder myself I understand that it is really difficult to go out, and you always think that everybody will steal your idea. I think it is good, when you are afraid about ideas, because it shows that it is valuable for you, it’s your money and work and you don’t want to give it out to just anybody, you keep it close. That is good, because it means your mindset is correct. BUT you have to as soon as possible share it with as many people or instances as you can. You may want to meet venture capitalists, doctors, others, and you have to have to show what you got to them. And in reality, nobody will steal your ideas, but they will help you to go forward. Some people think that they can only be successful if they are working in stealth mode, in the dark side there without telling anybody, and that is totally wrong. I wouldn’t recommend doing that to anybody, maybe only in some very special cases, because it is vital to get the feedback.

Galina: To wrap up the interview I would like to talk about Disior collaboration with students and Digital Wellbeing Sprint! I know that Disior works very closely with universities. Could you tell us more about these collaborations and why are they important?

Sakari: We love cooperating with students and taking parts in events like Digital Wellbeing Sprint, because every now and then we learn something new! That is difficult not only for the young companies. You have to open up, prepare and go outside the office, otherwise you only develop your product by yourself. It is really fruitful to see how others are trying to solve the challenge that you have been digging by yourself, it opens up new perspectives and generates plenty of new ideas.

We love cooperating with students and taking parts in events like Digital Wellbeing Sprint, because every now and then we learn something new!

Galina: In 2019, Disior participated in Digital Wellbeing Sprint as a partner company, could you tell us about this experience?

Sakari: Yes, we have been there, and we liked it, we got ideas and we got a new fresh look for the challenge that we were solving. The challenge was a marketing type of planning, which we thought about ourselves and opened it up for the DWS. We were able to get valuable input there. It helped us a lot, and it is not only that you get new ideas, but your own solutions will be reviewed by the eyes of somebody else, which in turn will prevent you from making mistakes, and that’s why it’s very important, I think and that is why we are always interested in this kind of stuff.

Galina: Any advice for the companies and students participating this year Digital Wellbeing Sprint?

Sakari: In these kinds of events and actually just in general, it is important to open the mind, take the lead by yourself and bring your ideas to life or make that happen. Don’t wait for someone to give you all the answers and all the information, make it your own way. It’s critical to adopt this mindset of ”hey, let’s make this happen!” and “let’s create this!”

Galina: What a great statement to wrap up! Thank you for the interview, Sakari and let’s make it happen!

Sakari’s session took place this morning, on Wednesday, 26th of May at Digital Wellbeing Sprint 2021!

Digital Wellbeing Sprint started today Yleinen

The second virtual Digital Wellbeing Sprint started today!

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.

More information:

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.

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Discussing the past and future with Hivpoint

In anticipation for the upcoming Digital Wellbeing Sprint, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sami Tuunainen from Hivpoint, The Finnish HIV Foundation.  Hivpoint is a non-profit organisation founded in 1986 that promotes health, wellbeing and equality for people affected by HIV. They focus on people living with HIV, their families and loved ones and any other people that are concerned or have questions about HIV. Hivpoint is joining Digital Wellbeing Sprint for the first time and we, the Sprint crew wanted to discuss their motivation for joining  and expectations as well as get to know more about the organisation. 

Sami’s story with Hivpoint started in the 90s when he started working as a volunteer, answering the helpline and opening the door for people who came for testing. He followed a different path after that but came back years later and now he has been serving as project coordinator within the organization since 2014. Under his coordination Hivpoint developed the HIV rapid testing, weekly HIV Testing Service, the mobile testing unit for different events, parks and most recently the full low threshold STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) testing for gay and bisexual men. They recently started a new project and hope the Sprint will help them find the best solutions for this challenge. 

HIV still carries stigma

According to Sami there is still lack of information about HIV, even after all these years since HIV was first diagnosed. The lack of information is probably related to the stigma surrounding HIV. Many people still don’t know that HIV is a chronic illness and when well treated, an HIV positive person can live a normal life without the worry of passing on the infection. Hivpoint is doing diligent work to raise awareness and they focus a lot on their target groups, the people who are the most vulnerable to contracting HIV. Sami believes there are still a lot of misconceptions and old information in peoples’ minds, even though many things have changed in the last decades.  

There is a lot of information available about HIV on how you can or cannot get it and what kind of illness it is, but still, there is a lot of misconceptions, even within the target groups. 

He also believes that the stigma is related to the fact that HIV is a sexually transmitted infection. It also contributes to the stigma that vulnerable groups include gay and bisexual men and that people don’t have the newest information about what kind of illness HIV is nowadays.

The history of HIV still affects perceptions today

It may be easy for some of us to remember how more than 20 years ago HIV was all over the headlines and the illness itself was like a big trauma. People were scared and the sick were heavily stigmatized because of the lack of information and misinformation. In recent years however the discussions about the virus have almost completely disappeared. Sami pointed out jokingly that probably one of the reasons why people don’t talk about the virus anymore is since HIV is probably not in fashion anymore”, but on a more serious note he stated that one of the reasons is that these days good treatment is available and it’s not such a big issue anymore. 

But when it comes to someone’s mind, they always remember what was happening and how the situation was 20 years ago. I think that still, the biggest misconceptions are related to what activities carry the  risk for HIV. Many people are still scared and wonder if they can be in the same room with an HIV positive person, if they can kiss? We are still getting questions from people if they can get it from the toilet seat or someone else’s toothbrush or even from mosquitoes, even though we’ve known from the beginning that none of these things have any risk for HIV. 

Major breakthroughs in HIV treatment in recent years, but no cure yet

One of the biggest changes came about 10 years ago when HIV treatment became so effective that an HIV positive person on proper treatment  could not pass on the virus to anyone else, even during unprotected sex. This was the biggest change in HIV history as Sami explained. 

“That basically meant that an HIV positive person who was on effective treatment didn’t have to be afraid of infecting anyone, not even their sex partners. However, most of the new infections in western countries, also in Finland come from people who don’t know that they have HIV. That is why it is very important to have these tests and adjusting services so that people who might be at risk for HIV can get tested easily.” 

Sami continues by explaining that the most effective way to prevent new infections is to be tested and diagnosed early on so you can get the treatment, in that way stopping the spread. “After the treatment starts to work, a person can’t infect anyone. And this is something that we still need to spread awareness about.“ 

Currently there is also preventive treatment called PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), that is essentially a medicine that can be taken as an HIV prevention method prior to exposure to the virus. It is used by HIV negative people to prevent infection and is recommended for people with the highest HIV risk. Even though finding a cure might not be very close, according to Sami a new injectable treatment was recently made available. The treatment is injected once a month or every other month. People living with HIV will have this option for treatment, which is already a positive change compared to the treatment of taking a pill every day. 

Hivpoint’s rapid shift towards digitalization 

Our discussion shifted to the very current topic of digitalization and how Hivpoint has adjusted to the increasing demand for digitalization.  Sami explained that as for many other organizations, the shift happened very fast during the pandemic. Especially their online chat service on their webpage has started to be in big demand although it was introduced a few years earlier. As for their work practices, they are working from home but even the in-house meetings are now also on Teams even when they are at the office, so that they can keep the safe distance. Following the restrictions brought by the Covid pandemic they are also doing their trainings and webinars online, as well as training the volunteers for example. 

We discussed some positive aspects brought by the pandemic, and Sami believes that in some situations meetings and trainings have been more effective virtually, money can be saved as you don’t need to travel, pay for hotel rooms and especially you don’t have to use your time for travelling. “Basically, you can be more effective in your work and do lots of things” Sami says. However the cons are related especially to socializing and the ideation process, as Sami puts it “when you are socializing with people, I feel that there is some kind of brainstorming and it’s overall a better environment for new ideas.” Ideally, we should be able to do a hybrid option where you have the possibility to combine the two working practices, Sami concludes.  

Talking about the shift into providing digital services, Hivpoint is planning to develop a secure video conference or video counselling system and chat system. Following the drastic decrease of funding they have experienced in 2021, they had to close offices and sites and even though they have clients all over Finland, they currently only have an office in Helsinki. This is the biggest reason Sami thinks it’s important to offer secure online counselling, trainings, and meetings. 

Hivpoint’s challenge at the Digital Wellbeing Sprint 2021

As the discussion turned toward Hivpoint’s challenge at the Digital Wellbeing Sprint, Sami explained that he is coordinating a new 3-year project to offer a new kind of service related to sexually transmitted infections. He hopes that the students will give eye opening suggestions and come up with out of the box ideas at the Sprint, especially because they might not be so familiar with the subject, and are more likely to come up with unbiased solutions.  

Our challenge is about sexual health and how we can increase STI contact tracing. The main challenge is this: if someone gets an STI, they have to inform their partners that they need to get tested. The way it’s done currently is by phone call, text message or email and the doctor or nurse can do it from the place where you get treated or from where you got tested. But we know that there is also stigma and shame around STIs. So basically, we are looking for ideas on how to increase the contact tracing as an anonymous service. A digital service through which you can inform your partners to get tested anonymously – Sami explains.  

Critical aspects of the challenge include security, safety, reliability and that it can’t be abused in a sense of sending false information. Hivpoint has already conducted their own research but hope students will roll up their sleeves and find interesting solutions on how they can conquer this delicate challenge. One critical aspect about STIs is that they quite often do not have any symptoms, they’re asymptomatic. Basically, if you don’t get the information that you might have it, or that there has been a risk, you probably won’t get tested – making this challenge so important as a prevention of new infections.  

I would like to end by thanking Sami for the enthusiastic discussion and informative content I hope many will find useful. The Sprint crew and Hivpoint are excited to see the solutions proposed by the students at the Digital Wellbeing Sprint starting on 21st of May 2021.  

Hivpoint promotes health, wellbeing and equality for those most affected by HIV. They work tirelessly to raise awareness about prevention of HIV infections and offer testing services, counselling and other support services related to HIV and sexual health. If you want to support Hivpoint, you can reach out on their webpage and find out more about how you can help (https://hivpoint.fi). Both donations and volunteers are especially needed and would help the organization tremendously.  

This blog was written by Elena Howlader, facilitator in Digital Wellbeing Sprint 2021. Elena is currently studying Service Innovation and Design Masters degree in Laurea University of Applied Science and has a background in visual design.  

Data has a better idea DWS

Designing the future with digital data

Data-driven economy is one of the key trends of 2020s, and the digital world is redesigned by data. We see the results every day in social media and other websites with personalized content and ads. Considering the health and wellbeing business, data offers major opportunities to build personalized solutions that help people to stay healthier and happier. I sat down with our inspirational speaker Minna Hendolin from Sitra to discuss data and its possibilities in healthcare.

“There is a need to radically redesign how we deliver practice and think about health care”, she states and continues: “The changing demographics and demands challenge the health care sector from the reactive model that we’re actually still in. Unfortunately, health still lags behind other sectors in harnessing digital transformation, the potential of data and advanced technologies. This means missing the opportunity to save a significant number of lives and even billions of euros of business.”

This means missing the opportunity to save significant number of lives and even billions of euros of business.”

Minna Hendolin, Sitra

Even though digital health and data provide a world of opportunities, health data is considered sensitive. It can be associated with leaks and hacking. Individuals, organizations, and society must take data protection and privacy seriously in order to create successful and reliable systems.

“The term sensitive data, it’s not only about health. All data that you can link to a personal identity is sensitive. People have been quite open to give the data in social media or when they are buying things. As a user or customer you should be able to know, and hopefully be a co-architect in determining when it’s used”, Hendolin sums up. She calls for data literacy: “Every person should have an understanding of where my data is, how it is used, how can I manage my data. The ethical but is that not everybody has the capability or interest for that. What is the responsibility of organizations, and how much can be regulated and legislated by the society?”

Bring in the right partners

When creating new solutions in wellness and healthcare, the ideal is to involve the right people. This means both service providers and companies and their customers and users. A multidisciplinary approach is needed to be able to combine expertise in different areas. Ecosystems are an important phenomenon in health and wellbeing business, and one element that brings them together is sharing data.

“In an ecosystem there is a possibility for different parties to work together by co-creating and developing together. They share data and expertise, finding solutions for the unmet needs. Ecosystem is a catalyst for innovation and business growth”, Minna Hendolin explains. She mentions as an example the CleverHealth Network, an ecosystem in healthcare sector that brings together almost 20 partners from medical and tech companies to public institutions.

Ecosystem is a catalyst for innovation and business growth.”

Minna Hendolin, Sitra

Never forget the real people

When developing new digital solutions, it is important to keep in mind the real people. How do they benefit and what does our solution offer? In the end, the value to customers is the only thing that matters. The winning concept combines a human-centric approach, networks, and digitalization.

“If you think about digital platforms and data services solutions, the problem is that we have so many channels, making us totally confused. Winners are those, who can combine different channels or interfaces. How can I bring value to the customer, and where does that value come from?” Minna Hendolin contemplates. “Then, we come back to data ecosystems. Can I create better solutions by combining data from several sources and add value to all partners in my ecosystem by sharing data in a fair way?”

Hendolin also highlights the evolving altruism in society. “It means that you are ready to share your data, for instance. Without getting any reward, for good purposes. How is this really changing the way services and business models develop?”

Towards a healthier tomorrow

The world has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing people to stay home and avoid contact with people outside their family members. Digital solutions are needed everywhere. To this point, managing with the complex pandemic situation has required resilience on a personal stage. On the other hand, foresight and data-based management on a societal scale have been discussed maybe more than ever. Is it possible to build a better tomorrow with data?

“We are able to build a more resilient and sustainable society with data. We are more prepared when we understand things better”, Hendolin says. “By building society and healthcare with data, it is possible to create personalized services for people, that are time and location independent. Data enables better policies and better decisions. This helps allocating the limited resources where they are needed and to emphasise the prevention of problems.”

By building society and healthcare with data, it is possible to create personalized services for people, that are time and location independent.”

Minna Hendolin, Sitra

In both private and public sector, services are designed by people for people. In the era of data economy and rapid technological progress, it is easy to get confused. “Never forget the consumer, the people, the persons. You can make them involved”, Minna Hendolin advises. As Digital Wellbeing Sprint approaches, this message is important to keep in mind.

Text: Johanna Hentunen, Master Student in Service Design, Laurea UAS

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Partner introductions continue!

We are happy to announce the remaining partners for the Digital Wellbeing Sprint 2021! Which partner would be the perfect match for you? 👀 👀 👀

Seniors in Shape project

The Seniors in Shape project aims to maintain the physical functioning of senior citizens. The goal of this publicly funded project is to unify and develop the welfare and sports services in different areas of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area to better meet the needs and expectations of senior citizens.  The project is run by 3UAS (Metropolia, Laurea and Haaga-Helia).

Digitalization affects the senior population as well. It is important that services take into account the needs and wants of elderly people as users as well. With this partner, the students will get an opportunity to develop the usability of the Helsinki Service Map user interface.

“We expect to have a draft of the Service map UI with better usability and visually improved design for senior users. The proposals will be taken into account this year when an update of Service map is run. Better usability is essential in finding the sport and wellbeing activities – so important after this long period of staying indoors” the Seniors in Shape team says.

Would you like to improve your skills in UI and usability and make an impact on the Service Map of our capital? Join Seniors in Shape in DWS2021!

Hivpoint, The Finnish HIV Foundation

Hivpoint is joining this year’s Digital Wellbeing Sprint! They wanted to try new ways of approaching challenges and the Digital Wellbeing Sprint felt like a good way to do that.

Hivpoint is a non-profit organisation founded in 1986 that promotes health, wellbeing and equality for people affected by HIV. Their focus is not only on people living with HIV but also their families and loved ones, as well as any other people that are concerned or have questions about HIV. Hivpoint raises awareness about prevention of HIV infection, provides testing services, as well as counselling and other support services related to HIV and sexual health.

Students will be offered the opportunity to work with an interesting challenge that can have a great impact on peoples’ lives. Would you like to be part of a project that helps people take care of their sexual health? Join Hivpoint at Digital Wellbeing Sprint 2021!

What does Hivpoint expect from the sprint? “We expect inspiration and ideas outside the box – something to help us go further with the project.” – says the Hivpoint team.

Coach4Pro

Coach4Pro Oy is a Finnish software company that is providing a service digitalisation solution for health, wellness and sport coaching companies. Coach4Pro is a flexible software platform that allows service providers to improve efficiency and scale their business while managing the service quality.

With Coach4Pro, a company can plan and create their service, and follow clients’ progress regardless of time and place. The company has been developing the customer onboarding process systematically for one year now and introduced major changes in April.  

Are you ready to take up a challenge of improving customer experience at a SaaS? Here is one of many reasons for you to join Coach4Pro:

“Selling software as service (SaaS) is one of the key trends. Coach4Pro platform is in core of the service digitalisation trend of preventive health industry. These two issues invite students to a unique pressing challenge” – says the Coach4Pro team.

Hublet

Hublet is a Finnish innovation that enables digital services in different segment areas such as libraries, hospitals, senior homes, restaurants and science centres. Hublet Solution contains a user- friendly cloud-based Hublet Manager – management software, Hublet Tablets and Hublet Smart Docking Station. Hublet is a customized learning tool, communication device and entertainment center in the same package; an innovative, shared tablet solution that ensures easy, private and safe access to the digital world.

The company is in the process of developing a totally new digital solution for the healthcare sector. Would you like to take part of that development and challenge your thinking on how digital devices can be used in the future to provide better healthcare services? Join Hublet at Digital Wellbeing Sprint!

“We have been part of the digital wellbeing sprints for two years now and have been very pleased with ideas and work that the students have been able to provide”, the Hublet team concludes.

Now that all the partners have been introduced, you can expect to see the actual challenges soon too! Stay tuned….

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First partner announcement!

While preparations for Digital Wellbeing Sprint are in full speed, it’s time to announce our first partners!

In this blog we are happy to introduce you to three companies making the world a safer and healthier place, please welcome Emooter, ViaEsca and AddSecure.

Emooter

A lot of people struggle with stress, high workload, or even burnout. They might have a hard time finding meaning or motivation in their work. Emooter is an app for improving mental wellbeing at work. Emooter is a science-based and scalable virtual guide that helps people, teams, and companies improve and sustain their mental well-being at work.

In a nutshell, Emooter:

  • helps employees take better care of their wellbeing so that they can enjoy their work, sustain good health, and become more engaged and successful.
  • helps the team leaders to stay better aware of their team’s wellbeing
  • enables taking action before problems get out of hand
  • is designed to be preventive and proactive, engaging on a personal level

“Success in business, work, and life is built on great wellbeing. Take better care of mental wellbeing and engagement at work with Emooter.” – says Dani Pärnänen from Emooter.

Emooter has great experiences from working with students and student groups in multiple short projects. That is why they want you to join their challenge in DWS 2021!

“We want to work with students on this project to get some fresh and out-of-the-box thinking and nudge our ideas forward. The format of the sprint is very efficient for this purpose. We also believe that the students from diverse backgrounds bring a lot to the table. The ideas and concepts developed during this sprint are very likely to be implemented in one way or another and could benefit a lot of people around the world.” – Dani Pärnänen from Emooter concludes.

ViaEsca

ViaEsca is a Finnish start-up operating in the field of health, food and wellness. Their mission is to help people change their eating habits for the better and live a healthier lifestyle. ViaEsca has created a training program aiming at changing eating habits permanently and helping people find a long-lasting balance between the consumption of calories and eating healthy food in an easy and motivating way.

Do you want to have an impact in peoples’ lives? Join ViaEsca at DWS!

“If You are looking for a challenge that has a huge impact on people’s lives and to the environment this is it. Changing the way and what people eat is one of the biggest challenges of the world. We can’t change the whole world but we can help the people who are looking for a permanent change to their eating habits.” – says Tuomas Teinilä from ViaEsca.

AddSecure

AddSecure is a leading European provider of premium IoT solutions with a focus on secure data and critical communications. In Finland, the company has been providing security telephone services for more than 25 years to about 200 municipal customers. AddSecure operates with three main principles at heart:

  • A safer everyday life at home now and in the future
  • Continuously evolving human-centric technology
  • Working together towards safer and smarter world

Are you looking for a challenge to contribute to secure data and communications?  Join AddSecure at Digital Wellbeing Sprint!

“We want to learn new things together. It is important for us to hear students’ innovative thoughts and ideas from which we hope together we will learn and develop a better future.” – Santtu Ahonen from AddSecure concludes.

We are looking forward to working with all of you during the sprint!

Stay tuned for more partner announcements soon!

Last chance to enrol in Digital Wellbeing Sprint. Join by 28.3. Yleinen

Best about DWS: “It’s interesting to be a part…

Would you like to challenge yourself with real clients and get credits for it? The Digital Wellbeing Sprint (DWS) is an intensive course for both bachelor and master level students in the 3AMK Universities of Applied Sciences Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia.  During the Sprint you will innovate future services for healthcare and wellbeing service providers coming from public and private sectors. You have one week left to enrol (until 28.3!) – click here to reserve your spot!

Last year’s participants tell that the best thing in the Digital Wellbeing Sprint was meeting new people and learning to use new digital tools.

“I liked the overall idea of the Sprint. I could see the difference in how in the first day we didn’t even know what to do with the project and the last day we were presenting a very functional prototype!”

“DWS was very well organized, and the teachers and tutors were very helpful and nice, which made this course enjoyable and interesting. I also liked our group`s challenge and it was nice to work with our company representative and get good feedback from him.”

According to students, the course was intensive but very interesting, and time flied.

“If you want to challenge yourself and witness a project from scratch in just one week, the Digital Wellbeing Sprint is your best choice.”

Come along and you will network and gain useful experience.  All you need is an innovative attitude and curious mind. The sprint includes 7 intensive working days. During this time students will ideate in multidisciplinary teams and hear lectures from professionals. Students will also have a chance to test their ideas with real users.

Last year’s students described the sprint as a fun, exciting week where they learnt a lot:

“At the beginning, you may feel it’s challenging.  At the end, you will only feel the excitement and hard to say goodbye.”

“DWS offers you an unforgettable experience. You get to go outside your comfort zone and bring out your ideas. And the best part is, there is no bad ideas! You will experience a rollercoaster ride during one week and your mood will swing from time to time. But still, the experience is worth it and it something everyone should try out!”

Digital Wellbeing Sprint will be conducted online/hybrid on 21 May – 28 May 2021. Please notice that in case the situation enables, there will also be some physical meetings. Be prepared that the sprint days are intensive, long and full of hard work.  On the other hand, the experience will be fun and teach you hands on skills for your future career. Enrol today and we will see you at the Sprint, welcome!

More information:

3AMK Wiki page

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Enrol in the Digital Wellbeing Sprint today!

During Digital Wellbeing Sprint you will learn to use the Google Ventures 5 Day Design Sprint to address a specific challenge from a partner organization. The intensive week will provide you with hands on skills that you will be able to use in your career and studies in the future. Enrolment starts today – reserve your spot now!

The Digital Wellbeing Sprint is an intensive course for both bachelor and master level students in the 3AMK Universities of Applied Sciences: Haaga-Helia, Laurea and Metropolia. The intensive course is organized online on 21 May – 28 May 2021.

All student teams will be paired up with an organization working within health or wellbeing. The participating partner organizations and their challenges will be announced before the sprint and you will be able to choose which challenge you want to work on during the sprint.

During the sprint your team will examine the organization’s sprint challenge, prototype a solution and test it with possible users. You will also hear inspirational speakers from the field, speaking about the possibilities of digital health and wellbeing in the future.

The Digital Wellbeing Sprint consists of assignments before and after the sprint and of working in teams for the full, intensive days during the sprint.

This year the course will be organized online, the course language is English and you will get 5 ECTS for completion of the course.

Last year’s students described the sprint as a fun, exciting week where they learnt a lot. So sign up and come experience the excitement yourself this year! Enrolment is active 15 March – 28 March 2021, sign up now by clicking this link!

For more information, read our blogposts from previous years and check the 3AMK Wiki.

Partners wanted for the Digital Wellbeing Sprint 2021 Yleinen

Become a partner organization for Digital Wellbeing Sprint 2021

Do you need fresh and ”out of the box” thinking related to digital services for health and wellbeing?

Digital Wellbeing Sprint (DWS) is an intensive course organized by Laurea, Haaga-Helia and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (also called as 3UAS) and it is based on open innovation and co-creation methods. Due to Covid-19, the sprint will be organized virtually this year also.

The project includes seven intensive working days when students in multidisciplinary teams create future digital services for the health and wellbeing sectors. Teams generate ideas and test user friendly digital solutions for partner organizations. Now is your chance to become a partner organization for this year’s Digital Wellbeing Sprint!

Participation in the sprint is free of charge for partner organizations. To make sure that the ideas are usable in your work, you get to direct the students in the right direction by attending the sprint on a few key dates.

Read more about the sprint and what is required from you in this short presentation!

For more details contact: Michelle Sahal Estimé, Project Manager digitalwellbeingsprint(at)gmail.com