Karelia UAS Draft Program won the video challenge of the Experimental Finland tour


The Finnish Prime Minister’s Office, the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences (Arene ry), and all Finnish universities of applied sciences implemented an Experimental Finland tour in the autumn of 2016 and the beginning of year 2017. The tour included 18 regional occasions the purpose of which was to promote the experimental and innovation competence at Finnish universities of applied sciences and the experimental activities implemented in different provinces as well as to spread the word on the culture of experimenting. The aim was also to make people familiar with the experiments conducted and the ideas created. More information on the Experimental Finland tour is available at http://kokeilevasuomi.fi/kokeileva-suomi-kiertue.

The experiments involved in the Experimental Finland tour faced a video challenge, in which the contestants had the chance to present their ideas and the contents of the occasion. The experiments in altogether seven occasions accepted the challenge and filmed their experiment. The best candidate was voted among the contestants and the winner was the Karelia UAS Draft Program, which was awarded at the Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences Days in Kajaani on 17th May. The video for the Draft program is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQWbLKBp-QQ.

The Draft Program is targeted at students, researchers, teachers and professors and it provides development funding for testing and developing your own idea. To become accepted in as a Draft Program team, at least one team member must be a student or staff member at Karelia University of Applied Sciences or the University of Eastern Finland.

Since autumn 2012, there have been seven Draft Program application periods involving 414 people. The total of 65 teams have received funding from the program, with additional private funding worth of 1 150 000 EUR. The program is funded by Karelia UAS, the University of Eastern Finland, the William and Ester Otsakorpi Foundation, and North Karelia Cooperative (PKO).