Smart Technology Hub Ecosystem Challenge 2021 under planning
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct arising from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the object it loves.”
-Carl Jung

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A two day innovation event with real business challenges

At Wärtsilä, we believe in collaboration and working together as an ecosystem. This is all what the Smart Technology Hub, built in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa is all about. Through co-operation we can enable and foster change and innovation. The Smart Technology Hub Ecosystem Challenge gives students the opportunity to work and innovate  as  team but also as a part of the competition ecosystem. 

What is STHEC?

An event where students across different universities and universities of applied sciences work in interdisciplinary teams and solve real challenges provided by Wärtsilä and our partners.

During the competition, each team come up with a product, service or business idea as an answer to their challenge in question.The teams compete against other groups within the competition ecosystem consisting of customers, service designers, facilitators, coaches  and of course,  the judges (sharks). The event final includes each team pitching their ideas to" the sharks", who will both challenge the ideas and offer feedback.

Have a look at the official aftermovie for STHEC 2019


The Ecosystem

The Smart Technology Hub strongly focuses on the ecosystem way of operating. We believe that cooperation is the key to success. With STHEC we want to give future professionals the opportunity to try out the ecosystem way of working while getting the opportunity to meet our ecosystem of different partners. During the event the students have the possibility to network and cooperate with these partners and many other stakeholders to guarantee the best results.

Why? Because together we can create something truly new and unique. 

Interested to read more about STHEC 2019? Be sure to read the story  we published on our website. And stay tuned for 2021...

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