Smart Technology Hub Ecosystem Challenge 12.-13.11.2019 @Wasa Innovation Center
“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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Thank you everyone for participating in STHEC 2019!


A two day innovation event with real business challenges

At Wärtsilä, we believe in collaboration and working together as an ecosystem. Through co-operation we can enable and foster change and innovation. This is what STHEC is all about. The event  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. What you create and how you make this happen is up to you!  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. In the end, the overall  winning team receives a grand price. Other teams is also be rewarded based on success in different categories.

Have a look at the official aftermovie for STHEC 2019


The Ecosystem

Our ecosystem thinking is truly visible since this event includes challenges from both Wärtsilä and our 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.This is a big part of what drives our current Smart Technology Hub program. At this event, you will have the opportunity to see what  future co-operation could look like in action! 

The topics

The challenges was built upon the following themes: 

  • Co-creation spaces from a student perspective in terms of Wärtsilä´s new facilities
  • Utilising data to understand customer needs
  • Sweet spots for start-ups – making the best out of empty facilities in Vaasa
  • Integrating new talents to Innovation networks
  • Vibrant and Viable Vaasa - Keeping a middle-sized city alive
  • Carbon footprint awareness


The prizes 2019

The winning team got:

  • Guaranteed summer jobs for 2020
  • A face-to-face meeting with Wärtsilä Finland´s Managing Director Vesa Riihimäki

Other category prizes:

  • Meeting with city of Vaasa Mayor Tomas Häyry
  • Analysis on professional strengths with Wärtsilä recruiters
  • Personal CV/interview sparring session with recruitment professionals
  • Goody bags with gifts


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