University of Lapland and Lapland UAS are organising Demola Lapland, which offers companies and other organisations a new way to improve services, activities and competitiveness.
Demola challenges companies to develop their activities and products in
cooperation with students. A company presents an idea or challenge, and a
team of students takes it on for a few months, testing and seeking
solutions with the company.
Developed in Finland, the Demola
innovation platform already operates in 15 countries. The Demola network
includes 56 higher education institutes and 1,000 partner companies.
of Lapland and Lapland UAS are joining forces for Demola Lapland. Their
joint multidisciplinary innovation platform offers a brand new way to
collaborate with companies and organisations. Projects are implemented
with an emphasis on co-creation, and the client’s representative can
also participate in refining the idea.
A Demola project can
develop, for example, a wellness service, a technology application,
digital media or a game, a social innovation or a business or company
concept. The first Demola projects in Lapland will start in March.
am very excited that our universities are adopting the Demola platform.
Demola is a new and realistic tool for us. It allows us to carry out
multidisciplinary and multicultural projects in cooperation with
companies. It is great to be able to carry out innovation and trials for
the future with experts from the two universities and companies", says
Demola Coordinator Elisa Lahti from Lapland University of Applied
Innovations mature in multidisciplinary teams
project lasts for two months. Students apply to join projects that
interest them, and teams are assembled to include students from
different fields. The work of the student teams is steered by Demola
facilitators and university teachers. A representative from the company
or organisation participates in the team’s work on a weekly basis as an
expert in his/her field.
The students receive credits for their
studies and the ownership to their product’s right of use. If the
company wants, it can buy the team’s product; in fact, this is the case
in approximately 75 per cent of Demola projects.
Demola is an excellent opportunity to develop their working-life and
problem-solving skills. It also opens a unique window into working life
and international project work.
Demola is an international learning environment
in Finland, many companies have found their way to Demola. A company
can submit one project or up to 3–5 Demola projects at a time.
Student teams do not just work locally; an assignment can be submitted to any of the Demolas operating around the globe.
first Demola project in Rovaniemi is set to launch in March 2018.
Projects starting in autumn 2018 will also be available to students in
Kemi and Tornio.
Elisa Lahti, Coordinator, Lapland UAS, firstname.lastname (at) lapinamk.fi , tel. +358 40 710 6426
Merija Timonen, University of Lapland, Service Director, firstname.lastname (at) ulapland.fi, tel. +358 40 777 7352