The official start of the session in Norway was held on 7th October 2019 in Vardø. In the morning, all participants gathered at the Vardø’s Town Hall where few speakers shared some practical information conducive for the successful teamwork and completion of the assignments. The head of Business Association of Vardø Gry-Anita Kristiansen presented business life of the city. Assistant professor Ellen-Johanne Kvalsvik from UiT – the Arctic University of Norway gave some teamwork instructions. A coach, Petri Hannula, present in Vardø along with Tuomas Valtanen from Lapland UAS in Rovaniemi (remotely) demonstrated how to use Mattermost workplace – an online tool.
During breaks, the participants were getting to know each other and through team building activities were communicating, establishing relationship and having fun.
Later on, without wasting time, the teams started working on their cases. Some of them met face to face with their commissioners and discussed the given tasks. This time the commissioners with cases are Varanger Cook, Port of Vardø, Culture Pilot, Vardø Tourism, Vardøhus Fortress, Vardø Hotel, Vardø Greenhouse, Grand Hotel, Seafood Centre Vardø High School and Varanger View.
intense work, the participants had a chance to explore the area and
enjoy the landscapes of the northernmost city of Norway.
Educational service ecosystems in the Arctic Europe” by Esa Jauhola, one of the BRIDGE coaches from Lapland University of Applied Sciences, with generous permission from Lumen – LAPIN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULUN VERKKOLEHTI | LAPLAND UAS JOURNAL
The first kick off meeting held in Tornio (Finland) last week proved to be a great success! It was organized by the Lapland University of Applied Sciences, one of the BRIDGE partners and the only one partner organization in Finland. The purpose of the event was to facilitate the parties’ communication strategy and to implement students’ acquaintance with the local commissioners.
For the first time, the students had an opportunity to meet face to face and to elaborate the plans concerning the companies’ development after meeting the local businesses. Oy Aurora Data and Systems Ltd, Oy BeSmart Consulting Ltd, Datadrivers Oy, Hovilompolo, Hulkoffgården AB, Town of Tornio, Tervolan Kurkiaura Oy, LAPPARI, PUU TERÄ J. HALONEN, Experience365 and SEADVENTURES representatives introduced the working groups to the spheres of their operation and discussed potential business solutions the students were coming up with.
Administration of the project also held several meetings on topic of synchronizing entrepreneurial education strategies, conducting joint research and further development of the project (including the future meeting in Vardø on week 41 in October).
At the end of May the students’ working groups and the commissioners agreed on holding an online meeting for the presentation of final business plan suggestions. The final presentations will be found in the “Showcase” section after the meeting.
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