From confusion to most creative idea – International Clean Energy Challenge for young professionals

By MERI OLENIUS

64 bright young minds from over 30 countries tackled the energy transition. Our great team ”Energy Unlocked” won the award of the ”Most creative idea” with the project about sustainable energy communities of the future that emphasize the meaning of the end user.

The International Clean Energy Challenge, organised from 22-26 July 2019 in Upper Austria by the OÖ Energiesparverband, brought together 64 highly-qualified young professionals from more than 30 countries and 11 partner companies for an event of collaborative innovation.

I was selected from over 200 applicants to participate in the event. The participants selected were mostly young professionals working in businesses, industry, energy agencies, associations, public bodies and research institutions with a diversity of educational backgrounds including engineering, economy, architecture, business administration, chemistry, mathematics, law, political science and more. 

In teams, we tackled real-life challenges presented by the partner organizations on topics relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy in industry, buildings, e-mobility and more. My team consisted of me, Evangelos Zacharis (Greece), Véronique Groulx (Canada), Jorge Andrey Sterner (Spain), Martina Blazheska (Macedonia) and Magdalini Psarra (Denmark) and of our mentor Christian Pillwein (Austria) from Beckhoff.

My team was assigned to a specific company challenge given by Beckhoff. Work on the challenge consisted of a combination of brainstorming activities, autonomous group work and peer-review sessions. The company representatives were present throughout the entire event and offered valuable support and professional coaching.

We started off with a “world hugging, larger than life idea” that made us all feel confused of what we were actually aiming for. We had three days of intensive time to work. Luckily, the organizer had arranged many peer-review sessions with different techniques that made us prioritize our idea. We finished off with a clear idea that we were proud to present.

In the final session, each group presented its solutions to a jury consisting of management-level representatives of the partner companies as well as the regional energy commissioner. Awards were presented in 4 categories: ”Best presentation”, ”Most creative idea”, ”Strongest business opportunity” and ”Best solution for the company challenge” as well as for the best event photo.

The event was organised by the OÖ Energiesparverband, the regional energy agency and organiser of the annual international conference World Sustainable Energy Days. It was held also in the context of the NEFI project Indugrid.

Photos: OÖ Energiesparverband.

Communication, comics and chocolate!

The first International Week 10.–14.10.2016 in PXL University College in Hasselt, Belgium offered not only information but experiences from local chocolate factory to Corda Campus.

I was honored to get invited to Hasselt to lecture about communication by Mrs. Brigitte Luyten, PXL international relations coordinator. SAMK has a bilateral agreement with the college and I have co-operated with her before ­­­in student projects.

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Pajavasara, muistot ja mies

Kuvassa takanani oleva vanha mekaaninen laite koskettaa vanhan insinöörin sielussa jotain herkkää kohtaa aina kun sen ohitse matka johtaa. Nyt kun tästä rakennuksesta kohta ollaan lähdössä, saanen luvan muistella vanhoja, vaikka vanhojen muistelijaa uhataankin ”tikulla silmään”. Vanha on myös kuvan pajavasara ja sen jalustassa oleva paatoksellinen teksti.

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Uusia matkailun avauksia tutulla matkailusaarella

Viime syksynä Kanarian saarilla sijaitseva yliopisto, La Universidad Europea de Canarias, lähetti matkailun koulutusohjelmansa kurssitarjontaa esittelevän sähköpostin. Siitä alkoi tiivis viestittely.

Koska olin matkustamassa Teneriffalle joka tapauksessa joulunviettoon, tarjoutui minulle hyvä tilaisuus keskustella koulutuksen yhteistyömahdollisuuksista paikan päällä. Ennen matkaa tutkin myös muita saarella matkailukoulutusta tarjoavia oppilaitoksia, ja loppujen lopuksi olin sopinut tapaamisesta kolmen kanssa.

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Ei termi digitaalisuus – vaan miten sitä käytetään

Pk-yrittäjä, miten markkinoit yritystäsi? Tällaisen kysymyksen esitti aikoinaan oma esimieheni minulle valmistautuakseni yritysjohdon kanssa keskusteluun markkinoinnista ja omasta myytävästä tuotteesta.  Omalla kohdalla tuo kysymys vie yli kahden vuosikymmenen taakse, mutta kysymys on edelleen ajankohtainen.

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