5G Hack the Mall

Take part in an open 5G online summer course and learn the basics of 5G and its use cases. Topics include the current state of 5G markets, mobile communications system, AI, Cyber Security, IoT, XR and Autonomous Cars. You will also have a chance to conduct project work with partner companies under the guidance of experienced mentors, or dive into 5G Hackathon challenges!
Kaapo Collan ja Aapo Karvonen toteuttavat Aalto-yliopiston 5G-kesäkurssin tehtävää (AR) -lasien hyödyntämisestä tuotannonohjauksessa kesällä 2019.

Please notice that this page is for the 2020 edition of the course. You may browse the page to find out what this course is all about. Click here to read more about the 2021 course.

Course Introduction

5G Hack the Mall (6 ECTS) is an open for all facilitated online course where students learn the basics of 5G and its use cases, and develop ideas for 5G services together with leading companies. The two-week course consists of 45 minute lectures held twice a day, starting at 10.00(EEST) and 13.00(EEST). The lectures are recorded and can also be watched back at a later time. The course is taught in English.

During the course students complete a research report on a 5G-challenge given by a partner organisation. The students can also take part in the Nokia 5G Connecting World hackathon. The hackathon's theme is “Virtual emotion” and the aim is to find new solutions for culture, restaurants, sports, tourism and education that don’t require physical contact, and can thus provide more interactive experiences as well as reduce CO2 emissions. The Hackathon challenge will be announced at the same time as the other summer course challenges and solutions will be sought by the end of June.

Course Content

The course discusses the following topics:

  • The current state of 5G markets
  • Mobile communications systems
  • Networks and Radio Access
  • 5G and AI
  • Cyber Security
  • The main verticals
    • IoT
    • XR
    • Autonomous cars
    • Short overview to 6G

Additionally, the students carry out teamwork projects within the scopes of 5G use case areas, ranging from visionary studies to building of practical demonstration prototypes. The groups mix students from different backgrounds. At the end of the course the groups document and present their project results. 

Course timetable

Course starts on 1 June and ends 12 June, with daily online lectures at 10.00(EEST) and 13.00(EEST). The lectures are recorded and can be watched back at a later time. 

Significant dates

  • Monday 1 June
    • Starting lecture and project topic reveal (14.00-16.00(EEST))
  • Friday 5 June
    • First presentation on project (14.00-16.00(EEST))
  • Friday 12 June
    • Final presentations (13.00-15.00(EEST))

Lecturers and mentors

 Currently confirmed visiting lecturers are: 

  • Raimo Kantola, Aalto University
  • Peik Schulman, Ernst & Young
  • Harri Holma, Nokia Bell Labs 
  • Kalevi Kilkki, Aalto University
  • Jose Costa, Aalto University
  • Antti Toskala, Nokia Bell Labs
  • Sasu Tarkoma, University of Helsinki
  • Martti Kettunen, South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (XAMK)
  • Anna Larmo, Ericsson
  • Yu Xiao, Aalto University
  • Eero Tiainen, Aalto University
  • Ari Pouttu, University of Oulu

The course includes experienced mentors guiding project work, such as Harri Holma, Peter Vesterbacka, Rikard Steiber, Thomas S. Løgstrup Riebs, Sriram Bharatam, Jack SIM, Ray Podder and Kok-Chin Tay.


The course is free and open for everyone. Aalto students will get credits through WebOodi. External students will get a certificate of participation with course description. The certificate can be used to apply for credit transfer.


Responsible teacher, Jari Handelberg, [email protected]

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