Aalto at Slush: 12 ways we change the world
We have been at Slush from day one! The event was created and transformed into one of the world's leading startup gatherings in the hands of our students at Aalto Entrepreneurship Society, one of the most vibrant entrepreneurial communities in Europe.
In addition to the world changing innovations, you can also learn about the history of Slush, guided by Aalto students.
Come say hi! Aalto’s stand is conveniently located close to the Founder Stage. Slush will take place on 30th November and 1st December 2023 at the Helsinki Expo and Convention Centre.
Thursday 30 Nov @ 10–14: Better health
hentoTouch: Bio-design to tackle alcoholism without drugs
hentoTouch is developing a tool to help people cope with alcoholism. By stimulating the skin, their discreet wearable device affects addiction circuits in the brain. This could reduce cravings, helping people stay sober. In the long run, the device could also help with gambling problems and stress management.
Otoscreen: Early help for hearing loss
The WHO estimates that 1/4 of the global population will have hearing loss by 2050 and that even 80% will go undiagnosed. Otoscreen’s solution enables doctors to diagnose multiple hearing loss patients in just minutes. This will reform healthcare and save its resources.
Urisens: Better quality of life for elderly people
The Urisens diaper sensor improves the care and quality of life of elderly people and their caregivers. It helps to prevent medical complications and reduce healthcare costs. Urisens technology can be used in a variety of settings, including home care, nursing homes and hospitals.
Thursday 30 Nov @ 14–18: Smarter data
Agate: Revealing the invisible
The Agate hyperspectral sensor, which is smaller than a fingertip, has the power to reveal what is invisible to the naked eye or a regular camera. Traditional imaging assigns a main colour (red, green or blue) to each pixel, but hyperspectral imaging uses thousands of colours to capture the full range of information within a single pixel.
MilliScan: World's most convenient security screening system
MilliScan is developing a simple imaging system for safe and effective people screening. The imaging system can detect hidden metallic and non-metallic objects without emitting harmful radiation. With Milliscan’s system, security operators can conduct reliable security checks in a flexible way, on a temporary or permanent basis, as needed.
mTMS: Magnetic brain stimulation helps patients with depression and pain
TMS is a non-invasive way to activate nerve cells by inducing electrical currents in the desired part of the brain. By commercialising the technology, the project aims to bring a new revolutionary multi-locus transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (mTMS) to other research centres and clinics, as well.
Friday 1 Dec @ 10–14: Durable design
CirPa: Bio-based panels for noise control
Fully bio-based acoustic panels with tailored surface patterns maximize noise control and provide aesthetic value as a decorative element. CirPa operates on circular economy principles by exploiting locally available forestry side streams.
PCMI: Energy-efficient insulation made from biomaterials
PCMI offers a solution to the poor energy efficiency of insulations and the use of environmentally harmful raw materials in them. The lightweight, shape-retaining PCMI insulation solution balances temperature changes by self-regulation and made entirely from bio-based materials.
WUUD: Non-toxic and durable wood cladding
WUUD develops embossed, ready-to-install and durable wood panels for architecture and interior design. The beauty of the panels goes beyond the surface: a research-based impregnation process aims to non-toxically improve the durability and fire safety of wood and guarantee up to 50 maintenance-free years.
Friday 1 Dec @ 14–18: Effective process
CuRen-M: Accelerating the energy transition with copper batteries
CuRen-M’s battery technology solution based on copper chemistry drives the global adoption of renewable energy sources and enables more resilient electrical grids and energy systems. CuRen-M’s solution is simpler, more sustainable and scalable than existing alternatives. It enables the bundling of grid services to create value for its end-users.
NPHarvest: Nutrient catchers
NPHarvest recovers the essence of life. Billions of euros worth of good fertilizer nutrients are wasted worldwide every year. With the new technology, NPHarvest can recover both phosphorus and nitrogen from waste flows, reducing treatment costs and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. The recovery process yields profit without the need for subsidies.
VISENTOOLS: Enabling epic business meetings
Visentools aims to level-up the quality of meetings with a groundbreaking business-to-business toolset designed to increase collaboration and improve communication. The toolset comprises an application and physical visualization tools. The solution is based on the latest scientific discoveries from psychology and neuroscience.
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A typical problem in teamwork is an imbalance in participation – a few team members are active but not everyone's voice is heard. The Visentools project uses visual tools and haptic feedback to make workshops and team meetings more participatory and meaningful. The project is funded by Business Finland and has been piloted since May.
A hyperspectral snapshot captures all the light in a scene, not just colours or infrared light. The extra information is useful in many applications, from agriculture and conservation to forensics and food safety.
The innovation diary is a cumulative story following a multidisciplinary innovation team that received funding from Business Finland for 18 months in January 2023. You are welcome to follow the story of team WUUD, a joint project with the school of Arts and school of chemical engineering. The end product is an evironmentally friendly and durable wooden design cladding. The diary is by written by team lead Hemmo Honkonen.
Team plans expansion while adhering to circular economy principles
Aalto University researchers are developing a device that helps support sobriety in conjunction with other treatments, such as psychosocial treatments and pharmaceuticals.
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