Full service for remote workers
Aki Kauranen also acted as a mentor in these student projects. His co-mentor was Teppo Leinonen, the Managing Director of the South Savo Chamber of Commerce. One of the projects they mentored focused on multilocality, and Leinonen considers this as a very interesting and contemporary topic.
‘I can see several possibilities in the multi-locality trend for the South Savo region, since we have a lot of second homes and cabins in this area’, Leinonen points out.
The student team came up with an interesting concept of Mökkeli, and Leinonen thinks the solution is insightful – even the name. (Note: Mökki means cabin in English.) The concept provides a fresh perspective on increasing the attractiveness of Mikkeli and its surroundings as a location for remote working.
‘Mökkeli is a service platform that provides customizable service packages for remote workers and cabin-goers year-round. All services, like food deliveries, transportation or cleaning services are easily ordered online. Mökkeli provides services also for cabin owners who are interested is leasing out their cabins’, student Asko Keinonen explains about the concept his team planned.
Leinonen was very impressed by the way the students identified the target group as the next generation of cabin-goers and young adults who live in cities. The requirements this key audience has are different from the needs of an older generation.
Leinonen said that it was fun to see the students work, and the outcome was professional: ‘This kind of concept provides new ways for carefree vacationing for e.g. families from the capital region who don’t own a car.’
New event to make city centre more attractive
Kati Häkkinen, Operations Manager of Mikke ry, mentored a student team who focused on the impact of digitalization on city centres. The trend of increasing online shopping is reducing the number of visitors in the Mikkeli city centre, and the team’s challenge was to find solutions on how to make it more valuable and desirable for people to visit the downtown area. The team presented a concept of a Silent Disco.
Student Julita Koski describes the concept: ‘A silent disco is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. There would be very little noise, so the event is suitable for locations where noise would otherwise bother people in the surrounding area. Silent Disco will attract people to visit the city centre, and it can be arranged as an individual event or it can be a part of other events.’
Häkkinen points out that new ideas are always welcome. She appreciates how smart and curious the students were, and how maturely they approached the challenges.
‘I can use the ideas in my strategic work. Students have plenty of potential, and I will definitely want to cooperate with Aalto University again’, Häkkinen says.