News

High school students got a taste of the limitless possibilities of technology at Shaking up Tech

Linda Liukas

In the Shaking up Tech event at Aalto University on 11 October 2018, high school students met women who rule the world of technology. Especially the inspirational talks made a strong impression on the students.

200 young women from various high schools in Finland took part in Shaking up Tech event at Aalto University on the International Day of the Girl 11 October. The morning's talks from tech influencers—receiving loud cheers—outlined the various and exciting education and career opportunities in the field of technology.

Shaking up Tech enhanced participants' interest in technology.

Shaking up Tech significantly enhanced participants' interest in the fields of technology. It more than doubled the amount of respondents that are very interested in technology.

Programmer and author Linda Liukas encouraged the students to reflect on their inner self and their own strengths to change the world—and find their own unique place in the world of technology.

Other speakers included Annu Nieminen from The Upright Project, Hanna Nikkilä from Microsoft, Professor of Energy Technology and Energy Economics Sanna Syri, Professor of Statistics Pauliina Ilmonen, and Irena Bakić who leads the CodeBus Africa project from Aalto University.

In her speech Annu Nieminen talked about using artificial intelligence to assess the overall impact of companies on the world, and Pauliina Ilmonen described her love for mathematical theorems and formulas and how easy it easy it is to mislead and create alternative truths with statistical information.

In the workshops, some of the participants got to combine mathematics and art, some had their first try at coding, while others had a chance to produce a new kind of cellulose-based textile fibre from recycled materials.

During the study fair in the evening, students were able to get to know Aalto University’s study opportunities and student life, and also meet the event’s partner companies. At the fair, they were also introduced to Valo Motion’s Augmented Climbing Wall which took off from an Aalto University research project and has since been sold to multiple countries around the world.

Shaking up Tech will be organised in 2019 as well.

  • Published:
  • Updated:
Share
URL copied!

Related news

Opiskelija Niina Tapanainen talvella Otaniemessä.
Studies Published:

Student Niina Tapanainen: I study technology because I want to improve people's lives

During her bachelor's studies, Niina selected information technology as her major. She is encouraging people to be open-minded about combining technology and the humanities.
three models wearing candle headpieces and capes
Research & Art, Studies, University Published:

Fashion Design graduates among finalists in the Designers' Nest competition

Graduates from Fashion Design are once again paving the way for Finnish fashion design with their innovative and unique collections.
Sustainability day
Studies Published:

Open University course Sustainability in Business begins in February 2021

Join our sustainability course and deepen your understanding of how business operations impact society and the environment, and what kind of roles organizations can play in addressing sustainability challenges.
Opiskelija Zachary Burda Dipolin edessä talvella Otaniemessä.
Studies Published:

Student Zachary Burda wants to develop robots that make people's everyday lives easier

Zachary studies automation and he has admired Aalto's modern and entrepreneur-friendly outlook since he was in upper secondary school