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Shaking up Tech – a runaway success in 2018 – is expanding across Finland

Last year Shaking Up Tech, which encourages women to enter the field of technology, was fully booked in an hour. Thanks to the event’s expansion, more than 400 high school students can attend this year.
Vuoden 2018 Shaking up Tech -tunnelmia. Kuvat: Mikko Raskinen ja Matti Ahlgren.
Shaking up Tech in 2018. Images: Mikko Raskinen and Matti Ahlgren, Aalto University.

On 10 October 2019, Aalto University, LUT University and University of Tampere will host a coordinated Shaking Up Tech event, which aims to inspire young women to study technology after high school.
 
The first ever Shaking up Tech event took place last year and was a great hit. The event was fully booked in just over an hour and brought 200 high school students to Aalto University. Based on feedback, their interest in technology has grown significantly.
 
Now the Shaking up Tech event is expanding to LUT University and University of Tampere.
 
The event will take place simultaneously at all three universities, and the structure of the event will also be the same at all the sites. The day will begin with speeches by women who work in the field of technology and a student panel, and continue after lunch with workshops and an event fair.
 
In last year’s Shaking up Tech event, Professor Pauliina Ilmonen from Aalto University enjoyed the good networking atmosphere from the podium.
 
‘Last year, the versatility of the technology field was reflected in the speakers at the event. There are many different professions and career choices in the field of technology, whether you're a theorist or an implementer. It is important and great to see that there is a large number of young women interested in technology,’ Ilmonen says.
 
Riina Salmimies, Dean of School of Engineering Science at LUT University, is pleased to be able to get involved in encouraging and inspiring young women to join the field of technology.
 
‘The subject is hugely important and very current. Aalto university has done a great job in opening the way to sister events,’ Salmimies says.
 
Professor and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research Sciences Minna Kellomäki has already been confirmed as a speaker in Tampere.
 
‘Events for high school students are important because there is only rather superficial information online. I will talk to the high school students about the activities of our multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence, which includes a wide range of experts in materials technology, imaging, computing and cell technology, as well as chemists, cell biologists and doctors,’ Kellomäki says.
 
In Finland, only about 20% of students in the field of technology are female, and in some programmes only one in ten students is a female. There is, however, a growing need for technology experts in Finland and worldwide, and all interested should apply regardless of their gender. This can diversify the contents of technology, and then it can better serve the whole society.
 
If we can ignite the flame of interest in young women, we can truly influence the future for all of us.
 
‘Technology is needed everywhere, whether it is to produce clean water here on our planet or to produce clean air on Mars. When it comes to educational and career choices, it is good to boldly tackle difficult subjects and always believe in your own ability to do anything,’ Salmimies says.

Further information:

Shaking up Tech

Marja Niemi
Development Manager
Aalto University
[email protected]
Tel. +358 50 430 2084
 
Johanna Naukkarinen
Post-doctoral researcher
LUT University
[email protected]
Tel. +358 40 685 3134

Päivi Mäkitalo
Planning Officer
Tampere University
[email protected]
Tel. +358 40 198 1488

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