3 (not very usual) reasons why Rovaniemi is a superb city for Dash Lapland

What’s the secret recipe for innovation? To many of us the ideas are born “on-the-go” when we spend time somewhere else than behind our desk at workplace. This change of scenery will break and disturb the normal. That’s exactly, the first reason Rovaniemi suits well for Dash Lapland. Rovaniemi is Finland’s northernmost  province and to be honest, on a world scale, it is a small city in the middle of Lapland.

What if you would do things differently this April? What would be a better way to boost your creativity than spending a weekend in a capital of Lapland. Where northern lights, wild life, cold winter nights are near you and innovative and passionate people around you.

Did you know that the Rovaniemi is the largest city in European Union? Hell yeah it's true. Not by population but the size of land area. There’s plenty of room for your ideas to grow. The second reason for Rovaniemi to be perfect place for Dash Lapland. Rovaniemi gives you the freedom, not only, to see differently but also to think. If there is anything Lapland has been known worldwide it is the space. Take that freedom of space and use it as a canvas for the idea generation.

One might think Rovaniemi that far away place, why in the heck organise something in there, instead more south? Rovaniemi has much more to offer than it first would seem: did you know that Lapin yliopisto, located in Rovaniemi, offer state-of-the-art facilities for its students interested on service design.  For instance, Sinco-lab, in Lapin yliopisto, is a space dedicated for testing and finding out the touchpoints for customer journey. These facilities are the third reason. But the true potential lies in the people doing the work. In the end, a building is only a empty shelf without the people in it. These amazing facilities combined with this unused potential, the question is, how could we organise it anywhere else?

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One challenge, one group, one weekend and one solution.
Dash Lapland combines real working life problems and finds motivated people who develop solutions which solve problems or can be innovations nobody has thought of before.

Hi there! There’s one risk if you continue reading. You might get inspired. Actually, I want to ask you when was the last time you got inspired like 1110%? I want to tell you about Dash Lapland, what the heck it is and why we are organizing Europe’s biggest design hackathon in Rovaniemi, Lapland. Are you ready to get inspired?

Dash Lapland finds interesting challenges from different fields of work, seeks motivated people and puts them in multidisciplinary teams, equips teams with design tools and gathers them in Rovaniemi. The team receives the challenge and for two weeks, drills into the problem and creates an understanding of the problems and the context. All this culminates 12.-14.4.2019 in Rovaniemi when the team gathers together for a weekend full of creative, fun and inspiring action to build up a solution which can be a service prototype or even a strategic innovation. This intensive weekend is what we call design hackathon. It combines creative people from different fields and design in order to create solutions which can be a start of something big in your life!

If you want to learn about design tools, challenge your creativity, network with companies and find like-minded people, we want to invite you to Dash Lapland. Everything happens in Rovaniemi, deep in the Arctic Circle where the wildness and mystique come to life in nature and creativity. Established by Aaltoes, DASH the design hackathon has been Europe’s biggest design hackathon since 2017. Now DASH leaves the capital area and gathers together the brave of the north. If this is something you are stoked about, stay tuned and mark those days!