HICT at Slush 2015

Thu, 19.11.2015

Researchers from the Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT) participated to Slush. HICT granted five best doctoral students from the course Pitch training for ICT research, with a ticket to Slush.

In 2015, Slush brought together 15.000 attendees, including 1.700 startups, 800 venture capital investors and 630 journalists from exactly 100 countries. People from more than half of the world’s countries traveled to the cold and dark Helsinki, with the ambition of taking their business to the next level.
Slush is a non-profit event organized by a community of entrepreneurs, investors, students and festival organizers. Although Slush has grown from a 300-person event to become one of the leading events of its kind in the world, the philosophy behind it has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.
This year, Slush hosted also a science pitch competition. Antti Poikola participated and was one of the pitch finalists. See more about the project on #mydata A Nordic Model for human-centered personal data management and processing (HIIT news).
HICT asked from doctoral students what did they gain at Slush:
  • I have a project that will probably turn into a start-up rather soon. We found some collaborators/competitors and heard interesting talks about the subject.
  • Next year I'm planning to take part with the start up -pass. Participating as a conference attendee is like being as a tourist at the gold rush; the main lesson learnt was to get more involved in order to get more out of this cultural mode of our time.
  • Ideas and missions of many start ups were great but the technical scope appears often very limited. As researchers, we probably would have a lot to give, if we just found the companies that are doing the appropriate things.
  • Slush helped to set the research scene to a broader context. Researchers timeline is very long as compared to what other people are working with. We can really try to do revolutionary things! Most start ups have far less time to achieve anything. However, we probably compensate this by doing even more difficult things. I felt that learning to know the limitations present in this scene would help appreciate the resources that are available to us as researchers.
The Helsinki Doctoral Education Network in Information and Communications Technology (HICT)  is a collaborative doctoral education network hosted by HIIT