Digital and Gamified Solutions to Promote Creative Well-being Industry

The project promotes new business by developing new professional sectors in the interface of digitalization, gamification, tourism, health, and well-being. The project develops an innovation platform that is multidisciplinary and can predictably produce digitalization, gamification, service design and new technology to promote creative economic well-being. The project produces new business by identifying and developing completely new professional sectors into interfaces of digitalization, well-being, tourism, and movement.

Administrator: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences

Digital and Gamified Solutions to Promote Creative Well-being Industry -project 01.09.2017 – 29.02.2020 | ERDF

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Teemu Järvisalo


The project focuses on everyday communication situations in reception centers when refugees are brought in. The project goals are to research, develop and test the suitability of images from Papunet website for use in reception centers. Another goal is to collect previously used images in reception centers. Then develop and create more images into a wider and accessible collection. The images developed and tested in the project can be used to help with interpretation. One result of the project is to develop an easy to use mobile application for image-based communication, Kuvakom. Kuvakom is free to use and can be downloaded to Apple devices from App Store and to Android devices from Google Play Store.

KUVAKO is managed by Humak University of Applied Sciences and is funded by EU Home Affairs Funds. Collaborators of the project are The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (Kehitysvammaliitto), South Eastern University of Applied Sciences and Pohjois-Savon opisto. At the end of the project, the end products are transferred to Papunet and will be responsible for the further development of the materials.

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KUVAKO – kuvakommunikaatio vastaanottokeskuksissa 06.02.2017 – 20.01.2020 | The Ministry of the Interior’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF)

Administrator: Humak University of Applied Sciences
Partial implementers: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences; Pohjois-Savon Opisto; Papunet

More info:
Teemu Järvisalo


CityDrivers project arranged complimentary service design training for creative professionals. An essential part of the training was to develop the real-life cases and services of cities and organizations in multi-disciplinary teams. The service design course was arranged four times. The third implementation was located in Xamk Kouvola campus in the autumn of 2018.

There were two target groups in the project: creative professionals and organizations interested in creative field services. The project goal was to ease both selling and buying of creative services by colliding service providers and potential buyers via course tasks and seminars. Also, we aimed to make creative professionals find new work and earning opportunities from other fields and networks.

Service design training was evaluated and developed after each implementation. Project execution was also evaluated by interviewing participants, teachers and course assignment clients.

More information in our publication

CityDrivers –project 22.5.2017-31.8.2019 | European Social Fund

Administrator: Laurea University of Applied Sciences
Partial implementers: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Ornamo

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Tiina Ikkonen

Startup Passion in the Baltic Sea Region

StartUp Passion in Baltic Sea Region provided their participants with full entrepreneurial experience in the form of an intensive 6-month training program, named 6-step to success. The program was held over the project duration of four years (2015-2019) in the project area Finland, Estonia and Latvia, the project offered free training and mentoring for students who wanted to develop their own business idea.

In that sense, all the participants had the opportunity to get introduced into the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Baltic Sea Region, gained their knowledge and expanded their own network. Participating teams went through all the stages of an entrepreneurial journey: starting with an idea to innovation, first steps of entrepreneurship, the introduction of valued tools for developing their ideas into the next level, appreciated feedback from potential customers as well as from StartUp Passion mentors and coaches. The project produced valuable outcomes and introduced participants into an entrepreneurial mindset thinking. The project aimed to raise awareness and get university students interested in entrepreneurship, it combined competence from higher educational programs, enterprise development agencies to encourage students to take up international entrepreneurship.

One of the project’s objectives was to form cross border teams inside the Baltic Sea Region, to create suitable communication skills for participating teams and to support them in their venture growth. The accomplishment each participant received was trough their own work and achievement, mentors, coaches, and lecturers’ role was to support and facilitate their growth. The overall outcome of the project can be seen as a very positive and acknowledging achievement, by the opportunity we created for students and the international cross border entrepreneurship ecosystem. Also, massive open online course Startup Passion MOOC was developed based on the program, which will be available as part of Xamk’s MOC -offerings.

In 2018 StartUp Passion project won the 1st prize from The Federation of Finnish Enterprises (yrittäjä for “THE BEST INTERNATIONAL PROJECT WITH A GLOBAL TWIST”.

STARPABS – Startup Passion in Baltic Sea Region 01.09.2015 – 31.05.2019 | Central Baltic Region, ERDF

Administrator: Cursor Oy
Partial implementers: South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology, SSE Riga

More info:
Sabine Suorsa


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