Rocky but productive road of the project

Race4Scale – Development of automotive and motorsport -project was launched in May of 2020 during the time when covid-19 pandemic was ravaging the world. Two years later, Russia attacked Ukraine. Finnish and Russian partners were never able to meet each other physically due to the reasons mentioned previously and the whole project had to be executed remotely. Despite all the hardships the project was able to wrap things up and produced interesting research results that will be reviewed in the final seminar on 24th of November.

Race4Scale-project cooperated with Russian project partners (Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University LETI, union representing automotive industry Autoprom North-West” and technology center Kudrovo). In Finland the project was administered by Xamk and the project partners were Taitaja and Ksao from Kouvola. Taitaja and Kouvola were joined in 2022 and formed Kouvola Vocational Institute Eduko.


Workshops and events as research methods

Various workshops and events were executed during the project and the central theme in each were inspecting and developing the different point of views and possibilities of automotive industry and the educational institutes of the industry.

One of these events is Teacher’s Week, which was created in the cooperation with South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences Xamk and Kouvola Vocational Institute Eduko. The theme of the event was good practices in education. Teacher’s Week was arranged twice, both having interesting topics such as utilizing the modern technology in education and continuous learning.

A workshop named Futures Workshop was created during the project that was also arranged twice. The focal points of the workshops were to identify opportunities for competence development with new and emerging technologies related to virtual, augmented and mixed reality environments, and cross-border collaboration between the Kymi Valley and the Saint Petersburg region. Shared curriculum was piloted based on the previously mentioned cooperation.

Futures Lab Logistics was a series of workshops in which the theme was to identify possible future changes and asses their potential impact on the logistics industry.

Innocamp – Automotive Innovation Camp (AIC) was four-day experience for the student teacher-industry interaction in the cross-border context. Focus of the camp was the weak signals and disruptive technologies in the cross-border automotive and motosport industry. Students from the secondary and tertiary partner educational institutions organized in the Finnish-Russian multicultural and multidisciplinary groups solved multidisciplinary challenges of the automotive and motorsport industry. Kymiring customer and service selection profiling was utilized during the event.


Topics about future logistics and customer experience of automotive industry

The workshops and events will be discussed in better detail during the seminar. Key-note speakers of the seminar are Heikki Liimatainen and Erika Kallionpää from Tampere University and Nikhil Phadnis from LUT University. Heikki Liimatainen is a leading scientist in the field of sustainable transport in Finland. He leads Transport Research Centre Verne at Tampere University. He has also been awarded for his merits in science communications in mass media. Erika Kallionpää has experience in several research projects related to transportation, logistics and supply chain management. Her research interests focus particularly on the environmental performance of supply chains, sustainability of logistics and customer value creation in supply chains. Nikhil Phadnis is a doctoral student in innovation management and consultant for fortune 1000 companies specializing in TRIZ methods in multiple domains for ex. energy, automobile, consumer products and Lifesciences and chemicals. He has experience in new product development, new process development, adjacent market identification and technology forecasting in different industries.

The topics of key-note speakers will focus on the same themes as previously mentioned workshops and events focused on but there will also be interesting new point of views present, such as how voice of customer and voice of product correlate with each other in the automotive industry.


Race4Scale-final seminar is held on 24th of November 2022 starting at 10.15 AM in South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences Kotka campus, on the 3rd floor in the room 4005B (Pääskysentie 1, 48220 Kotka). Seminar is organized as a hybrid event, meaning that you can either attend the seminar by coming to the location or you can attend remotely via Zoom. No pre-registration is required. Attend the seminar via Zoom by clicking here.

You can check out the more detailed program of the seminar by clicking here.




More information:

Race4Scale Final Project Seminar – Xamk 

Jarmo Kujanpää, project manager |