What if we didn’t use plastic?

How could we replace it?

General Info


Plastic Free Challenge is an innovation challenge with a two-day event, where the goal is to innovate new ways to use sustainable (packaging) materials! We want your input in creating a more sustainable ecosystem and your views on how to use resources more efficiently. Start working on your idea now and come to Kotka to get mentoring and to put final touches in your pitches!


3.12. – 4.12.
In Xlab Kotka, Kirkkokatu 20, 48100 Kotka. More information about Xlab Kotka at www.xlabkotka.fi


Anyone, who is interested in tackling the challenges of a sustainable future! We are looking for students from different backgrounds, from business, environmental engineers, designers, ITC and others!


The event agenda will be here soon


Register for the event it Peppi [MO00DO88-3002 Innoleiri 2 op] and join the course in Learn* to get 2 ECTS

Check the pre-challenge tasks in Learn (search Plastic Free Challenge, learn.xamk.fi)

The deadline for the pre-challenge tasks is 2.12.

Work on your idea before the event, sketch your pitch presentation and join us at 3.12. in Kotka to finish your idea!

!! We will contact everyone registered in Peppi closer to the event to inform you about transportation and other important things.


2 ECTS if you do the pre-challenge tasks and pitch your idea

Networking opportunities, learn new things, make new contacts!

Participate in a Seminar in Pyhtää to pitch your idea

..and much more!


Register for the event before the end of 30.11.



Food and beverage packaging

How new materials could be used for food and beverage packaging. Innovative and new ways to ditch plastic, minimize waste and how to efficiently use resources.


Beyond packaging

Innovate new ways to fight plastic or use sustainable materials in other cases.





Start working on your idea, when inspiration strikes!


  1. Register for the event it Peppi and join the course in Learn* to get 2 ECTS
    Peppi MO00DO88-3002 Innoleiri 2 op/ECTS and Learn -course, Plastic Free Challenge
    (You can also participate in the event without gaining credits, but more detailed information will be sent to students registered in Peppi and in Learn)
  2. See the preliminary tasks and start brainstorming your idea on your own or with a team
  3. Create a short presentation and pitch to support your idea. the presentation doesn’t need to be perfect yet, you can work on it at 3.12. in Kotka.
  4. Participate in the innovation day on 3.12. in Kotka. More information about transportation etc. provided later on.


*Moodle will be replaced by Learn in Xamk, so the material and tasks will be in Learn, learn.xamk.fi

EVENT AGENDA 3. - 4.12.


9:00 Welcome coffee’s at Kotka Market Square, Cafe Paussi
10:00 Introduction: Welcome & Workshop Goals. Introduction to Lego Serious Play @ Xlab Kotka
10:45 Exploration of the topic, Building Insights and Customer Profiles with LSP
11:30 Lunch break
12:30 Ideation of solutions, Brainwriting Experience Prototyping with LSP
13:30 Break
13:45 Building Customer Journeys with LSP
15:00 Summary and next steps
16:00 End of workshop
17:00 Time to work on your ideas and mentoring, more info at the event


8:00 Breakfast @ Sokos Hotel Seurahuone
10:00 Working on the ideas @ Xlab Kotka
Transport to Pyhtää, departure @ Xlab Kotka
11:15 Pitching at Pyhtää
12:00 Lunch break
13:00 Seminar speeches and free time
16:00 Winners announcements
16:15 Back to Kotka, end of the event

Event venue

Xlab Kotka, Kirkkokatu 20


What if I can’t come to Kotka? Can I participate online?
Yes, you can do the pre-challenge tasks and do your pitch via Skype/Teams on 4.12.!

I haven’t been at an event like this. What do I need to know/do?
Have an open mind and ready for teamwork. Work on your idea online on your own or with a team and join us in Kotka for the event days. Bring with you all things necessary (see packing check-list)

What if I don’t know anybody there?
Don’t worry! You will meet new people and make new friends! It’s part of the experience.

Do I need to have a prototype?
No, a prototype is not necessary. If you have a mock-up or a sketch of your idea thats great!

I don’t know much about packaging/waste management/…
Don’t sweat! You don’t need to be an expert about the topic. You have time to learn and remember to think outside the box!

How about accommodation/sleep?
We will send more information about the situation. We’ll try to arrange everyone to have a place to stay in Kotka. Remember to get some sleep during the event!


What to pack

Laptop & charger
Phone & charger
Toothbrush, toothpaste & deodorant
Clothes (pyjamas, socks, t shirt)
Towel & facewash / bodywash / soap / shampoo
Sleeping bag / blanket / pillow & mattress
Medicines eg . Allergy

Keyboard / mouse
USB key(s)

Playing cards
Sleeping mask
Pen / Pencil / Paper

The event is organized by Xlab – Yhteys yrityksiin project





@xlabkotka on social media


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