Oamk LABs enter the US!

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Last week a formal memorandum was signed between the University of Vermont (UVM) in the United States and the Oulu University of Applied Sciences. Specifically, this collaboration will be spearheaded through the College of Education and Social Studies at the University of Vermont and Oulu EduLAB at Oamk to encourage long-term collaboration in the field of education and innovation. The relationship targets to see the first students from Vermont to join Oulu EduLAB in August 2018.

Pictured at the signing ceremony are (standing, left to right) Associate Professor Kieran Killeen, Associate Dean Penny Bishop, UVM Office of International Education Director Kim Howard, with (seated, left to right) Blair Stevenson of Oulu EduLAB and CESS Dean Scott Thomas. (photo credit: David Seaver)

GCEC Award!

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More global recognition of Oamk LABs!

Oamk LABs has won the award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship Teaching and Pedagogical Innovation from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC) at their 2017 conference in Halifax, Canada.

Made up of 225+ university-based entrepreneurship centers from around the world, the GCEC showcases and celebrates the very best of university entrepreneurship each year by awarding the top entrepreneurship programs in eight (8) categories of which excellence in entrepreneurship teaching and pedagogical innovation is one.

Pictured (left to right) are: Elana Fine from the University of Maryland (Chair, GCEC Awards Committee); Brad Burke of Rice University (Chair, GCEC Executive Committee) and Blair Stevenson accepting the award on behalf of the Oamk LABs team.

GATE 2 results are in!

  TEAM SPICY PRESENTING THEIR GAME "PAIN GOLF".

TEAM SPICY PRESENTING THEIR GAME "PAIN GOLF".


The seven surviving teams from Gate 1 pitched their games once again on friday.

The game pitches were evaluated by a jury of five game industry professionals, and their scores were combined with the scores given earlier based on the quality of the teams' Game Design Documents and Business Canvases.

The following are the final scores of Gate 2:

Team Spicy                                       - 8.8
Red Shirt Guys                                 - 8.5
Death by Overwork                         - 7.8
Arktik Kirkle (Former High Rock)  - 7.2
Nighthare                                         - 6.7
Smokers                                           - 5.4
Total Gore Fun                                 - 5.3

Which means that teams Smokers and Total Gore Fun drop out of the demo path, and their team members will be joining the remaining teams.

GATE 1 results are in!

  We had an awesome Jury made out of Chris, Mitsutaka Mitch Yasuda, Anne Ryynänen, Ville Autio and Martin Jaššo.

We had an awesome Jury made out of Chris, Mitsutaka Mitch Yasuda, Anne Ryynänen, Ville Autio and Martin Jaššo.

Eleven teams pitched their games on Friday's Gate 1, of which seven will continue their demo path until Gate 2.

The game pitches were evaluated by a jury of five game industry professionals, and their scores were combined with the scores given earlier based on the quality of the teams' Game Design Documents and Business Canvases.

The following teams are continuing after Gate 1:

Total Core Fun - Broken Code
High Rock - Q.Bix
Death by Overwork - Ninja not a samurai
Abandoned Crater - Smolder
Red Shirt Guys - Aethon
Smokers - Heavy Metal
Team Spicy - Pain Golf

Thanks for the great presentations everyone, and congratulations for the teams that got through the Gate 1!

The GATE 3 results are in!

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Last Friday 26.5. Oulu Game LAB hosted the GATE 3 event at the Fingersoft auditorium, and we were honored to have some very prestigious judges, such as Christopher Hamilton (Rovio), Ilari Kuittinen (Housemarque), Jussi Autio (Free2app, Ex-Reborn), Minna Eloranta (Secret Exit), and Reko Ukko (Seriously). 

The results from the GATE 3 are as follows:

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However, due to departing team members, the teams that will be continuing to the Game Path are World's End Casino and Real Adventure.

Oamk LABs – “GATE 2” event, 23.2. WELCOME!

As you may know, LABs are a competitive process and LAB teams must present their concepts during pitch events called, Gates.  After Gate 1 (1.2.) 8 teams continued team working
and now is the time to face the next challenge. 

The next presentation day “Gate 2 event” is on Thursday 23rd of February where some of the projects will be screened out. Presentations will be 5-10 minutes/team and after pitching there will be five minutes for comments and questions. Teams are also pithing their great ideas at the lobby of Kotkantie campus during the lunchtime in the Quick Pitch session!

Come and see which projects might have a chance to pass the Gate 2. Project themes are from different fields of industries for example health & wellbeing, educational technologies, cloud services and applications.

Time: 23.2.2017 at 9-12.30
Place: Oamk Kotkantie campus, Kotkantie 1, Auditorio 1
           

Oamk LABs team received the second highest honor at the 2016 ECIE conference awards!

Ulla-Maija Seppänen, Blair Stevenson, Janne Karjalainen & Kari-Pekka Heikkinen together with Jouko Isokangas participated last week at the 2016 ECIE European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The conference has been held annually for 11 years all over the world and this year it was hosted by JAMK University of Applied Science and Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics between 15th and 16th of September.

The conference hosted also a contest for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teaching Excellence Award. Altogether 40 entries from 18 countries were participating to the contest and out of those 30 competitors were invited to send their full case histories. A panel of expert judges worked to find the most innovative cases and in the end 12 entries had a chance to present their cases in the conference at stage. Oamk LABs made it to the final TOP three and came second! The winning case was presented by an individual teacher from the Dublin City University.

The award was a great opportunity to showcase Oamk LABs and demonstrate the quality of our programs to national and international participants. Our presentations have already led to expanded opportunities for collaboration. Next year the conference will be held in Paris, France, so our team felt there’s something to be still improved. :)

More information about the conference:

www.academic-conferences.org/conferences/ecie/

Conference articles:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0hTvRx1jyNdTXZrMnRiVG9XUE...

Oamk LABs Case History for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Excellence Award

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