LABs - overview
Oamk LABs - A UNIQUE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, WHERE LEARNING IS BASED ON STUDYING AND WORKING IN INTERDISCIPLINARY AND INTERNATIONAL PROJECT TEAMS, TARGETING THE DEVELOPMENT OF PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND START-UPS.
Oamk LABs are an innovative and expanding pre-incubator program at Oulu University of Applied Sciences that focus on entrepreneurship and multidisciplinary learning. Growing from our original LAB – Oulu Game LAB – which focuses on the creation of multidisciplinary teams to build prototypes, products and then start-ups targeting the global games industry. We also have two more LABs: DevLAB which focuses on health, wellbeing and technology. Another one is EduLAB which focuses on the global education technology industry. All work in LABs is conducted in English and programs are full-time and last 4 months (every semester).
The participants of LABs include advanced university students in the fields of software design, graphic design, business and marketing as well as health, education and other professional fields. We also admit international exchange students and professionals for retraining as well as students from our partner LABs in places like Japan (Global LAB Sendai), Netherlands (Groningen Game LAB) and Romania (Game LAB TM) . We also partner with existing national and international companies to support the concept design and prototyping processes.
Cornerstones of the LAB-model are work-life orientation, creative problem-solving, concept development, learning by doing, internationalization, entrepreneurship, interdisciplinarity and broad competence-base among participants. Oamk LABs enables learning by experiencing and practical work. We at Oamk LABs encourage making mistakes, that’s the best way to learn!
RESULTS SO FAR
5 years of experience
15 new start-up enterprises
59 prototype demos
152 product concepts
600 new professionals
Over 15 000 ECTS credits
We are currently expanding the LAB-model to new fields, such as health, education and more!