Weekly Newsletter 11/2019

This week, you have an excellent opportunity to influence the Aalto strategy, as the great Telegram discussion takes place on Wednesday on the AYY: Advocacy TG channel (www.t.me/AYYadvocacy). Next week, the strategy will be discussed at Tuesday’s afterwork session. Welcome along!

Week 11

Week 12


1. What is the Aalto University of your dreams like? Aalto Strategy @AYY

Strategy work is ongoing at Aalto, and the entire Aalto community is invited to join the influencing! In March, AYY is organising two strategy events aimed especially at students:

AYY’s priority in the strategy work is students’ wellbeing and experience, and both events will focus especially on questions related to these. It is us students who are best aware of students’ everyday life, wellbeing and experience, so come along to share your thoughts and ideas!

You can take a look at the materials on the Aalto strategy at www.aalto.fi/3.0 (requires logging in with Aalto user details).

2. Application period extended: Apply to the Student Union’s Central Election Committee for 2019!

AYY’s highest decision-making body, the 45-member Representative Council, will be elected again next autumn. However, the Council election does not organise itself, so we are in need of volunteers.

Would you like to be involved with making AYY’s next Council election more visible, resonating and participatory than ever?

The call for applications to the Central Election Committee operating at the heart of the Council election is open! For example, the Central Election Committee decides upon the polling and advance polling stations’ locations, establishes the Election Committees, reviews the candidacy notices and agreements on electoral alliances and groups, conducts the recount of the votes and oversees the election proceedings in general. A member of the Central Election Committee is not eligible to stand in the Representative Council election 2019.

Applications to the Central Election Committee are submitted via the electronic form at https://lomake.ayy.fi/hallinto/kvl.

The application period has been extended until Sunday 17 Mar 2019 at 11.59 pm.

Further information: Administrative and HR Manager Johanna Pietiläinen (johanna.pietilainen (a) ayy.fi), +358 50 520 9434.

3. Answer the brand survey for AYY’s sections

The AYY sections are charting the images held by our community of the sections’ brands. If you want to take part in influencing the sections’ brand development work, let your thoughts be known via the attached survey form. Your answers carry particular weight, as they will help further improve the sections’ brands. The questionnaire closes Sunday 24th of March.

Among all respondents, we will raffle VIP and drinks tickets for the Dipoli Wappu or Aalto Afterparty.

You can access the survey here:

FI: http://bit.ly/Jbrandikysely

SV: http://bit.ly/Sbrandforfragan

EN: http://bit.ly/Sbrandquestionnaire

4. AYY is looking for a designer and maker for the Master of Ceremonies’ staff

The Master of Ceremonies’ staff is used at the annual balls and possibly at other ceremonious events of associations or, in the case of AYY, the Student Union. The Master of Ceremonies’ staff is usually around two metres long and has a logo, emblem or other symbol representing the association at its head. The staff usually has a base, which can be either decorative or simple. AYY wants a staff that represents our community. This being the case, we are looking for a designer and maker for our staff! This staff will be used by our Student Union most likely for decades to come at all more ceremonious events, and it will act as an important and valuable symbol of AYY. A reward will be settled upon with the maker.

Submit your design by 24 Mar and leave your handprint in AYY’s history. Read more at https://ayy.fi/en/blog/2019/02/28/ayy-is-looking-for-a-designer-and-maker-for-the-master-of-ceremonies-staff/.

All questions and requests for further information will be answered by Marianne Honkasaari ([email protected], 0409645608).

5. AYY takes part in Ilmastoveivi – Sign the petition and accept the Guild of Architecture’ veggie week challenge

Finland will hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019 from July to December. The goal of the Ilmastoveivi2019 campaign is for Finland, with the support of its people, to make use of the opportunities of its EU presidency period and to firmly promote limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees. In order to achieve this goal, Ilmastoveivi2019 is looking to collect 500,000 signatures for our petition, which will be handed over to the new Prime Minister of Finland in the spring of 2019.

Read more and sign the petition: https://www.ilmastoveivi2019.fi.

P.S. Also accept the Guild of Architecture’s Ilmastoveivi challenge encouraging you to eat vegetarian food for (at least) this week: https://ayy.fi/blog/events/ilmastoveivihaaste-vegeviikko-11 (in Finnish).

6. Jämeräntaival 3 B will complete its renovations in May 2019 – application for the apartments open on 11–24 Mar 2019!

The renovations at Jämeräntaival 3 B are soon completed, and the apartments will be ready for moving in on 2 May 2019. The majority of the completed apartments are single rooms in shared apartments. During the renovations, all surface materials and fixed furnishings in the apartments have been renewed. All AYY members with a right of residence can apply for the apartments. The apartments are applied for in the Domo system, and applications received between 11 Mar and 24 Mar 2019 will be included in the lottery. The apartments will be offered from 25 Mar 2019 onwards. Once all apartments have been offered, the lottery order is dissolved and the applications are placed in a queue based on their scoring and submission date.


7. AYY & KY & TF present: Student Centre info seminar on Mon 25 Mar at 4.15 pm

The Student Centre is a collaborative project of Aalto University Student Union (AYY), Aalto University students of Economics (KY) and Teknologföreningen (TF) for a collective building for students in a central location on the Otaniemi campus, next to the metro station entrance and opposite the Harald Herlin Learning Centre.

What does this mean in practice? This question will be answered by AYY, KY and TF at the info seminar! At the event, you will hear how the project got started, what stage it is in now and what will happen next.

The info seminar takes place in Mordor in A Grid (Otakaari 5) on Monday 25 Mar at 4.15 pm. It will also be streamed for the entire membership to access as well as recorded to be watched afterwards. The info seminar is held in English, but questions can also be asked in other languages.

Questions can be asked at the end of the info session, but you can also ask them in advance using a form. This way, we will be best prepared to tell the membership what they want to know about the Student Centre. The form for questions can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/aQZHGFNgIA1KXaXK2. Please submit your questions by 20 Mar.

8. ESN Dinner in the Dark

Erasmus Student Network presents to you a unique opportunity to give up your vision for an evening and experience your other senses in a novel way while discovering new friends among international students whose appearance remains a mystery!

The event includes a delicious three course meal, with secret ingredients which you should try to guess! Your other senses will also be put to the test by the exciting games we’ve prepared.

Moreover, the blindfold dinner is bigger than ever and is making its first appearance in Servin Mökki! The event will also have participants from Haaga-Helia, Laurea, Metropolia and University of Helsinki.

Ticket sales: Otakaari 1 main lobby 13th March at 11:00-13:00 Online on kide.app, if spots remain

The event takes place on Sunday 24th March from 6 pm onward in Smökki.

Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2161348143952938/ Event can also be found on our webpage https://esnaalto.org/


9. Teekkari basketball team Aalto-Basket is looking for players!

Have you played basketball in the past and would like to continue your hobby during your studies? Join the teams of Aalto-Basket. Aalto-Basket has three men’s teams. The first team plays in the regional 2nddivision, Buckets in the 4th division and Alvars in the 5th division. Want to join us? Send us an email containing your basketball background to [email protected], and the teams’ contact persons will get in touch with you. ALVARS, IN PARTICULAR, IS IN NEED OF NEW PLAYERS!

You can also find Aalto-Basket on Facebook: Aalto-Basket men’s 1st team https://fi-fi.facebook.com/AaltoBasket/ and the Aalto Buckets 2nd team https://www.facebook.com/AaltoBuckets-383329298809998/. Aalto Alvars https://www.facebook.com/aaltoalvars/.


10. Student with an immigrant background: Take part in a workshop

Were you born in Finland, but your parents were born outside of Finland? Or were you born outside of Finland and came to Finland for reasons other than studying?

Finland wants to support everyone’s opportunities to complete a higher education degree. The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre (FINEEC) is organising workshops in different higher education institutions across Finland to gather ideas and best practises to support students with an immigrant background in their studies. We would like to hear about your experiences:

  • What motivated you to apply to the University?
  • How have your studies been going?
  • What challenges have you faced in your studies? Where have you found support?

The workshop at Aalto University will be held on 26 Apr 2019 at 1–2.30 pm at Otakaari 1, 5th floor, in room U523 Top Lounge. Sign up by 4 Apr 2019: [email protected]

More information on the workshop: https://karvi.fi/en/higher-education/thematic-and-system-evaluations/immigrants-in-higher-education/

11. VISTA 30: overall badge and medal competition

In honour of its 30th anniversary year, Landscape Architecture students’ association Vista ry is organising an overall badge and an academic medal competition. The medal will be an emblem for Vista’s Board members whose usage right is granted to old, current and new Board members as well as the competition’s winner. The overall badges can be bought by anyone. The competitions take place on 4 Mar–30 Apr, and all AYY members can take part. There will be a reward of 100 € for the winner of the academic medal competition!
Find out more: https://vista.ayy.fi/?page_id=1437.

12. Facility selection for the Aalto Space application has been extended: School of Business as the latest addition

It can be challenging to find an available facility for studying, group work or negotiations on campus. Aalto Space is a mobile application for Android and iOS devices. You can use it to book study and group work facilities as well as to navigate the campus. During 2019, the number of buildings and the facility selection will be extended to cover multiple new buildings. The School of Business building was added to the application in February 2019.


Finnish: https://www.aalto.fi/fi/uutiset/mobiilisovellus-aalto-space-kehittyy-ja-laajenee-uusiin-rakennuksiin

English: https://www.aalto.fi/news/aalto-space-mobile-application-develops-and-extends-its-range-of-buildings

Swedish: https://www.aalto.fi/sv/nyheter/appen-aalto-space-utvecklas-och-omfattar-allt-fler-byggnader

13. Internet of Everything Hackathon

The Aalto University Centre for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR) organises a one-day hackathon on 14 March on the Otaniemi campus together with Forum Virium Helsinki. Join us to develop applications for innovative urban IoE-based (Internet of Everything) services for Helsinki, to create value for citizens and businesses. You will also have a chance to win a prize worth up to 1000 €!

You can compete in this hackathon as an individual or with a team (max. 5 people). The participants will be working on two real-life use cases from Helsinki, using the City Enabler platform as a starting point. This hackathon is organised in the context of the third phase of the SELECT for Cities project, where IoE-based platforms are being validated in Helsinki and Antwerp. City Enabler is a platform that allows urban service providers (public and private) and the local governments to actively collaborate in utilising urban data. It serves as a single entry point for data, provides data visualisation and analysis and creates opportunities for the development of new city services.

See the demo video that shows the City Enabler platform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPc5JkS0aIM.

Interested? Register at https://goo.gl/forms/ahb5RKy2nkNY0f5h2.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/846151349069229/.

14. Select For Cities Hackathon

Create your own solution making Helsinki a smart city utilising various data sources on INDRA/Minsait’s Onesait IoT and Big Data platform.

What: Hackathon utilising city, environment and other data on the Onesait platform

For whom: Developers, students, Data Scientists, anyone enthusiastic to make cities smart

Skills needed: Familiarity with basic IoT and data analysis concepts, no programming skills


  • Registration by 13 March
  • Selection of best ideas for the challenge: 20 March
  • Challenge: 21–29 March
  • Presentation of awards: 2 April

Prizes: 500 € (3rd), 1500 € (2nd) and 3000 € (1st)

Contact: [email protected]

More information: https://challenge4cities.onesaitplatform.com

15. European Forum Alpbach Scholarship application period 15 Feb–29 Mar 2019

European Forum Alpbach (EFA) is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture. Established in 1945, the annual European Forum Alpbach and our events throughout the year address the relevant socio-political questions of our time. More than 5000 participants and 900 speakers gather in the idyllic village of Alpbach each year to discuss, listen to and share ideas, not forgetting experiencing art and hiking.

The scholarship covers the participation fee, lodging and a little pocket money. The KAUTE foundation and the Finnish Cultural Foundation cover the scholarships for 4 under-30-year-olds from Finland. The scholarships are granted to more than 700 persons annually. Apply here!

What? Widening your world view in 2.5 weeks

Where? In the Alps, at Alpbach

When? 14–30 Aug 2019

Price? Travel expenses

Additional information: https://forumalpbach.fi/en/ or Oliver Heinonen, tel. +358 504668672, www.linkedin.com/in/oliver-heinonen

16. Respond to the quality survey on Aalto student and staff restaurants from 11 to 15 March, 2019

A survey on the quality of the staff and student restaurants will be conducted at Aalto restaurants on the, Otaniemi campus from Mon 11 to Fri 15 March 2019 to collect information on the views of the restaurant users on the e.g. the variety in menus, opening hours, main reasons for the choice of restaurant and the importance of the environmental impact of the food served at the restaurants. At the end of the questionnaire, there is also room for comments and suggestions for improving our services.

You can choose: paper form which is available at the student and staff restaurants or answer online at  www.tutkia.fi/aalto

All respondents are entered into a draw to win, e.g. lunch tickets.

Respond and make a difference! The survey is organised by the Aalto restaurant committee

This is Aalto University Student Union’s weekly newsletter for week 11/2019. The newsletter gives you the news on AYY and its associations and sections, as well as other useful information.

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