Aalto on Tracks - Program Ideas

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  1. Add more value for the customers!

    Today all companies are providing services to their customers. The biggest challenges and opportunities in services are to add more value than competitors.

    I want to have workshop and brainstorming about how we can create innovative
    services, and most important thing: how we can add more value to our customers.

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    • International Days & Nights

      Aalto highly promotes cultural exchange and many international students will also join Aalto on Tracks. So let's have one day dedicated to every participating nationality and culture, with traditional food and drinks (guys, you might want to bring some from home to show off ;) ), music, dance and customs to get to know each other better.

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      • VPN subscription need, perhaps

        You want to get a VPN beforehand if you want guaranteed access to your Facebook etc. Chances are most sites will be unblocked for the duration of the Expo but you can't be sure. This time it's like 5 months, not several weeks like in '08.

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        • A studio for playing and enjoying music

          This could be done in a car shared with other events needing a bit more space. Bring or build your own musical equipment!

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          • Tacky Tourist Party

            What better way to spend an evening in a train than having a theme party? Pack your Hawaiian shirts, fanny packs and of course my favorite socks with sandals. You can also imitate the Finnish hit TV series Matkaoppaat ="Tour guides".

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            • A train car with glass/open roof

              Glass roof might be hard to get.. :) But an open car could in theory be arranged from some cargo car, and be warm enough in May nights. The Siberian starry skies could give nice atmosphere for late night conversations. And an open car wouldn't be so bad in daytime either.

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              • Russian schnaps roulette

                Sample schnaps from each stop the train makes and rate them. Optionally with a cigar and a deck or two of playing cards.

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                • Distance posts to mark our trip way

                  It can be very symbolic to put a small piece of Finnish granite on each significant train stop with written on it "AALTO ON TRACKS", to mark our trip-way. And maybe bed out a karelian birch or other typically Finnish tree on the each train stop.

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                  • Company logos on the train!

                    One way to attract corporate sponsorship would be to allow our sponsors to decorate the train from the outside! In this way our train would stand out and attract attention. What better way to advertise a company than to have it's logo on a train full of excellent people :)
                    Also a huge "Aalto" logo on the side of the train ...

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                    • Promoting Aalto and Finland en route

                      While stopping at different locations and towns, "Aalto on track" could have (in cooperation with local university or government) a short seminar/workshop/lecture where we could talk about Finland and the Aalto University. For example, we could present our research and share ideas with students from local universities or have a screening of Finnish movies at a local community center.

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                      • adventure for local food

                        we can hold a competition for adventure of exotic food. Firstly, divide all of us into several teams, then start our treasure(food) hunting at specific stops. The host of the game will public some special elements, such shrimp, rosemary, fish, sushi or special food elements in that area. Then each team have to enjoy some food include all those element in time. Which finish it as fast and complete as them can. then they can continue the contest at next stop.

                        through this adventure, we can have some special experience at some town or city we pass by, and have…

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                        • Let's find out if Chinese corporations pay for our trip?

                          They have lots of money and a great need for Aalto-kind professionals. Maybe they are willing to pay great amount of money to get us to visit their facilities and let us know about them... After all, Chinese are probably ruling the world in few decades and contacts don't hurt!

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                          • Toy factory on tracks

                            Making traditional Finnish, Russian and Chinese toys, thematic workshops is at least a good time-spending. All the toys made during the trip can be presented on the exhibition in China, Russia, Finland... maybe in Mongolia :)
                            Toys are things which were maybe first made by human being after invention a wheel. Toys have very important cultural aspect, and at least there will be more presents for people who will be met during the trip.

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                            • IT infrastructure from Nokia, Cisco etc.

                              To take the maximum from the innovation potential of 100 excellent students we need to have an IT infrastructure that supports it. This infrastructure should be mobile, flexible and robust. For example, if we are going to set up a workshop in some local community building with less than good IT we should be able to easily set up projectors, printers and WLAN (which would also be able to connect to our main servers on the train 5-10 kilometers away to transmit/store pictures, video etc) etc. This is an excellent way to show everybody that Finland is No. 1 country…

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                              • A Photo Booth

                                In train should be a photo booth with small white board. Taken photo with hand written message would be uploaded to photoblog. It would be easy to share feelings and happenings from train to everyone in internet.

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                                • A tea ceremony in a train.

                                  The idea is to organize a tea ceremony with as many attributes as possible: music, dresses, tea :), Chinese cups etc.
                                  For instance It can be done everyday in one and the same time in the same coupe. And participants will also have chance to learn a little bit how to organize Chinese Tea Ceremony by themselves.

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                                  • A poster with our photos and flags of our countries in a poster!

                                    Let's make a poster with the flag of the country and a photo of each traveler on-board the train! Thus we can know how many different students from different countries we can meet. COOL!

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                                    • Local speakers

                                      What if we invite some local interesting people on our train to hear them speak about what they do and how they live and have a discussion?

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                                      • "Siperia opettaa" art performance in Siberia!

                                        "Siperia opettaa" is saying in Finnish (siberia will teach you) related to history where the opposition was sent to siberia for forced labour. I have an idea for art performance, where we can rethink "Siperia opettaa" phrase and arrange art performance where all 100 people can take part in!

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                                        • new Kalevala epos

                                          There can be made two things:
                                          1. Kalevela pictures can be drawn in Chinese or Russian style during this trip (people will get a lot of impressions, and maybe some of them would like to participate in this art project)
                                          2. Our trip can be described in a poetry in a Kalevala style - it will be a modern Finnish epos which will be represented in book.

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