24.2. 2015 Ict

Linda Liukas and Miki Kuusi in Turku on the 6th of March!

The 4th Turku ICT Week takes place in Turku Science Park 2-6 March 2015. Several events include e.g. SparkUp Friday on 6th of March. Key note speakers are Linda Liukas and Miki Kuusi.

You are warmly welcomed to join the SparkUp Friday event on the 6th of March at 14.00-16.00 to listen the success stories of two young entrepreneurs Linda Liukas and Miki Kuusi! The event will take place in Conference Centre Mauno (BioCity, Tykistökatu 6), is free of charge and coffee is served in the lobby of Mauno before the event. The language of the event is English. Registration: https://www.lyyti.fi/group/SparkUp_Friday

SparkUp Friday is a part of Turku ICT Week, which is organized for the 4th time during the first week of March 2015. The week is a result of combined efforts of people working in the ICT sector of Turku and the aim is to form new partnerships and networks and learn from internationally acclaimed experts. More information: www.turkuictweek.fi

LINDA LIUKAS

Linda is a programmer, storyteller and illustrator. Her proposed children's book, Hello Ruby, made its debut on Kickstarter and quickly smashed its $10.000 funding goal after just 3,5 hours and gathering 380.000 dollars in total funding. Linda is a central figure in the world of programming and has worked on edutech already before it was called that. Linda is the founder of Rails Girls, a global phenomenon teaching the basics of programming for young women all over the world. The workshops, organised by volunteers in over 160 cities, have in a few years taught more than 10.000 women the foundations of programming. She previously worked at Codecademy, a programming education company in New York with over 5 million users all over the world, but left to work on the children's book which she believes is one of the best platform to introduce kids to programming. Linda has studied in business, design and engineering in Aalto University and product engineering in Stanford University.

MIKI KUUSI

Miki is the Co-founder and CEO of Wolt, a startup company which has invented a mobile app for making and paying restaurant and cafeteria orders. Wolt's idea is to reduce waiting times at lunch restaurants and cafés by allowing you to pre-order (and pre-pay) while additionally letting you skip the lines. Wolt has reportedly raised €400.000 seed, and has recruited a good team behind the product. Miki is also well-known from being the main organizer of Slush from 2011 to 2015 and still continues being a Board Member of the organization. Slush is the focal point for startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. In 2014, Slush brought together over 14.000 attendees and more than 3.500 companies for the two-day event. More than 750 investors came to Helsinki to meet startups in nearly 3.800 pre-booked meetings. Next Slush will take place in Helsinki on November 11-12th, 2015.