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If I am not me, who da hell am I?

When I agreed to write this blog post about a week ago, I did it for the same reason that I sometimes wonder whether I should start my own personal blog. The reason is that when I read news about recent politics or some other events concerning society, I almost always get pissed off and I would like to have some way of saying my opinion. In other words, I enjoy ranting about stuff. However, this week was an exceptional one in my life, since I wasn’t pissed off about anything. That however poses a problem concerning this blog post because now I don’t have a topic for this.

Then I started to think about alternative topics and realized that I definitely should introduce myself and my role in MikkeliES, since it happens to be quite special. I’ve had the honour to have my role in the board of MikkeliES named after me. So, Hello my name is Heikki Kurhinen and my role in MikkeliES is “heikki”. For people who know me, what I do is quite obvious, but for others it may need some clarification. Basically what I do is I’m the nerd of the board. If we need a new app for something or some technical assistance I’m your guy.

My background is that I’m a generalist of IT and a specialist of programming. To clarify a meaning of that, I currently work as a programmer but I have a background in electronics and embedded systems. I’m also interested in hardware, robotics and basically everything you can find in 90s nerd movies.

So what am I doing in a entrepreneurship society? The short answer is that at some point I want to be part of building something cool, something new and something awesome and I feel that having your own, or being part of, a startup is the way to achieve that goal.

What is a Hackathon?

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MikkeliES organizes a hackathon event, on Friday and Saturday 16th-17th of May, in collaboration with department of electrical engineering and information technology of Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences (MUAS). We will start in MUAS building D, room D131, at 10 am. on Friday.

The MikkeliES Hackathon is an event in which computer programmers and others involved in business & software development, including marketing & sales persons, graphic designers and project managers from various industries, collaborate intensively on software projects.

Hackathons typically last between a day and a week. Collaboration will happen in teams at MikkeliES Hackathon. Teams are formed at the beginning of the event and each team has a team leader who has been orientated to the themes of his/her team. Themes are already chosen by MikkeliES so that there has been some data gathering & progress with each theme in advance.

Teams will work intensively on their themes in short period of time and the result of their work will be a demo or a prototype. At the end of the Hackathon (Saturday evening 17th May) each team will give a presentation on the results of their collaboration and the jury of the Hackathon decides which is the best team.

We have also two interesting presentations at the DeXi stage in the program:

Friday at 1pm.
Toni Mäkinen (Lokkit Oy) & Teemu Partanen (Happo Solutions Oy) speak about IT security in startups.

Saturday at 2pm.
Olli Pelz (Almost Human Oy) speaks about learnings and the best experiences in game business.

Welcome to meet fantastic people and to find out what kind of event the Hackathon really is! :)

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