VME lab and University of Vaasa a partner of XR Ocean network!
Participants worked in international teams
– and had 48 hours challenge to build an XR-prototype that helps future citizens participate.
Prototypes were presented to the public and jury.
Read more about the non-profit XR OCEAN network here.
Third year students Tarmo Kähkönen & Kasper Kovanen were representing VME & University of Vaasa at the XR Ocean Hackaton. University teacher and XR-expert Sebastian Laitila was invited to mentor the contest teams. The CEO of Vaasa headquartered company Platonic Partnership, Jussi Loukiainen, was appointed a jury member at the contest.
Our accessibility specialist Juho-Pekka Mäkipää is competing in the SFV Start! – challenge. The challenge seeks social innovations to help all children and young people thrive in their lives regardless of their background. The purpose is to find new solutions that tackle inequalities so that everyone has a chance to reach their full learning potential.
Twelve teams have been nominated to the challenge. Juho-Pekka represents the University of Vaasa and user interface research in the team “Read and write with the digital tools in your pocket” that works works towards a system which at an early stage helps families and the school to recognize hereditary reading and writing difficulties, and with a low threshold implements the digital compensatory tools that help the student in knowledge acquisition.
VME is eagerly following the competition – Good luck Juho-Pekka & team!
Read more about the challenge: https://start.sfv.fi/en/
works as a university teacher and PhD-candidate in computer science at School of Technology and Innovations
in the University of Vaasa.
Juho-Pekka’s research interest are web accessibility, usability, user experience and user participation (citizen science).