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Well, we are a bit late reporting this… but way back in November 2018 we once again took part in the PUSHKA International Design Forum, in competition with all our friends in Russia (and more). Our students entered into a Transportation Design contest, to once again propose innovative cargo solutions. This year our students triumphed and won ALL 3 top places. 1st 2nd and 3rd prizes were ours!

We had our own prize-giving event back in Lahti, as it was difficult for all of our entries to visit Moscow. Our students entered as groups, and this in our opinion- gave them maximum ability to innovate. The croups were encouraged to throw ideas back and forth, and then aim for something radical as a result. The prize winners were:
1st place: Ruusu-Maria Laihonen, Anorico Adam Joaquin – 3D Express
2nd place: Esa Mustonen, Julius Ranta, Inka Tiikkainen –  Self-driving cargo transportation unit.
3rd place:  Nicklas Sundvall, Matias Pekkonen –  AFV-68 (Artificial Farming Vehicle 2068) 

1st place: Ruusu-Maria Laihonen, Anorico Adam Joaquin – 3D Express
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2017 the London and Russian connection.

2017 was an interesting year for us at STANCE. Many of our students are out there in the wide world, making their way in further design studies and we have even reached the point where some are graduating at a Masters level. In January our lecturer caught up with our student at the RCA in London, and we were very pleased to see two more of our graduates succeed him on the course.

Thanks to some issues with a passport- our travelling to see friends in Russia was somewhat limited. Despite this- our lecturer Lee Walton managed to gain an award. Our students participated in a short design competition, for the PUSHKA Design Forum in Moscow. Their brief was to design an automated delivery vehicle for the TRAFT brand.

3rd year student Iiro Laine placed 2nd overall in the PUSHKA Design Forum design competition, and was awarded a certificate and prize by the Traft company. Iiro’s innovative but simple concept, proposed re-using existing transportation trailers with modern self-driving tractor units.
Highlights of 2017  (our annual graduation show STANCE18 will be happening 25th of May in Lahti, watch this space!)
  • Kalle Keituri, our alumni of 2015 graduated from RCA London, then began his professional career as a designer at Rolls-Royce Motor cars in the UK.
  • Henri Hokkanen our alumni of 2016, began his professional career as a Designer at Valtra Inc, Jyväskylä.
  • Antti Vahtola, our alumni of 2017 began his Masters studies at Umea Institute and this year placed 2nd in the BRP Student Design competition, titled Urban Arctic Mobility.
  • Hilja-Maria Kaitila, and Olli Seppällä both began their Masters at the RCA.
  • Mikael Serjala and Mika Karjalainen began Masters studies at SPD in Milan.