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Arctic Design Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Friday, 1 January, 2016
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Länsi-Suomi
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Bronze Label
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmailGender
Satu
Miettinen
Cluster Manager
+358404844043
satu.miettinen@ulapland.fi
Female
Samuel
Ahola
Project Manager
+358404844349
samuel.ahola@ulapland.fi
Male
Harri
Malinen
ECCP Responsible Person
+358405720778
harri.malinen@ulapland.fi
Male
Ilari
Havukainen
Internationalisation Responsible
+358406216116
ilari.havukainen@lapinliitto.fi
Male
Languages spoken: 
English
Finnish
French
Swedish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Communications Equipment and Services
Construction Products and Services
Technology fields: 
Information Technology/Informatics
Internet of Things
S3 EU priority areas: 
Amusement & recreation activities
Development of regional cultural & creative industries
Emerging industries: 
Creative Industries
Digital Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
150
Number of SME members: 
50
Number of larger company members: 
9
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
64
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
27
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
Timo Jokela
University
Kristiina Jokelainen
Kari Mäkitalo
Research Organisation
Peter Johanson
Research Organisation
Eila Linna
Johannes Vallivaara
Raimo Pyyny
Research Organisation
Kari Poikela
Technology Center
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Arctic Specialisation Programme/Arctic Smartness Excellence/Arctic Design Cluster

Arctic regions are important in global terms, so they also arouse international interest from the point of view of finance, expertise, education and research. Finland’s new national Arctic strategy also relies on this approach and the fact that Finland as a whole is part of the Arctic Region. Lapland, Finland’s northernmost region, is an essential part of Finland’s Arctic character, considering that of the people living to the north of the 60th latitude, almost every third is a Finn.

The following development cornerstones have been identified in the preparation of Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation Programme: accessibility, the sustainable utilisation of natural resources and natural conditions, increasing value added, making more efficient use of the expertise already accumulated in Lapland, and Arctic pride. The programme recognises the role of Lapland as an Arctic living environment, in which development efforts are constantly pursued in close interaction with inhabitants and the Arctic nature. The key objective is to identify and develop Arctic fields of business whose sustainable utilisation will offer Lapland opportunities to exploit its commercial expertise in the short, medium and long term. Another aim is to offer employment to inhabitants and provide companies with preconditions for new business.

According to the vision of Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation Programme 2030, Lapland will enjoy a leading position in exploiting and commercialising Arctic natural resources and conditions. Lapland will also be the centre of international arctic transport, information and telecommunications. From the point of view of Lapland’s future, the aspects to be highlighted are the sustainable utilisation of natural resources and natural conditions and increasing value added. The most important Arctic spearhead sectors in Lapland are the mining and metal industry, tourism and bioeconomy. Although Lapland’s Arctic Specialisation Programme focuses on specific sectors, it also challenges others to innovate new, strong spearhead sectors. The expertise that has accumulated in Lapland will be utilised across several sectors. The unexploited draft innovations generated by companies, research institutes and educational institutions in Lapland will be investigated systematically.

Dr. Mika-Petri Laakkonen

Arctic Design Cluster Director

Faculty of Art and Design

University of Lapland

Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
Yes
Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
Yes
Services
Support services provided: 
Access to the European Internal market
Facilitation of collaboration between members
Support of knowledge transfer
Details of support services: 

Arctic Design seeks to increase the wellbeing and economic competitiveness of arctic areas. Arctic Design combines art, design and research in order solve challenges in the sparsely populated areas. Understanding arctic environment, everyday life, internationality and indigenous cultures is in the core of Arctic Design.

Businesses, science and art come together Design intersects industries and services that is at the heart of the Arctic design cluster. This results in solution-oriented innovations that stem from Arctic expertise.   Lapland has been profiled as having special expertise in the field of design for years already. Design is an inter-sectional activity and affects companies and communities on many levels.

Cooperation Activities
International Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
United States
Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Trans-national Cooperation
The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
Finland
France
Germany
Italy
Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
Please explain: 

Participating the European Union matchmaking cluster events and co-operating the local regions in Europe.

Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
Regione Lombardia
Support Programmes
Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
H2020
INTERREG

RegionArts, Enhancing SME growth by the integration of Artists in ICT projects

PARTY, Participatory tools for Human Development with the Youth

 

The several regional and national Funded projects for instance:

- Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation project/Arctic weather and nature phenomenon innovation via digitalization

- European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF)

Arctic Design product and service innovation environment

 

 

Promotion
Success Story / Achievements: 

Product Design creates high-quality 3D models and prototypes that communicate strong design visions and can be developed to novel products.

Service Design creates new service concepts, and improves the quality and variety of services in close collaboration with local, national and international industrial and public service providers.

Interaction Design develops innovative and easy-to-use physical and digital user interfaces at the cross-section of design and technology.

Applied Visual Arts combines art based methods, experience with arctic context, cultural background knowledge, and strong involvement of communities.

Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

Why to be partner with Arctic Design Cluster?

- strong regional network established

- living lab for new innovative products and services in the Arctic conditions

- high technological product and service development environment available

Lapland has been profiled as having special expertise in the field of design for years already. Design is an inter-sectional activity and affects companies and communities on many levels.

Businesses, science and art come together Design intersects industries and services that is at the heart of the Arctic design cluster. This results in solution-oriented innovations that stem from Arctic expertise.