Justin Ferrell

Uutisraivaaja BootCamp in Helsinki provides an unique opportunity to learn product development from an international design and media expert.

Sign up now – space is limited!

What is this?
At Uutisraivaaja Bootcamp you will learn about product development and innovation process. Justin Ferrell from dSchool at Stanford University is the lead coach at the Bootcamp. Prior to Stanford, Justin worked at the Washington Post as the director of digital, mobile & new  product design. He has designed Pulitzer prize-winning story projects.

You will get advice for your project and you’ll work with others passionate about innovations At Uutisraivaaja Bootcamp. If you don’t yet have an idea for a project, you can find one at the camp. If you have a fully developed product or prototype, you’ll get advice for the way forward from an experienced, internationally recognized expert. You might also find new team members at the camp!

Uutisraivaaja Bootcamp is also a great opportunity to develop your networks both nationally and internationally.

The Bootcamp is free of charge, and meals will be provided. The Bootcamp is organized by the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation.

When and where?
The Bootcamp will take place in early December in Aalto Design Factory in Helsinki, Finland. The date will be chosen based on the participants’ preferences. Please see the sign up form for the date options.

Justin Ferrell from Stanford is the lead coach at the Bootcamp. He leads international Fellowship program at the Stanford dSchool (design school). He’s worked for the last seven years at The Washington Post, most recently as the director of digital, mobile & new product design. In addition, Justin introduced mobile designers and programmers to The Post’s newsroom, where his team was responsible for the design of washingtonpost.com, its mobile site, and its applications for iOS and Android. A prolific visual storyteller, Justin has designed several award-winning projects — including the investigative series Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. He has spoken on leadership, collaboration and prototyping in many venues, from the SXSW Interactive festival in Austin to Education City in Doha, Qatar. Justin also teaches executive education at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and his consulting clients have included IDEO and Citi Ventures, among others. More about Justin here.
Apart from Justin, there are several coaches from Finland at the camp.

The Bootcamp is intense, fun and inspiring. The emphasis is on making and rapid prototyping and iterations. We will work in teams and as individuals. Learn more about the design thinking method here.

For whom?
The camp is open for anybody interested in the Uutisraivaaja contest and innovations. You don’t need to have previous experience about innovations or product development in order to participate. You don’t need to have a project either; you will find an idea to work on at the camp!

If you have a ready or further developed project, you will get feedback and advice for next iterations.  If more people sign up than the Bootcamp can fit, the participants will be chosen based on their applications.

If you have a team, it is beneficial to have as many team members to participate in the camp as possible. Please indicate clearly at the sign up sheet what is your team name.

Training, advice and mentoring is needed for good innovations.

What language?
We will use both Finnish and English at the camp. If you are fluent in either one, you will do well in the camp!

What else?
Participants will get a certificate for their attendance. Justin Ferrell, the lead coach, is a director of a fellowship program at Stanford. The program is expanding internationally, and if you are interested in studying innovations in one of the best universities in the world, this is your chance to get acquaintanced with the program.

How can I sign up?
Click the sign up sheet here: So easy it is! The sign up is open until 7th of November or until the space is full. Therefore: Sign up now! Link to the sign-up sheet is here.

Got questions?

Email tiiamari.pennanen {at} uutisraivaaja.fi or tanja.aitamurto {at} gmail.com.