Uncertainty is scary. If you have a problem to solve without a clue how, you’ll probably only get somewhat stressed and anxious. Ordinary solutions for similar problems may have failed or the problem may be like nothing before. Then it is time for innovations and time to get creative and start doing some design.
The biggest success for me was not the outcome but the process itself. Process of learning, networking, working dynamically as a team and having fun with everything you do regardless of the pressure and time limit. In a nutshell: I like Dash because it has something for everyone. You can set up your own goals and work towards them.
One of the most frequently asked questions I get regarding Dash is “what is it like to participate, is it just pöhinä?” There was a time when the biggest compliment you could get as an entrepreneur was to have “hyvä pöhinä, good pöhinä” around your business. However, what’s even more vital is achieving results, evidence of real progress, which are something buzz or pöhinä cannot solely provide.
Dash 2018 is held in Kattilahalli, located in an old industrial area in Helsinki called Suvilahti. Over the past ten years, Suvilahti has been developed step by step into an ever increasingly vibrant cultural centre, where large internationally recognized music and culture festivals such as Flow and Tuska are held, as well as smaller festivals, events, popups, and utopian trials.
“What is design” is a question with no satisfying answer. It is a part of developing process or a field of profession with so many applications it is hard to restrict by any definition. Dash exists to promote design and implementing of design thinking across different fields of professions. Design being such a wide concept, it is suitable to specify what is the type of design Dash is about. Hopefully, this post and few following ones clarify what is the design Dash wants to represent.
We have continuously evolving technologies ready to automate, to optimize, to streamline and to enhance the design process in countless ways. Despite our irrational ways as human beings, technology has made it possible to systematically analyze our decision-making and provide real-time responses to our choices and actions.