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The application period for the Bit Bang 5 is now open!

Bit Bang 5: Changing Global Landscapes - Role of Policy Making and Innovation Capability

Academic year 2012-2013

Bit Bang is a doctoral course for Aalto University post graduate students. The upcoming fifth course focuses on global competition for leadership in innovation, policy-making, technology, and science and education. The national paths for seeking prosperity and growth diverge depending on the historical, political and societal background of an economy. The objective of the course is to discuss the local and global strategies to strive for success, and seek answers to what makes the difference between the leaders and the followers.

The course requires active participation to the lectures, giving presentations on related literature as well as contributing to a joint publication. While encouraging interdisciplinary discussion the course doesn’t require any technical background.

The course is co-taught by Professor Yrjö Neuvo and Nokia’s Vice President, Dr. Erkki Ormala, and coordinated by MIDE Project Coordinator Elina Karvonen. A significant part of the course comprises working on specific assignments in teams of about five students, which leads to a joint publication. Each team will have an experienced tutor. Distinguished guest lecturers from industry and academia will complement the course literature. In the spring the course will make an intensive study tour to a global hot spot of this development.

Please submit your one page application in English describing briefly your reasons for wanting to attend this course. With the motivation letter enclose also a study transcript and your post graduate study topic, and send them to latest on August 15th. The applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection by August 24th.

For more information please contact Elina Karvonen (, tel. 050 364 1446). The multidisciplinary course is organized by the MIDE research program.

Course period
09/2012 – 05/2013
Target group
Doctoral students of Aalto University
Responsible teachers
Yrjö Neuvo and Erkki Ormala
Credit points
10 study credits

The previous courses' joint publications are available:
Bit Bang 1 course joint publication Rays to the Future:
Bit Bang 2 course joint publication Energising Innovation, Innovating Energy:
Bit Bang 3 joint publication Entrepreneurship and Services: