Espoo introduces an operating model for co-creation by schools and companies

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2016-08-25 14:33

Accelerated co-creation by schools and companies – KYKY – is an operating model that provides guidelines for co-creation by schools and companies in accordance with the new Finnish National Curriculum.

The KYKY operating model has been created in co-operation with over one hundred actors. These include pupils, students, teachers, companies and communities, professionals from the Espoo Educational and Cultural Services, the Finnish Education Unit and the Laurea University of Applied Sciences. The operating model was generated in workshops and trial activities carried out in schools in which start-up companies, together with teachers and pupils, tested and developed their products and services for learning situations. Starting point for the co-creation activities was the desire to promote the innovation of new products and services for the purpose of developing education. To accelerate this partnership, a clear operating model and guidelines were created.

The KYKY platform - Sharing competence and ideas

The KYKY platform operating in the Fronter electronic learning environment, is a meeting place for the ideas and needs of schools, companies and communities. Schools can send development needs to the platform, which companies can answer with a product or service development idea. Similarly companies can send descriptions of product ideas to the platform and look for a school or class interested in co-creating. After finding one another, the schools and companies continue co-creating in authentic everyday situations, following the shared guidelines. New co-created products and services are presented on the KYKY platform. The operating model is user-driven and easy to approach. Clear guidelines and agreement templates promote the launching of co-operation.

Learn more about the KYKY platform and join in the co-creation by schools and companies. The platform also provides a co-creation manual.

Co-creation benefits both schools and companies

Authentic collaboration with companies promotes the pupils’ ability to innovate. In the KYKY operating model, companies open their product and service ideas for comments and testing. Schools turn into platforms for learning innovations.

- The pupils have been excited when their ideas have come up in the co-created products, tells Kristiina Erkkilä, the Director of Development of the Espoo Education and Cultural Services. Students of the Tapiola General Upper Secondary School who participated in co-creation were pleased: - This is a really good thing. We want to tell the companies ourselves what kind of apps would help us learn.

Embarking in co-creation increases the companies’ understanding of the daily life of schools, pupils and teachers. The cooperation generates new solutions for fostering learning and growth that serve the needs of schools and promote learning. Companies involved in the cooperation receive a Co-created with the city of Espoo Schools -logo, which they can use in advertising their products and services.

Description of how the KYKY co-creation process evolved and examples from the participating schools have been recorded in the KYKY blog

The KYKY operating model effectuates the strategy of the city of Espoo (Espoo Story), the national 6Aika Six City Strategy and the related Open innovation platforms -spearhead project goals. The development has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund.  

More information:

KYKY Coordinator Minna Kukkonen, tel. +358 43 824 6220 minna.a.kukkonen(at)

Project Manager Katja Hagman, tel. +358 43 826 7645 katja.m.hagman(at)   

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