Next up is Jessica Blechingberg, a third year Business/Marketing student & the Vice-Chairperson of AES.
Why did you want to volunteer?
I visited Slush (External link) for the first time when it still was held at Kaapelitehdas back in 2013. We had just founded Arcada Entrepreneurship Society (External link) and Slush was the first thing we went to together as a Team. I had no expectations and after those two days of Slush, I was blown away, not only for a few days but for a week. I call it the Slush-darra (Slush-hangover), it takes some time to recover after the amount of information, knowledge and inspiration you get. I knew I wanted to volunteer for the next Slush and so I did, as part of the Concierge Team which was an awesome experience. Being a part of the Slush production is so much fun.
What are you most looking forward to?
Talking with people, visit the side events, meet other students, sharing thought and ideas and get inspired.
What will you be doing at Slush?
This year I’m bart of the media/blog team as a Editor of Slush News: slush.org/news (External link) . We are doing interviews and writing post with the team before and during Slush. I’ve been doing some really cool interviews with a few speakers and investors: Urska Srsen from Bellabeat, Ambarish Mitra from Blippar, Marta Sjögren from Northzone and the latest was with Mårten Mickos the Silicon Valley based entrepreneur and business leader also the former CEO of Eucalyptus and MySQL. Stay tuned for som cool post during and after Slush at slush.org/news (External link).
Any specific or favorite memory or experience from previous Slush you’d like to share?
The opening ceremony with Huoratron last year was pretty DOPE. Leland Melvin was speaking last year too, he was awesome. Linda Liukas speech was amazing and Katariina Rantanen from CosmEthics (External link) pitch on the Silver Stage was awesome.
Why should people go or volunteer to Slush?
People should volunteer, because it’s more than just volunteering. You meet awesome people, you get to be a part of one the biggest technical productions in Finland and a part of something really cool. For two days Helsinki and Finland will be in focus and you have the opportunity to meet with the most inspiring people in the world at Slush.
Anything else you want to share regarding Slush ?
If you’re not volunteering or coming to Slush this year, makes sure you get a ticket or apply as a volunteer in time next year. It’s the best place to meet people and you’ll look at things differently after the event. Slush is the place to be.
Check out Jess’ previous Slush articles at : http://www.slush.org/author/jessicablechingberg/ (External link)
Photo credit: Linda Midnight Diary (External link)