AES at Slush: Rasmus Ekholm
The last one up is Rasmus, he is a third year marketing student in Arcada, he is volunteering for the second time at Slush (External link), he is also the Chairman of Arcada Entrepreneurship Society.
Why did you want to volunteer?
I heard about Slush first time in 2013 when it still was held in Kaapelitehdas, the event looked insane, and then I heard the whole event is built with volunteers, so I applied right away when the application opened in 2014. And naturally I thought this would be a great add for my CV, but that really is secondary when you volunteer at Slush. The volunteering experience was so great that I didn’t think twice before applying again to volunteer at this years Slush.
What are you most looking forward to?
Everything I guess, but really it’s all about meeting new people, feeling the wibe and energy behind Slush, you can’t feel anything like that anywhere else. The enthusiasm of the attendees and volunteers is something insane, and to me the whole Slush represents the future of Finland, it’s done by young active people, and to actually work with these people is a privilege I’m very grateful of, and it gives me a feeling that Finland really has nothing to worry about, we youngsters are going to handle it after all!
What will you be doing at Slush?
At Slush 2014 I worked in the Pre-registration team and this year I will be leading the Pre-registration team together with few other from the same team from 2014. To clear it up a little bit, we are going to handle the pre-registration of the customers tickets, this year we have the goal to actually register 70% of the tickets, so roughly 9000 tickets. We have a team of 65~ volunteers, and our work is starting one week before Slush, we have registration location all around Helsinki, a few to name, Tavastia, Sanomatalo and Elisa Studio.
Any specific or favorite memory or experience from previous Slush you’d like to share?
At Slush 2014 I was really hyped up to actually get to see Leland Melvin, a Nasa Astronaut speak, because I’m a big science/space geek. I was ordering some ice-cream from a ice-cream bar at Messukeskus, and suddenly I noticed that Leland is in the queue behind me, I turned around at asked him if he would like to take a picture with me, he was more than happy to do it, and that is how I got a memory I will never forget.
Why should people go or volunteer to Slush?
The question is why wouldn’t you? No but, if you want some spice to your life and actually get to do things that really matters, come to Slush and see how epic events like this are built.
Anything else you want to share regarding Slush?
Slush 2015 will be legendary, I guarantee it!
I think Rasmus is telling the truth about Slush 2015, it’s going to be legendary!