Our team of four people consisting of Finnish, Polish and British students participated in the Visit Sprint course at the end of May 2020. During the sprint we did a development project for a partner company called Tackork Gård & Marina. Tackork is a business that is located on the island of Nauvo, in the beautiful Turku archipelago in Finland. Tackork’s services include accommodation, a guest marina and different activities. Tackork asked us to come up with new forms of accommodation to attract more foreign tourists to Tackork. Goal of the course was to come up with a solution in only three days using the Design Thinking process.
After three days of researching, ideating, prototyping and testing, we presented the idea of a treehouse to the owner of the business. The Tackork treehouse is the perfect way for foreign visitors to experience the beautiful nature of the Finnish archipelago without compromising on comfort. The concept of treehouse accommodation is almost unique even in Europe and it has been proven that these kinds of unique forms of accommodation attract people who are looking for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
This was our first sprint experience and the process took us out of our comfort zones and had us trying new methods and tools, and more importantly, new ways of doing things. The chance to work at solving the real-life problems of real companies was amazing. Even though the three days were really intense and tough, overall the course was a fantastic experience and it was a terrific chance to meet new people from around the world.