The Science Basement at Slush Y Science

We had the greatest pleasure to host a networking event at Y Science - an official side event of Slush 2018 for Life sciences.

Slush is well known as the biggest startup conference in the Nordics. This year they teamed up with HiLIFE from the University of Helsinki to organise a large gathering of the entrepreneurs and scientists from all over the world to inspire the science-based business initiatives.

Three days Y Science festival in the downtown of Helsinki aimed to bring together the scientific community and business world for generating the world-changing ideas. Y Science has all you can dream of in for the networking event: a street party with a DJ and dancers, a cool matchmaking app, high quality talks, exhibitions, poster sessions and a restaurant get-together hosted by yours truly - The Science Basement.


Figure 1. The Science Basement team at Y Science: Katja Viivi, Lea Urpa, Ekaterina Baibuz, Chiara Facciotto (from left to right)


Those who arrived in Helsinki on the 3rd of December were invited to the wonderful venue in the city center of Helsinki - Kiila restaurant - where the members of The Science Basement were waiting for them with a light networking program. Our activities included the networking Bingo and Y-science quiz.

Networking Bingo (figure 2) proved to be a great opportunity to meet new people, learn their names and occupations, and win some sweet prices. Our participants didn’t need much of encouragement - after all they are the Slush crowd - and the winners were quickly identified by the cheerful “Bingo!“ shout.


Figure 2. Networking Bingo! (click to enlarge)


The Y Science quiz (figure 3) was a sneak peak of the upcoming talks. Even though people didn’t hear the talks yet, some managed to correctly guess the answers. The winning team was awarded with the boxes of chocolate.


Figure 3. Y Science quiz (click to enlarge)


Many amazing people joined our gathering and we hope that our small entertainment program helped the participants to tune in to the spirit of Y Science!