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What is Smart Event Managers project?

Welcome to develop your skills in the field of event production. Smart Event Managers is aimed for beginners as well as those who have already run their own events.

The project introduces Karelia Open University of Applied Sciences courses starting with the basics and continue to develop individual digital solutions for existing events.

One of our goals is to build a network of actors in the event industry where they can share information and find the actors they need. Training events are also organized for those involved in the network, e.g. sustainable event production.

The operation is made possible by funding received from the European Social Fund, the South Savo ELY Center and Karelia University of Applied Sciences. The duration of the project is 1 May 2021 – 31 October 2023 and the first events and trainings started in autumn 2021.


Join our webinar: Sustainability and responsibility in events

Join our webinar: Suistanability and responsibility in events on the 28th October

Nowadays sustainability and responsibility are affecting on every industry. Event management makes no exception. The impelementation of sustainable development goals is one way to enhance the responsibility of the events. In this webinar we will learn how to organise a sustainable event and how to communicate about the responsibility actions to different stakeholders. Sustainable development objectives, actions and their evaluation should be transparent and different type of certificates together with responsibility communication has an important role in it. In the webinar we will get an inspiring example from Tampere Hall which is a forerunner in sustainable congress and meeting organising in Finland. The webinar is organised in cooperation with Invest project (INnoVations of REgional Sustainability: European UniversiTy Alliance).

Join us to this webinar and let’s make events more sustainable in the future!

Schedule: 28th October 2022 at 2-4 pm EET / 1-3 pm CET
Registration link:
Registration deadline: 24th October


Smart Event Managers offers the opportunity to participate in a 5-part training, from which you can choose the most suitable entities for you. In the pilot phase, the studies are free of charge and are organized by the Karelia Open University of Applied Sciences. The pilot phase will last until the end of August 2023.

Language for the training packages is Finnish. All the material will be subtitled in English during the Smart Event Managers pilot phase. Info about the language options can be found from the course description.

The first training package is

Basics of Event Management 5 cr

In these courses, you will be able to test whether producing an event is your thing. The teacher of the first two courses is Hanna Vienonen. You can run them at your own pace in the online environment Moodle. During the project, participation in the courses is free of charge.

1. Introduction to Event Management 2 cr

The course can be completed from 1 November to 31 December 2021


– History of events, current status and future

– Event characteristics

– Event concept

– Government regulations

Registration ends 28.11.2021.

Language: Finnish

2. Development of the event 3 cr

The course can be completed from 1.12.2021 to 31.1.2022

You can only participate in this course after completing the Introduction to Event Management course.


– Criteria for applying for funding

– Partners and networks of actors

– Criteria for qualitative development: values, accessibility, ethical operating models

– Space solutions and event techniques

– Regional policy perspective

Registration ends 17.12.2021.

Language: Finnish

More detailed information on the following entities will be available here later in the autumn. Second training package aims to start in early 2022.

The topics for future courses are

Implementation of the event 10 cr

Communication, marketing and image management 3 cr

 Event Security and Logistics 3 cr

Event technology and catering 4 cr

Event Economics 10 cr

Smart Event Economy 4 cr

Communicating the economy and cooperation with sponsors 2 cr

Purchasing services for an event, contracts and IPR 4 cr

Knowledge Management 20 cr

Data materials in event development 10 cr

Smart event planning and management 10 cr

Event design, innovations and pilots 15 cr

Event as an innovation platform 10 cr

Financing event innovations and innovation cooperation 5 cr