DIT4BEAR Final Seminar

Thursday, June 8, 2023, Narvik & Online

Welcome to the DIT4BEARs final seminar. Join us to learn more about the DIT4BEARs project, its use cases and the results. Learn how blockchain technology enables the establishment of a global identification system with real-time biometric identification. Get insightful discussions on the reindeer traffic warning system observations and the development of service and monetisation models for a mobile app that aims to prevent traffic accidents involving reindeer, and much more.
Download the presentations from the event below:

Video: Reindeer traffic warning business ecosystem

 Results of the DIT4BEARs project
Lapland University of Applied Sciences is involved in the implementation of the international DIT4BEARs project in 2020-2023. The aim of the EU-funded project is to promote the use of disruptive information technologies in the Barents region. The focus of AMK's activities in Lapland has been on developing the ecosystem for reindeer traffic alerts. The description of the ecosystem in this video is based on interviews with various stakeholders conducted during the project, as well as field research and observations.

Search for Reindeer Song

Reindeer accidents cause great losses to both reindeer owners and motorists every year. As part of the DIT4BEARS project, the Lapland University of Applied Sciences investigated improving road safety using disruptive information technologies. Part of the survey work related to GPS positioning of reindeer. This video was produced as part of the 2023 project.

Connected Reindeer Hackathon Challenge for entrepreneurial learning in digital business

The Kolarctic EU funded DIT4BEARs project objective is to develop innovative technologies in transport and communication networks and systems in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region (Living Lab DIT4BEARS). The hackathon event was an instrument for the project to generate open innovation ideas and solutions which can be exploited to support the main project objective. Read more

2023 5G/6G Technical webinar

This year's edition of the 5G/6G Technical webinar brings recent technical development and contributions in the Bothnian Bay region. Welcome!

When: February 9, 2023
Swedish time: 9-11 (CET)
Finnish time: 10-12

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During this half day you will be inspired by one of our best hockey players of all time, the innovator of the year and one of Sweden's most equal workplaces. Read more


Thank you to everyone who participated during the Arctic Challenge Hackathon! Over three days, students, researchers and developers solved business problems in IoT, Edge computing, 5G and information security. 

Arctic Challenge Hackathon

Arctic Challenge is a one-of-a-kind Hackathon focusing on IoT, LoRa, Edge computing, 5G and Information security.
From Tuesday November 22nd after lunch to Thursday at lunchtime November 24th Master students from the Genial programme, and the Information security programme, at LTU collaborate, and experiment on the subjects above. We also invite other students with corresponding skills, either on site or online. Read more: https://arcticchallenge.se/

Invitation to the Capacity building event on capitalisation of the project results

We are happy to invite Kolarctic CBC project partner organisations to the Capitalisation Capacity Building event, which is jointly prepared with Karelia CBC Programme. The event takes place in Oulu on 14-15th of December. Please find the official invitation and detailed agenda attached. We kindly ask to sign up to the event by 30th of November, the latest at: https://forms.office.com/r/10F8axg97m

Official invitation Capitalisation event.pdf

Project meeting

On September 26-27 2022, DIT4BEARs held a project meeting in Luleå, Sweden.
The meeting evolved around work package discussions including use cases, blockchain, hackathon and dissemination of results. Next meeting will be held in Tornio, Finland in October.

The Connected Reindeer Hackathon 

There are 3500–4500 traffic accidents that involve reindeer per year in Finnish Lapland. These accidents cause loss and damage to reindeer herders and vehicle owners.

Join the Connected Reindeer Hackathon 2022, Aug 25 – 29, 2022, to innovate technical application concepts, demos or business models to prevent traffic accidents caused by reindeer.

Create a team of 2–5 students. Your team should choose one of the 3 challenges to solve:
CHALLENGE 1. A mobile app for preventing reindeer road accidents
CHALLENGE 2. A business concept of a reindeer road accident prevention mobile app  
CHALLENGE 3. Open innovation of disruptive technologies in the context of reindeer herding and road safety in Lapland

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Project video

DIT4BEARs have made a project video that tells you more about what we do and shows clips from some of our many activities.
Welcome to watch it!


Inspiration Exchange Day

All the Kolarctic CBC projects are invited to a get-together event, which will be held online on February 22, 2022. The event is called Inspiration Exchange Day as we are hoping that all the participants could get some new or creative ideas from it.

Join the event to learn about the best moments and achievements of the projects. Share your experiences and hear about others' best practices. The last part of the event focuses on communication. So, join the event and get some practical tips about communicating results. You also get to hear the latest news about the next programming period (2021-2027).

The event will take place on 22 February at 13-16.00 (Finnish time)

Due to the pandemic situation, the event will take place only online.

To whom?
To Kolarctic CBC projects and people interested in cross-border cooperation in the Barents region.

Registration to the event is needed. The registration link closes on February 21 here

More information about the event 


We are proud to announce that DIT4BEARs has been appointed by Kolarctic as the project of the month. Here is an excerpt from the article that was written about us.

Blockchain technology is definitely not the easiest thing to understand. But the DIT4BEARs project partners not only navigate in disruptive information technologies as in their own element; they also share their vast knowledge and expertise with students and colleagues in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. The core project idea is to generate and use modern technological solutions for addressing such common challenges as maintenance of winter roads, reindeer safety, waste management, creation of verifiable economic identity for Indigenous people.

To achieve this ambitious goal, the project team led by the Luleå University of Technology organizes various events including student hackathons, internships at IT-companies, workshops and field trips.

Read the full article 


On December 9-10, 2021, NArFU hosted the representatives of RUSSOFT and ITMO National Research University (St. Petersburg), who came for a meeting to discuss new formats of cooperation.

Since 2020, the three partners have been involved in DIT4BEARS. 

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NArFU Kolarctic Day

International projects of the Kolarctic cross-border cooperation program were presented in NARFU. 
December 7, NArFU and its Boiling Point hosted the workshop “Kolarctic Day at NArFU: Best Practices of NARFU’s participation in Kolarctic CBC international projects”. Arkhangelsk and specifically NArFU have been partners to Kolarctic projects since 2010.

See a film from the event here 

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See the booklet, DIT4BEARs presented on page 12

Arctic Challenge Hackathon

Welcome to Arctic Challenge Hackathon!
From Tuesday December 7th to Thursday December 9th hackers, and the tech community collaborate, and experiment in the area of Blockchain, 5G, Lora WAN, IoT Platform, Edge Computing, Information security and more.

This is a hybrid event, both physical (Skellefteå, Sweden) and virtual participants are welcome!

Read more and register: https://arcticchallenge.se/

5G Technical webinar

November 25, 9-11 (CET), Zoom

This year's second edition of the 5G Technical webinar brings recent technical contributions and innovations sprung from the Bothnian Bay region. Welcome!

International youth IT Festival & Hackathon

December 4-10, 2021

Our colleagues from the Higher School of Information Technologies are conducting an International youth IT Festival  named IT-Arkhangelsk. During a week in December we are planning a hackathon for Russian students. The programme includes introductory lectures and team work with final projects presentations. As a task for participants we introduce our use-case “Smart Waste”. We will have teams from ITMO, NArFU and other Russian universities. Also we invite Russoft colleagues and our local business companies for the students’ projects evaluation.

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Gender conference

When: 2 Dec. 2021, 09:00 - 12:00
Where: Online
This event is in swedish.

See the event here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b8Z9UM1HOc&t=235s

Gender equality culture as a competitive advantage - find, attract and retain talent.
Welcome to be inspired by Lindbäcks Bygg, Northvolt, Tromb, Volvo cars, TietoEVRY and more and hear how they work to find, attract and retain talent and what concrete tools they use to create a gendered corporate culture. During this digital half-day, you will find out how technology can contribute to increasing diversity, how educational efforts can break gender patterns and how the AI company Substorm has succeeded in achieving an even gender distribution. Other regional companies will also share their experiences, thoughts and ways of working. Read more here

II International Online IT-School successfully realized

During the week the participants followed an intensive course of lectures and workshops given by the leading IT experts and lecturers from China, Germany, USA and Russia.

Among the key thematic areas covered by the IT-School programme were Artificial Intelligence, high-performance and distributed computing, machine learning. Special attention this year was paid to the topic of Big Data technology development and implementation and was thoroughly explored by the team of experts from Dalian Neusoft University of Informatics and NArFU during an international benchmarking seminar. The students dived into the history of the technology’s development in China and Russia, learned about the peculiarities of its usage in commerce, medicine, industry and education. Read more

International online IT School

An international online IT School will be launched at Northern Arctic Federal University on 11 October 2021. The event will be held in the framework of the international project “Disruptive Information Technologies for Barents Euro-Arctic Region” (DIT4BEARS) funded by Kolarctic CBC.
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DIT4BEARs student workshop

Friday, August 27, 2021
14:00 – 15:00 CEST / Swedish time /  Norwegian time
15.00 - 16:00  Finish time  / Russian (Moscow) time
Zoom: https://ltu-se.zoom.us/my/karand

Welcome to the DIT4BEARs student workshop. During the event you will learn more about the DIT4BEARs project and the internship possibilities following the hackathon and virtual internships.


14.00-14.10 Welcome and short introduction to DIT4BEARs
Karl Andersson, Professor and DIT4BEARs Project Manager, Luleå University of Technology

14.10-14.15 Information about the Internship program
Olga Timokhina, Project Manager, Center of Optical Information Technologies, ITMO University

14.15-14.25 Research and Applications on Blockchain
Morteza Alizadeh, PhD Student, Luleå University of Technology

14.25-14.45 Decentralized application based on IPFS and Blockchain
Alexandr Ssorin, CS Student, ITMO University

14.45-14.55 Virtual internship: practical experience from a distance
Artem Anaschenko, CS Student, Narfu

14.55-15.00 Q&A session 

No registration. The Zoom link to the meeting is: https://ltu-se.zoom.us/my/karand

Connected Reindeer webinar
March 18, 2021, 18.00 CET+1 Finnish time  (Suomen aikaa)
In Finnish

Lapland University of Applied Sciences is organising a webinar on Connected Deer case.

Lapin ammattikorkeakoulu järjestää 18.3.2021 klo 18.00 alkaen porojen paikannuswebinaarin verkossa, tervetuloa langoille!
18.00 Tervetuloa, webinaarin käytännön asiat
18.03 – 18.15 DIT4BEARS-hanke (paikannusteknologia ja liikenneturvallisuus)
18.15 – 18.35 Anicare Oy / Aki Marttila
18.35 – 19.00 Tracker & Ultracom / Hannu Lohi ja Jere Finnberg
19.00 – 19.20 Ranniot / Petri Särkisaari
19.20 – 19.30 NomaTrack & LoRa-DTN protocol – unique system for reindeer positioning developed with and for Swedish herders / Samo Grasic

Yleistä keskustelua
Osallistumislinkki/ webinar link: https://tinyurl.com/poropaikka
Lisätietoa/ more information: eila.seppanen@lapinamk.fi

Blockchain Technology and Smart Identification

Thursday, March 25, 2021, Zoom
In this meeting you will learn more about blockchains as a tool to establish global identification as well as how biometrics can be combined and stored in a blockchain so that real-time biometric identification can be performed against a globally trusted system. The main questions that we will answer in the meeting are how to verify identity, how to store data decentralized as well as how to authenticate identities.

8.30 - 8.35 Introduction
Karl Andersson, Professor & DIT4BEARs project manager, Luleå University of Technology, Olov Schelen, Professor, Luleå University of Technology
8.35 – 9.05 Blockchain Technology and Smart Identification
Morteza Alizadeh, PhD Student, Luleå University of Technology
9.05 – 9.15 A real life case: Compodium International
Bengt Grahn, Founder
9.15 – 9.30   Q&A session