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Tampere Ambassador: Anna Pilch

Where are you from?
I come from Poland, Cracow, where I have lived and studied. In the meantime, I completed Erasmus exchange in Italy, Florence. My third home so far is Tampere, where I came in July 2016.

What would you like to tell about yourself?

I am very optimistic and sociable person, full of positive energy. I love sport – especially volleyball and snowboarding. In 2014 I completed a Marathon in Cracow, which was one of my best “sports experiences”. I also stay active in Tampere, enjoying running and cycling around lakes and forests, playing beach volleyball on the Pyynikki beach.

I have Master Degree in Applied Psychology (with specializations in Sport Psychology, Public Relations and Marketing). To be able to apply my knowledge in the business world, I also completed Bachelor in Management.

What makes Tampere special for you?

In Tampere, every weekend seems like short holidays. The combination of nature and a highly developed business environment is what makes the city a unique place to live and work. Almost every day I enjoy lakes and forests that surround the city. From the very first moment, Tampere keeps surprising me with all opportunities that it creates for sport and active lifestyle, as well as for business and work. Secondly, I love Tampere for its openness, unique connection of innovation culture and strong passion in developing technology. I believe that there is no other city like this in Europe and Tampere definitely deserves a promotion!

Tell about your professional activities?

I work in Human Information Technology Laboratory (HIT Lab) – start-up company, specialized in design and production of artificial intelligence solutions for the development of human’s potential. HIT Lab is a place where I can combine my psychology background with great interest for business and innovation. As the next step in my career, I would like to help companies to facilitate innovation by investing in their teams’ development and talented employees in the first place. That’s why recently I engaged in the promotion of one of HIT Lab’s products GenieTeams, that helps companies to optimize their teams for successful innovation.

What is your involvement in international activities?

I work for a truly international company, where every team member comes from the different country. I also enjoy the international atmosphere, created by local universities. I am looking forward to extending my international network in professional life.

What is your mission as a Tampere Ambassador?

I would like to promote Tampere as a city of innovation and raising technology, where everyone can find a balance between work and personal life. Also, I would like to help the city to develop its international network to create the space for learning and exchange of knowledge between local and foreign business.

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?

I would like to see Tampere of the future as the city of innovation, where brilliant, new ideas not only emerge and grow but what’s more important that they are successfully commercialized. I believe that Tampere, with strong innovation capital and current Smart City project, can become an innovation leader and a real example to follow.