On the evening of Friday 7 Dec 2018, a diverse group of the Aalto community’s active operators gathered in Smökki to celebrate the first Hugo Gala in history. The Gala celebrated the Aalto community and its pioneers, but this time, we were not talking about individuals but bringing to the limelight the amazing accomplishments of the associations operating in the Aalto community.
What is the Hugo Gala and where did the idea come from? “Individual persons are often awarded at annual celebrations. We now wanted to thank and award specifically associations and groups for their amazing accomplishments and the work they do for the community,” explains Kaisa Talvitie, the Aava member in charge of community, of the origins of the Hugo Gala.
During the autumn, Aava collected suggestions of parties deserving recognition. Suggestions could be left in previously defined categories, which were new students, sports and wellbeing, integration of international students and interdisciplinarity. In addition to these, it was possible to suggest a different category.
A large number of suggestions was made. It was difficult to decide on winners as there were plenty of good and well-reasoned applications. “It feels like we really hit the right nerve. There are associations that do great work but have not previously received recognition for their toil. We were able to meet this need with the awards of the Hugo Gala,” says Kaisa.
In the end, seven awards were handed out. One of the awardees was Radiodiodi, who received the award of Community Builder 2018. “Radiodiodi enables the outward visibility and audibility of the community. They work to make others look good and have their voices heard while remaining in the background themselves,” reasons Talvitie about Radiodiodi’s award. A list of all award recipients can be found at the end of this story.
The Hugo Gala was organised by Aalto University Student Union’s Aalto Community Section Aava. The plan is to make the Gala an annual tradition.
Further information: Kaisa Talvitie, Community Section Aava’s member in charge of community, firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards handed out at the Hugo Gala on 7 Dec 2018:
Community Builder 2018: Radiodiodi
Internationality Innovator 2018: Polyteknikkojen partioklubi Teepakki ry
Aalto Community Bridgebuilder 2018: Hosts and Hostesses 2018
Paving the Way for the Aalto Community 2018: Aalto Beer Pong ry
Freshman Education Trailblazer 2018: Nuoret Designerit ry
Student Wellbeing Pathfinder 2018: Teekkariratsastajat ry
Interdisciplinary Pioneer 2018: Otanko ry