The Event

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome.


The Culture

A unique and distinctive culture emerges from the Burning Man experience. Rooted in the values expressed by the Ten Principles, this culture is manifested around the globe through art, communal effort, and innumerable individual acts of self-expression. To many, it is a way of life.


The Network

Since its earliest days, Burning Man has been a collaborative endeavor, bringing together people with different backgrounds, interests, outlooks and skills. Today, this growing community is served by a vibrant network connecting individuals, communities, events and organizations worldwide.


Why is Aalto University involved?

Sometimes the best answer is the simplest... why not? or because we can.  But in all seriousness we at Aalto have a wonderful track record of pushing the boundaries and leading the way in innovative student driven movements and adventures.  Aalto on Tracks / Waves / Africa, Startup Sauna and the Design Factory are some of the great examples of students doing and achieving the seemingly impossible.  Given this recent history, we would love to contribute to the Burning Man community with the best of what Aalto has to offer.  The aim?  To accomplish something that we participants and the University can be proud of.


How is Aalto involved?

The project is currently collaborating with creative passionate people from all walks of life, both within Aalto and Finland.  With curiosity and interest at a high we are gaining traction and momentum.  There are workshops and events on the horizon to engage and inform the growing community and we intend on co-creating the project in a way that has collaborating and contributing as a community.


How many will travel from Aalto?

We are currently working on the figure of around 25 participants which is including the operational team.


What is the project timetable?

(May - June) Workshops and art construction in Finland
(August) Travel to Reno and construction of Art installation plus supply run / camp setup
(August 31st - September 6th) The Festival
(Early September) Cleanup and return to Finland