Help us solve a real challenge!

The five Nordic capitals run the Nordic Independent Living Challenge to find innovative solutions and technologies for the elderly and disabled. The four stage competition was launched in February 2015. The main prize is 1 000 000 NOK (approx. 120 000 Euros). Read more »

"New and innovative welfare solutions in the Nordic region are a necessity in order to preserve the Nordic welfare model in times of financial challenge, and in order to give the elderly population and people with disabilities the best possible quality of life. "

Secretary General Dagfinn Høybråten, Nordic Council of Ministers

Apps4Finland winners 2015

The Finnish champion of open data 2015 is Päästö visualization. It reveals the EU’s biggest polluters. Other winners were Eduskunta Explorer, Infoapi concept and developer portal  Read more »

"The Apps4Finland competition encourages the creative use of open data and open data sources. During the years the competition has brought about a wide range of extraordinary apps, visualisations and other competition entries."

Project Manager Joonas Pekkanen

CitySDK: start a journey with API's

The CitySDK Cookbook showcases the experiences Helsinki, Amsterdam and Lisbon have had with open harmonized APIs. Read more »

"CitySDK Cookbook introduces the opportunities CitySDK APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) offer for cities and developers."

New ways to use the travelcard

Helsinki Region Transport (HRT) has started collaboration with Kliento, a new kind of loyalty card scheme for local businesses in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.  Read more »

"Now the travel card also works as a citizen’s loyalty card in several local shops and restaurants. "

Managing Director Jukka Meklin, Kliento

The Smartest Cities in the World

Helsinki is scoring high in the list of the world’s smartest cities, together with Barcelona, Copenhagen, Singapore, Vienna, Los Angeles, Montreal and Lima. Read more »

"Helsinki is experimenting with new technologies. Helsinki is also the first city I know of to experiment with an on-demand bus service."

Boyd Cohen

Video: CitySDK showcase

CitySDK builds open interfaces that are compatible across cities and national borders. After undertaking participation, mobility and tourism, CitySDK soon covers new domains and cities as well. Read more »

"We’re aiming at boosting app development and digital service development in cities, by harmonising API’s between different cities."

Development Manager Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts

Helsinki Loves Developers

Helsinki is on its way to become the most developer friendly city in the world. portal offers a chance to test the open interfaces of Helsinki and gives information on the upcoming developer gatherings. Read more »

"Helsinki seeks to advance new ways of cooperation and dialogue between different stakeholders, e.g. developers, in order to boost the utilization of open data as a source of innovations."

Markku Raitio, City of Helsinki

Fiksu Kalasatama: a model district of smart urban development

Helsinki’s Kalasatama is being built into Fiksu Kalasatama, a worldclass model district of smart urban development. The area is developed through experimenting, new technologies and the use of open data. It grows from the collaboration between the city, companies and residents. Read more »

"Fiksu Kalasatama aims to be a development environment that joins together the research, development and innovation activities of businesses, and the development of city services."

Project Manager Hannu Asikainen, the City of Helsinki

Cultivating Urban Innovations

Forum Virium Helsinki in brief and highlights from innovation initiatives: view Forum Virium Helsinki´s presentation on SlideShare.  Read more »


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FixMyStreet is now a long way from just a method of reporting street problems. Interview with the creator @mySociety http://…

30.01.2015 klo 16:12

Wiki Loves Maps Seminar on the 5th of Feb dives into location-based projects & citizen participation #wikilovesmaps

28.01.2015 klo 16:11

Testing demo application taking you out on a historic tour in the city, with VTT and Helsingin kaupunginmuseo...

28.01.2015 klo 14:29
A dive into the history of Helsinki with augmented reality
Inspired by urban history, Forum Virium Helsinki, VTT have been testing a new wayfinding concept linking the past and present when strolling the... Read more »