Building an open city

Forum Virium Helsinki is an innovation unit within the Helsinki City Group. It develops new digital services and urban innovations in cooperation with companies, the City of Helsinki, other public sector organizations, and Helsinki residents. The aim is to create better services and new business, plus to open up contacts for international markets.

Forum Virium Helsinki’s core activity is to manage development projects. They are experimental in nature: the idea is to test things together and learn along the way. This leads into new ways of working and innovating.

The innovation projects focus on the following themes: Smart City, New Forms of Media, Growth Company Services and Innovation Communities.

User-centered open innovation is the key in the way of working. Services are being developed and tested together with the users - for example citizens and application developers.

Forum Virium Helsinki has a key role in implementing Helsinki’s Smart and Open City strategy, which aims to strengthen democracy and citizen participation. The pioneering work in the field of open data and smart city have been recognized internationally.

Building bridges

Forum Virium Helsinki is an active network builder sharing its experiences with others. It also organizes a wide variety of events annually.

Founded in 2006, Forum Virium Helsinki’s members are The City of Helsinki, Elisa, Finnvera, IBM, Nokia, Siemens, Sitra - the Finnish Innovation Fund, Sponda, SOK, Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, TeliaSonera, TIEKE, Tieto, VTT - the Technical Research Centre and YLE - the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Furthermore, a large number of other cooperation partners take part in the development projects.

Networks and co-operation between cities are in the focus both at national and international level. For example, Forum Virium Helsinki is an active member of the European Network of Living Labs.

Forum Virium Helsinki
Unioninkatu 24
FI-00130 Helsinki, Finland
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