Smart Kalasatama attracts innovation tourists to Helsinki

“Innovation tourism has grown rapidly in recent years. Successful nations and cities are looking to harness new technologies and practices to better serve their citizens and foster economic growth,” says Veera Mustonen, the head of the Smart Kalasatama project.

First six months of Forum Virium’s IoT program: new means for data collection, tweeting flowerpots and stronger collaboration between cities

In a half a year our mission has become even clearer: verifying impact of solutions, testing new technologies, enabling service and hardware development, experimenting with new means for data collection, introducing intelligence, moving towards open modular solutions and creating DSM through harmonization.

Citizens of Helsinki took part in the first “Ambiciti” walk organised in Finland

The participants of the first Helsinki Ambiciti walk measured noise pollution with their smartphones during a two kilometres long walk.

Tender Winners Announced for SELECT for Cities!

We are pleased to announce the ten selected organisations and consortia who will participate in the first phase of the SELECT for Cities challenge.

bIoTope – Enabling better charging services for electric cars

The bIoTope project lays the foundation for creating open innovation ecosystems by providing a platform to easily create new IoT systems.

Helsinki joins forces with leading smart cities to create a global market for IoT-enabled urban services

Cities of Antwerpen, Copenhagen and Helsinki open an innovation challenge for the European companies: how can the cities reinvent themselves as linked and large-scale Internet of Everything labs, with an easy access to developers and innovators to pilot, test and validate their solutions?

Bright Ageing – Smart lighting to improve wellbeing of the elderly

Hanke lisää ymmärrystä hoivarobotiikan hyödyntämisestä kotihoidossa.

Product / Market fit call for Digital Health Starters by EIT Health as of 15th February

EIT Health has launched a call for Digital Health companies. The call is open as fo 15th of February 2017.

Dare to Try! Event presented best practices of piloting and testing in Finland

As a part of the project Forum Virium Helsinki organized a collaboration event in January and connected people in testing and piloting with companies.

FinEst Smart Mobility

To better serve the expanding traffic, five new smart mobility solutions are being tested in pilot projects at downtown passenger terminals of the ports of Helsinki and Tallinn.

The Smart City API Cook Book is out

The Smart City APIs Cook Book introduces to you the opportunities APIs offer for cities, developers and companies.

SELECT open call launches in February

SELECT for Cities lays forth a competition open to all European companies to develop an open, standardized, data-driven, service-oriented and user-centric platform that enables large-scale co-creation, testing and validation of urban IoE applications and services. Tender documents for the competition will be launched in February 2017.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Forum Virium Helsinki warmly thanks all collaborators and partners on highly fruitful cooperation during 2016! It has been a privilege to work with you all, in creating Smart City innovations and among others in boosting experiments, piloting, data-driven business, co-creation with the whole urban community.

LumiPark integrates parking and smart lighting in Helsinki

LumiPark aims to improve parking and traffic control in Helsinki. The project pilots new technological solutions for parking. LumiPark integrates smart outdoor lighting and parking monitoring into one smart city service.

Barcelona Smart City Congress 2016

Barcelona Smart City Congress 2016 brought together over 16000 visitors, 591 exhibitors and 420 speakers to share knowledge, debate the challenges faced by our cities.

Co-Op City redevelopment plan awarded in an innovation competition

The Co-Op City redevelopment plan for the Kera – industrial site in Espoo – won the second prize in the Nordic Built Cities competition on the 3 November 2016. The plan would turn this site owned by S Group from a logistics centre into a sustainable neighbourhood. Forum Virium Helsinki was involved in producing the award-winning proposal.

CreatiFI Portofolio booklet has been published

CreatiFI is proudly presenting 18 finalist of the Open Call 2 and Creative Ring Challenge in a new CreatiFI Portfolio booklet.

FinEst Smart Mobility Minipilot Tender

FinEst Smart Mobility looks for technology, solution, business model or concept that could solve the evolving traffic issues in Helsinki West Harbor and Tallinn Old City harbor.

Join DataBusiness Challenge!

The six largest cities in Finland want to support the development of new user based services by arranging an open data innovation competition, DataBusiness Challenge. The aim is to encourage developers, entrepreneurs and startups to start utilizing the existing open datasets and interfaces offered by the six cities.

CreatiFI: Accelerating new business for creative industries 

CreatiFI project for creative industries has been one of 16 EU-funded accelerator programs, to promote FIWARE technology and support companies to implement and create new solutions based on FIWARE enablers.

Junction – Europe’s biggest hackathon is right on the corner

Junction is Europe’s leading hackathon and a converging point for developers, designers, and entrepreneurs from across the world. Held on November 25-27 in Helsinki, the city of Helsinki and the Six City Strategy cast out three challenges around Healthtech, Intelligent buildings and Future mobility for Junction participants.