New members join Forum Virium Helsinki

Forum Virium Helsinki proudly presents three new members: Helen, Affecto and The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries. Welcome!

Affecto joined the Forum Virium Helsinki community in April. We interviewed Affecto Finland’s Managing Director Julius Manni about the company’s new membership in Forum Virium Helsinki:

“Forum Virium Helsinki’s operating philosophy is well in line with Affecto’s new strategic direction. Both Affecto and Forum Virium Helsinki emphasize partnerships, the ecosystem thinking, and experimentation with customers and partners in joint development projects.

Several Affecto experts had noted Forum Virium’s operations with interest over a number of years. Perhaps the main theme that appealed to Affecto experts about Forum Virium was open data and its utilization. We were also impressed with Forum Virium’s hackathons and other events.”

“We are interested in open collaborations that combine different sectors – the kind of projects that can generate new types of services for citizens, enterprises and organizations in Helsinki and elsewhere in Finland, projects that combine technology know-how with other strengths of various different actors. We hope for more experimental and agile projects in which citizens can be engaged from the very beginning to test and to verify the functionality and real value of the service concepts being developed.”

Read the whole interview here.

The Helen Group joined Forum Virium Helsinki in September. We interviewed Perttu Lahtinen, head of the energy solutions unit, about  Helen’s new membership in Forum Virium Helsinki.

“Forum Virium Helsinki’s way to proceed with agile experimentation in building a smarter city is a good match with Helen’s goals and visions.

In Kalasatama, we create timeless energy solutions that truly point the way for other residential areas. We collaborate with various actors in Kalasatama, aiming at an internationally notable district that integrates the newest energy, information and communication technologies.”

Read the whole interview here.

The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries joined us in September, read about the federation here.

We warmly welcome Affecto as a member of Forum Virium Helsinki! Our other members are the City of Helsinki, Elisa, Finnvera, IBM, Siemens, Sitra, Sponda, Tekes, TeliaSonera, TIEKE, Tieto, VTT and the Finnish Broadcasting Company Yle. Our development projects embrace a large number of partners.

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