3 ways to participate in Forum Virium Helsinki

Join us in making Helsinki the most functional Smart City in the world! There are three ways to participate. Get familiar with our living labs, join our open calls or propose a new project. We offer you piloting, experiments and sometimes funding too!

1. Get familiar with our developer ecosystem at our thematic living labs

2. Participate in open calls in our projects

As one method to co-create the future Helsinki, we use challenge-based open calls for proposals. In these competitive open calls we ask startups, SMEs, large companies and research entities propose innovative solutions that tackle the challenges we have defined. Anyone with a proper business ID can make a proposition.

Experimentations are smaller, typically in the size of 2.000€ to 15.000€, and are executed in 1 to 3 months. With experimentations we expect to learn about future opportunities together. Pilots are larger demonstrations and proof-of-concepts of new innovations with serious hypotheses of real life applicability, and they vary from 60.000€ up to several million euros per winning company.

Ongoing and forthcoming open calls

Topic Period for submissions Funding per proposal Total funding Type Further information
Pilots for Smart City Internet of Things innovations 1.6.-30.9.2018 100.000€ (single SME), 300.000€ (consortia)(15-25 funded) 3,0 million€ Horizon2020 open call Synchronicity
Development of operations system for autonomous last mile public transport in cities. Challenge based R&D for the prototyping and testing of systems capable of operating a fleet of autonomous mini-buses in normal urban environments, and integrated with public transport systems. Q3 2018 1st phase: est. 38.000€/contract
2nd phase: est. 331.000€/contract
3rd phase: est. 750.000€/contract
5,4 million€ Pre-Commercial Procurement FABULOS
Avoimet ja älykkäät oppimisympäristöt Q3/2018- Q3/ 2019 6-10 pilots, about  5000€ per pilot 40.000€ Procurement (of experimentation) Oppimisen uusi aika
Smart mobility solutions and services for residents and commuters in Jätkäsaari pilot area Q1/2 2019 2-5 pilots, about 5.000€ – 15.000€ per pilot 70.000€ Procurement (of experimentation) Perille Asti

Past calls

Topic Deadline for applications Funding per proposal Total funding Type   Awarded companies (for the past calls)
Smart mobility solutions and services for tourists in Jätkäsaari pilot area Q1/2 2018 2-5 pilots, about  10.000€ per pilot 45.000€ Procurement (of experimentation) Perille Asti
Co-designing wellbeing: Solutions for digital health and wellbeing to be piloted in Smart Kalasatama. 1.1.-15.2.2018 max. 8.000€ 40.000€ Procurement (of experimentation) Smart KalasatamaCo-Designing Wellbeing Miils, Meallogger, Auntie, Moodmetric, MelloVR
Behaviour change pilot towards more use of public transport in the Port traffic Q1 2018 60.000€(plus 3 prototypes á 10.000€ funded) 90.000€ Innovation partnership FinEst Smart Mobility Kyyti
Software robotics to improve the services for the home care customers in Helsinki 7.12.2017 The purpose of the information request is to gather information – prior to possible procurement – on the options currently available in the markets.    Information request Hoivarobotiikka Information request in Hilma
Just-in-time queuing system for heavy good vehicle traffic to Port 31.10.2017 162.000€ 162.000€ Procurement (of pilot service) FinEst Smart Mobility  GoSwift
Smart solutions for out-bound road traffic from Port of Helsinki 26.10.2017 110.000€ (plus 3 prototypes a 20.000€ funded) 170.000€ Innovation partnership FinEst Smart Mobility  

Smart solutions for in-bound road traffic to Port of Helsinki 23.10.2017 40.000€ (plus 3 prototypes á 10.000€ funded) 70.000€ Innovation partnership FinEst Smart Mobility Fleetrange 
EV charging pilot to support the development of innovative IoT solutions using technologies and services provided by the bIoTope project. 22.8.2017 100.000€ 100.000€ Procurement (of pilot service) bIoTope Parkkisähkö
Wellbeing services for new Health and Wellbeing center in Kalasatama 31.5.2016 1.000-8.000€ 14.000€ Procurement (of experimentation) Fiksu Kalasatama Movendos ja Kuntoutussäätiö, Auntie
Internet of Everything platform for Smart Cities 14.4.2017 1st phase: max. 36.000€/contract
2nd phase: max. 217.000€/contract
3rd phase: max. 544.000€/contract
3,2 million€ Pre-Commercial Procurement Select4Cities 1st phase consortiums: FIWOO, Etv-CORE, Harmony, IoE Platform, City Enabler, Newton, City of Data, Snap4City, City Platform, Wings Smart City Platform
Climate-positive solutions’ experimentation 15.1.2017 1.000-8.000€ 38.000 € Procurement (of experimentation) Fiksu Kalasatama Witrafi, Parkkisähkö, Elwedo, InnoGreen ja Natural Interest
New technologies and business models to ease road congestion at Jätkäsaari 6.12.2016 8.000-15.000€ 69.000€ Procurement (of experimentation) FinEst Smart Mobility FLOU, GoSwift, Townhall24, Jiffi, Positium

Each topic is organized by a specific project, and more information, specific rules, and contacts are available from these project pages.

3. Create new collaborative projects with us

We create a large bulk of our activities with the very competed R&I funding targeted for collaborative projects. If you are working on new project development, we would be happy to discuss with you on future collaboration on common project or programme proposals. For this, please contact:

All project proposals

Roope Ritvos

Mobile: +358 40 466 2161

Climate KIC

Veera Mustonen

#smartkalasatama #smartcity
Mobile: +358 40 508 4022

Horizon 2020

Hugo Goncalves

Mobile: +358 45 1199 410

EIT Digital

Pekka Koponen

#smartcity #opendata
#MaaS #API #IoT
Mobile: +358 40 501 7114


Pia Karjalainen

Mobile: +358 400 514 164

Photo: City of Helsinki / Keksi Agency