Merry Christmas and a Successful New Year!

Forum Virium Helsinki warmly thanks all collaborators and partners on highly fruitful cooperation during 2015! It has been a privilege to work with you all, in creating Smart City innovations and among others in boosting data driven business, co-creation with civic innovators and building a more Open and Digital Helsinki.We wish you all Merry Christmas and a Successful New Year 2016!With warm Season's Greetings,Forum Virium Helsinki

Open Finland Challenge Finalists 2015

This year, the Open Finland Challenge competition received a record 151 entries in 5 challenge categories – including competition entries from several countries. A total of 60 works have been selected as the finalists for competition. Open Finland Challenge looks for the best applications, services, concepts and ideas, which support active citizenship, improve services or enable a more open and efficient government. See the finalist works below!

D-CENT Researches Helsinki Municipal Decisions as Social Objects

Helsinki is a pioneer in opening all municipal decision in structured open data. This makes Helsinki an ideal candidate for exploring the opportunities of turning each municipal decision into a Social Object. The internet is full of services that have turned various things into objects of social interaction. IMDB has done this for movies, Airbnb for short-term rental apartments, Flickr for photos.

D-CENT tools page opened

D-CENT creates privacy-aware tools and applications for direct democracy and economic empowerment. Visit the new tools page ( to learn why you should use D-CENT, what are the tools you can use, and see the tools in action.

D-CENT at ICT 2015 conference, Lisbon

ICT2015 – Innovate, Connect, Transform was held on the 20-22 October in Lisbon, Portugal. The 3-day event is EU's biggest digital research event in 2015. It attracted more than 7000 ICT professionals. D-CENT was showcasing its tools in the exhibition area among around 100 best-in-class results of European ICT Research & Innovation projects. Forum Virium Helsinki is one of the D-CENT partners, running the project’s dissemination and piloting in Helsinki.

Helsinki scores high in the European digital city index

The European Digital City Index (EDCI) describes how well different cities across Europe support digital entrepreneurs. Produced as part of the European Digital Forum, its ultimate aim is to support digital entrepreneurship across Europe. For startups and scaleups, the index will provide information about the strengths and weaknesses of local ecosystems, allowing them to plan accordingly. For policy makers, the index provides a tool to benchmark cities and decide where they may need to devote more resources.

Eventmore App will represent Helsinki in the Global Smart City App Hack Final

Eventmore has won the Helsinki Smart City App Hack. The Finnish champion will represent Helsinki in the Smart City App Hack global final in Barcelona in November.

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:

Welcome to solve Smart City challenges in Europe’s largest hackathon in Helsinki on November 6-8

Ahoy all Smart City innovators! There is still one week left to register yourself and your team to Europe’s largest and coolest hackathon SlushHacks & Ultrahack taking place in Helsinki on November 6-8. Thus, please register at latest on October 30 and participate in solving the City of Helsinki’s competition challenges.

Helsinki shines in Frost & Sullivan’s city survey

Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has surveyed European real-time cities in their utilization of open data, use of open source and publishing of datasets. The online survey was taken by 27 cities. Helsinki leads in almost every sector of the survey. The survey results were presented in a Tekes webinar on 11 June 2015. The City of Helsinki was praised in the survey for its extensive activities with data-based services, open source utilization and collaboration with various actors.

SILVER Introduces LEA robot

During the latest SILVER assessment panel held on August 20th in London, the Phase 3 tenders were evaluated. The panel decided to award a contract to Robot Care Systems with Lecorob.

Helen joins Forum Virium Helsinki

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.What inspired Helen to join Forum Virium Helsinki?-We had been a long-time satisfied partner in the Smart Kalasatama collaboration and in other projects of Forum Virium Helsinki, and it was the right time to deepen the cooperation.

Affecto joins Forum Virium Helsinki

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.-What was it about Forum Virium Helsinki’s work that aroused Affecto’s interest?

Smart, Agile Piloting in Kalasatama

A smart city is built together. Smart Kalasatama’s Programme for Agile Piloting is buying small pilots that provide new innovative services for people living in the Kalasatama area. Now it’s time to offer your pilot to the first round of the programme! The first pilots should take place during the spring 2016.Smart Kalasatama’s Programme for Agile piloting aims to accelerate ideas to service innovations and reach users in a real life setting.The first round

Bright Baana – Light in the Underworld Helsinki

City of Helsinki together with Forum Virium Helsinki celebrated the UN International Year of Light with the Bright Baana event. In September, the bridges of a popular cycling and pedestrian route in central Helsinki transformed into lighting installations.The year 2015 was nominated by UN as the international year of light and technology. Year of Light highlights the benefits to humanity offered by the fields of science that utilise light and their applications.

Helen seeks new data-based business ideas for building solar power

Ideas for building solar power under urban conditions are sought from application developers and start-up companies. This brainstorming project is given a boost by taking part in an international application competition and by offering new data for the use of the competitors.

New faces at Forum Virium Helsinki

The team of Forum Virium Helsinki has strengthened with a new employee, read more:

Sami Nikula

Bloomberg News presents: Smartest Cities – Helsinki, Living in a Lab

Kalasatama is a new smart distict in Helsinki and an experiment in smart urban living. When completed in 2030, its' 20,000 citizens will be fully integrated into the ICT infrastructure of the city. Bloomberg News’ team visited Helsinki and made a video about Smart Kalasatama.“In a smart city, the residents should actively play a part in creating new districts and new services.”Veera Mustonen, Head of Smart Kalasatama at Forum Virium Helsinki 

Helsinki the third best city for innovation and entrepreneurship in the world

Helsinki has been ranked among the five best cities for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in CITIE’s comprehensive report, published on June 24. Helsinki came third behind New York and London, while Barcelona and Amsterdam occupied the fourth and fifth places respectively.Helsinki’s ranking next to metropolises like New York and London, shows that smaller-scale cities are just as capable of developing the policy and ecosystems to support innovation and a thriving entrepreneurial tech scene.

City of Helsinki is Open World Hero 2015

The Finnish Centre for Open Systems and Solutions COSS has awarded the City of Helsinki with the Open World Hero 2015 prize. The prize was presented to the City of Helsinki on 22 September at Mindtrek Openmind 2015, an international forum for open source, open data and open content, held in Tampere, Finland.

Open Finland Challenge: submit your competition work before Nov 9

Open Finland Challenge - what is it all about?Open Finland Challenge (previously known as Apps4Finland) is arranged now for the 7th consecutive year and is possibly the largest “digital openness innovation contest” in the Nordic region. Open Finland Challenge is open to individuals, teams, collectives, researchers, startups and companies - regardless of background.