Warm and Beautiful

We are on a holiday in July and our office will be closed.

"Forum Virium Helsinki wishes happy summertime to all its cooperation partners!"

Helsinki ranks high in global city research

Helsinki has been ranked on third place, right after New York and London, in global city research evaluating city initiatives for technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more »

"Helsinki was especially recognized for the consistency by which it supports innovation across all the CITIE research dimensions. "

Jarmo Eskelinen, CEO Forum Virium Helsinki

Bloomberg News: Helsinki, Living in a Lab

Bloomberg News' team visited Helsinki and made a video about Smart Kalasatama. Watch the Europe's Smartest Cities -video now. Read more »

"In a smart city, the residents should actively play a part in creating new districts and new services."

Veera Mustonen, Forum Virium Helsinki

Join the competition challenges in Helsinki

Smart City & Citizens - Solve City of Helsinki’s competition challenges in SlushHacks & Ultrahack, Open Finland Challenge and Smart City App Hack competitions. Read more »

"City of Helsinki’s competition challenge seeks new innovative apps utilizing open data and relating to these themes: urban mobility, energy & emissions, culture & tourism, retail & shopping, and collaborative city."

Solving a real challenge!

In May, the Nordic Independent Living Challenge held a matchmaking event in Copenhagen. For those 75 solutions chosen to enter this stage, it was a chance to network, get inspiration and tools to further develop their idea.  Read more »

"The five Nordic capitals run the Nordic Independent Living Challenge to find innovative solutions and technologies for the elderly and disabled. The competition runs until 2016."

Kaisa Spilling, Forum Virium Helsinki

Building a better Helsinki

Forum Virium Helsinki’s development projects drive the creation of digital city services. From the very start, ideas under development are tested as part of users’ everyday lives. Another goal is to create new business opportunities for companies. Read more »

"Forum Virium Helsinki is an ideal partner when you’re looking for a flexible operating model for applying new technology."

Mayor Jussi Pajunen, city of Helsinki

Boosting open standards for smart cities

Thirty-one cities from seven countries in Europe and Latin America launch the 
“Open & Agile Smart Cities” initiative to accelerate adoption of 
common standards and principles for global smart city development. Read more »

"A number of cities in several countries or a continent, adopting a minimal set of de facto standards is a sizable market on which developers can start investing."

Jarmo Eskelinen, Forum Virium Helsinki

CitySDK: start a journey with API's

The CitySDK Cookbook showcases the experiences Helsinki, Amsterdam and Lisbon have had with open harmonized APIs. Read more »

"CitySDK Cookbook introduces the opportunities CitySDK APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) offer for cities and developers."

D-CENT: Network democracy for a better city

The event, organised in Barcelona on the 5th of May, attracted 170 high-level policy makers, academics, activists, civic society organisations, and hackers to debate the future of democratic City Governments. Joonas Pekkanen was speaking in one of the panels, themed Experiments of democratic participation in Cities, A European perspective.  Read more »

"D-CENT creates next generation democracy tools and applications that are decentralised, privacy-aware, and enhance citizens’ rights. "

Joonas Pekkanen, Forum Virium Helsinki

A test lab for a smart city

Helsinki City Council decided to make the Kalasatama district a model for smart city development. Kalasatama shows what the future of a witty city looks like. The area is being developed through agile experimentation. Read more »

"Besides smart infrastructure we need the creativity of residents and companies. We organize events, and challenges to invite different stakeholders and citizens to use Kalasatama to develop their own innovations."

Veera Mustonen, Forum Virium Helsinki

Helsinki Loves Developers

Helsinki is on its way to become the most developer friendly city in the world. Dev.hel.fi portal offers a chance to test the open interfaces of Helsinki and gives information on the upcoming developer gatherings. Read more »

"Helsinki seeks to advance new ways of cooperation and dialogue between different stakeholders, e.g. developers, in order to boost the utilization of open data as a source of innovations."

Markku Raitio, City of Helsinki

New ways to use the travelcard

Helsinki Region Transport (HRT) has started collaboration with Kliento, a new kind of loyalty card scheme for local businesses in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.  Read more »

"Now the travel card also works as a citizen’s loyalty card in several local shops and restaurants. "

Managing Director Jukka Meklin, Kliento

Cultivating Urban Innovations

Forum Virium Helsinki in brief and highlights from innovation initiatives: view Forum Virium Helsinki´s presentation on SlideShare.  Read more »


OpenLivingLab Days - the annual summit of living labs
OpenLivingLab Days is the annual summit of the worldwide Living Lab community combing four days networking, sharing, learning and exploitation of theory, methods and tools. Conference elements include a research day, matchmaking, networking, workshops and seminars. Read more »
25.08.2015 - 28.08.2015
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07.07.2015 klo 10:05

@TechCrunch: Report Ranks New York, London and Helsinki Top Cities For Pro-Startup Policymaking. We're thrilled <3 http://t.co/1wCTcbxzr6

26.06.2015 klo 17:21
Smart City & Citizens - what happens in Helsinki and how to be part of it?
Solve City of Helsinki’s competition challenges in SlushHacks & Ultrahack, Open Finland Challenge and Smart City App Hack competitions Read more »

@TechCrunch: Report Ranks New York, London, Helsinki Top Cities For Pro-Startup Policymaking http://t.co/eEsNhxmsk3

25.06.2015 klo 16:34

Helsinki ranks globally #3 city in Innovation & Entrepreneurship http://t.co/MpUE6fZMG5 #2015Cities @pekkasauri http://t.co/GoLWCcoNt6

24.06.2015 klo 23:34

Helsinki #1: Heat Map of EU’s Real-Time Cities @Frost_Sullivan http://t.co/ABVbEjVarX #smartcity #opendata http://t.co/ZBjXqXF581

24.06.2015 klo 22:44

 |LIVE NOW| Top cities for innovation are NYC, London, Helsinki, Barcelona and Amsterdam #meerkat http://t.co/OKb5fyFalY

24.06.2015 klo 22:34

City governments+startups can work together 2 make cities better places to live. @nesta_uk @Accenture @futurecitiescat htt…

24.06.2015 klo 22:33

@giacecco: Hats off to Helsinki for the consistency by which they support innovation across all #CITIE dimensions @nesta_uk http://t.co/

24.06.2015 klo 22:33

Read our latest #SmartCity-publication Building an Open City: https://t.co/RQOWJYWPDF http://t.co/vjY6PSlCFY

24.06.2015 klo 15:41

@nordicinno 25 solutions now selected to proceed in the #NordicIndependentLivingChallenge! http://t.co/qxZB1GMLXj http://t.co/xe337ZQ5wn

23.06.2015 klo 13:01