D-CENT: Network democracy for a better city

The event will draw a number of high-level policy makers, academics, activists, civic society organisations, and hackers to debate the future of democratic City Governments. Joonas Pekkanen is speaking in one of the panels, themed Experiments of democratic participation in Cities, A European perspective. Join us in Barcelona!  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

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."

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

Solving a real challenge!

Nordic Independent Living Challenge received huge interest, 414 proposals were submitted by deadline, 137 of them from Finland. In the upcoming weeks, the Nordic jury will go through the proposals and choose the ones to the Nordic Matchmaking Event in Copenhagen.  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 and the main prize is 120000 euros."

Kaisa Spilling, 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 »


eHealth business model clinic in Barcelona
Are you aiming to be among the top eHealth entrepreneurs and startups in Europe? Get support for business model development from digital health experts. Welcome to the business model clinic to boost your eHealth business. The clinic is organised by the international GET project, offering tailored services for eHealth companies to boost their growth and internationalization. Forum Virium Helsinki is one of the project's partners. Read more »
EC to VC Take 2
Calling all digital health investors! On Monday 18th May, Health 2.0 and the GET Project want to host you as part of our mission to encourage networking and partnership between investment-ready SMEs and European/international financiers. Forum Virium Helsinki is one of the partners in the GET project, offering tailored services for eHealth companies to boost their growth and internationalization. Read more »
Get Inspired! GET, FISTAR and Health 2.0
GET, FISTAR and Health 2.0 invite you to a Workshop on co-creating digital solutions for real-world Health problems at the Health 2.0 conference in... Read more »
Who Owns the Data?
As countless social, commercial and civic transactions are rapidly moving to online platforms, and sensors in our houses, cars, and mobile devices send endless streams of data to servers around the world, discussions of “Big Data” have become commonplace. But what happens to the information once it leaves our fingertips or pockets? How are the data being used, who benefits, and what role do individual contributors of data play --wittingly or unwittingly-- in the revenue models that sustain the systems? Read more »
D-CENT Event: Network democracy for a better city
D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating next generation democracy tools and applications that are decentralised, privacy-aware, and enhance citizens’ rights. On May 5th D-CENT will host an event discussing “Network democracy for a better city”. Joonas Pekkanen from Forum Virium Helsinki will be speaking in one of the panels, titled "Experiments of democratic participation in Cities, A European perspective". Forum Virium Helsinki is one of the D-CENT partners. Read more »
Oulu Smart City Seminar: Intelligent Community Development & Smart Market Creation
The City of Oulu has the long tradition of co-operation between education and research institutes, companies, public sector as well as enthusiastic and innovative individuals. The Oulu Smart City seminar introduces over 120 speakers and panelists, and over 30 exhibitors. The programme includes the Six City Strategy which is a joint initiative of the six biggest cities of Finland: Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Oulu and Turku. Read more »
04.05.2015 - 06.05.2015
Urban IoT / Smart to Future Cities 2015
Urban IoT / Smart to Future Cities 2015 conference examines how cities enable smart citizens as part of connected, sustainable cities. Organised in the 28 - 29 of April in London, it offers a programme of 50+ speakers and expects more than 250 attendees to participate. On the 28th of April, Forum Virium Helsinki’s Smart Kalasatama Project Leader Veera Mustonen participates an interactive panel session about open data. Read more »
28.04.2015 - 29.04.2015
Smart Kalasatama receives funding from the Six City Strategy
Helsinki’s Kalasatama area is being built into a worldclass model district of smart urban development. In 2015–2017 Fiksu Kalasatama is funded by the Six City Strategy, carried out by the largest cities in Finland (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku). Read more »
The 9th wave for ENoLL Membership is open
European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) promotes user-driven methods and international co-operation between living labs around the world. Over the years, ENoLL has had a strong growth: over 340 Living Labs are already members. The 9th call for memberships is now open. Read more »
FutureEverything 2015: What now for... Democracy?
Since 1995, FutureEverything has been exploring the meeting point of technology, society and culture which lies at the heart of the digital debate. This year, the Future Everything Festival was arranged for the 20th time. One of the speakers in the conference was Forum Virium Helsinki's CEO Jarmo Eskelinen. Watch videos online. Read more »
Advocate Europe: European idea challenge competition is on
Advocate Europe seeks your idea for our future. It is an annual, multi-disciplinary idea challenge for innovative European projects. The project will fund around twelve project ideas with up to € 50,000 each and support their realisation through mentoring and networking activities. Deadline for submissions is 13 April 2015. Read more »
Looking for urban challenges connected to urban spaces
Nordic Built Cities Challenge is an open, needs-driven competition to develop and visualise Nordic innovative solutions for liveable, smart and sustainable cities. The competition is carried out from March 2015 to September 2016. Read more »
Overwhelming interest in the Nordic Independent Living Challenge
414 proposals from across the Nordic region have been submitted to the Nordic Independent Living Challenge. The challenge provides innovative solutions to how elderly and disabled people can live independently in their own home. The biggest number of proposals came from Finland, 137. Read more »
6Aika: the Six City Strategy for smart and open urban development
The Six City Strategy shares the best urban development practices between Finland’s six largest cities and other actors. The over 80 million euro financing venture encourages the cities and other actors operating within their areas to develop smart service infrastructure and to enhance competitiveness through agile experiments. Read more »
Cities from seven countries boost 
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 »