Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Over the past year, Forum Virium Helsinki has been successful in cultivating urban innovations both from international and domestic perspective. What this actually means? Click the link to check our slideset. Read more »

"We want to wish you a relaxing Christmas and prosperous New Year 2015!"

The Forum Virium Helsinki team

Apps4Europe competition is on

Apps for Europe runs a yearly competition to find the best app developers across the continent. The competition is again on. The deadline is 31 December 2014. Read more »

"Open data holds huge potential for stimulating innovation and enterprise across the Europe. These apps show that open data is not an abstract concept, but can produce real products that can improve people’s lives. "

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission

Help us solve a real challenge!

The five Nordic capitals are launching the Nordic Independent Living Challenge to find innovative solutions and technologies for the elderly and disabled. The four stage competition will be launched in January 2015 and the main prize is 1 000 000 NOK (approx. 120 000 Euros). Read more »

The Smartest Cities in the World

Helsinki is scoring high in the list of the world’s smartest cities, together with Barcelona, Copenhagen, Singapore, Vienna, Los Angeles, Montreal and Lima. Read more »

"Helsinki is experimenting with new technologies. Helsinki is also the first city I know of to experiment with an on-demand bus service."

Boyd Cohen

Open Finland 2014 success story: CitySDK

CitySDK builds open interfaces that are compatible across cities and national borders. After undertaking participation, mobility and tourism, CitySDK soon covers new domains and cities as well. Read more »

"We’re aiming at boosting app development and digital service development in cities, by harmonising API’s between different cities."

Development Manager Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts

The Open Finland 2014 seminar

The Open Finland 2014 seminar was held in Wanha Satama on 15–16 September 2014. Forum Virium Helsinki had a slot on the second day and attended the exhibition with Apps4Finland and Helsinki loves developers. Read more »

"The goal-directed opening up of public information resources will contribute to promoting open science and will create opportunities for the creation of a new kind of entrepreneurship and innovations. "

Prime minister Alexander Stubb

Helsinki Loves Developers

Helsinki is on its way to become the most developer friendly city in the world. 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, IT Director, City of Helsinki

Fiksu Kalasatama: a model district of smart urban development

Helsinki’s Kalasatama is being built into Fiksu Kalasatama, a worldclass model district of smart urban development. The area is developed through experimenting, new technologies and the use of open data. It grows from the collaboration between the city, companies and residents. Read more »

"Fiksu Kalasatama aims to be a development environment that joins together the research, development and innovation activities of businesses, and the development of city services."

Project Manager Hannu Asikainen, the City of Helsinki

SILVER project proceeds to prototyping

In SILVER project, phase two of the pre-commercial procurement process has been launched. There are three tenderers who will proceed to prototyping.  Read more »

Cultivating Urban Innovations

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


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29.09.2014 klo 16:06
RT @Morbhen: Good to be hearing from @HRInfoshare and @ForumVirium on how Helsinki has used Open Data for their city #opendata
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RT @ElukkaE: @FinancialTimes: Helsinki ( is a leader in the open data movement. @HRInfoshare @ForumVirium #opendata
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SILVER Consortium is discussing with contractors about the Phase 2 test process and assessment. In April 2015,...
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The Success of Open Data Depends on Open Standards @CitySDK @dcentproject
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RT @UKODI: Sharing #data is useful but also risky - where is the trade-off? @statshero reflects on @ukan_net symposium
17.09.2014 klo 13:46
RT @Marja_P: Key points of #opendata by @bethnoveck : Get people to use it; measure its impacts, re-engineer gov's to use it. #avoin2014
17.09.2014 klo 13:45
RT @OKFN: #Access to #opendata is transforming our lives and the conversation is just beginning – @UNDPEurasia #open…
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Open Finland 2014 success story: CitySDK
CitySDK is one of Open Finland 2014 success stories. The EU-funded project builds open interfaces that are compatible across cities and national borders. Read more »
CitySDK is one of Open Finland 2014 success stories. "We’re aiming at boosting app development and digital...
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