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 »


Open Finland 2014 exhibits the opportunities of open data
Next autumn, the Prime Minister's Office and its cooperation partners will organise a major event focusing on open data and its uses. The “Open Finland 2014” event will be held in Wanha Satama, Helsinki, on 15–16 September. Open Finland 2014 is to present the opportunities that open data provides for citizens and organisations, businesses, sciences, research, learning and for better decisions and smoothly running central and local government administration. Read more »
Finnish eHealth know-how reaps success in an EU competition
The eHealth competition rewards the best eHealth solutions developed by EU small and medium enterprises (SME’s). The 2014 competition had 154... Read more »
Finnish eHealth know-how reaps success in an EU competition
The eHealth competition rewards the best eHealth solutions developed by EU small and medium enterprises (SME’s). The 2014 competition had 154... Read more »
New initiative launched to decentralize the Internet
A new European-wide project launches which will build decentralized and privacy-aware tools for democratic participation to empower European citizens. The initiative, D-CENT (Decentralised Citizens ENgagement Technologies), backed by the European Commission, will see the development of new open source, decentralized and privacy-aware digital tools and applications for direct democratic and economic empowerment. Read more »
BikeCityGuide and Nostalgeo winners of Apps for Europe competition
BikeCityGuide and Nostalgeo which make use of open data to guide cyclists around cities and combine old postcards with contemporary street views have been announced as the winners of Apps for Europe - the first pan-European open data app competition. Read more »
The ACE Summit brings together the 100+ best applicants in Brussels on the 29th of April
This event showcases the top 100+ ACE selected technology start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs in Europe with the potential to grow exponentially in international markets, bringing them together with investors, mentors, policymakers and intermediaries. Read more »
Apply for Growth Coaching
Already 22 companies have been selected to the Growth Coaching Program. Is your company the next one? Read more »
10 Finalists announced for the International Business Lounge at FutureEverything 31st March - 1st April 2014
@apps4eu are happy to announce the 10 finalists who will showcase and pitch their open data based apps at the International Business Lounge at... Read more »
Seven Finnish SME's among the finalists in the European eHealth Competition
European eHealth Competition has chosen the 16 finalists. Among the finalists are seven Finnish SME's. With the endorsement of the European... Read more »
Datademo supports Finnish Open Data developers
Three pioneers in the Finnish Open Data scene, Open Knowledg Finland, The Finnish Independency Fund SITRA and Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI)... Read more »
Meet talents from the Baltic Sea Region
Who are the talented students and professionals that the universities, companies and cities around the Baltic Sea Region are trying to attract and... Read more »
New Faces at Forum Virium Helsinki
The team of Forum Virium Helsinki has strengthened with new people: Read more »
Year 2013 in Growth Coaching – Capital investments and new products
Year 2013 was characterized by economic melancholy, but the businesses involved in Forum Virium Helsinki's Growth Coaching were in full swing. In... Read more »
Geospatial data sources tops citizens' data wishes
At the end of 2013, a survey was conducted asking the respondents to assess the categories in which making data accessible was most important. The... Read more »
Members and partners pleased with Forum Virium Helsinki
Forum Virium Helsinki has conducted its's yearly survey examining its members and other closest cooperating partners's views and opinions on its... Read more »