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Apps4Finland 2014 launches

Apps4Finland is an open data innovation contest. In 2014, it is organised for the sixth time. Join us at Design Museum, Helsinki, to learn more about this year's competition. Read more »

"Apps4Finland has evolved into the biggest open data networks in Finland. It has made Finland one of the leading countries in utilizing open data."

Project Manager Joonas Pekkanen

The Open Finland 2014 seminar

The Open Finland 2014 seminar will be held in Wanha Satama on 15–16 September 2014. The keynote speaker at the event will be the American open data visionary Beth Simone Noveck. Registration is now open! Read more »

The winners of Apps4Europe competition

BikeCityGuide and Nostalgeo are announced as the winners of the first Apps for Europe Competition. Apps for Europe is a European-wide support network that provides tools to transform ideas for data based apps into viable businesses. 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

New initiative to decentralize the Internet

D-CENT is a new, European-wide project has been launched to build decentralized and privacy-aware tools for democratic participation to empower European citizens. Read more »

"After Snowden's revelations, digital rights are perceived as key issue that D-CENT is going to address, ensuring that people are in full control of their data, maintaining privacy and trust in technology."

Francesca Bria, coordinator of D-CENT at Nesta

First recipients of Datademo funding selected through peer assessment

The recipients of Datademo’s first funding round have been selected. Funding  is meant for developers seeking to promote civil society by producing apps utilizing open data for the benefit of all. Read more »

"Datademo follows the practices of participatory budjeting: Applicants themselves are involved in the decicion making and peer evaluation will be a crucial part of the funding process."

Joonas Pekkanen, Open Knowledge Finland ry

Study mapping Smart Cities in Europe

The European Parliament has published a report mapping Smart Cities in the European Union. The report introduces Forum Virium Helsinki and its Smart City projects, highlighting Helsinki Region Infoshare as one of the pioneering open, urban data platforms.  Read more »

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, 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

The Guardian showcases CitySDK Participation API

In November the Guardian published two articles regarding the importance of holistic approach to smart city planning and how the other cities should follow the lead of the truly smart cities, such as Helsinki. Read more »

"As a part of the CitySDK project, Helsinki opened Open311 interface earlier this year. It feels great to get international recognition for all the hard work we've done."

Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Project Manager, Forum Virium Helsinki

The 10 Smartest Cities in Europe

According to the ranking of the FastCompany.com, Helsinki is among the Top Ten Smartest Cities In Europe. We agree! Read more »

"Helsinki really shines in the Smart Government arena. Helsinki offers more than 1,000 open datasets and has been actively promoting engagement with developers through for instance hackathons. "

Cultivating Urban Innovations

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


Registration for the Open Finland 2014 now open for the general public
The Open Finland 2014 event which will focus on open data and its uses has been opened for the general public. The preliminary programme has now been published at avoinsuomi2014.fi, as well as registration. Read more »

Smart Kalasatama: Die Innenstadt wird umgebaut – mit Mülltonnen, die niemals voll werden. http://t.co/XkP25qyRHp

21.05.2014 klo 22:04
Open Finland 2014 seminar coming up in autumn
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 the 15th to 16th of September. The registration opens this Friday, the 23 May 2014. Visit the website at www.avoinsuomi2014.fi. Read more »
Apps4Finland competition launches for 2014
Apps4Finland is an open data innovation contest, now organised for the sixth time. It encourages citizens to come up with new ideas on how to utilize the open data reserves of public administration. In 2014, the competition is managed by Joonas Pekkanen from Forum Virium Helsinki. The launch event is on the 6th of June 2014. Deadline for entries is the 3rd of November 2014, the awards ceremony in the 3rd of December 2014. Read more »
First recipients of Datademo funding selected through peer assessment
The recipients of Datademo’s first funding round have been selected. App developers who entered their own proposals for funding and open data experts... Read more »
Building a smart and open city
In April Forum Virium Helsinki gave a review of its current operations at an event held at Design Museum in Helsinki. Read more »
Civic Exchange promotes technologies for better government
Civic Exchange is a platform for improving public services by showcasing and by promoting the reuse of civic software. To encourage the... Read more »

Phase 1 of the SILVER Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process has now been completedhttp://t.co/9nmiM2ObJm

15.05.2014 klo 10:39