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 »


Nordic Independent Living Challenge matchmaking
The Nordic Independent Living Challenge provides innovative solutions to how elderly and disabled people can live independently in their own... Read more »
Smart Kalasatama enter a new phase
Helsinki’s Kalasatama area is being built into a worldclass model district of smart urban development. Read more »
Nordic Independent Living Challenge: 16 ideas from Finland passed selection
The Nordic Independent Living Challenge has announced the 75 solutions that has progressed to stage two in the competition. The selection was made... 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 »
Apps for Europe 2015 winners announced
The winners of Apps for Europe 2015 were announced after a successful International Business Lounge event at FutureEverything conference. The winner... Read more »
Building a better Helsinki
When the European Parliament compared the Smart City initiatives of 468 European cities, Helsinki was ranked as one of the top six. Propelled by agile city development policies, Helsinki is planning to stay at the cutting edge in the future. Jussi Pajunen, the Mayor of Helsinki, is presenting his favourite app in the lobby of Helsinki City Hall. “I get all decision-making related information straight to my mobile phone, with all the attachments,” Pajunen marvels. Indeed, in just a few clicks, his Lumia smartphone screen displays the latest council bills, the auditor’s statement, the new traffic plans and committee verdicts. Only recently, while shopping on a Saturday, he got a call from a journalist asking him to comment on a new council bill. The Mayor was not yet even aware of what the bill entailed. Read more »
The Test Lab of 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. Veera Mustonen, heading Smart Kalasatama programme, is looking out to the building site through the panoramic windows of Restaurant Vanha Kalasatama. The old dockworkers’ canteen on the top floor has a splendid view over the new city district. So far a few city blocks have been completed, with homes for a couple of thousand people. In just a few years the view will be very different: a bridge connecting the district to downtown Helsinki, 33-floor tower blocks and the population of a small Finnish town. Read more »
Helsinki: Smart City – Smart Choice at MIPIM 2015
Helsinki just introduced major urban development projects at MIPIM 2015, at Cannes, France.Helsinki’s growth relies on strong foundationsHelsinki is... Read more »