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."

Menopeli park & ride

Application helps to avoid traffic jams caused by big public events organised around the city. It suggests the most convenient route to the venue combining parking, motoring, public transportation and Kutsuplus. Read more »

"You can park your car and travel fast and easy to the venue with other means of transportation. Menopeli helps to find the best route!"

Project Manager Kaisa Spilling

Solving a real challenge!

The Nordic Independent Living Challenge has chosen the 25 solutions to proceed stage three of the competition, four of them from Finland. The selection was made among 71 entries. 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

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

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

Smart Kalasatama initiative enters a new phase

Helsinki’s Kalasatama area is being built into a worldclass model district of smart urban development. In autumn 2015, we will open a collaborative working space in the area, and launch Kalasatama Developers Club, among others. 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

Explore Helsinki Design Week by touch

Celebrating the opening day of the Helsinki Design Week, an updated wayfinding service with new features will be launched in the digital touch screens in Helsinki city center. Read more »

"The wayfinding service on the city screens helps to find the most interesting events related to Helsinki Design Week. It supports our campaigning and is great example of urban design."

Hanna Harris, Helsinki Design Week

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, City of Helsinki


Menopeli park & ride application helps to avoid traffic jams
The most convenient way to get to major public events is usually by car. Especially for the people arriving from outside of the capital area, a car... Read more »
Opening up regional data
The Helsinki Region Infoshare web service already provides free access to over 1000 open data sets. In the future, it will contain even more public data from the municipalities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Read more »

RT @GDruckerForum: #FF @ElukkaE CEO @ForumVirium, Chair @openlivinglabs & newly confirmed #GPDF15 speaker

04.09.2015 klo 16:13
RT @LisaGri: Recording challenge presentation for #UltraHack participants. Again, lights, camera, action! @TietoCorp #tietoxhub
04.09.2015 klo 16:12
What's cooking @UltrahackHQ? Partners' Meeting introduced all the main #Ultrahack challenges.
04.09.2015 klo 15:08
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. Read more »
Explore @HelDesignWeek programme on @ClearChannelFI touch screens around the city center!
03.09.2015 klo 17:23
RT @KaisaSpilling: @HelDesignWeek program on Helsinki touchscreens @ClearChannelFI @ForumVirium
03.09.2015 klo 17:16
Helsingin ydinkeskustan katunäytöillä toimiva opastuspalvelu tuo tapahtumat ja reitit matkailijoille sekä muille...
03.09.2015 klo 15:53
@HelDesignWeek alkoi tänään! Keskustan katunäytöillä voit selata festarin tapahtumia & löytää reitit #helsinki
03.09.2015 klo 15:49
Avoimen konttorin teemana tällä kertaa "Osallistuva kaupunki", avoinna nyt! @HRInfoshare
03.09.2015 klo 15:09
Explore Helsinki Design Week by touch
Interactive wayfinding service, running on the digital screens of central Helsinki, offers event tips and help for tourists and others in need of... Read more »
Explore Helsinki Design Week by touch
Interactive wayfinding service, running on the digital screens of central Helsinki, offers event tips and help for tourists and others in need of... Read more »
@OKFFI @MSuvila Voisipa olla @MikkoKutvonen
03.09.2015 klo 14:14