D-CENT tools in Helsinki

The EU-funded D-CENT project develops next generation tools for online democracy and participation. The service piloted in Finland enables participating citizens to follow the decision making process of the City of Helsinki.  Read more »

"Influencing local decision making doesn’t have to be complicated. The key is to get information and collaborate in time."

Joonas Pekkanen

Loads of entries to Open Finland Challenge

Open Finland Challenge got a record breaking amount of entries to the competition this year. The judges are hard at work now and the winners will be announced in December 3rd. Please register for the gala night: Read more »

"The competition keeps growing and becoming increasingly international. This year we had more competition entries than ever - and many teams had thought-out plans for making their works a success!  "

Teemu Ropponen, Open Knowledge Finland

Helsinki is ready for you!

The urban screens in the central Helsinki invite you to explore our beautiful city. Tap the screen and fnd news, event tips, routes and guidance to the location.  Read more »

"Urban screens in Helsinki invite you to explore and be inspired! Just tap the screen and find your favorites."

Kaisa Spilling, Forum Virium Helsinki

Call for Participation: Share-PSI Network Workshop in Berlin

The fifth workshop in the Share-PSI series is organised in Berlin 25-26.11.2015. The theme of the workshop is "Maximising interoperability - core vocabularies, location-aware data and more". Read more »

"The main activity of the network is to organise a series of workshops examining different aspects of PSI. The network is coordinated by WC3 and the Finnish partners are the Ministry of Finance and Forum Virium Helsinki."

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

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


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