Future City Challenge 2018 competition has started! The goal of this competition is to find new innovative solutions and applications to simplify the everyday life of the citizens. The competition is aimed at companies, start-ups and students who are interested in solving city challenges. The best solvers in the competition win awards.
The teams must registrate to the competition by 3rd of December and the entries submitted no later than 31 January 2018. The competition is arranged by IBM, Digita and Etteplan and the challenges are offered by the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Oulu, Jyväskylä and Tampere.
Developing the city of the future through realistic cases. Future City Challenge provides IoT technologies for developers.
IBM, Digita and Etteplan are organising the first nationwide competition in Finland to design innovative solutions and applications that make everyday life in cities easier. Cities taking part in the competition are Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Jyväskylä and Oulu. The challenge is estimated to impact around 2 million citizens in Finland.
The competition is aimed at companies, start-ups and students interested in resolving city challenges.
Being a city coder entails much more than just hammering away at ready-made Github issues. On the contrary, it is increasingly becoming a process of service design, starting from trying to figure out basic service needs and expectations, and constantly and iteratively honing the service with the actual end users. Increasingly our end products are not code, but actually the Github issues that somebody else will end up coding and we will end up reviewing.
Therefore, trying to further our expertise on the whole process of service design, the Open Software Development team made a trip to our dear close neighbor Stockholm, which hosted the EuroIA 2017 conference bringing together information architects and UX designers all over the world over three days of interactive workshops as well as shorter talks and presentations.
The goal of the Future City Challenge 2018 competition is to find new innovative solutions and applications to simplify the everyday life of the citizens. The competition is aimed at companies, start-ups and students who are interested in solving city challenges. The best solvers in the competition win awards that enable a flying start to new business models. The registration for the competition started on 1 November 2017 and the entry must be submitted no later than 31 January 2018.
The Kick Off event for the challenge will be arranged on 22 November from 9 a.m.
Consultant Heidi Enho got excited about delving into open data resources when the Power BI application was released in 2015.
The visualization of Eurovision Song Contest winners throughout time, Alko’s interactive product catalog, Helsinki Region Transport’s passengers on a map, … Sulava Ltd.’s consultant Heidi Enho’s data hobby does not end with the office door closing at the end of the day. Most of her data visualizations have been done in her free time with Microsoft’s new Power BI application.
Geographic information expert Faris Alsuhail uses a quickly developing, free and open source geographic information software in his own hobby projects as well as professionally.
One of HRI application gallery’s most active data enthusiasts is geographic information expert Faris Alsuhail. Using open data from Helsinki Metropolitan Area, Alsuhail has developed several apps; including an app for Northern Lights and apps for finding the nearest pubs or ATMs in Helsinki. His favorite tool for handling geographic data is the free and open source geographic information software QGIS.
The past few years have seen such advances in the level of openness, transparency and efficiency within the local public administration in the Helsinki area that few would have imagined possible just a decade ago. Since 2011, when Helsinki launched its open data service HRI (Helsinki Region Infoshare), the Finnish capital has been at the forefront of European efforts to make public data available to the general public and to encourage the use of data for creating a better society.
Since then, the open data service operated jointly by four cities in the metropolitan area has published several hundred datasets for anyone to use free of charge.
It’s important for officials to have the most accurate and broad information possible about their domain of operation. In tune with this sentiment there are many ongoing ventures by the city of Helsinki and other organizations to explore new ways of collecting data, especially using distributed or moving sensing technology (ie. IoT) as well as utilizing regular people as data collectors (i.e. crowdsourcing). On 2nd of March 2017, Laituri saw a variety of speakers and crowd eager to know about the activities of the City of Helsinki that lie under these umbrella terms.
Cities possess hundreds of public spaces, premises and equipment – for example, the City of Helsinki has about 3000 buildings. Use of public spaces can be optimized but it requires real-time availability and reservation information. Now, with Helsinki’s recently opened resource reservation API, relevant information on the availability of a selection of the city’s public spaces is available.
Public spaces and resource reservation methods was the theme of first Helsinki Loves Developers open data open office in 2017. Participants brainstormed improvements to data collection methods and discussed methods for optimising collected information of available public spaces.
The text contents of the Infopankki.fi website have been opened for everyone to use through an open application programming interface (API). The website contains important information for immigrants about permit matters, working life and entrepreneurship, studying Finnish, housing and living in Finland. All of the 12 identical language versions of the service are available through the API. Infopankki contains approximately 3,500 web pages.
“We hope that Infopankki materials will be used to create applications that serve the information needs of immigrants in different languages.