Potential open data for your Future City Challenge solution


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.

2 months ago

Future City Challenge technologies and Helsinki region challenges presented at Helsinki Loves Developers


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.

2 months ago

Euro IA 2017 – Information Architecture and Design in Stockholm


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.

2 months ago

Join us in developing the most functional city in the world!


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.

2 months, 1 week ago

Crowdsourcing and the IoT: new ways of collecting data about the city


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.

9 months, 4 weeks ago

Available public spaces! Integrate them into your service?


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.

11 months ago

Participate DataBusiness Challenge!


Do you want to create an application that helps the everyday lives of people living and working in the cities? Or help them actively participate in the development of their city? Or do you have ideas about how digital services could help organisations base their decisions more and more on accurate information? Now is your chance to get creative!

Open data idea and solution competition starts now!

The six largest cities in Finland (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu) want to support the development of new user based services by arranging an open data innovation competition.

1 year, 1 month ago

Open data as a key element for transparency


The HRI service organised an event on the importance of open data in data journalism for international journalists on 2nd May 2016 at Library10 in Helsinki. The event was organised as an official pre event of the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day 2016 which also took place in Helsinki. The open data and data journalism event was however open to everyone.

The event was hosted by Mr Timo Cantell, Director of City of Helsinki Urban Facts. The event started with presentations by Ms Tuula Haavisto, Library Director at Helsinki City Library and Mr Kari Lämsä, Director of Library10.

1 year, 6 months ago

Open Finland Challenge ends in a tie


Eight jury picked teams pitched their projects to the OFC-gala audience for a public vote, resulting in two Open Data Finnish Champions 2015.

This year’s Open Finland Challenge competition wasn’t short of surprises. The public vote ended in a tie and after momentary confusion, the grand prize was split into two. The competition’s coordinator, Teemu Ropponen, initially suggested a re-vote but in the spirit of open decision-making the audience upheld the initial results.

Consequently, the winners, Katja Ratamäki from meal planning app Miils and both makers of the refugee visualisation, Ville Saarinen and Juho Ojala, lit up the stage with their beaming smiles at Bio Rex movie theatre in Helsinki.

2 years, 1 month ago

Striking developer weekend at Ultrahack: Butterfly Effect and Routes Helsinki pocket the main prizes


Hundreds of excited developers gathered at Konepaja Bruno in Helsinki (6th – 8th November 2015) to solve challenges set out by the City of Helsinki and other challenge partners during the 48-hours Ultrahack hackathon. Ultrahack is a part of Slush Hacks, which is the biggest hackathon in Europe. The goal for the participants is to create new business by utilising open data. The best solutions from Slush Hacks will be presented and awarded at the SLUSH business event on the 12.11.2015.

2 years, 2 months ago
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