Tatu Koljonen, Node Director of EIT Digital Finland, welcomed the guests and kicked off the day with an overview of the results achieved by EIT Digital activities in 2015. After that, two local key influencers kicked off the Helsinki Results Day with inspirational talks. Jani Kivioja, Director of Digital Health Lab Nokia Technologies shared thoughts on how EIT could speed up the digitalization of health and Ari Virtanen, Senior Vice President KONE told the audience about how KONE is building an ecosystem for the Best People Flow.
In the demonstration area visitors could experience interactive demos about new retail solutions, smart cities and buildings, and innovative cloud services showcase by innovation activities of Future Cloud, Smart Spaces, and Urban Life and Mobility action lines. Many of EIT Digital partners joined the event. In total 25 stands lined up at the lively and dynamic networking floor of the exhibition. You can read more about the innovation activities presented at the Results Day here (http://www.eitdigital.eu/resultsdayfinland/).
Keynote speeches and networking at the demo area followed by the final of the EIT Digital Idea Challenge in the category Smart Spaces.
Finalists were competing for the attractive prize set combining money and services: the company that won the first place get 40,000€, the second 25,000€ and third 15,000€ – as well as help from EIT Digital e.g. access to the international network and growth support.
The ten finalist pitches were assessed by the expert jury on these parameters: Idea, Team, Growth potential and Impact of the prize. Since every start-up had an interesting and unique idea, the jury had a huge challenge to pick the three winners of the contest. Finally, the decision was made – and the 3 winners were selected: Ekin Labs | Hi WiFi (1st), Sorry as a Service (2nd) and PopPlaces (3rd).
All three winners were awarded for their approach to real world problems: Hi Wifi has a solution that addresses the challenge in security by detecting human presence and motion while Sorry as a Service offers a unique customer retention service and Pop Places provides a marketplace for small businesses in search of commercial space.
Read on the finalists: