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The joint Future City Challenge project of IBM, Digita and Etteplan is starting – assemble your team for a Finland-wide IoT innovation competition

News – Published: 02.11.2017 14:59:23

IBM, Digita and Etteplan are jointly organising Finland’s first nationwide innovation competition, the Future City Challenge, with the aim of designing new solutions and applications to make the everyday lives of city-dwellers easier. The cities participating in the competition are Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Oulu, Jyväskylä and Tampere. Future City Challenge will begin on 3 December 2017 and end on 31 January 2018. 

The competition is aimed at companies, startups and students interested in urban challenges. Instead of technology-oriented problems, each participating city will announce a number of real-life challenges for the application developers to solve. The best and most viable ideas will be rewarded, and the competition offers the possibility to give new business models a flying start. The competition will be launched at a kick-off event in Espoo on Wednesday, 22 November.

The jury of the Future City Challenge consists of IoT services Director Ari Kuukka of Digita, Director of Economic Development Tuula Antola of the City of Espoo, Technology Director Jaakko Ala-Paavola of Etteplan, Cloud Specialist Arto Ahde of IBM, CEO Rasmus Roiha of the Finnish Software Industry and Entrepreneur Association and Director of Economic Development Marja-Leena Rinkineva of the City of Helsinki.

”The competition fits Espoo’s profile as an innovative city that promotes vitality and networked activities. The needs and wishes of residents are constantly becoming more diverse, and the city should be able to respond to them with resident-oriented and high-quality services. From the Future City Challenge, we hope to obtain digital solutions for our growing service needs”, says Tuula Antola , Director of Economic Development, City of Espoo.

The participants in the competition will be given access to the cities’ open data with the help of Etteplan’s leading IoT expert organisation. Digita will provide access to its nationwide IoT network based on LoRaWAN technology, while IBM will contribute the Bluemix innovation platform containing, for example, IBM Watson AI capabilities and an IoT platform. In addition, the competition organisers will offer the latest tools, required resources and project team support for the contestants.

Etteplan in brief

IBM is a technology company specialising in cognitive data processing and cloud platforms, supporting the digital transformations of its customers and entire industries. New innovations are at the heart of our strategy, and we offer sector-specific solutions in the fields of cognitive data processing, cloud services, big data, analytics, mobility, social business and information security. IBM operates in more than 170 countries. Digita transmits radio and television programmes to everyone living in every corner of Finland every day of the year. We also apply the latest digital technology in order to develop and offer versatile online television and radio services. In addition, our service portfolio includes IoT services based on our comprehensive network, as well as world-class Data Centre Services. Our clients include media companies as well as mobile and broadband operators offering first-class content. Etteplan provides industrial equipment and plant engineering, embedded systems, IoT (Internet of Things), and technical documentation solutions to the world’s leading companies in the manufacturing industry. Our services are geared to improve the competitiveness of our customers' products and engineering processes throughout the product life cycle. The results of Etteplan’s innovative engineering can be seen in numerous industrial solutions and everyday products. In 2016, Etteplan had a turnover of EUR 183.9 million. The company currently has some 2,800 professionals in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and China. Etteplan's shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd under the ETTE ticker.