Open calls for pilots
Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab agile pilots
Our new open call for agile pilots (max 15,000 euros per pilot) is now open. We look for novel solutions that promote healthy, safe and sustainable mobility, increased accessibility and the use of local services in the district of West Harbour. Deadline for submissions is 18 August. Online info event(s) will be held on 23/6 and 11/8.
Read more at https://mobilitylab.hel.fi/call-for-agile-pilots-2/
UIA HOPE innovation competition
Healthy Outdoor Premises for Everyone project’s innovation competition for air quality solutions is currently open in HILMA procurement portal. HOPE project provides local air quality monitoring data and an open API to be utilized by developers and companies. There are three categories in the competition: IoT, Data and AI, and Cross-innovation. Prizes are up to 20 000€ per pilot. Deadline for submissions is July 31.
Read more at https://forumvirium.fi/en/innovation-competition-for-air-quality-solutions/
Cityhub – zero-emission delivery hub
A new local package delivery hub has just opened in downtown Helsinki, next to the bike and pedestrian corridor Baana. The pilot runs until the end of 2020 and provides knowledge in zero-emission package distribution on bikes. The pilot is a cooperation between Forum Virium Helsinki, DB Schenker, Neste, Lehtipiste Oy’s Pakettipiste, A2B and Fiuge.
Read more in English at https://forumvirium.fi/en/cityhub/ or in Finnish at https://forumvirium.fi/cityhub-lahijakelukeskus/.
On-demand boat service launched
A new electric boat pilot is launched: On-demand boat service of Callboats takes passengers to Vartiosaari island starting on June 16. The pilot is made possible through participatory budgeting of City of Helsinki and the Mobility Launchpad project of Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab.
Read more in Finnish at https://www.hel.fi/uutiset/fi/kulttuurin-ja-vapaa-ajan-toimiala/vartiosaaren-ja-laajasalon-valille-sahkolautta?pd=v or visit Callboats’ website https://callboats.com/#1.
Virtual worlds – not just for games!
Last week, we participated in organizing the Green & Smart Recovery – Mobility 2.0 virtual congress. Beyond great speakers, the event included a unique 3D experience of virtual expo stands. In the expo area, different designs and content could be browsed through, and one could actually meet and talk with other exhibitors and visitors. With 3D spatial sounds, the interaction with other avatars had a natural feel and one could easily start a conversation with those hovering next to you.
Over 800 people took part in the event and while many skipped the 3D stands, the virtual interaction worked over expectations for those who gave it a go. The learning curve was steep and gratifying to get involved and to use the more advanced features such as content sharing. The congress showed that virtual alternatives are feasible and a way more immersive than the regular webinars that we are all so used to!
Despite the physical conference getting cancelled, numerous strategic, invited and special focus sessions of TRA2020 are now to be organised as webinars! Find out more at https://tra2020.focusflow.net/webinars-and-publications/webinars/
Looking for investors or accelerators?
Heaps of valuable information about investors, accelerators and incubators is up for grabs at www.ecosystem.fi