With the meticulous arrangements from Finnish side, I was able to experience very substantial innovative trip for one week. (more…)

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At noon of March 8th, I visited the headquarters of Greater Helsinki Promotion (GHP) accompanied by Mr. Kimmo Heinonen, Innovation Development Manager of Culminatum Ltd Co. and Ms. Zhang An, Chief Representative at GHP Shanghai rep. office. (more…)

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Design Factory

In the morning of March 8th, accompanied by Mr. Kimmo Heinonen, Innovation Development Manager of Culminatum Ltd Co., I visited and learned about the innovation centre of Aalto University called Design Factory. (more…)

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During the past ninety years, Finland, a former periphery of Russia, has reinvented itself as one of the most successful countries in the world in almost any aspect. The story of Finland is a story of innovation.

Over the decades the industry focus has shifted from paper to high-tech, and nowadays to services. Forum Virium Helsinki brings companies and the public sector together to innovate in developing new digital services.

Our aim is to make the Helsinki region the leading test environment of digital services. User-driven innovation and real-life test environments – Living Labs – are the key tools in reaching this target. In Living Labs, new services, business models and technologies are being developed together with companies, the public sector, research institutions and local residents.

The main focus areas of Forum Virium innovation community deal with the wicked problems of the society:  for example wellbeing, traffic, environment and education.

In 2006, Forum Virium Helsinki signed an MOU of collaboration with the B-Star research centre of broadband technologies in Shanghai. At Shanghai World Expo 2010, we present our interactive digital guestbook. Guest book is a community tool, which enables you to leave other guests photo & video messages.

China is the most dynamic regions in global economy for the coming decades. As a natural gateway between Europe and China, Helsinki has a special interest in building good relations to mutual exchange of ideas and expertise between Helsinki and Shanghai. Hope to see you in the Finnish pavilion!

Jarmo Eskelinen
Forum Virium Helsinki

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