Winners of Finland city challenge innovation competition announced

The winners of the innovation competition organised by the City of Joensuu, Finland have been chosen, the city announced.

Four solutions will be implemented in Joensuu city centre during the next 12 months, developed by Parquery from Switzerland, Leapcraft from Denmark, Risto Takala consortium from Joensuu, Finland, and Ctrl4 Enviro from Spain. The chosen cases range from city lab approach to computer vision applications for parking space detection, traffic and crowd monitoring as well as energy optimisation in a swimming pool. In addition, an artificial surf wave will be tested in the river running through the town centre.

The City of Joensuu´s innovation competition searched for feasible solutions for four different challenges, each with a budget of 50,000 euros. There were 19 submissions in total.

Joensuu is a university town and growing regional centre in the eastern part of Finland. The town has one of the most ambitious climate targets in Europe: to be carbon neutral by 2025. One third of the population is less than 25 years old and there are more than 20,000 students in the town. City population totals up to 76,000 and that of the nearby region 120,000. Joensuu core competencies are forest bioeconomy, education, photonics, ICT, metal industries and new materials. European Forest Institute, an international science-based organisation is also located in Joensuu. The town has a strong policy for innovative public procurement, investments and solutions.