Finland’s centenary created solutions
Finland’s centenary focused on history, the present and the future. Several Finland 100 projects sought solutions to different challenges and created visions for the next hundred years.
Within the science based competition and idea accelerator, Helsinki Challenge, teams of scientists from ten Finnish universities worked on solutions that help the humankind reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The competition themes were people in change, a sustainable planet and urban future.
The winners were chosen on 24 November. The prize was divided between teams iCombine and Heatstock. Each got 187,500 euros for implementing their solutions. iCombine is working on a decision support system which will enable doctors to easily search for the best possible personalised treatment for each cancer patient. Heatstock developed a new kind of composite material which will allow for the long-term storage and controlled release of heat energy.
100vision project invited Finnish school classes to write a new declaration of independence for the next hundred years of Finland and Finns. All in all, 151 visions were created. The visions came in the form of written text, videos, photographs, dance, and drawing. The winner was announced at the Parliament House on 15 November, the day when one hundred years had passed since the Finnish Parliament declared itself as the highest organ of legislative power.
Sitra’s Ratkaisu 100 is a challenge prize competition aimed at solving one of Finland’s key future challenges. The challenge was to develop a solution that allows for the more effective identification and utilisation of expertise and capabilities in a world where people and information move from country to country.
The winners of Ratkaisu 100 were announced at Sitra’s 50th anniversary celebrations on 16 November. The prize of one million euros was divided between two teams, and awarded by the President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö. The team HeadAI harnesses capabilities for identifying expertise using artificial intelligence, and the team Positive CV finds the hidden strengths in young people.
Sino Finnish 100 Challenge is the biggest centenary project in China. The competition seeks to build bridges of cooperation between China and Finland to create solutions for communal challenges. The Challenge brought the brightest minds to work together through an idea competition, a summer camp and a co-creation challenge. The best idea will be awarded at the Sino FinnishChallenge winners’ gala in December 2017.
HundrED is one of the largest projects outlining the future of schools and learning, both in Finland and on a global scale. HundrED interviewed 100 international education experts and selected 100 inspiring innovations that are changing the face of education. Ten of the innovations come from Finland, such as Mehackit, Hello Ruby, and ThingLink.