VTT launches idea movement to accelerate new mobile services
The aim of the idea movement is to collect 35,000 new mobile innovation applications that facilitate day-to-day living. The ideas will be published for free use.
VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland has challenged the whole Finnish nation to participate in innovation in order to collect 35,000 new mobile applications that facilitate day-to-day living. This mode is unique because it is nation wide and all ideas will be published for free use for companies and individuals. Finnish innovation expertise will be collected for a month at idea-generating events organised in university cities. The first one will be organised in Oulu on April 11. VTT sees mobile systems and services based on wireless data transfer as crucially important for the functioning of society. The campaign wishes to pay particular attention to innovation expertise that is a lifeline for maintaining industrial vitality and welfare.
In order to be successful, countries and EU need the development of new ideas
into innovations, which means refining new ideas and developing them into
products and services that can be employed commercially. The discussion
concerning innovation environments and systems must change into concrete
projects, which can be used to activate innovation operations at all levels of
All of us have probably experienced some situation or service in which a
suitable mobile phone application would have made the situation or service
simpler and more rewarding. The best way to create anthropocentric technology
and understand consumers’ current or future needs is to obtain the stimulus
for new applications from consumers themselves – this is exactly what the idea
movement is based on.
The aim of the road show, visiting the largest cities in Finland during one
month’s period, is to concretely activate the innovation expertise in our
country, find creative solutions to situations in day-to-day living and
develop new business opportunities for the technology industry. In addition,
workshops will be organised in the spring of 2006 where people in various
situations in life will be invited to participate under the theme of ‘babies
What makes the campaign unique is that all ideas will be published for free
use according to the Open Innovation principle. VTT collects the accumulated
material into an idea bank to which everyone has free access. When every
company, organisation and private individual has mobile ideas originating in
the practical needs of thousands of people at their disposal, the further
development of new products to be commercialised will be considerably
facilitated. The ideas will be published at www.vtt.fi/idealiike on May-30th
VTT's partners in the project are the Helsinki School of Economics, the
Tampere University of Technology and the Universities of Oulu, Jyväskylä and
VTT has a need to promote the generation of innovations
VTT is a major player in Finnish innovation policy, helping it to naturally
promote the change of innovation discussion into concrete action and a
movement leading to success.
Activating innovation operations is part of the implementation of VTT’s
strategy. VTT has recognised and extensive technology and business expertise
and good networks with all the essential players in the innovation field.
VTT’s research and development activities for mobile and wireless solutions
cover the whole chain of mobile services and applications, from the concept
stage all the way through to product piloting and implementation.
The keys to the development of such solutions are VTT’s networking and strong technology research and functionality research and business expertise. VTT’s competence in the area of mobile and wireless solutions is world class.