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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 society.

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 to granddads’.

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 on May-30th 2006.

VTT's partners in the project are the Helsinki School of Economics, the Tampere University of Technology and the Universities of Oulu, Jyväskylä and Lapland.

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.



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Petteri Alahuhta
Technology Manager
+358 20 722 2468

Pekka Abrahamsson
Research Professor
+358 20 722 2160