Forum Virium Helsinki has established a living lab platform in Helsinki’s Kalasatama area, which is currently undergoing significant development with the construction of considerable residential and commercial areas. At present, there are some 20 projects underway in the living lab with new ideas and concepts in development. These living lab projects aim to contribute to the development of new smart city concepts and practices through regular events for businesses, resides, and regional development agencies.

In addition to projects developed by Forum Virium, the area is also open to private companies interested in testing and developing new concepts. Forum Virium offers companies interested in researching smart city concepts funding support (€ 1000-8000), aiming to fund 20 projects over the course of the next three years.

This fall, Forum Virium will open a 50 m2 living lab office which includes work stations, conference rooms, and show room facilities for displaying results.

Read more about the Living Lab at Forum Virium’s website 

or at Tekes’s website 

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