The Helsinki Energy Challenge finalist teams took part in a three-day virtual bootcamp in order to hone their solutions even further to suit the context of Helsinki. Each team had a full individual program filled with one-on-one meetings, joint sessions with all other teams as well as their own working time.
“Now we have come from 252 teams with over 1 500 innovators and solution providers to you who have been selected as the Helsinki Energy Challenge finalists. Have courage to think differently, challenge yourself and your team, do not settle for the usual road or approach, create something unique. You really have a chance to make a difference”, Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori stated as... Read more »
Ten teams have been selected for the final phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The finalist teams highlight the international and interdisciplinary nature of the participants. They have a wide variety of proposals for how Helsinki can phase out the use of coal for heat production in the most sustainable way possible by 2029. Next, the competition is advancing into the co-creation phase.
In just a couple of short days, the teams participating in the Helsinki Energy Challenge will know if they made it to the finals or not.
After the submission deadline 30 September, we got the news: a whopping 252 teams had submitted an entry for the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The City of Helsinki gathered a group of experts to sort out who has the goods to earn a spot in the finals. Project Director Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere has been facilitating the evaluation work and says that the amount of entries caught the compet... Read more »
The City of Toronto is one of the partner cities of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The city was so impressed with the idea of government collaborating with stakeholders and innovators to find game-changing, sustainable solutions that they decided it was something they definitely wanted to explore.
The application phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge ended on 30 September. The competition inspired 252 teams from 35 countries from around the world to participate. The participating teams presented their proposals on how Helsinki can stop using coal for heat production as sustainably as possible by 2029 and speed up its journey to becoming carbon-neutral by 2035. Read more »
A professor of environmental and resource economics at the University of Helsinki, Markku Ollikainen, has chaired the Finnish Climate Change Panel since 2014. Over the years, the panel has produced several reports and analyses on climate change mitigation and climate adaptation, with the objective of planning and building a sustainable future. Read more »
The next Helsinki Energy Challenge webinar will be organised on 20 August. The webinar will support willing participants to the Helsinki Energy Challenge to team up and to create high-impact, winning proposals. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to give a three-minute pitch about their idea or solution, as well as find partners with whom they can finalize their competition... Read more »
The Mayor of Helsinki, Jan Vapaavuori, writes in World Economic Forum’s blog about the importance of solving the heating challenge in cities to fight global warming.
A team of Aalto University students has won accolades from their instructors for their idea to decarbonise Helsinki’s heating supply. They did so as part of a Thermal Energy Storage course this spring that asked its participants to come up with a solution for the Helsinki Energy Challenge.