Workshops

On Day 1 (May 7, 2018), we have 3 parallel hands-on workshops scheduled. Details are below.

Note that we will have Finnpartnership and other financing representatives available in all 3 workshop tracks to discuss project financing availability.

Day 2 will focus on social enterprises, pitching, impact investing & other financing activities. It will also feature a Startup Pitching Contest in partnership with EBAN Impact and an Impact Metrics Modelling workshop lead by the Finnish Innovation Fund -Sitra.

You can also find the tentative agenda for the whole conference after the workshop info.


Day 1 – WORKSHOP 1 – Breaking Through Into Emerging Markets With Cost-Effective Electric Vehicles and Advanced Mobility Ecosystem. – Facilitator – Dr Steve Simplay, CTO, Chinese EV Startup; Formerly Head of Automotive Strategy at Tata Technologies

– Case Studies from Europe, Asia
– Short method training for the development of approaches for companies that will leverage frugal innovation to create ecosystem for affordable EVs and advanced mobility

Breakthrough innovations do not necessarily require complexly engineered solutions. In the field of Electric Vehicles, companies such as Tata, Mahindra, BYD and BAIC, etc. in India and China are making significant advances to satisfy consumer demand in their local markets.

The success recipe? Government subsidies just make a small part to lowering the cost of the product. These companies are creating robust, simple solutions that meet the low budget of the target customers as well as the traditional quality assurances of the corporations. Want to know how this can be successfully accomplished? Learn from the keynotes and workshop methodology in this interactive workshop.

Emerging markets such as China, India, and South America represent the sales markets of the future for many Nordic and European companies . One thing to understand is the local players that have started building skillsets in affordable products and services are increasingly positioning themselves towards global competition. They also are competing with companies in Europe that have made a name for themselves as global brands in terms of innovation, quality and value.

The businesses from Nordics and Europe need to understand and learn how to compete and bring their own good quality, accessible and affordable solutions to those markets.

In this session there will be emphasis on interaction between participants and how to gain support in practical terms in implementing this in the company’s own process. Also importance will be given to include some main topics covering potential network infrastructure, frugal material solutions (plenty of flax/hemp or other reinforced bio-composites – but this needs to come out of the relevant emerging groups).

Day 1 – WORKSHOP 2 – Affordable Medtech Solutions Towards Creating Healthcare Access For All. -Facilitator – Sachin Gaur, InnoHealth, India

Both in emerging markets and developed countries, healthcare is facing enormous challenges and opportunities created by a number of factors, including
– The increasing need for improved access to affordable, high-quality care especially in low-resource settings;
– Increasing awareness from consumers to be in control of their health and related data and health outcomes;
– From traditional focus on “sick care” to one that is increasingly moving towards prevention care
– Caring for rapidly aging societies
– Increasing amount of chronic conditions in all age groups

As we can all see in the real world, the delivery of health information and services is no longer tied to traditional hospitals and clinics and has increasingly become “mobile,” enabled by apps, sensors, wearables, and other mobile devices, as well as by the data that these technologies generate.

Multinational medtech manufacturers like GE, Philips, Siemens etc have been pioneering by diversifying their portfolio for different geographies and market segments. On the other hand a lot of SMEs have small niche solutions that are put forward as particular products.

Some ways in thinking about these affordable medtech solutions can be:
– Does the technology improve health outcome in low-resource settings?
– Is the new technology better suited to address a health problem better than existing solutions
– Does this technology provide an appropriate solution to a health problem not yet addressed by any other technology.
– Reaching out to “the right people”. – E.g. innovators in low-resource settings? – E.g. small companies with successful solutions?
– Can using open hardware and open source software solutions be a way to scale up easily while also making quality solutions accessible and affordable?

We shall explore these and related issues in our hands-on workshop.

Day 1 – WORKSHOP 3 – Adapting Frugal Innovation Principles to Enterprise Technology Innovation for Smart City and Circular Economy initiatives – Facilitator – Roney Soloman, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, Ignitho Technologies UK Limited

– An interactive, hands-on workshop aimed at creating and delivering transformational programmes within the Enterprise and for its clients. This is especially crucial as Enterprise Innovation, led by new Technology, is increasingly at the forefront of digital touchpoints for the modern consumer in today’s Smart Cities.
– Practical tips around developing disruptive digital enablement and business models for enterprises to help create accessible and affordable solutions for inclusive, sustainable smart cities and villages
– Sharing of success stories from Europe, Asia and Africa

The world population is increasingly moving to urban centres, with statistics showing that approx 53% of the population is in urban areas while approx 47% is living in rural areas. Digitisation is leading the way as consumer habits evolve through enhanced access to affordable new technologies.

Against this backdrop, there is rising pressure and a constant battle to create sustainable economic development while leveraging digital technologies to deliver a better quality of life. This is an enormous challenge and enterprises, startups and governments will have to play their role of providing quality, new tech-low cost solutions, while public, private financing bodies along with alternative asset management companies come in to bridge the financing gap.

Smart Cities and villages are envisioned in a way to promote cities develop and provide core infrastructure and give a good quality of life to its citizens via application of ‘Smart’ solutions along with providing clean and sustainable environment. Traditional and new networks and services are enhanced by means of digital, telecommunication technologies, innovations and the better use of knowledge, for the benefit of inhabitants and enterprises.

Frugal Technology Innovation supports better quality of life, higher standard of living, public services for citizens, better use of resources, less impact on the environment, and new opportunities for rural value chains in terms of products and improved processes. It creates new types of jobs and professions related to the knowledge economy and the development and implementation of new approaches and technological solutions.

We believe that the concept of Smart Cities and Villages should not propose a one-size-fits-all solution. These are geography sensitive and should be based on the needs and potentials of the respective region and supported with new or existing strategies on one hand and technology enablements on the other.

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  • Day 1

    May 7, 2018

  • Day 1 Advanced Mobility & EV Track

    May 7, 2018

  • Day 1 Affordable Medtech Track

    May 7, 2018

  • Day 1 Sustainable & Smart Cities & Villages Track

    May 7, 2018

  • Day 2

    May 8, 2018

  • 09:00 - 09:10
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 09:10 - 09:35
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 09:35 - 09:45
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 09:45 - 10:15
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 10:15 - 10:25
    Experimental Finland is one of Government’s key projects in Finland. The aim is to find innovative ways to develop our society and services. The project also promotes individual initiative and entrepreneurship and strengthens regional and local decision-making and cooperation. Outcomes so far include for example more experimentation in public sector, growing awareness and skills, methods and toolkits developed and disseminated, launch of innovation platform, and training sessions for civil servants. Experimenting combines start-up culture’s agility with evidence-based policy. It is effective, efficient and democratic way to test and develop new solutions.
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 10:50 - 11:15

  • 11:15 - 11:30

  • 11:30 - 11:45

  • 11:45 - 12:00
    Due to the nature of how energy is stored in an EV, it enables much more freedom in terms of implementing the vehicle propulsion system, energy storage and energy transfer to the vehicle, compared to the ICE vehicles. This leaves a lot of room for innovation, which can be seen in the number of startup companies currently working on many aspects of the EV technology. Does this possess a threat to the EV ecosystem in itself, not enabling the markets to stabilize and utilize the economies of scale? Or will it hinder the possibilities to utilize the best technology available, due to already locked solution paths by the standardization? How is the EV market different for example from computers? Standardization will be a key point especially in the emerging markets, where a huge expansion of the EV market is expected to happen in a very short time. To be able to utilize the economies of scale, one needs standardized solutions. In a fast developing area, such as EV's are at the moment, it is difficult for the standardization to keep up with the technology development. This might lead into fragmentation of the markets.

  • 12:00 - 12:10

  • 12:10 - 12:20

  • 12:20 - 13:00

  • 14:00 - 17:00

  • 10:50 - 11:10

  • 11:10 - 11:30

  • 11:30 - 11:50

  • 11:50 - 12:10
    Labsystems Diagnostics Oy, Finland a part of the Indian Healthcare Multinational Trivitron Healthcare is a leading Finnish IVD manufacturer existing for over 3 decades. Over the years Labsystems has been producing and launching pioneering products in the Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics. After Trivitron acquired Labsystems, the approach has been to use the eco system and talent in Finland to bring out innovative products and produce those in India at the world class manufacturing facility in Chennai at competitive prices to suit the needs of the growing markets. This strategy will catapult Labsystems into the big league of IVD and also make up for the lost opportunities in the recent past.

  • 12:10 - 12:25

  • 12:25 - 13:00

  • 14:00 - 17:00

  • 10:50 - 11:15
    The rapid urbanisation process of the last century has been possible thanks to the industrial revolution and the assembly line, which allowed for the rapid reproduction and replication of infrastructure, products and urban morphologies around the world. Cities of today reflect the standardization and linear economy in how urban dynamics operate: they consume most of the world’s resources and generate most of world’s waste (according to the United Nations). On the other hand, the exponential growth of digital technologies (computation, communication, fabrication) of the last decades offers the opportunity to enable a transition towards a model based on a global and distributed flow of data (and knowledge) and local flow of materials. Fab City connects globally networks of hyper-local infrastructures for fabrication, production and distribution of goods and resources. By adopting these strategies, cities can radically transform the way production and consumption happens within their metropolitan regions, by replacing standardisation with smart customisation, focusing on interconnected processes instead of isolated products, and more importantly: empowering citizens and communities. The Fab City Global Initiative is an action plan for cities to operate this shift and then become more resilient through the relocalization of the production of energy, food and products, and by enabling a global community of designers, makers and thinkers that amplify and multiply the scale of this transformation, and to enable the mass distribution of (almost) everything.

  • 11:15 - 11:30

  • 11:30 - 11:45

  • 11:45 - 12:00
    Nabta Smart Town (NST), in New Borg el Arab, close to Alexandria, is an ambitious project under planning that includes residential and commercial facilities, in combination with high quality “Educational Magnets” capable of creating a dynamic community and generating all sorts of interesting activities. Therefore, the uniqueness of NST is building a fully integrated and inclusive neighbourhood comprising an Educational Magnet, Residential and Commercial (shopping, leisure and entertainment) areas, and Administrative Offices (including high-end security). The main objective of VTT’s work is the sustainability assessment and subsequent improvement of the town’s Master Plan and the different building types it will contain. Another objective is the development of a sustainable urban model that can be locally adapted and replicated in other countries like e.g. Malaysia and Indonesia. All this in addition to building the capacity of the Egyptian partner. The implementation will focus specifically on energy related activities. Therefore, special attention will be paid to energy and resource efficiency when assessing the Master Plan (including passive features, use of indigenous vegetation and local materials, comprehensive sustainable mobility, user behaviour and participation, etc.). Specific tools developed by VTT will be used and adapted to the local conditions if necessary.

  • 12:00 - 12:15
    MegaSense introduces Artificial Intelligence Air Quality Monitoring (AQM) recalibration ecosystem to overcome the shortcomings of existing outdoor low-cost sensor platforms and air quality models. The global AQM market will be worth €5,625 million by 2022. Commercial interest in outdoor low-cost sensors is on the rise before the sensor performance has been evaluated. Research has shown that inexpensive outdoor sensor platforms measure cumulative air pollutant levels but cannot identify short-term pollutant episodes, are not as accurate as reference instruments, and are affected by the atmospheric conditions. Therefore citizens get ambient background information on air quality disregarding their current location. MegaSense is coordinated by the University of Helsinki and combines scientific expertise in Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, and GeoInformatics to improve the performance of current air quality information. MegaSense utilizes SMEAR towers real-time readings, precise sensor platforms, and AI to field calibrate low-cost sensor platforms in fixed and mobile air quality monitoring stations. It introduces innovative virtual stations and pollution cameras as a promising alternative to reduce the high cost of maintenance and replacement of passive gas samplers. MegaSense machine learning models and AI ecosystem provides an API environment for 5G edge computing and business ecosystem to enable developers to build new experiences that activate a value exchange between their businesses and people.

  • 12:15 - 13:00

  • 14:00 - 17:00

  • 09:00 - 09:10
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 09:10 - 09:30
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 09:30 - 09:45
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 09:45 - 10:00
    Challenges that our world faces such as climate change, depleting natural resources, religious extremism, violation of human rights and unemployability are becoming increasingly complex & interconnected. It is imperative to re-imagine our approach such that it also leverages technologies such as Ai, Big Data, Block Chain & new media. Such tools allow scale, innovation and context to how our world functions today. The talk will present a new template on building social movements, developed by X Billion Labs that includes elements of behavior change (people), a multi stake holder approach (policy) and an enterprise model to ensure sustainability (business). As an example, I will walk through 'Adopt India' - a movement to enable a home for India's 20 million+ abandoned children.
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 10:00 - 10:15
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 12:30 - 12:40
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 12:40 - 13:15
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 15:10 - 15:20
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 15:30 - 15:45
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 15:45 - 16:20
    Where
    Main Hall

  • 16:20 - 16:30
    Where
    Main Hall