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What makes a good pilot and what can the urban lab offer for startups?

May 22 Speakers Kaisa Spilling for Upgraded Life Festival

On the 31.5,  we are going to hear some insights from the newly opened Kalasatama Health and Wellbeing Centre. Kaisa Spilling from Forum Virium Helsinki and Mervi Lamminen, CEO of Auntie Solutions, are going to reveal how the living lab activities of the city can benefit from innovation activities of a startup and how the co-operation with the urban lab has influenced Auntie’s development.

The City of Helsinki has made a strategic decision to build a culture of experimentation. Part of this strategy is the collaboration with private sector companies and startups to test and develop new digital services and products. For the City’s Social Services and Healthcare Sector, an important platform is the newly opened Kalasatama Health and Wellbeing Centre.

Piloting activities in Kalasatama have already started in 2016 through Smart Kalasatama Agile Piloting programme. Kalasatama Wellbeing piloting programme, running currently, offers possibilities for collaboration with company partners operating in the area, such as Kesko, SRV and CGI. Upgraded Life festival gives an opportunity to meet new partners and startups for accelerating innovation and experimenting together with residents and other stakeholders in Smart Kalasatama.

The Smart Kalasatama Agile piloting programme model run by Forum Virium Helsinki, has been widely adopted by the city of Helsinki and several other Finnish cities during the last two years. From the programme perspective, we open what makes a good pilot, and what kind of pilots work best in urban lab environment and how to get most out of them.

Auntie has been experimenting and co-developing their services in Smart Kalasatama agile piloting programme in 2016 and now again in 2018 in Kalasatama wellbeing piloting programme. Auntie offers its wellbeing services to companies, reducing the stress level of employees.

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