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Millennium Innovation Forum
Future Bazaar, 19 May 2021

Visit the exciting Future Bazaar online to learn how research findings are translated into applications and technologies. We bring researchers, industry representatives and decision makers together under an umbrella of inspiring events taking place between the sessions of the Millennium Innovation Forum.


Virtual partner lounge

Interested in a one-to-one meeting with top representatives of industry, universities and governmental decision makers? 

The Millennium Technology Prize partners and the Millennium Innovation Forum 2021 event partners share their views on how technology, research and innovation impact society and its citizens, and bring us into tomorrow. You will find them in the virtual partner lounge. 


Virtual visits

Don't miss the opportunity to visit future in the making!

Millennium Technology Prize partners welcome you on a journey to the birthplaces of their innovations. The visits take you to destinations that are generally not open to the public, providing a unique perspective to the technological solutions that shape our lives – today and tomorrow. Each visit contains an interactive part where visitors are invited to ask questions and share their impressions.

At 10.30 and 12.45

METSÄ GROUP: How textile fibre is made out of wood?

Niklas von Weymarn, CEO, Metsä Spring Ltd

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Get familiar with how textile is made out of wood.

Metsä Group is trying to demonstrate a new way of converting wood-based pulp into textile fibre, a raw material in manufacture of e.g. clothing and face masks. Join Metsä Spring’s CEO Niklas von Weymarn, as he explains the steps involved and shows some highlights of the textile fibre demo plant in Äänekoski, Finland.

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VAISALA: From science to silicon and societal impact

Kai Öistämö, President and CEO & Kaisa Säde, Director, instrument supply chain, Vaisala Ltd

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Behind the scenes of developing and producing Vaisala’s science-based innovations. Welcome to our newly opened R&D center and in-house cleanroom and see how we turn silicon wafers and artificial intelligence into actionable insight. ​

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NESTE: From Well To Wheel

Mervi Waddilove, Head of R&D, Feedstock and Pretreatment, Neste Oyj

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Welcome to visit Neste feedstock laboratory to peek in how we turn different raw materials in to sustainable fuel. 

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HALTON: Creating and verifying safe virus free environments 

Hosts: Anu Saxén, Director, Buildings Segment Sales & Marketing & Kim Hagström, Director, Technology & Kai Konola, President and CEO, Halton Group Ltd

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We have a medical operation in progress in the OR (Operation Room). Let us have a look at how we secure and verify the virus free environment in real life OR situations. Welcome to visit Halton's InnovationHub in Kausala!

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AALTO UNIVERSITY: Aalto in Space and Artic Seas

Hosts: Professors Anne Lähteemäki and Pentti Kujala

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You will visit Aalto University’s Metsähovi Radio observatory, where Aalto research on space gains access to new universes and Ice Tank laboratory, where Aalto’s artic sea research experiments in icy conditions.  After the virtual tours Professors Anne Lähteemäki and Pentti Kujala will answer your questions on Metsähovi and Ice Tank.

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NOKIA: We build critical networks that help keep the economies and societies running also during challenging times 

Hosts: Tommi Uitto, President, Mobile Networks & Erja Sankari, Vice president, Mobile Networks Supply Chain and Nokia Oulu Site Head

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Nokia builds networks for operators and other enterprise customers that provide fast and high-quality wireless and wireline communication solutions for consumers and businesses. Join us to visit the Nokia Oulu factory to see how our networks are used in real life to automate and virtualize operations in a manufacturing set-up, in a sustainable manner.

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Millennium Pitching Contest

At 16:00

Are you ready for high-quality, fast-paced and dynamic 3-minute pitches related to the Innovations for a better life theme? Find out how doctoral candidates with a passion for innovation use research-based future technologies and innovations to solve the grand challenges of our time!

The Millennium Pitching Contest is open to doctoral candidates representing the Millennium Technology Prize partners, the partnering universities, VTT (Technical Research Center of Finland) and the Millennium Innovation Forum event partners. The pitching event is organized by Technology Academy Finland as part of the Millennium Innovation Forum 2021 program.

The pitches will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary jury. The jury will decide on the finalists based on an online pre-selection in April 2020, and on the winner of the 2021 Millennium Pitching Contest on 19 May 2021. Each pitch will identify a challenge and describe a proposed solution. The following criteria will be considered when scoring the pitches:

  1. Novelty and innovativeness of the proposed idea (weight: 50%)
  2. Relevance, scientific and societal importance of the proposed idea (weight: 50%)

The three best pitchers will receive awards for merit as encouragement grants in recognition of novel, impactful and innovative scientific activities. The Millennium Pitching Contest organized as part of the Millennium Innovation Forum 2021 is generously supported by:

10.000 €

Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
5.000 €

Finnish Industry Investment Ltd

2.000 €

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