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Program 26-27 May 2020
Espoo, Finland

Award CeremonyInnovation ForumFuture Bazaar

26 May 2020, Millennium Technology Prize Award Ceremony and Gala dinner

The 2020 Millennium Technology Prize Winner will be announced in the Award Ceremony on 26 May 2020 starting at 6 pm. The Prize is presented to the Winner by President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö, Patron of the Prize. The Award Ceremony will be followed by the Gala Dinner, to be held in honour of the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize Winner. The guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique ceremony, modern art performances, innovative dinner and inspiring discussions with frontier representatives of industry, academia and decision makers. The event takes place in the iconic setting of Finnish architecture and design, the Dipoli building on the campus of the Aalto University in Espoo, Finland.

The Millennium Technology Prize is Finland’s tribute to innovations for a better life. The Prize, one million euros, is awarded biennially for ground-breaking technological innovations that create new markets and benefit millions of people around the world. 

27 May 2020, Millennium Innovation Forum

The line-up of internationally renowned speakers is guaranteed to stir your heart and open your mind. We offer you ideas, inspiration and access to collaborative networks that will help you to further develop yourself and your organization. The focus of the Forum is on the impact of research, knowledge and innovation on the wellbeing and future of our society.


8.00  Registration & Refreshments
  Moderator of the Millennium Innovation Forum: Jason Palmer, Host of "The Intelligence" podcast, The Economist, UK


Opening Remarks


The big picture

The session will address the grand challenges of the world, and explore research and technology as drivers of innovative and sustainable growth. The Speakers will approach the theme in their introductory talks and the following dialogue.

  • Chair: Marja Makarow, Chair, Technology Academy Finland TAF
  • Bengt Holmström, Nobel Laureate (Economics), Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  • Björn Rosengren, CEO, ABB Ltd, Switzerland
  • Rapporteur: Samuli Hänninen, Vice President, WEA Products & Systems, Vaisala
10.30  FutureBazaar & Refreshments


Don’t miss the future

The session will address megatrends, weak signals and continuous change. What will our future look like? How can we explore, predict and shape it? How will technology help us reach the Sustainable Development Goals? The Speakers will give short input talks as triggers for the following moderated discussion.

  • Chair: Jyrki Katainen, President, Sitra, Finland 
  • Lauri Reuter, Founder, Nordic Food Tech Venture Capital Ltd, Finland: Technology and innovations
  • Pupul Bisht, Founder, Decolonizing Futures Initiative project, India: Inclusive futures
  • Rene Rohrbeck, Professor, EDHEC Business School, France: Corporate foresight and futures building
12.45  FutureBazaar & Lunch


Building a better life

The session gives a wide perspective on how futuristic innovations and emerging breakthrough technologies enable and impact well-being of societies and their citizens. The theme is opened up by the Speakers focusing on their own area of expertise and further elucidated in the round table discussion on the impact of fast technological changes on the future of mankind.

  • Chair: Jason Palmer, Host of "The Intelligence" podcast, The Economist, UK.
  • Peter Vanacker, CEO, Neste Oyj, Finland: Circular economy
  • Heli Skottman, Professor, Tampere University, Finland: Human spare parts
  • Marcus Weldon, President of Nokia Bell Labs and Corporate Chief Technology Officer of Nokia, USA: Industrial Automation
  • Jamie Paik, Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne EPFL, Switzerland: Robotics
  • Rapporteur: Caj Södergård, Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Finland
16.00 FutureBazaar & Refreshments 


2020 Millennium Technology Prize Lecture

  • Chair: Ilkka Niemelä, President, Aalto University, Finland
  • Introduction of the 2020 MTP Winner by Academy Professor Päivi Törmä, Chair of the International Selection Committee Chair of the International Selection Committee
  • Millennium Technology Prize Lecture by the 2020 MTP Winner
  • Millennium Youth Prizes awarded by the 2020 MTP Winner
17.15-17.30 Concluding remarks
  • Antti Vasara, President & CEO,
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Finland