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Innovation competition entries for Joensuu City Challenge have been published

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Innovation competition Joensuu City Challenge gathered a total of 19 submissions from four different European countries. The proposed solutions have a wide variety from an artificial surfboarding wave in the river to AR solutions for recreational use and for work. Solutions also include for example a tool to revitalise the art of hand-writing and different options for a sensor network in the city environment.

The public summaries of all of the proposals are available at the competition website:

The evaluation of the proposals is currently underway and the winners will be announced by the end of April 2018. The winning solutions will be implemented between May 2018 and May 2019.
Joensuu City Challenge 2018 was launched in December 2017.

The innovation competition consisted of four different challenges, each having a maximum budget of 50,000 euros:

  • Smart solution for city services
  • City Lab
  • River/lake tourism
  • Green Energy Solution.

The competition was looking for real-life solutions for the Joensuu city centre and the aim is to improve public services and inhabitants' quality of life through innovative solutions.

City Challenge is a continuation of Joensuu's strategy to act as a platform and collaborator in order to facilitate new development and smart city solutions.

Joensuu is a university town and growing regional centre in the Eastern part of Finland. The town has one of the most ambitious climate targets in Europe to be carbon neutral by 2025.

One third of the population is less than 25 years old and there are more than 20,000 students in the town. City population totals up to 76,000 and that of the nearby region 120,000. Joensuu core competencies are forest bioeconomy, education, photonics, ICT, metal industries and new materials. European Forest Institute, an international science-based organisation is also located in Joensuu. The town has a strong policy for innovative public procurement, investments and solutions.

Further information:
Media contacts: Dr. Janna Puumalainen, Director of strategy (, Tel. +358 50 5115028
Official address of the competition procedure:
Competition webpage:
General information of Joensuu's core competencies:

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