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The competition has ended. Congratulations to our Grand Prix winner! The first 5GFWD winner is Matti Viitala with his proposal “Oulu from Above ­Intelligent Drone Network for Experiencing and Sharing Experiences”. The winning idea is an intelligent network consisting of flying camera drones that can offer entertainment and benefit for locals and tourists alike. Read the winner interview here.

5GFWD will continue next year in the form of Oulu 5G Hackathon that will be held in conjunction with EuCNC’2017 conference on 12 June 2017.

5GFWD challenges your grey cells to produce their best in creating an absolutely amazing new world with the fastest mobile network ever: 5G.

What is 5GFWD, then? It is probably only the most important 5G innovation competition of the year. It is free for all, anyone can join, and the prizes are simply great. And the glory for the winners – it is something money cannot buy.

But most of all: 5GFWD is about great new and disruptive ideas – no detailed tech specs are needed. It is easy to participate in the competition: it proceeds mainly on-line, and the Finalists’ Gala will take place in Oulu, Finland – where the 5G magic happens.

5GFWD is a four-track competition – just choose the one that is closest to your interests. Or join all four.

The prizes are something else:

  • The Track Winners’ prizes 4 000 euros each.
  • Grand Prix winner, the best of the best, with a prize of 10 000 euros
  • Health Goes 5G! track bonus: an exclusive prize of session time in OYS TestLab’s 5G environment in Oulu University Hospital worth 10 000 euros + team memberships in an OuluHealth pilot project.

All finalists’ travel costs to Oulu will be reimbursed by the 5GFWD for up to 2 000 euros per team.

Track winners

Daily Life Security 5G!

By LocalTapiola / LähiTapiola

Track winner

Rich Coordinates by Tiina Hokkanen

This idea utilizes the 5G to create such an exact and up-to-date map, which is equipped with right coordinates about challenging or dangerous places to be avoided. All customers of LocalTapiola (car drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists etc.) would be provided with such a map app or an equivalent system with “these risky place coordinates” in use. All in all, the idea is to create a universally safer environment for people.

Sponsored by

Health Goes 5G!

By OuluHealth and Oulu University Hospital

For companies only!

Track winner

Reusable Radio & Power Module by Mikko Mäkinen (Company Kala Product)

The winning idea is around a reusable radio and power module for a various disposable testing and measuring arrays, making it a cable and connection free – true wireless system. With this innovation, there is a possibility to do disposable tests and controls that stand from 3 to 6 days.

Sponsored by

Easy Living & Working!

By 6Aika and Technopolis

Track winner

Oulu from above – Intelligent Drone network for Experiencing and Sharing Experiences by Matti Viitala

The drone idea consists of a set of small and unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) that is centrally managed and maintained by Oulu based operators. Drone technology can be used to offer visual experiences for purely entertainment purposes and enhancing travel experience. Its potential usages also include scenarios like road accidents and accessing otherwise unattainable locations

Sponsored by

Shopping Frenzy!

By Valkea Shopping Centre

Track winner

Smart Shopping Assistant by Teemu Kanstrén (Company KaTe Solutions and Consulting)

The solution enables people to find what they need, compare the products, and get services as they need in an easy way. No need to randomly go to places hoping to find something, no more spending half a day going through all the stores or googling for reviews and items over a smartphone in random shop corridors.

Sponsored by

Judges

Daily Life Security 5G!

Marjukka Manninen

Vice-chairwoman of the Board
LocalTapiola Pohjoinen

Ilkka Herva

Business Director
LocalTapiola Pohjoinen

Juha Ala-Mursula

Executive Director
BusinessOulu

Matti Latva-Aho

Head of Department of Communications Engineering
University of Oulu
LinkedIn

Health Goes 5G!

Fergal McCaffery

Director of Regulated Software Research Centre & Senior Lecturer
Dundalk Institute of Technology
LinkedIn

Eila Suvanto

Head of Division of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Clinical Genetics
OYS

Tarja Valtanen

Ecosystem Manager
Nokia
LinkedIn

Minna Pikkarainen

Connected Health Professor
University of Oulu
LinkedIn

Ville Heikkinen

Partner
Butterfly Ventures
LinkedIn

Easy Living & Working!

Keith Silverang

CEO
Technopolis
LinkedIn

Suvi Lindén

Chairperson for the Board
NxtVn Finland

Heikki Huhmo

Project Manager
Oulun kaupunki / City of Oulu
LinkedIn

Arto Ilvonen

System Designer
Ericsson
LinkedIn

Jussi Paakkari

Head of Communication Systems R&D
VTT Technical Research Center of Finland
LinkedIn

Shopping Frenzy!

Ville Tolvanen

Digitalist, Strategy Director
TBWA & Digitalist Network
LinkedIn

Joakim Granholm

Director Marketing
Anite
LinkedIn

Aki Korvala

Program Manager
Nokia
LinkedIn

Pekka Sivonen

Director, Strategy and Programmes
Digitalisation, Tekes
LinkedIn

Riikka Forsman

Marketing Coordinator
Cooperative Arina
LinkedIn

5G in brief

How long would it take to download a HD movie?

3G

4G

5G

Ready!

The introduction of 5G technology is so much more than just a step forward from one generation of mobile networks to another. The speed of data transfer is one thing: it is 200 times faster than today’s 4G.

However, it is not just about the speed itself but what you can do with it. 5G enables remote-controlled vehicles, machines, and factories, mind-blowing 3D real-time mobile games, online surgeries overseas, big data applications for more fluent traffic on rush hours, and much more.

For media.

Who, Where and When?

The 5GFWD competition is arranged by the City of Oulu together with some selected world-class companies. “What is Oulu?” you may ask. To put it briefly: it is the best place in the world to design mobile devices and products. It is also #1 in radio technology. Every day more that 2.6 billion people use ICT technologies developed in Oulu. Learn more about Oulu.

In its first phase, the competition will run on the web: you simply upload your ideas to our competition and that is it – till the Jury announces the finalists and the Grand Prix winner who will be invited to the Winner’s Gala in Oulu in July 2016.

Do not miss the start: pre-register here, and you will be kept informed from the very beginning all the way to the finals.

The finals will be held together with the Midnight Pitch Fest – a start-up event that gathers together the most talented new companies with the funders and media around the world – such as Bloomberg, Forbes, and the Guardian, to name just a few from last year.

Questions? Ask us.

Hanna Mattila / Producer
hanna@5gfwd.org

Sari Päivärinta / Producer
sari@5gfwd.org

 

Competition schedule

February 29
5GFWD: competition is open
April 8
Deadline for entries
May 5
Track Winner announcement → time for fine-tuning
June 9
5GFWD Gala and Grand Prix Winner announcement in Oulu, Finland

5GFWD is on Instagram, too. Share your team’s innovative spirit with us with a hashtag #5GFWD.

Making it happen

Daily Life Security 5G!

Sponsored by

Background

Digital processes are becoming the most important channel for running insurance and finance errands all around the globe. Whether the communication happens digitally or face-to-face, customers will always appreciate fluency and fast service combined with easiness and individuality. No wonder the service channels are rapidly getting modernised, and easier and more flexible accessibility is key to success. 5G introduces whole new possibilities for improving security and wellness as well as novel means for communicating with the insurance company.

The challenge presenter, LocalTapiola Group, is a mutual group of companies owned by its customers. It serves private customers, farmers, entrepreneurs, corporate customers and organisations. LocalTapiola’s products and services cover non-life, life and pension insurance, as well as investment and saving services. We are also professionals in corporate risk management and welfare in the workplace. LocalTapiola wants to reshape the traditional role of an insurance company by preventing accidents and enabling safer and healthier lives instead of just compensating for damages.

Your challenge

We challenge you to innovate unique solutions based on 5G technology for private, agricultural and enterprise customers. What kind of future services would strengthen people’s life security, facilitate their everyday life, provide more safety and wellness, or benefit our customers in a whole new way?

OUR MAIN TARGETS ARE

  1. Wellness and security are at the core of LocalTapiola operations. How can the superfast mobile 5G technology improve daily life security for people – for children, old people and the home in general? Do you have an idea for providing added security for different professions? How can 5G improve the wellness of people?
  2. Do you have a vision for a new kind of customer relationship and experience? How can our service be transferred from the local insurance agency to the mobile office? What would it be like? LocalTapiola also wants to emphasise the development of new channels and forms of service. Just think about running your errands at a 3D virtual office in your backyard on a warm summer day, or on the road, for example. What is your fantastic idea for the encounter between LocalTapiola and our customer?

HOW DO WE EVALUATE THE ENTRIES?

The jury will evaluate the entries by the following criteria:

Creativity: is your idea something totally new?
Feasibility: is it possible to make it real?
Business opportunity: is there a market for your idea, and is it internationally scalable?

PRIZES

Track winner:

4,000 euros

The track winner will also compete for the 5GFWD Grand Prix:

10,000 euros

HOW TO SUBMIT

All the competition entries should be submitted in digital format into the challenge database by 8 April 2016 – fill in the entry form, too! The composed PDF entry must include at least the following:

  • Images of your solution idea; max. 5 pictures.
  • Written description (in English) of the idea to support the imagery.

Judges

Marjukka Manninen
Vice-chairwoman of the Board
LocalTapiola Pohjoinen
Ilkka Herva
Business Director
LocalTapiola Pohjoinen
Juha Ala-Mursula
Executive Director
BusinessOulu
Matti Latva-Aho
Head of Department of Communications Engineering
University of Oulu
LinkedIn

Health Goes 5G!

Sponsored by

For companies only!

Now your ideas count big time as a brand new Women’s and Children’s Hospital is being designed in Oulu, and traditional models of digital healthcare service delivery are being reshaped.

New mobile applications and eHealth services can help healthcare professionals, families and especially the little ones, making hospital visits, e.g. preparation for surgery and life after it, or communication between the ambulance and the emergency department even more comfortable, efficient and easy. Can we help the paramedics and doctors, too? For example with wireless sensors and portable monitoring devices featured with 5G connectivity, it is possible to exchange the most important information about patients prior to their arrival and throughout their journey to the hospital.

OuluHealth is an innovative and proficient integrated health ecosystem. OuluHealth provides the most desirable environment for your company to thrive: it is a world-class innovation platform that helps enterprises integrate with suitable academic institutions and public health providers.

Read more about OuluHealth and Oulu University Hospital.

Your challenge

Your team’s task is to make the visit, stay or treatment in the next generation digital hospital even more efficient, easy and comfortable with your new innovative ideas related to wireless 5G communication and mobile healthcare solutions – such as better tracking and monitoring apps, new sensor products and devices, infotainment, and gamification solutions for children and services. There is a real chance your idea will genuinely help the people and the professionals out there.

Our main targets:

  1. We are focusing on children and their parents in care at the hospital, with the goal of covering the whole surgery process from the perspective of patients and professionals: digital support for the preparation to surgery, the surgery itself, home monitoring, and communication between the families and the hospital. The target is to develop and pilot digital services responding to the needs of the target group with support by the healthcare professionals.Your innovation could include new 5G-based products and services such as gamification apps preparing children and their parents for the stay at the hospital, information apps for the communication between parents and professionals, tools and apps for the operating room, integrated products, or services and sensors for real-time data collection and transfer between the home and the hospital.
  2. Another focus area is to build better and new type of real-time data communication support between the ambulance and the emergency department. We are focusing especially on patients that are arriving to the hospital by ambulance.Your idea could include new ways for transferring information from the ambulance to paramedics, doctors and the emergency centre – and vice versa – via wireless communications, such as patient history data, real-time video communication, remote patient monitoring and preliminary diagnoses, information and guidance based on ambulance location, as well as improved comfort of the patient. Sensor devices and 5G network enable new visions for the transformation of emergency care delivery and processes.

How we evaluate the entries

The judges will evaluate the entries by the following criteria:

  1. Creativity: is your idea something totally new?
  2. Feasibility: is it possible to make it real?
  3. Business opportunity: is there a market for your idea, and is it internationally scalable?

Prizes

Track winner:

4,000 euros

and test time worth up to 10,000 euros in OYS TestLab’s 5G environment.

In addition to the prizes mentioned above, there is a possibility for a maximum of 5 companies to join two specific use case pilots in Oulu, Finland, run by WILLE (Wireless Lab Environment for Business) research project.

The pilots will include the following:

  • Co-development process through
    • End-user (patients, healthcare professionals) face-to-face workshops (if applicable)
    • Digital user involvement tools (if applicable)
  • Demonstration and evaluation of new services at Oulu University Hospital’s OYS TestLab testing facilities (if applicable)
  • Service design support
  • Business model development support

The track winner will also compete for the 5GFWD Grand Prix:

10,000 euros

How to Submit

All the competition entries should be submitted in digital format into the challenge database by April 8th 2016, fill in the entry form too! The composed PDF entry must include at least the following:

  • Images of your solution idea, max 5 pictures.
  • Written description (in English) of the idea to support the imagery.

Judges

Fergal McCaffery
Director of Regulated Software Research Centre & Senior Lecturer
Dundalk Institute of Technology
LinkedIn
Eila Suvanto
Head of Division of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Clinical Genetics
OYS
Tarja Valtanen
Ecosystem Manager
Nokia
LinkedIn
Minna Pikkarainen
Connected Health Professor
University of Oulu
LinkedIn
Ville Heikkinen
Partner
Butterfly Ventures
LinkedIn

Easy Living & Working!

Sponsored by

The City of Oulu – a true smart city – was one of the first in the world to offer a free Wi-Fi network for everyone. Oulu aspires to be, as an entire region, an innovation platform for digital R&D. Right now, the Oulu region is planning the next digital steps to make its citizens’ and guests’ lives even more fluent and flexible. We wish to allow people to participate in creating their own mobile service environment.

Technopolis provides the best addresses for companies to operate and succeed in five countries in the Nordic-Baltic region. The company develops, owns and operates a chain of 20 smart business parks that combine services with flexible and modern office spaces. And now it is becoming even more mobile and wireless.

More about the City of Oulu and Technopolis.

Your challenge

Take a step further to the future: imagine yourself making a visit – or working a day – in the 5G city in 2020: envision the kind of online ideas that would make your day unique, individual, efficient, fancy, fun, sustainable, astonishing, cost-efficient, marvellous, intelligent… You probably get an idea of what we are looking for.

Our main targets are

  1. Visiting a 5G City – as a traveller or as someone living in the city. What kind of innovative services would you use at a crowded music festival, when arriving at the airport and heading to the city, or driving an intelligent electric car? How to find the services you are looking for? Can the residents’ contribution create new ways for easy living? Think about saving your time and nerves with 5G. Think about the big picture: not only for Oulu but any massive metropolis area.
  2. Working day in a 5G environment. Define new types of social 5G working spaces. And how about new 5G micro operators and their services? Could we create new out-of-the-office working methods? What is your innovative solution for using 5G in a meeting or a seminar? How about 5G innovations in co-working and teamwork, or online reporting (e.g. CRM or ERP)?

How we evaluate the entries?

The jury will evaluate the entries by the following criteria:

  • Creativity: is your idea something totally new?
  • Feasibility: is it possible to make it real?
  • Business opportunity: is there a market for your idea, and is it internationally scalable?

Prizes

Track winner:

4,000 euros

The track winner will also compete for the 5GFWD Grand Prix:

10,000 euros

How to Submit

All the competition entries should be submitted in digital format into the challenge database by April 8th 2016, fill in the entry form too! The composed PDF entry must include at least the following:

  • Images of your solution idea, max 5 pictures.
  • Written description (in English) of the idea to support the imagery.

Judges

Keith Silverang
CEO
Technopolis
LinkedIn
Suvi Lindén
Chairperson for the Board
NxtVn Finland
Heikki Huhmo
Project Manager
Oulun kaupunki / City of Oulu
LinkedIn
Arto Ilvonen
System Designer
Ericsson
LinkedIn
Jussi Paakkari
Head of Communication Systems R&D
VTT Technical Research Center of Finland
LinkedIn

Shopping Frenzy!

Shopping Centre Valkea’s digitalized customer experience

Sponsored by

Background

Some say that digitalization and massive web stores are a challenge to shopping centres and stores globally. We are not buying this. And neither is the world’s newest shopping centre Valkea in Oulu, Finland.

Valkea will open its doors in April 2016 and the centre seeks to offer its 4.5 million annual customers a service experience like no other. On Valkea’s five floors there will be some 70 operators: stores, restaurants, cafés and other service providers. Valkea’s heart is a ”summer street” – a piazza-like meeting place for friends, families, kids and elderly people.

More information about Valkea here:

www.kauppakeskusvalkea.fi
www.instagram.com/kauppakeskusvalkea

www.twitter.com/oulunvalkea

Your challenge

How would you make Valkea the most interesting and tempting shopping centre in Finland? How could the customers and the stores, restaurants and other services communicate better with 5G-based mobile services? Is there something that happens days before you will actually visit Valkea? How will you get there? What will happen when you enter Valkea? What if you get hungry? Could even exiting the centre be a unique experience? How about benefits and rewards?

Our main targets are

  1. What kind of mobile digital services would make the conversation between our customers and us – including our stores and other operators – useful, comfortable and even bonding? What kind of service could be handy especially from our customers’ point of view? Or to put it shortly: what kind of mobile service experience would make you happy?
  2. What kind of new innovative 5G solutions could help our customers before their arrival, during their stay and after their visit to Valkea? Create us an amazing service experience that would make you love Valkea!

How do we evaluate the entries?

The jury will evaluate the entries by the following criteria:

  1. Creativity: is your idea something totally new?
  2. Feasibility: is it possible to make it real?
  3. Business opportunity: is there a market for your idea, and is it internationally scalable?

Prizes

Track winner:

4,000 euros

The track winner will also compete for the 5GFWD Grand Prix:

10,000 euros

How to Submit

All the competition entries should be submitted in digital format into the challenge database by April 8th 2016, fill in the entry form too! The composed PDF entry must include at least the following:

  • Images of your solution idea, max 5 pictures.
  • Written description (in English) of the idea to support the imagery.

Judges

Ville Tolvanen
Digitalist, Strategy Director
TBWA & Digitalist Network
LinkedIn
Joakim Granholm
Director Marketing
Anite
LinkedIn
Aki Korvala
Program Manager
Nokia
LinkedIn
Pekka Sivonen
Director, Strategy and Programmes
Digitalisation, Tekes
LinkedIn
Riikka Forsman
Marketing Coordinator
Cooperative Arina
LinkedIn
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  • Submit your entry

    We are excited that you want to take your 5G idea to the next level! To reach that level, please keep in mind:

    • We communicate in English.
    • We will review tons of idea entries, so please go with the given word count limits.
    • Check our Terms & Conditions.
  • Quick info on your 5G idea

  • Your idea is a solution to a problem around the challenge you picked. Describe the problem you plan to solve with your idea. Use 100 words or less.
  • How will your idea utilize or benefit from 5G? How will 5G enhance your solution? Once again, with 100 words or less.
  • As an entrepreneur and/or idea owner you need to be able to explain something perhaps really complicated in a simple and compelling way. Start by writing a statement that summarizes why a consumer should buy your product or use your service and what value they would get from it. Use 100 words or less.
  • Is there a market for your solution? Do you know who would buy your product or service? Do you have an idea of the size of your market? Is it local or global? Just give us an estimate. Use 100 words or less.
  • Feel free to upload your PDF submission composed with relevant data, pictures and/or design (max. 15 Mb)
    Accepted file types: pdf.

Rules – 5GFWD Oulu 5G Innovation Challenge

To whom

The first 5GFWD Oulu 5G Innovation Challenge competition calls on all open-minded innovators and designers to think outside the box and challenge themselves with various 5G environments. See the following category descriptions for more detailed challenge scenarios. Please note that the Health Goes 5G! category is directed only to companies, whereas the Easy Living & Working! and Shopping Frenzy! categories are open for anyone willing to share their outstanding and brilliant solutions for 5G. The number of challenge entries by a given team or a single person is not limited, however the quality of ideation matters, and therefore we advice you to prepare your cases with great enthusiasm and care.

Categories

5GFWD has four categories:

  1. Easy Living and Working! challenges you to take a step further to the future: imagine yourself making a visit – or working a day – in the city in 2020: envision the kind of online ideas that would make your day unique, individual, efficient, fancy, fun, environment-friendly, astonishing, cost-efficient, marvellous… You probably get an idea of what we are looking for.
  2. Shopping Frenzy! challenges you to make Valkea the most interesting and tempting shopping centre in Finland? How could the customers and the stores, restaurants and other services communicate better? Is there something that happens days before you will actually visit Valkea? How will you get there? What will happen when you enter Valkea? What if you get hungry? Could even exiting the centre be a unique experience?
  3. Health Goes 5G! challenges your team to make the visit, stay or treatment in the hospital as efficient, easy and comfortable as possible with your new digital ideas related to 5G and wireless communications – such as better logistics apps, new products, infotainment, games, and services. There is a real chance your idea will genuinely help the people out there.
  4. Daily Life Security 5G! We challenge you to innovate unique solutions based on 5G technology for private, agricultural and enterprise customers. What kind of future services would strengthen people’s life security, facilitate their everyday life, provide more safety and wellness, or benefit our customers in a whole new way?

Competition flow

The flow of challenges is identical in all three categories. First the participants submit PDF files composed of sketches, illustrations and short descriptions of their idea into the 5GFWD application database. Keep your presentations pithy, yet with enough background information so that the jury will be able to follow your reasoning and catch the core idea. Naturally, creative visualization will enhance the overall appearance.

All entries will then be carefully prescreened before forwarding to the judges; also follow-up questions might be sent if necessary. The selected entries will then be judged by the jury to select the winner in each category. The three winners, in turn, will be competing for the Grand Prize of 10,000 euros in Oulu, Finland, at the Grand Prix.

If you have any questions related to the competition, please contact Ms. Sari Päivärinta: sari@5gfwd.org.

Schedule

The challenge opens on 29 February 2016.

The deadline for all competition entries is 8 April 2016.

Category winners i.e. the Grand Prix finalists will be announced online on 5 May 2016 at the 5GFWD website. The winners will also be notified personally and they should start planning for a trip to Oulu. Each finalist team will be entitled to a travel reimbursement worth max 2,000 Euros (documentation & receipts needed)

The category winners will then have 5 weeks to finalize their final pitches and prepare for the Grand Prix, which will be held at the Midnight Pitch Fest in Oulu, Finland, on 9 June 2016.

How to submit

All the competition entries should be submitted in digital format into the challenge database (link) by 8 April 2016 – fill in the application form carefully, too! The composed PDF (max 4 pages) submission must include at least the following:

  • Images of your solution idea
  • Written description (in English) of the idea to support the imagery.

The application form contains a few guiding questions, which will give us a quick recap on your idea. Please use the actual PDF for more detailed descriptions.

Prizes

Each category winner will get 4,000 euros

The Grand Winner is entitled to the 10,000 euro Grand Prize.

Additional category specific prizes will also be available.

Please note that all the monetary prizes are subject to taxation.

Jury

Each category will have their own tailored jury consisting of relevant professionals regarding the given challenge. Do not contact them directly – all enquiries should go via Ms. Sari Päivärinta, who will be coordinating the jury communications.

Entries will be judged by their innovativeness, feasibility and business potential to future markets and production.

Terms & Conditions

The 5GFWD Oulu 5G Innovation Challenge or any of its organizers and partners will not claim any ownership or rights to the presented ideas or intellectual property rights regarding the innovation entries submitted to this competition. Therefore, the original idea owners will maintain sole ownership and development rights to their work, unless agreed otherwise.

Participants will be requested to accept the competition guidelines. The submitted work must be original work by the participant team / single participant and never released before. Entries that violate any of these conditions shall be excluded from the list of entries to be screened by the jury. Furthermore, in case any of the winning entries is proven to violate the novelty or ownership clauses the award will be cancelled.

The organizers will have the right to use and share submitted entry content in the media or for promotional reasons regarding this competition and innovation environments related to Oulu.