Slush 2017

Slush advertisesises itself as The world’s leading startup event, Nov 30– Dec 1 in Helsinki. Slush connects startups & tech talent with top-tier investors, executives and media. I will not be there, but I will add links to some news from there in comments.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The company from Oulu crushed the ARM Cortex intelligence into the ring

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The cooler smart mailbox won the innovation competition

    The winner of the Elisa Innovation Challenge 2017 telecoms operator today resolved today at the Slush event. Among the three finalists, the iqBox, a Finnish smart mailbox developed by the iQBox, was awarded a prize with a prize of € 50,000.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    In Slush, scientists are also able to be heard

    In addition to the traditional Slush investor event, the Fair Center will host a science-focused page event. It is intended to bring researchers and business angles closer to the startup world. Slush can also be monitored through a video connection.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Startup event in Finland puts spotlight on European tech

    One of Europe’s largest startup events opened Thursday in Finland, with 2,600 companies and 1,500 investors networking and negotiating funding, as the region looks to ramp up an industry that has long struggled to compete with the tech giants of the U.S.

    The two-day Slush conference in Helsinki brought in star power to promote itself, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore to kick off the event as well as Britain’s Prince William.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Finnish company Varjo introduced a new kind of virtual world in Slush yesterday, which offers a user-friendly view of almost a human eye. The company calls the solution to a bionic VR / XR display (VR / XR Bionic).

    The company’s Beta version intends to share design, design, simulation and entertainment in the early part of next year. A commercial product should come at the end of 2018.

    Varjo Technologies from Helsinki has received funding from Tekes for five million euros. In the past, the company has collected seven million euros in venture capital.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The new era of multidisciplinary working environment and working life requires versatile capabilities. The STEAM model (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Design, Mathematics) combines a multidisciplinary and fruitful educational setting in which young people learn not just encoding, but also other modern operating environment requirements. For example, we at Skriwar have joined the Slush event to publish the 3D printing, design, and robot encoding in the STEAM model of our learning environment.

    Imagine in your mind: a virtual space team – the STEAM team – teaches the basics of robotics and programming in a study module called Mars. During a 15-hour study, young people between the ages of 10 and 16 design and robotize robots, and program robots to work. While learning the basics of programming, 3D printing and robotics, they also get acquainted with their red planet and combine electronic components into a robot. Our learning solution includes an entire web and mobile environment, enabling young people to build their STEAM skills in their robots.


  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Are Nordics the New Silicon Valley?

    The booming start-up hubs in the Nordic Countries have been fascinating me for a while now. Living in the Nordics this is no wonder, since a lot has happened in the start-up field in a relatively short time. It wasn’t that many years ago since Slush was held for the first time. Since then new types of business models, ideas and opportunities have been popping up. And this has not gone unnoticed

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Five for Friday: What we learned at Slush 2017

    This year’s Slush was characterised by lasers, politicians, royalty, entrepreneurs and a healthy dose of optimism.

    Over the past decade, Slush has developed from a tiny gathering of young entrepreneurs to the hottest high-tech startup conference in the Nordic region.

    Here are five exciting things we came across.

    Entrepreneurs can change the world
    Finnish gaming is now a mature industry
    Everyone wants a piece of startup innovation
    Finnish technology is diversifying
    Finland is pretty okay

    Being as the global perception is that Finns are a humble lot, the Slush organisers decided to recruit all of the international guests at the event to brag for us instead. Thus the hashtag #BragForFinland was born.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Al Gore: Finland is a pioneer in digital technology – now is the last moment to wrap the sleeves

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    When slush is turning into snow

    This year’s theme – problem solving

    Slush proved it again: Finland is the hotbed of innovation turning contacts to networks, ideas to business and even slush to snow.

    One might be prone to think that technology is a mere business opportunity, and is not primarily a means of contributing to the common good. If we can already now create services that can predict for example diabetes or social exclusion today, what can be done in just a few years, when the new technology such as AI and advanced analytics have done their breakthrough in everyday service development in which data is the backbone.


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