The United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (UN-OICT) is in the process of setting up a network of innovation laboratories in Europe, Africa and Asia, and has inquired Finland’s interest in hosting one. The aim of UN innovation campus is to facilitate the adoption of technology innovations within the UN.
In June, 4FRONT helped the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland to organize two workshops for UN and potential Finnish stakeholders, in order to probe their interest, as well as to gather ideas for collaboration themes. Indeed, all participating stakeholders indicated their great interest in having such a campus in Finland. The primary focus areas of the Finnish campus would be on education, health, the circular economy and cleantech, as well as peace and security.
The Government is now making active efforts to secure the establishment of a UNTIL campus in Finland. For further information, see MFA press release.
Workshop presentations (pdf):
Matti Kajaste, Education and learning in FInland
Miikka Kataja, SLUSH
Ilona Lundström, Innovation environment in Finland
Eero Eloranta, Innovative Society – the vision of Aalto University
Irena Bakić, CodeBus Africa