TekesHack: Design Contest for better partnerships
Finland needs to be the world’s best innovation ecosystem in order to stay competitive in the future. It can be achieved only when companies, academia, investors and public sector are networked, and there is transparency of different actors in the field.
We believe that this would lead to better research results, faster adoption of innovation and more competitive companies.
Invitation to Design Contest
We want to help researchers, companies and investors connect with each other and find out what other players do in the ecosystem. At Tekes, our 200 experts do this matchmaking every day but it’s still very dependent on individuals’ tacit knowledge of actors in the field. Our belief is, that this work could be accelerated by digital tools.
This is why we are opening a #TekesHack Design Contest to find partner or partners who can help us build these digital services. This is the first time a digital innovation is bought by a public entity.
In our work to empower the ecosystem, we have defined key challenges from point-of-view:
How can we help research groups in universities, research institutes and R&D organisations find relevant companies as research partners?
How can we help startups, growth companies, SMEs and large corporations find relevant contacts and partners from research groups and other companies working in the same field as they are?
How can we help international corporations find investment targets in Finland?
How can we serve other stakeholders, such as public entities, jobseekers, venture capitalists, decision makers, media and general public to have better visibility in the different actors in the market?
For the Design Contest, which includes also the hackathon phase, we will make the following resources available for creating prototypes.
- Tekes project database, including meta information about 8000 funded projects since 2010
- Vainu.io company information database, including API access and support from Vainu
- IBM Bluemix and Watson
- Quid analysis tool
Using other public sources of data and technology resources are also possible
TekesHack is a part of the contest
Hackathon event is one phase of the Design Contest. After the teams have been selected according to the selection criteria for the Design Contest there is three week time for developing contest work. Before the deadline, the two-day hackathon on September 22–23rd will be an opportunity to test and develop ideas and the prototype together with Tekes professionals.
We will reward the best teams/works of Hackathon.
- 10 000 euros for the winner
- 5000 euros for the runner-up/runner-ups.
The jury will evaluate the hackathon by the following criteria:
- Problem – How relevant is the chosen problem or opportunity?
- Solution – How well does your solution solve the problem?
- Value – How big is the added value for the users?
- Team – How capable is your team to execute the idea?
Tekes negotiates with the winner/winners of the Design Contest and will make a contract with the suitable supplier/suppliers. The value of the deal for the first year will be a maximum of 100 000 euros. The estimated value for the contract (approximately for 4-6 years) in total is 200 000 euros.
- July 15th - Applications to participate open
- August 22th - Applications deadline at 16:00
- September 22-23 - Hackathon for co-development of ideas with Tekes, info session on 21 September.
- September 23rd - Competition deadline at 14:00
Stay tuned about the latest news and views by following #TekesHack.
Drawing up application
The application and all annexes must be submitted in writing in English. All application documents shall be included in the application, the website of the information can not be referenced. Applications must include the participants' name(s), business identity, postal address, as well as name and email address and phone number of the contact person.
The following documents must be included in the application:
- Cover letter (max one page A4)
- Team members' CV or links to LinkedIn profile (or similar website)
- Description of the initial idea and used technologies (max one page A4)
Completed applications must be delivered primarily via email, no later than 22th of August 2016 at 4 pm Eastern European Time (EET) to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, or posted in a sealed envelope to Tekes's registry office in the address: Tekes/Kirjaamo, Porkkalankatu 1, 00180 Helsinki Finland. Emails or envelopes must be clearly marked: "8/25/2015".
The hackathon is co-organised by the Industryhack.