13 teams have been selected for the chance to work with Elisa on creating new AI products and services and win 50,000 euros at Slush 2018. 

About Elisa

Elisa is a telecommunications, ICT and online service company serving 2.3 million consumer, corporate and public administration organisation customers. Elisa provides environmentally sustainable services for communication and entertainment, and tools for organisations to digitalise their operations and improve productivity.

In Finland, Elisa is the market leader in its field. Cooperation with Vodafone and Telenor enables globally competitive services. Elisa is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Large Cap with approximately 190,000 shareholders. In 2017, Elisa’s revenue was 1.79 billion euros, and the company employed 4,600 people.

About the Challenge

In the Elisa AI Co-Creation Challenge, Elisa together with competing teams will explore the possibilities of transforming data into business. The teams will have the option of solving problems within the industry areas Elisa operates: entertaining, industrial IoT, telco processes, digital health and customer service.

Access will be given to the anonymized data needed to train AI models. For example voice recordings and transcripts could be used to create Finnish language voice recognition. Then participants will be guided through the process of creating a winning idea, testing & experimentation, building a minimum viable product and piloting with a customer. By the end of the competition the aim is to have business up-and-running in production.

MAY 16
The challenge is announced and submission of entries starts.

JULY 1 @ 23:59
The submission of entries ends.

The chosen participating teams are informed.

Co-Creation begins.

Semi-final pitching. Three finalists are announced.

Three finalists will pitch at Slush 2018, and the winner announced.


The Prize

The winning team will be announced between 4.- 5. December 2018. A prize of EUR 50,000 will be awarded in the challenge. The three finalist teams will also get to pitch their idea on stage. The best solutions will also have a great chance to do business with Elisa.

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Selected participants and partners


For supporting startups to be winners Elisa is partnering with:

FCAI. A research center for Artificial Intelligence in Finland, initiated by Aalto University, University of Helsinki, and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. https://fcai.squarespace.com/

Maki.VC. The go-to VC for early-stage entrepreneurs committed to building the next big thing. http://maki.vc/

Dain Studios. Helps companies to fully leveraging the potential of Digital, AI, and Insights. http://www.dainstudios.com/



Aalto University. Student team lead by Matti Parkkila, with an impressive track record of two Junction Hackathons wins; challenged to utilise AI on customer service emails.

Anzyz. Uniquely integrates supervised, unsupervised and manual rule based learning through a text analytical algorithm  and enables interpretation and understanding of the contextual meaning in Big Data; challenged to utilise AI on customer service emails.  http://www.anzyz.com/

Gridfore. Reactive Intelligent Platform (GRIP) is an analytical platform for working with real-time data, containing all the necessary components and providing support for the full implementation cycle without the use of additional tools. https://gridfore.com/

Lifemote. We build artificial intelligence that manages home WiFi for ISPs; challenged to improve quality and customer experience on home wifi networks. https://www.lifemote.com/

Mashinga. An intelligent meeting assistant. Coordinate meetings, converse and collaborate locally and remotely, track meeting outcomes; challenged to create an NLU for Finnish language. https://mashinga.com/

Nitor. A software company that produces digital success stories for our clients. In 2018, the Digital Engineering company was chosen as Finland’s Best Workplace. https://www.nitor.com/fi

Signality. We add superpowers to video with AI. Our software platform extracts data in real-time from any video stream. We give sport clubs, media companies, and sports rights holders the power to extract more data in real-time than ever before to enable new sports experiences and insights.  https://www.signality.com/   

Speechgrinder. Voice technology translates spoken words into actionable tasks in fractions of a second; challenged to create an NLU for Finnish language. https://www.speechgrinder.com/

Swim.AI. Software produces insights and predictions by combining machine learning & edge (grid) computing on edge devices. http://swim.ai/

Thuuz. Harnessing the power of excitement. Excitement is more than just the emotion within a sporting event; it's the energy that drives fan engagement. Harnessing the power of excitement, Thuuz provides service providers with solutions enabling automated highlights production, content marketing intelligence, and programming guide enhancements. http://www.thuuz.com

Top Data Science. Data Analytics, Image Analysis, Computer Vision, Natural Language Processing, Deep Learning; challenged to make automated recommendations on prescriptions for doctors. https://topdatascience.com/

University of Jyväskylä. Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan Asghar is  experienced in research and development of AI-driven 4G LTE/5G Self-organizing Network (SON) solutions with a focus on wireless access networks.

Video++. Video AI advertising, video e-commerce, interactive entertainment, new IP content production, and anchor economic MCN organization. http://videojj.com/