Elisa organizes an Innovation Challenge that culminates at the finals in December, 2017. Elisa will give a prize of EUR 50,000 to the winning team.

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 200,000 shareholders. In 2016, Elisa’s revenue was 1.64 billion euros, and the company employed 4,300 people.

About the Innovation Challenge

Within the Elisa Innovation Challenge we are looking for new services and ways to combine IoT information in a prospective way. The IPRs of the competition entries and designs are the property of the participants.

The challenge is looking for IoT solutions with the emphasis on the following two:

  • Smart Home products and services for consumer customers
  • Innovative smart offerings for building, industry, logistics and factory sector digitalization
Challenge Roadmap

  • April 28: The challenge is announced and submission of entries starts
  • June 28 at 16.00: The submission of entries ends
  • August 7: The 10 chosen semifinalist teams are informed
  • August 14-18: Training for the 10 chosen teams begins, 6+6 week intensive development and sparring time starts
  • October 2-3: Three finalist solutions are announced
  • November 30 to December 1: The winning solution is announced in Helsinki


The Prize

The winning team will be announced between 30. November - 1. December 2017. 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 receive a chance to cooperate with Elisa.

The challenge is looking for IoT solutions with emphasis on the following two categories:

B2B / B2B2C

Innovative smart offerings for building, industry, logistics and factory sector digitalization

The aim is to find new solutions/Services:

  • For corporate customers (but the end user can be a consumer)
  • Creates competitiveness
  • Enables new business opportunities throughout innovations


Smart Home products and services for consumer customers

The aim is to find brand new solutions that:

  • solve relevant everyday challenge(s) for regular consumers (in Finland and abroad)
  • offer a highly attractive value/price-ratio and target market size
  • are easy to install and use
Finalists Announced

The 2017 Elisa Innovation Challenge has reached the final stage.  The three teams who made it to the final share a creative knack for connecting the business world’s needs and consumers’ desires. The competition will culminate with the announcement of the winner at Slush. 

Finalists of the 2017 Elisa Innovation Challenge

Humia is a completely wireless and automatic structural humidity monitoring system which makes detecting and monitoring humidity and mould problems easy and cheap in private homes, business premises and public buildings. During the Challenge, the team has created a cloud service to support the wireless humidity detector it developed, which makes monitoring structural humidity and temperature possible. The service detects hidden and sudden problems before damage becomes widespread.

IqBox aims to solve the last mile problem of fresh food deliveries so that the customer does not need to be at home to take the delivery. During the Challenge, the team has developed a cloud service and two remote-controlled prototypes for outdoor, heat-controlled post boxes, where food can be delivered and remain fresh until the customer picks it up. The post box can be cooled or heated in advance depending on the food to be delivered. The solution can be modified for use in both urban and rural areas.

Parquery is a new kind of machine-vision and machine-learning smart parking solution which identifies vacant parking spaces from any camera images with the help of an automatic cloud service. The database could consist, for example, of city street or car park surveillance cameras, which the service analyses and sends the data from them to smart transport operators, companies and cities.  The machine-vision based service could be expanded to follow city traffic volumes, public transport passenger numbers or shopping centre customer flows.

These Teams Reached the Semifinals of the Challenge:

Adloc (B2C)
Adloc’s Household Energy Hacker service mixes energy consumption data with other publicly available data (e.g. weather data) and provides households with predictive guidance to make ideal energy consumption related microdecisions, we can help them to save big on yearly energy bill.

Klok (B2C)
Klok is developing a modular multi-purpose home automation hub providing seamless single-point connectivity for multiple IoT devices.

Yotta Green (B2C)
Yotta’s smart electricity switches and outlets monitor and analyse household power consumption and uses artificial intelligence to learn household electricity usage patterns. The system can alert users of abnormal behaviour, eliminate electrical fires and save up to 40 percent in electricity.

Pzartech (B2B)
Pzartech develops a 3D recognition technology that enables user of heavy equipment to quickly identify mechanical parts using 3D image processing and deep learning.

Soloblik (B2B)
Soloblik's dynamic warehousing system combines the power of smart sensors with sophisticated data intelligence in the IoT backend. It automatically finds the best free locations for incoming goods and creates a perfect digital mirror of all warehousing operations.

Trenox (B2B)
Team Robocrane has a vision of turning the muscles of the construction site, namely tower cranes, into the brains of the site. The aim is to utilize the natural high ground of the site to provide workers and contractors a more safe and productive environment and finally to automatize the tower crane.

Viimatech (B2B)
Viimatech is developing an extensive, cost optimal IoT solution to monitor pumping environments and electrical motors. The unique solution enables 30–50 percent savings in the operational costs (energy and maintenance) of pumps.


Send your entry to challenge@elisa.fi by 4 PM on June 28, 2017. You are free to submit your solution in any way you wish (e.g. PowerPoint, Word, webpage). If you wish to submit several ideas, please submit them separately.

  • Include in the email subject: customer segment you target (B2B, B2C or B2B2C), the name of your team or idea
  • The name of your team
  • The name of educational institutions, organizations or companies and the business identify code 
(only if you represent said organization)
  • A clear and concise description of your solution, idea, service
    - A definition of the problem you will solve, your idea
    - Potential customers and users, how to make business
    - Business model canvas is a preferred model to summarize your thinking
       Download the business model canvas template (Powerpoint)
  • Short summary about your team skills and advantages
  • Contact details for contact person and team participants (first name, last name, email address, phone number).
  • What kind of ThingWorx PaaS platform training would your team request? 

Read the rules of the 2017 Elisa Innovation Challenge 

If you have questions, contact us at challenge@elisa.fi


In what way will the competition entries be protected?
The Elisa jury maintains confidentiality when handling the competition entries. Separate development environments will be assigned to the selected participants to use the Elisa IoT environment.

Who holds the IPR of the competition entries?
The IPRs of the competition entries and designs are the property of the participants. IPR protection (e.g. patenting, trade mark registration) is solely responsibility of the competitor. All the IPRs of development platform belong to Elisa or third parties that have made all the necessary license and user rights agreements.

What are the selection criteria?
The key criteria are the solution’s importance and benefits for the customer, ease of installation and use, and the idea’s potential for commercialization. In addition, the idea must be feasible and ingenuity will also be rewarded.