Elisa Innovation Challenge

Elisa organizes an innovation challenge that culminates to Slush 2016. All together €85,000 will be given as prizes.

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 divided into 2 different streams:

The IoT Innovation challenge >
The Smart Home Innovation Challenge >

About Elisa

Elisa is a telecommunications, ICT and online service company serving 2.3 million consumer, corporate and public administration organization customers. Elisa provides services for communication and entertainment, and tools for improving operating methods and productivity of organizations. Elisa is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Large Cap with over 200,000 shareholders. Elisa's revenue in 2014 was 1.54 billion euros and it employed 4,100 people.

Challenge Roadmap

Ends June 17
August 16
August 16-17
October 6-7
Slush Nov 31 - 1 Dec

The competition consists of two tracks:

IoT Innovation Challenge

The aim is to find new solutions / services

  • For corporate customers (the end user can be a consumer)
  • Improving the process quality or throughput
  • Creating competitiveness
  • Enabling new business opportunities through innovation

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Smart Home Innovation Challenge

The aim is to find brand new solutions that:

  • Solve relevant everyday challenge(s) for consumers
  • Offer a highly attractive value/price ratio and target market size
  • Are easy to install and use
  • Offer synergies and possibilities to partner with Elisa
  • Find a new innovative approach to connective devices in homes

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  • April 19, 2016: The challenge is announced and submission of entries starts at the IoT Nordic event in Helsinki
  • June 17 at 4 pm: The submission of entries ends
  • August 16: The 19 chosen semifinalist teams are announced
  • August 16-17: Training for the 19 chosen teams per track takes place, 6+6 week intensive development and sparring time starts
  • October 6-7: 3 finalist solutions from each track are announced at Nordic Business Forum
  • November 31 to December 1: The winning solutions from each track are announced at Slush in Helsinki


The winning teams will be announced at Slush between November 31 - December 1, 2016. All together a total of €85,000 will be awarded in the challenge. The six finalist teams (three per track) will also get to pitch their idea on stage at SLUSH. The best solutions will also receive a chance to cooperate with Elisa.


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