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Clean Vallisaari innovation competition

Vallisaari island

Results announced for the Clean Vallisaari Innovation Competition

The City of Helsinki arranged the Clean Vallisaari Innovation Competition in cooperation with Metsähallitus. The competition received coverage and raised a lot of interest. The competition entries provided a good basis for the development of Vallisaari as a travel destination of clean technology.

The Competition is part of the implementation of the 6Aika Six City Strategy. The Competition is partly funded by the EU. The Six City Strategy.

Jury Evaluation Report

Clean Vallisaari Innovation Competition leads Vallisaari to a new age

City of Helsinki and Metsähallitus announced the Clean Vallisaari Innovation Competition on 1 March 2016. Sitra also plays a major role in organizing the competition and in the judging. The organisers of the competition are looking for creative and viable technical solutions to enable the development of the historic island into an ecological destination for nature tourism and recreation. The competition prize is EUR 30, 000.

The competition has three main themes:
– Sustainable water supply and sewage treatment
– Sustainable energy solutions and efficient use of materials
– Innovative solutions for user interface and systems management

The competition runs from 1 March to 23 May 2016. The organisers encourage entries by multidisciplinary teams, which, alongside the technical solutions, take account of the originality of the islands and the tourist perspective. An objective of the idea competition is to find potential partners to cooperate with in the future development of Vallisaari. The eminent jury will judge the entries in August. The Chairman of the jury is Bruce Oreck.

The innovation competition is part of the implementation of the Six City Strategy – Open and Smart Services project.



Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari
Located next to Suomenlinna, the closed military islands Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari opened to the public in spring, when a boat service to the islands started on 14 May 2016. The islands, which are connected through banks of earth, are Metsähallitus' nature tourism and recreation resort, which is a significant complement to the tourism offerings of Helsinki. The islands are expected to attract 300,000 visitors annually.
In the spring, a café and harbour services opened on the island. Other services are guided tours, attraction signposts, resting places and dry privies. An excursion harbour opened too. The marked routes lead the visitors to the finest historical attractions and vantage points. A major part of the islands will be preserved as a protectorate in natural state. Vallisaari and Kuninkaansaari are part of the development of maritime Helsinki.


The competition entry has four parts:
1. A printable A1 poster that will be put on public display.
2. A 500-word description that can be published on the competition's website and can be used as publicity material of the competition.
3. A 15-page, A3-sized presentation (bound by competition secrecy).
4. One A4-sized page as a PDF file with the names of the people who have drafted an entry under a pseudonym and the information on who owns the intellectual property rights of the competition entry.

The competition program is available in English and the rest of the competition material in Finnish only. All files must be clearly marked with the pen name to identify the entry. Competition entries not submitted in line with the requirements of this competition program may be excluded from the evaluation. However, the jury reserves the right to evaluate competition entries even if they include flaws that the jury considers minor. The competition entries shall be presented in English.

The competition entry is delivered by e-mail as a PDF file to the competition secretary's e-mail address mari.siikonen(at) by 23 May 2016, 04:00 PM.

Each part of the competition entry and file name must be marked with the participant's pseudonym, which must not reveal the identity, company or organisation of the maker of the entry.

If the combined size of the files exceeds 10 MB, then the person submitting the entry must use an application such as Dropbox, WeTransfer or similar for sending the files and, in that case, send a download link to the competition secretary before the above-mentioned deadline. It is the sender's responsibility to ensure that the link works. The files are sent as compressed ZIP files. It is the sender's responsibility to submit the entries before the deadline. Entries submitted after the deadline will be disqualified.


Metsähallitus’ photographs of Vallisaari

Vallisaari Facebook page

Metsähallitus website

Further information
Competition: Helsinki City Competitiveness Development Unit, Senior Business Development Advisor Päivi Piispa, Tel. 040 707 4539,




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