The UN World Challenge 2018 Finals organized in Finland

This summer, innovators from all over the world are invited to develop apps that improve life on Earth by utilizing open data. Main prize includes a slot for experimental technology on board the International Space Station.

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The deadline for the applications is August 3rd 2018. Finals week takes place on August 27th - 30th 2018 in Helsinki and Nokia Executive Experience Center in Espoo, Finland. The finalist teams get a one-week, all-expense paid trip to Finland.

The competition is organized by Digital Forum Finland and Ultrahack. NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) provide a virtual globe platform, Web WorldWind for competitors. The National Lands Survey and other partners contribute their open data for the competition.

“We are very excited to be supporting this competition. The most innovative way of using National Land Survey’s spatial data and real time location data will be rewarded”, Deputy Director General Jarkko Koskinen tells.

The World Challenge is an opportunity for students, academia and industry to deliver brilliant innovative solutions that support the mission of the United Nations – especially in the areas of world peace, health, ecology, education and sustainability.

Challenge yourself this summer

“Never before has there been such abundance of accessible space data assets as we have today. We call all companies and students from all over the world to join the World Challenge final to no less than make a better world by using these data assets,” encourages Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland Anne Berner.

Contenders develop a web app based on Web WorldWind platform co-developed by NASA and ESA. The platform enables the integration of e.g. open satellite, drone, telecom and public sector data to a virtual globe model. Web WorldWind experts provide advice, contenders bring innovative brains and development skills. They can map buildings, terrain, vegetation analyses, road status, optimum transportation and more. The goal is to develop global web applications that can be used by anyone anywhere.

Finland has the honor to host the World Challenge final following UN’s decision to establish their European R&D center to Finland this year.

Towards a sustainable future

“Finland already produces the best nanosatellites and commercial satellite data services. Next step is to make Finland the hub for cooperation with the most important space players and the most attractive place to research and develop solutions for sustainability. And don’t forget that World Challenge Finland final main prize is a slot for experimental technology onboard the International Space Station,” says Kimmo Isbjörnssund, heading ESA Business Incubation activities in Finland.

Read more and accept the challenge!

More information

Deputy Director General Jarkko Koskinen, + 358 50 337 2902,

CEO of Digital Forum Finland Juhani Kivikangas, +358 40 556 1228,

World Challenge Finland is organized by Digital Forum Finland and Ultrahack. Partners include Business Finland, ESA Business Incubation Center Finland, Turku Business Region, EIT Digital, Finnish Meteorological Institute, National Land Survey of Finland, Nokia, CGI, Espoo Marketing, Reaktor Space Lab, GISdevio, City of Helsinki, City of Vantaa, Aalto University, Aalto Startup Center, Microsoft, Vaisala, IBM Finland, University of Helsinki, Clarion Helsinki, SSF, Space Nation, FLIC, Halti and Finnair.

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