Program 2022

Electrification of the World, Data, Culture 3.0, Brains!

The languages of the event are Finnish, Swedish and English. We encourage everyone to
participate in the discussions in the language they feel most comfortable to speak in. In programs with international guests, we encourage the use of English.
You can even watch the event on the Wasa Future Festival YouTube Channel.

Monday 8.8.

15:00 Opening of the exhibition and demonstration venues.

– Art installation Futural
– VTT’s Quantum Computer
– LUMI Supercomputer
– ÅA Solutions for Sustainable Future
– Scouter electric vehicle
– Test2Travel
– Metaverse Reality, Risto Linturi
– Muon Detector
– Kvarken Space Data and Satellite

Tuesday 9.8.

Link to the YouTube Stream

08:30 – 14:00 University of Vaasa: West coast gateway to Finland

08:30 – 09:00 Coffee & Bread

09:00 – 09:30 Introduction: West Coast Gateway to Finland and Talent Boost / Minna
Martikainen, University of Vaasa

09:30 – 11:00 SIMHE – Supporting Immigrants in Higher Education – How to attract and
retain talents in our region / Sanna Valkosalo, Kukka-Maaria Huhta-Koivisto, Ivanka Capova,
University of Vaasa

11:00 – 11:30 Lunch Break

11:30 – 12:00 Introduction: Culture 3.0 – What is Culture 3.0 and why do we need it? How
can it help the region to grow and become more attractive for international talent

12:00 – 13:00 Workshop/Brainstorming Culture 3.0 for Vaasa / Riccardo Notarangelo &
Philipp Holtkamp, University of Vaasa

13:00 – 14:00 Panel discussion: Challenges and Opportunities for Immigrants in Vaasa /
Juha Päivike & Philipp Holtkamp

16:15 – 22:30 VAMK, City of Vaasa & YoungTalk -team: YoungTalk22 – How to create of Vaasa a globally interesting place for young smart people in 2030

16:15 Networking: ”Get out of your own bubble”
Welcoming words
Moderators Frans Villanen and Shahid Hafeez

Get inspired:
How to make Vaasa a globally interesting place for young smart people in 2030
Joakim Strand, Member of Parliament, Chairman of Vaasa City Council
Jenni Parpala, CEO and Chairman of Vaasa Entrepreneurs
How tolerance has changed during the last 20 years – my experiences
Sebastian Da Costa, Musician, Music teacher and the Happiest person of the World

17:15 Theme 1 – Energetic Vaasa
Pitchtalk: Mari Kattelus, Vasek, and Leena Forsén, City of Vaasa

18:00 Theme 2 – Eventful and enabling Vaasa
Pitchtalk: Geir Bjyrkeland, Oliver Schulte-Tigges, City of Vaasa

18:45 Breakdown Music

19:00 Theme 3 – From place to place in sustainable ways
Pitchtalk: Tomi Paalosmaa, City of Vaasa

19:45 Theme 4 – Good life for young people
Pitchtalk: Roosa Veijola and Vilma Niskanen, E2 Research

20:30 Highlights of the Co-Creation and next steps by moderators and key persons

20:45 – 22:30 Live Music: Walter Kloo, Axel Björklund, and others

Presentations are in English. At the event you can use Finnish, Swedish and English.
Snacks and drinks are provided.
Registration, DL 7.8.2022: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Registration is preferred, for catering.

Organizers: Vaasa Univerisity of Applied Sciences, City Of Vaasa, VASEK, Regional Council of Ostrobothnia, University of Vaasa, Gambit, Vamia, E2 Research,VAMOK, Vaasan yliopiston ylioppilaskunta, Åbo Akademis Studentkår i Vasa, Svenska Handelshögskolans Studentkår i Vasa, Justus ry, Vaasa Youth Council, Talent Coastline Employment-project, Vaasan yrittäjät ry

Co-operation partners: Yrkesakademin, Novia, Åbo Akademi, Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environmen, Ostrobothnia, , Rannikko-Pohjanmaan Yrittäjät ry, Platonic Partnership,Åbo Akademi, EnergyVaasa, VisitVaasa, Tommi Mäki/Nordic Live Productions, Nuori Yrittäjyys ry



Wednesday 10.8.

Link to the YouTube Stream

09:00 – 12:00 Hydrogen economy and the possibilities in Ostrobothnia
Host: Kaisa Penttilä, H2 Ecosystem Roadmap for Ostrobothnia

Facts about hydrogen and an updated situational analysis of the hydrogen
economy in Ostrobothnia , Kjell-Owe Ahlskog, Alcea/H2 Ecosystem Roadmap for

The first P2X industrial scale green hydrogen production facility in Harjavalta,
Herkko Plit/Anu Kankkunen, P2X Solutions

Establishing a large scale hydrogen production plant in Finland, Rasmus Hautala,
Circular Insight & Transition -project

New hydrogen projects from the perspective of contract law, Laura Huomo, Bird &

Permits from the perspective of the authorities, Minna Näsman, BotH2nia/National
Hydrogen Network-project, interviews specialists from the Centre for Economic

11:00 – 14:00 Lunch

13:00 – 15:00 EnergySAMPO -projects

Moderator Sari Kola (Merinova)
– EnergySampo in a nutshell
Stefan Damlin (Vaasan Sähkö)

13:15 – 14:05 Panel 1, EnergySampo Pilots
Hans-Alexander Öst (Vaasan Sähkö)
Juha Ripatti (Westenergy)
Riitta Björkenheim (Vasek)
Tauno Kekäle (Merinova)

14:05 – 14:55 Panel 2, How the world is saved
Sanna Öörni (VTT)
Suvi Karirinne (VEBIC)
Antti Hakala-Ranta (ABB)
Kenneth Widell (Wärtsilä)


Thursday 11.8.

Link to the YouTube Stream

09:00 – 09:30 Opening breakfast

09:30 – 10:00 Metaverse Reality, Risto Linturi, Futurist, member of Metaverse Standards Forum

The metaverse is standardizing into a 3D version of the internet. This demonstration shows you with examples, what the effects will be on industrial digital twins, robotics, logistics, tourism, entertainment, learning, and remote work.

10:00 – 10:25 Let’s take the new digital world seriously
Stefan Lindström, Ambassador of Digitalization and Technology, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Finland

10:25 – 11:00 HardTalk (Stefan Lindström): Does the EU/Europe get anything done?
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri
What about Finland in the tech sector?
Antti Vasara, VTT and Patrik Henelius, ÅA

11:30 – 13:00 Electrification of the world, Finland to the export market!
Moderator: Hippi Hovi

11:30 – 11:45 GigaVaasa/Nordic Battery Belt will be realized – what do we need to
get prepared for. Tomas Häyry, Mayor of Vaasa
11:45 – 12:30 EnergySAMPO R&D Fund, a significant role in the world for Finland
from energy systems
– Electricity, not euros, Case Rwanda
– Case Kvarken off-shore 2GW wind park, net 0 energy for the industry

Ville Skinnari, minister for Development, Cooperation and Foreign Trade
Juha Majanen, Ministry of Finance, Permanent Secretary
Patricie Uwase, Minister of State, Ministry of Infrastructure, Rwanda
Thierry Watrin, Green Economy and Climate Change Advisor to the Minister of State
in Charge of Economic Planning
Matias Mäkynen, member of parliament
Joakim Strand, member of parliament
Stefan Damlin, CEO of Vaasan Sähkö
Representatives from the energy cluster

11:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 A sustainability Workshop for Business.
Venue: Right Wing (2nd floor), Wasa Innovation Center
Local and global challenges, strengthening business performance!
Embrace your company’s sustainable goals, learn new ways of thinking and working that
make a difference. Sustainable actions of a company start with engaged leaders who are
aware of the resources needed. A sustainable innovation culture requires focus on
strengthening the link between sustainability and business strategy. The workshop uses
applied theatre as a form of exploring sustainable actions for the future business. During the
workshop, creativity is used to explore action steps; how business is embracing global
challenges and reducing current and future risks. The workshop is interactive, experiential,
with inspiring group discussions, reflections and understanding of key strategic themes for
future success through sustainability.
Duration: 2 hours
Nina Dahl-Tallgren, Theatre teacher and Doctoral student

Open registration: nina.dahl-tallgren@wasateater.fi


14:00 – 15:00 Count correctly. Resetting the economical calculations: innovation values, value chains
Moderator: Jussi Lähde

14:00 – 14:20 Economics of modern export industry, new economical calculation
models, Ville Vertanen, Statistics Finland, Deputy Director General
14:20 – 14:50 Count correctly – the significance of risk taking for the economy of
Finland, Philip Aminoff, Elina Valtonen, Janne Ylinen
14:50 – 15:05 CASE: 3D Printing Ecosystem FAME – more together. CEO Harri Kulmala, DIMECC Oy
15:05 – 15:20 Stipend to a young entrepreneur, Christoffer Hägblom, Rite
Ventures, Managing Partner & founder

15:30 – 16:00 Vaasan Ylioppilaskuoro performs

16:00 – 18:00 Mera till i Österbotten – Population growth in Ostrobothnia

– We aim at new relevant innovations, Mats Brandt, Regional Mayor of Ostrobothnia
– Environmental protection – gain or drain? After 30 years of comprehensive
environmental protection, the biological diversity has only simplified, Lena
Gammelgård, Municipal Council of Korsholm TBC
– Vaasa past the 100 000-population count. WasaWaterCity. Setting sights on the 16-
year-olds’ societal needs in ten years from now

In the Panel:
Mats Brandt, Regional Mayor of Ostrobothnia
Joakim Strand, Member of Parliament
Kjell Skoglund, Finnish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Managing Director
Mats Löfström, Member of Parliament
Paula Erkkilä, CEO of Ostrobothnian Chamber of Commerce
Lena Gammelgård, municipal board Korsholm
Lasse Skog, ordf. för Intresseföreningen för en levande skärgård

Emma Dahl, Aleksandra Wasberg, Nina Söderberg

Moderator: Kaj Kunnas

17:00 – 24:00 Nacht der Technik
Exhibiting technologies such as Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Robotics, etc. from the universities and companies.
Solutions from Israel, Czech Republic.
Program for kids as well:
#MyKvarkenSat kids’ satellite crafts workshop (17-19) with Juustoportti

18:00 Dinner with the good people.
Kalle Rinne, guitar
Dinner price 42€
Register at: janne@wic.fi


Friday 12.8.

Link to the YouTube Stream

09:00 – 09:30 Breakfast with classical guitar by Kalle Rinne 

09.30 – 11.00 Regional Health initiatives.

Moderator/Data in the health sector: Stefan Lindström, Ambassador of
Digitalization and Technology, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

The most important issues in the social and health sector in the following years, Aki Lindén,
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services

InnoHUB for the health sector in Ostrobothnia, Suvi Einola, Chief Strategy Officer at the Wellbeing Services County of Ostrobothnia

Mental health and new solutions, prof. Raimo Lappalainen, Anne Salovaara-Kero

Case Valo – third sector, Anne Salovaara-Kero, Chair of the board at HVA

Suggestion: Concrete actions for the near future, Heikki Kaukoranta, Chief
Administrative Officer at the Wellbeing Services County of Ostrobothnia

Umeå Biotech Incubator, CEO Jennie Ekbeck, local health tech companies success stories

Data, AI, Future sports and Tulevaisuuden urheilu ja preventive health,Mikko Simon CGO SPRINT.AI ja Joonas Wallenius COO SPRINT.AI

Robot and sensor technologies from the region

10:00 – 13:00 WORKSHOP (By invitation only)
International Talents and Businesses in Finland: How to improve collaboration,
networking, and recruitment?
Organizers: International Talent Finland and BASE Building Academics’ Societal
Impact -projects/ E2 Research
Venue: Lato

10:00 – 12:00 WAS/AI futures workshop: Vaasa region in the era of artificial
Click here for more info.
The workshop is for citizens and actors (public, private, and educational organizations) of Vaasa region, who are interested of the era of AI, and regional development.
The languages are Finnish and English.
Contact: Johanna.hautala@uwasa.fi
Venue: Right Wing, WIC 2:nd floor.

11:00 – 14:00 Lunch

12:00 – 13:30 Culture 3.0
New everyday culture, the new role of sports.
Moderator: Kaj Kunnas

A suggestion for a program for Culture 3.0, Prof. Pier Luigi Sacco, Special Adviser of
the European Commissioner for Education and Culture

Sport as a part of the daily culture, Tapio Korjus, Kuortaneen Urheiluopisto,

Empowering culture for everyone’s daily life, Rosa Meriläinen, KULTA ry, general

Case Vaasa, Tomas Häyry, mayor

Case Kvarken University, Minna Martikainen, vicerector, Vaasan Yliopisto and Heidi Hansson, vicerector, Umeå Universitet

13:30 – 14:30 Culture as a traction and attraction force for cities – experiences and success stories
from around Finland. PANEL DISCUSSION

Mari K. Niemi (Research Director, E2 Research)

Petri Honkonen (Minister of Science and Culture), Melissa Arni-Hardén (Senior
Planning Officer, City of Espoo), Tomas Häyry (Mayor, City of Vaasa), Mari
Rautiainen (Head of Talent Team, BusinessOulu), Mari Taverne (Director of
Talent Attraction and Migration, City of Tampere)
Participating in the discussion:
Gökhan Depo (Research assistant), Ville Pitkänen (Head of Research), Matti
Välimäki (Researcher)
The discussion is in Finnish, one initializing speech in English.
Organizer: International Talent Finland Research Project / E2 Research

15:00 – 15:20 HardTalk (Joakim Strand): Nordic in NATO. Surprise guest (JP)

15.20 – 16.30 Nordic cooperation in a changed environment – security, energy and transportation

Moderator: Sture Udd

From Finland:
• Thomas Blomqvist, minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality
• Antti Kurvinen, minister of Agriculture and Forestry
• Mika Kalliomaa, Rector of the Finnish National Defence University (Security of Suply and safety aspects) + two more from military structures
• Hannu Linna, Chair of Board in Fingrid
• Senior industrial managers from ABB and Wärtsilä, and others from the logistics

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services Aki Lindén and Minister of Science and Culture Petri Honkonen are also taking part in the discussion.

From Sweden:
• Mikael Berglund, board member of Swedish National Grid, Chair of Byggnadsnämnden
Umeå Kommun
• Erik Bergkvist, Member of the European Parliament
• Jan Ridfeldt, Umeå Energi AB, CEO
• Hans Lindberg, Chair of the Municipal Board in Umeå
• Rickard Carstedt, Regionråd Västerbotten

• Anna Hallberg, Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs, Sweden
• Malin Cederfeldt Östberg, Department of Infrastructure, Secretary of State
• Niklas Granholm, Deputy Director of studies at FOI’s Department for Security Policy and Strategic Studies
• Fredrik Bynander, Director of the Centre for Societal Security at the Swedish National Defence College
• Christer Forsberg, Executive Secretary at the County Administrative Board Västerbotten

17.00 – 18.00 Security of Supply politics with mutual interests for the public and private sectors (invitation only)
– An opportunity for invited actors to create mutual understanding informally

18:00 – 18:50 Live Music: Wasa Groove Unit

19.00 Dinner
Price 42€
Registrations to janne.perttu@wic.fi 

19:15 – 20:05 Live Music: Wasa Groove Unit
20:20 Vaasa Jamband, Janne ja Karri, and others.

Saturday 13.8.

Link to the YouTube stream

10:30 – 13:00 Kvarken Council EGTC/ Kvarkenrådet EGTS/ Merenkurkun neuvosto EAYY
Language: English

10:00 Coffee and snacks
10:30 – 11:15 Reports regarding the progress of the following development projects:
– Regional electric aviation – Andreas Forsgren, Tyrens
– Nordic Battery Belt and future takes – Isak Brändström, Tyrens
11:15 – 11:45 Pause
11:45 – 13:00 Discussions about future actions/tasks, and short inspirational speeches
– Deeper inquiry regarding the consequences and possible synergies of a fixed link –
PBI Research Institute
– New industrial policy and a greater acknowledgment of the future development
– University collaboration in the Kvarken region – what can be done and what is to be
done? Heidi Hansson, Umeå University
– Culture 3.0

14:00 – 15:30 Space Saturday

What is the Kvarken Space Center?, Heidi Kuusniemi and Kendall Rutledge / University of Vaasa
KvarkenSat satellite mission, Jaakko Yliaho and Kannan Selvan / University of Vaasa
Innovation Ecosystem for Space Economy in the Vaasa Region, Jari Ratilainen/VAMK
Economic forecasting from Space, Mikko Ranta / University of Vaasa
ESA Business Incubation Center activities, TBC
also pop-up #MyKvarkenSat kids’ satellite crafts workshop with Juustoportti


The following technology demonstrations and cultural installations are on display. Dates and times will be specified.

Culture 3.0 hands on demonstration: Futural (8.-13.8.)
Create your own mural of the future together with the AI.
What will be most important and necessary for you in the future?
Based on themes and key words provided by the experts and speakers of the festival, you can visualize your future society as a projection.
Digital artist Tomi Paijo and performing artist Maria Lindeman will be present at the festival 8-13.8.

Scouter electric vehicle (8.-13.8.)
Try out a new kind of electric vehicle.
Meet the inventor, Scouter Mobility Oy CEO Pekka Ketola, on site 10.-13.8

VTT quantum computer demonstration (8.-13.8.)

LUMI Super Computer demonstration (8.-13.8.)

Metaverse Reality, Risto Linturi, Futurist, member of Metaverse Standards Forum
The metaverse is standardizing into a 3D version of the internet. This demonstration shows you with examples, what the effects will be on industrial digital twins, robotics, logistics, tourism, entertainment, learning, and remote work.
Thursday 10.8. at 09:30 – 10:30, Wasa Innovation Center, Mindsquare

Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Faculty of Science and Engineering
ÅAU Exhibition will present some of the recent research projects at Åbo Akademis strategic research profiles: Technologies for a sustainable future, Solutions for Health and The Sea. It will concentrate on research done in cooperation with companies especially with funding from Business Finland.
Topics to be presented: Renewable functional polymers for drug delivery Bio-based Smart Materials; Sustainable binders and coatings for wood and paper industry; Ligning as raw material for porous membranes, functional materials and bioplastics; Carbon neutral metal
production; Fossil-free Steel; Synthetic Jetfuel; Carbon capture and utilization; Clean propulsion for shipping; Smart Terminals.

Mikko Helle, Key Account Manager, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Åbo Akademi, on site:
8.8. 15:00 – 17:00
9.8. 09:00 – 14:00
11.8. 12:00 – 15:00
12.8. 10:00 – 15:30

DIMECC, ecosystem exhibition

Kvarken Satellite and Space Data (8.-13.8.)

Nacht der Technik, 10.8. 17:00 – 24:00
Exhibiting technologies such as Virtual Reality, 3D Printing, Robotics, etc. from the universities and companies.
Solutions from Israel, Czech Republic.
Program for kids as well:
#MyKvarkenSat kids’ satellite crafts workshop (17-19) with Juustoportti

UpCode: Nutrition Data (8.-13.8.)

A glance into future sensor technologies, health data and AI in sport and upkeeping of health.
On site: Friday 12.8. at 9-12

Umeå Biotech Incubator

Test2Travel (8.-13.8.)

Done Robotics

DS Deep Sensing Technologies: Holobionter

Vinski Studios: 3D Visuals and Rugs (8.-13.8.)

Contact information

Wasa Innovation Center
Gerbyntie 18
65230 VAASA
Event Coordinator:
Janne Perttu
+358 50 473 4444