Program 2022

The program is still work under progress, and will be updated.
WFF 2022: Electrification of the World, Data, Culture 3.0!

Maanantai 8.8.

Opening of the exhibition and demonstration  venues Technologies

  • Performances
  • VTT’s Quantum Computer
  • LUMI Supercomputer
  • ÅA Solutions for Sustainable Future
  • VAMK Robots
  • Solar Scouter – Electric Vehicle
  • Umeå Biotech Incubator
  • Travel4Health
  • Done Robotics
  • Holobionter


Tiistai 9.8.

08:00 – 15:00 University of Vaasa
International Talents: Culture 3.0, talent boost, innovation/entrepreneurship

11:00 – 14:00 Lunch

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

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

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 Board
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: Valter Kloo, Axel Björklund, and others

Presentations are in English. At the event you can use Finnish, Swedish and English.
Registration, DL 7.8.2022: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Keskiviikko 10.8.

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 demonstrational hydrogen production facility in Harjavalta, Herkko
Plit, 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


Torstai 11.8.

09:00 – 09:30 Opening breakfast

09:30 – 10:30 Metaverse Reality, Risto Linturi

11:00 – 12:00 New dimensions in the energy sector
– GigaVaasa
– EnergySAMPO R&D Fund
– Electricity, not euros, Case Ruanda
– Kvarken off-shore wind park
Ville Skinnari, minister for Development, Cooperation and Foreign Trade
Juha Majanen, Ministry of Finance, Permanent Secretary
Diane Gashumba, Rwandan Ambassador to the Nordic countries
Energy representatives of the government of Rwanda

11:00 – 14:00 Lunch

A sustainability Workshop for Business.
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

13:00 – 14:00 Resetting the economical calculations
– Economics of modern export industry, new economical calculation models
Ville Vertanen, Statistics Finland, Deputy Director General

14:30 – 15:00 HardTalk: Nordic in NATO. Surprise guest

16:00 – 17:30 Mera till i Österbotten
– Population growth in Ostrobothnia, getting Vaasa past the 100 000-population count
– Focusing on the 16-year-olds’ needs ten years from now
– WasaWaterCity
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

17:30 – 20:00 Economists’ meeting
A cocktail meeting for the members of the Finnish Association of Business School

17:00 – 24:00 Nacht der Technik
Exhibiting VTT’s Quantum computer, ÅA’s biotechnology, Culture 3.0 exhibitions,
robotics, Games, Israel, Czech Republic, program for kids as well!

18:00 Dinner with the good people
Register at: janne@wic.fi


Perjantai 12.8.

09.00 – 11.00 Regional Health initiatives.
Aki Linden, Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services
Umeå Biotech Incubator, local health tech companies success stories
Robot and sensor technologies from the region
Utilization of data in health care
Sote integration
Third sector

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.
Contact: Johanna.hautala@uwasa.fi
Venue: Right Wing, WIC 2:nd floor.

11:00 – 14:00 Lunch

12:00 – 13:30 Culture 3.0
The role of sports. New everyday culture.
Tapio Korjus, Kuortaneen Urheiluopisto, principal
Prof. Pier Luigi Sacco, Special Adviser of the European Commissioner for Education
and Culture
Rosa Meriläinen, KULTA ry, general secretary

13:30 – 15:00 PANEL DISCUSSION
Culture as a traction and attraction force for cities – experiences and success stories
from around Finland
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 Business services, 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 – 16.30 Wasa Water City, New Vaasa


Lauantai 13.8.

10:30 – 13:00 Kvarken EGTC
Bridge 2035 and logistics for export industry
Electric aviation
Nordic Battery Belt

14:00 – 15:30 Space Saturday, KvarkenSat Space Economy

14:00 – 16:00 Podcastworkshop: How to start your own podcast
Organized by Pladdercentralen


Contact information

Wasa Innovation Center
Gerbyntie 18
65230 VAASA

Event Coordinator:
Janne Perttu

+358 50 473 4444