5.8. & 11.-14.8.2021

Thank you for Wasa Future Festival 2021! The event was succesfully streamed to Wasa Future Festival YouTube channel

Watch: Thursday 5.8.  –  Wednesday 11.8.  Thursday 12.8.  –  Friday 13.8.  –  Saturday 14.8.

If you have suggestions, ideas or comments regarding the festival or the themes, please send mail to janne.perttu@wasafuturefestival.fi


Thursday 5.8.

13:00-17:00 Catalysing Innovation: Driving an innovation and start-up ecosystem, University
innovation services taking shape

Ari Tulla, Antti Sinisalo, Leena Kunttu, Philipp Holtkamp, Rathan Alagirisamy, Stefan
Lindegaard, Jussi Loukiainen, Kenneth Salonius, Mauritz Knuts, Marko Koski, Kristian Schrey
Registration: https://crm.uwasa.fi/Events/43/Apply


Wednesday 11.8.

13:00-15:00 EnergySampo
A solution to the challenges in green transition

EnergySampos progress
Business Finland: Building up the program for sustainable development
H-FLEX-E-program progress
VTT enabling the program for sustainable development

Stefan Damlin, CEO, Vaasan Sähkö
Anna-Kaisa Valkama, Program Director, Merinova
Juha Suuronen, Senior Director (Energy, Infrastructure & Process), Business Finland,
Kenneth Widell, Senior Project Manager, Wärtsilä
Antti Vasara, CEO, VTT
Matias Mäkynen, member of parliament, chair of parliamentary RDI-group

Moderator: Mari K. Niemi, research director, E2 Research



Klo 17:00–20:10 YoungTalk21
Goal: Vaasa 2030 – Globally interesting place for smart young people.

Organized by:
Marja-Riitta Vest, Head of Research, Development and Innovation, VAMK
Mika Hakosalo, Energy- and Climate Specialist, City of Vaasa
Together with other regional actors
Host of the evening: Frans Villanen

Klo 17:05-17:30 We create Future Vaasa!
Alina Östergård, chairperson of Vaasa Youth Council
Representatives from Student Unions from the Universities in Vaasa
Lukumanu Idrisu, trainee at Wärtsilä.

17:30-18:45 Reclaim the city hackathon
Young people and regional decision makers sit together and shape the future Vaasa. Three themes, which are: the library, the hippodrome and Vaasa from the perspective of international people.

19:00-19:20 Good life for young people – presentation of the project
To whom is the future built?
Mari K. Niemi, Roosa Veijola/E2 Research

19:20-19:45 Main findings of Hackathons

Kl 19:45-20:00 Future Vaasa – what happens next
Mika Hakosalo, City of Vaasa

Download the YoungTalk21 programme

Register to YoungTalk here (for catering)

    Thursday 12.8.

    09:30–11:00 Utilize new technologies – now!
    Technology drives by and runs over the parties in all political and religious systems
    Goal: Parties, entrepreneurs, and officials in a shared night school in order to put
    new technology into use. Relates to health care, education, entrepreneurship,
    leisure, and other social issues.

    Antti Vasara, VTT CEO
    Risto Linturi, futurist
    Antti Pelttari, Chief of the Security Police
    Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP
    Joakim Strand, member of parliament
    and others

    11:00-11:30 Vitality combines new technologies and new economical thinking
    Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä

    11:30-12:30 Lunchbreak

    12:30-14:30 New economical thinking
    Value chains, vitality, ecosystems, domestic ownership.

    Value chains, vitality, ecosystems, domestic ownership.
    Ville Vertanen, CEO, VTT
    Juha Sipilä, member of parliament, entrepreneur
    Philip Aminoff, Chairperson, Helvar Merca
    Jyri Häkämies, CEO, EK
    Minna Martikainen, Vice Rector, Vaasa University
    Martin Paasi, Chairperson, Finnish Association of Business School Graduates

    15:00-16:00 EnergySAMPO 2.0., billion-euro fund
    Goal: New world-class knowledge in energy systems to Finland, FDI (Foreign Direct
    Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari: new
    business driven R&D
    Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto: Finland on the world map with energy
    solutions, and a new geopolitical role for Finland
    Pradeep Patel, Avery row Capital: FDI for EnergySAMPO
    Mayor of Vaasa Tomas Häyry: The value chain of the battery factory
    Swedish National Board of Trade Director General, Anders Ahnlid: We take the world
    market together! The Nordics is in demand globally.

    16:15-17:15 Impact Investing (Nordic Invest Wasa)
    Goal: Investments (domestic and foreign) into new technologies and companies, risk-taking
    into the area. Exciting announcements to be expected!

    Patrik Österåker, Relax Gaming, Founder
    Christoffer Häggblom, Rite Ventures, Managing Partner & Founder
    Cornelius Boersch TBC
    and others

    17:30-19:00 Rurallife-Urbanlife. Nordic Business
    The countryside doesnt survive isolation. Entrepreneurs meeting with Mats
    Finnish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce CEO Kjell Skoglund: New business with
    Mats Löfström: The possibilities of Ostrobothnia and Åland Islands.
    Ambassador of Sweden Nicola Clase: Sweden calls for cooperation in all areas of

    Goal: New networks, changing the consumerism patterns in cities into local
    products, wood house technologies, etc. Special measures to turn around the
    negative development in South Ostrobothnia.

    Sören Lillkung, CEO, Kulturfonden
    Joakim Strand, member of parliament
    Mats Löfström, member of parliament
    Dan Ekholm, editorial writer
    Hippi Hovi, CEO, Rannikko-Pohjanmaan yrittäjät
    Kjell Skoglund, CEO, Finnish-Swedish Chamber of Commerce
    Nicola Clase, Ambassador of Sweden in Finland
    Mikael Antell, Ambassador of Finland in Norway
    Emma Dahl, Councilmember, Mustasaari
    Nina Söderberg, Councilmember, Mustasaari
    Alexandra Wasberg, Councilmember, Mustasaari

    Young Councilmembers from Mustasaari Emma Dahl, Nina Söderberg and Alexandra
    Wasberg challenge Ostrobothnia to develop.

    17:30-19:00 Future of economists, economist meeting (WFF SIDE EVENT)
    A cocktail meeting for the members of the Finnish Association of Business School Graduates.
    The occasion is opened by the chairperson of the Finnish Association of Business School Graduates Martin Paasi
    Organized by Vaasan Ekonomit
    Venue: LATO ”Bock’s barn”
    *Participation to this side-event is limited.

    19:00–01:00 Nacht der Technik
    Goal: Young minded people getting to know cutting edge technology during the
    Robots, e-games, 3D printers, enthusiastic about reading -game, experience the
    theory of relativity with the muon detector, SpaceEconomy KvarkenSat exhibition
    You can follow live as the mural painting is being painted in the south wall of WIC

    19:00-20:00 MEP Miapetra Kumpula-Natri and young decision makers: What do young
    people expect from Europe? (WFF SIDE EVENT)
    Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, Member of European Parliament from Vaasa, discusses
    with young decision makers from Vaasa, about what young people are expecting
    from Europe. What actions should be taken to ensure that Europe provides us with
    better conditions to act in the future? The discussion is part of the Conference on
    the Future of Europe.
    Venue: The Right Wing

    19:00 A good dinner – unofficial program
    Registrations and special diets to janne.perttu@wasafuturefestival.fi.
    Price 42€

      Friday 13.8.

      10:00–11.30 The new function of Culture. Culture 3.0: creating value socially and
      Goal: A new concrete impact of culture and real development to Finland and the region.
      Football culture as a potential.

      Opening remarks: Prof. Pier Luigi Sacco, Special Adviser of the European
      Commissioner for Education and Culture

      Antti Kurvinen, minister of Science and Culture
      Rosa Meriläinen, KULTA ry general secretary
      Tomas Häyry, Mayor of Vaasa
      Mia Huhta, General Manager, Vaasa City Orchestra
      And others

      11:30-12:30 Lunchbreak

      12:30–13:15 HardTalk: Timo Soini. Jussi Lähde as challenger

      13:30–14:15 City of the young and smart 2030, real Smart City
      City planning, the public sector as a whole, the corporate world and entrepreneurs:
      virtual, productive, exciting, entrepreneurial spirit – young entrepreneurs), Fintech,
      WasaWaterCity, Real Smart City
      Goal: to grasp the transformation process of the city from the perspective of the
      futures young and smart people. An example of implementation (Mika Hakosalo).

      Martin Meyer, Director, InnoLab
      Rannikko-Pohjanmaa Young Entrepreneurs
      Mika Hakosalo, Energy- and Climate Specialist, City of Vaasa
      Päivi Korkealaakso, Planning Director, City of Vaasa
      Olivier Schulte-Tigges, City planning architect, City of Vaasa

      14:30–16:00 THE FUTURE OF WORK
      How to secure know-how and a sufficient amount of workforce to Finland?
      What are the young generations expecting from work? How does globalization affect
      work in the future? Digitalization changes work – what should we prepare for?

      Central issues and their solutions will be presented in the panel.

      The panel consists of:
      Antti Palola, chairman, STTK
      Matti Vaattovaara, CEO, Hitachi ABB Power Grids
      Minna Vanhala-Harmanen, CEO, Barona Oy
      Adam Smale, Dekan, University of Vaasa

      Researchers Susanna Kultalahti, Khuram Shahzad, Sorin Dan and Ville Manninen
      (University of Vaasa) lead us to the thematics.

      The discussion is moderated by director Karina Jutila and research director Mari K.
      Niemi from E2 Research.


      19:00 Evening programme – live music
      Carl, Axel, Janne ja Karri

      Saturday 14.8.

      10:00–14:15 Nordic Cooperation – Case Kvarken
      10:00-10:30 Coffee and snacks

      10:30-12:00 FAIR – Promoting Electric Aviation in the Kvarken region

      10:30-10:40 Why is Kvarken EGTC interested in Electric Aviation? Mathias Lindström,
      director, Kvarken Council EGTC
      10:40-11:15 What does it take to be the early bird? Intro and short panel
      Andreas Forsgren, FAIR project manager
      Isak Brändström, FAIR project manager
      Jaroen Peeters, Senior Design Researcher, RISE research Institutes of Sweden
      Carita Roslund, Project Manager, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
      Riitta Björkenheim, Development Director, VASEK

      11:15-12:00 How to benefit from Electric Aviation?
      Antti Mäenpää, Associate Professor, University of Vaasa
      When will Electric Aviation be a part of everyday life?
      Arne Smedberg, CEO, BioFuel Region
      Ida Nordberg, Project Leader, BioFuel Region
      Where will the first regional Electric Aviation routes appear?
      Lars Westin, Professor in Regional Economics, Umeå University
      Moderated by Anna Bertills

      12:00-12:45 Sandwich lunch

      12:45-14:15 KVARKEN REGION – Cooperation to promote and develop a strong and viable
      cross-border region
      Reality: Nordic Battery Belt
      Need: Fixed Link over the Kvarken, Electric Aviation and Upgraded Ferry Connection
      Tools: Cross Border Cooperation and Kvarken Council EGTC

      12:55-13:10 Nordic Battery Belt and the possibilities, Tom Einar Jensen, CEO, FREYR
      13:10-13:15 Greetings from the company Johnson Matthey
      13:20-13:25 Comments by Anders Ahnlid
      , Director-General at the National Board of Trade,

      13:25-14:15 Panel discussion with regional decision makers and business representatives.
      Joakim Strand, member of parliament, chairman of Vaasa City Council and Chairman
      of the Kvarken Council
      Rickard Carstedt, Chairman of the Regional Development Board at Region
      Åsa Ågren Wikström, Vice Chairman of Region Västerbottens Regional Development
      Arne Langset, CEO/Head of Secretariat at Indre Helgeland Region, Norway
      Peter Östman, Member of the Finnish Parliament
      Paula Erkkilä, Director, Ostrobothnia Chamber of Commerce
      Anders Hjalmarsson, CEO at the Chamber of Commerce in Västerbotten, Sweden
      Dr. Esa Eranti, Eranti Engineering Oy
      M.Sc, Ph.D Antti Talvitie

      Moderated by Anna Bertills

      Download the Cooperation – Case Kvarken program here.


      14:45–16:15 Space Saturday
      14:45 – 15:00 What is the Kvarken Space Center?, Heidi Kuusniemi, University of Vaasa &
      Kendall Rutledge, Novia University of Applied Sciences, et al
      15:00 – 15:30 KvarkenSat satellite mission, René Laufer, Luleå University of Technology,
      15:30 – 15:45 Economic forecasting from space, Mikko Ranta, University of Vaasa
      15:45 – 16:15 Kvarken Space Conversations, Antti Kinnunen, University of Vaasa, et al


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