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Robocoast DIH innovation days

Robocoast DIH Innovation days are cancelled. The programme will be organized in suitable parts in accordance with Business Pori and during Robotics, AI and Innovation Week starting on 9th of November 2020 in Pori in co-operation with Business Pori.

24th of March – 27th of March 2020 in Pori
    • Main event 26th of March – DIH Innovation Days Seminar
    • Innovation competition 24th & 25th of March – 5G innovation Hackathon
    • High level discussions for AI companies and Universities 25th of March – AI Roundtable discussion

What does the future of a modern industry look like? What kind of future and innovations will AI, Robotics, 5G, Cybersecurity and other technologies enable in different industries? How Digital Innovation Hubs have succeeded in accelerating the modernization of the industry? How can regions and public sector support innovations and technology transfer to SMEs and industries and what kind of models and services should they provide?

Best experts from European Digital innovation Hubs, R&D field and the most innovate companies as well as policymakers from Finland and Europe share their views and best practises for digital transformation of industries. Robocoast DIH innovation days are organized together with Robocoast DIH Ecosystem partners and co-operation partners.

26th of March: Participate and meet the Leading Network Partners from Robocoast Digital Innovation Hub ecosystem like RoboAI, Tampere University Pori Unit, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences and Regional Development officials from Finland and EU. After the main event participants can join the industry tour or learn from the latest innovations from high tech companies around Finland and Europe.

24th and 25th of March: the 5G innovation contest offers new innovations and insights into 5G IoT technology. This student team contest offers great prizes and opportunities for students to learn from coaches and experts from innovative companies like Cimcorp, Elisa and many more. The universities offer new insights to technology in the fields ICT, robotics, and cybersecurity. The best innovative concepts will be awarded!

AI Roundtable discussion on 25th of March offers AI companies, academics and specialists new insights for development of AI. The roundtable discussions brings new knowledge on customer needs as well as latest research and innovations from universities. AI companies participate to share their view on future development. The discussions includes keynote speeches also from EU and national AI specialists and AI policy makers.


You are most welcome to join Robocoast DIH Innovation Days at Pori, Finland to hear and discuss about the latest technologies in AI, Robotics, 5G and Cybersecurity and how these are implemented by Digital Innovation Hubs in Finland and in Europe together with universities, research organizations, companies and policy makers.


The number of guests is limited – so registrate now!


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Robocoast DIH Innovation Days Seminar

26th of March

Best experts from European Digital innovation Hubs, R&D and the most innovate companies as well as policymakers from Finland and Europe share their views and discuss in Robocoast DIH innovation days organized together with Robocoast co-operation partners. Participate and meet the innovative co-operation partners from Digital Innovation Hub ecosystem like RoboAI, Tampere University Pori Unit, University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, Vaasa University of Applied Sciences and Regional Development officials

Registeration for the Seminar HERE.

26th of March

Seminar venue: SAMK Auditorium, Pori

9:00 Opening words and Robocoast Digital innovation Hub Consortium presentation – a network of Cybersecurity, Robotics, AI and Energy Technologies Suppoting the Digital Industry
9:25 University Services for Intelligent Industries
9:45 Applied Universities as partners in Innovations
10.05 Digital Transformation of Industry– Insights from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
10:25 Coffee break
10:40 Cybersecurity and AI for Industrial Companies
10:55 Innovative CPS solutions and industrial platforms as a service to industrial companies
11:10 Panel Discussion: AI, Cybersecurity and Technologies
11:40 Technobotnia as a testbed for Robotics Panel discussion:
12:00 Human-Robot Interaction 2020 and in the Future
12:20 Lunch
13:20 Resilience of digital energy networks
13:40 Simulation And Machine Vision as Key Competences to Support Innovation and Development in Manufacturing Companies
13:55 Robotics Companies Going Global -USF platform 
14:10 AI & Signal Processing as Technologies Digitalizing Industry and Health Technologies

14:20 Panel discussion for regional development – Industrial ecosystems as source of growth.
Views from Central-Finland, Ostrobothnia and Satakunta regions and industry as well as European Union perspective
14:40-15.00 Best Practices of Digital Innovation Hubs in Finland and in Europe, Bianca Muntean Executive Director, DIH Transilvania IT Cluster

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Pauliina Harrivaara
Robocoast DIH

Industrial 4.0 Co-Operation Possibilities – Bigger together Workshop

Venue: CrazyTown Pori
Address: Rautatienpuistokatu 7, 28130 Pori

15:00-15:10 Open words, Pirita Ihamäki Ph.D. Gamecoast Network Lead, Prizztech
15:10-15:25 Sustainable Manufacturing, Mika Finska Senior Advisor, Business Finland
15:25-15:40 Industry 4.0 and the tire plant of the future, Teemu Koskinen Project Manager, Cimcorp
15:40-15:55 Virebox AI – Device for Intelligent Detection, Ossi Porri Business Development Director, VireLabs
15:55-16:05 Transforming the workplace with modern manufacturing, ABB
16:05-16:20 Precise Indoor Positioning in the Industry, Indrek Ruiso CEO, ELIKO
16:20-16:35 Mr. Felix Rothe, Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences
16:35-16:50 Technology Transfer Experiment (TTX) Calls, Jari Nurmi Prof., Tampere University
16:50-17:05 Workshop: Bigger Together, Pirita Ihamäki and coffee break
17:05-17:45 Co-Creation workshop
17:45-18:00 Presenting the result of the workshop



More info
Pauliina Harrivaara pauliina.harrivaara@prizz.fi Robocoast DIH

For Parallel session Pirita Ihamäki pirita.ihamaki@prizz.fi
Gamecoast / Robocoast DIH

5G Innovation Contest

24th and 25th of March
  • Hack an idea, pitch and win 1 000 €
  • An innovation leading to a business has a chance to win an additional 7 500 €

We are looking for new innovations, business ideas and solutions for 5G in five different tracks:

Registeration for the 5G Hackathon HERE.

Load the pdf program HERE.

24th of March 2020

Venue: Crazy Town Stratup Hub, Pori.
Enjoy the atmosphere as well as refreshments and some snacks

18.00 Kickoff – Welcome to the hackaton
18.15 Division into groups
19.00 Design process: definition
19:15 Opportunities and Challenges in 5G – Elisa Oyj
19:30 AI, Machine Vision, Autonomous Cars.. – what does 5G enable? – Jussi Bergman
20:00 Robotics and 5G – Cimcorp
20:15 5G in Port operations – Hacklin, Port of Pori
20:30 Getting started
– Exploration and Idea – Sprint Facilitated
– Reflection and crystallization of ideas
21:30 – 24:00 Focus time
– Possibility to work independently

25th of March 2020

Venue: SAMK, Agora hall, Pori.

8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Design Process: Conception and Crystallization
9:00-11:00 Corporate mentors on site
9:00 AI Roundtable companies visit the hack
9:00 – 12:00 Focus time
12:15 Instructions for pitching
12:30 Pitching workshop for those who are interested
The Pitch-Deck building begins
12.30 – 15.00 Focus time
14:00 Lunch
15:00 Pitching starts

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Essi Vanha-Viitakoski
Robocoast DIH

AI Roundtable discussion

25th of March
  • Matching the most advanced AI experts, AI companies, Public Officials of National and EU AI policies and Academics from Robocoast Competence Centers.
  • A side event organised during the of Robocoast DIH innovation days

The objective of the day is to bring together the AI companies, academics, Public officials in Finland and in Europe and find concreate needs from customers, AI companies and Research Organisations. Also the competences of the best companies and research groups are showcased to increase the awareness and knowledge of the best competences in AI field.

The aim is to find concrete needs and match them with the best competences in universitites and companies. As a result of this workshop and the continuing process, new business opportunities are found and maybe even deals are made, new R&D cases are started and plans for mutual projects are made. The AI roundtable is a process that continues in Central Finland and in Obotnia during the year 2020.

Registeration for the event HERE.

25th of March

Venue: SAMK, Agora hall, Pori

9.45 Coffee
10.00 Opening words and innovative ideas from future talents. SAMK, Agora hall
11:00 – 15:00 Workshop. Including working lunch.
16:00 – 21:00 Social event at Crazy Town Startup Hub



As the workshop is organized in parallel with the 5G innovation Hackathon, the events bring synergi to each other. The student teams participating to innovation contest, get to pitch their solutions to advanced AI companies and thus get in contact with potential clients for student startups or potential employers. The AI companies meet potential new talents from universities and thus the AI companies have a possibility to represent their career opportunities at the social event.


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Kai Salmela
Robocoast DIH


SAMK – Satakunta University of Applied Sciences – Campus Pori
Satakunnankatu 23

We are a multi-disciplinary and an international higher education institute of approximately 6,000 students and 400 employees. In our operating area on the west coast of Finland, we are a significant creator of experts as well as a developer, a propeller of internationalisation and a promoter of entrepreneurship.

The new SAMK Campus Pori is located in the city centre of Pori. It is a future learning environment, a diversified campus, where you can study business, health care and social services, technology and tourism.

Crazy Town Startup Hub
Rautatienpuistokatu 7
28130 PORI

Crazy Town Pori is a community and space for anyone, who wants to achieve something together.

For startups and founders, the community brings a full-stack of growth services and investor contacts to accelerate growth. Freelancers and experts gain access to an active internal market – tech companies looking for artists, designers and business developers. Established companies can utilize the community for R&D activities and startup cooperation.

Crazy Town Pori features a fully-equipped environment for companies of all sizes, including desks and team rooms, event space and meeting rooms. Just bring your laptop – it’s all set up for you.
Former Winnova school building (Palmgrenin talo) has been extensively renovated to house the community.

Travel information

Pori is a city and municipality on the west coast of Finland. Digital Innovation Days’ venues are in the city center and hotels selected below are within 10 – 15 minutes walk from the venues. There’s also a frequent bus (line no 1) for 1 euro running between hotels and the venues.

Arrival by plane

Karhu.aero flies between Helsinki and Pori. You can buy tickets directly from karhu.aero website, or buy them as a connecting flights from Finnair.

By train

A train from Helsinki or Helsinki Airport takes around 3h 30min. The route goes via Tampere from where traveling time is 1h 30 minutes. Many cities and towns in Finland are accesible by train. Train operator VR.FI

By bus

There are direct coaches from Turku, Oulu, Helsinki and other parts of the country. See Matkahuolto.


City Center

Hotel Bepop
In the center of Pori, just steps from the Walking Street and in tune with the town! We at Hotel Bepop are young at heart and invite you to stay and play with us. Central location and easy parking facilities make Hotel Bepop the perfect base whether for work or fun. Enjoy our fresh rooms, carefully curated playlists and all the oh-so-tasty treats at our Tempo Social Dining & Bar.

Special prices for Innovation Days 2020 visitors (Reservation code: DIH2020)

Room type BePop BePop Plus BePop King
1 Person 75e/night 95e/night 125e/night
2 Persons 85e/night 105e/night 135e/night

Hotel Places to Sleep
Place to Sleep Hotel Pori was opened in the summer 2018 and it offers fresh and well-equipped rooms in the heart of Pori. The hotel is located on a cosy pedestrian street and next to all the restaurants, cafes and other services of the city. Pori is well-known for the annual Pori Jazz festival and the vast Yyteri beach. We have options to accommodate 1-4 guests per room.

Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Fully booked!
Cosy and light-filled, Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna welcomes you to Pori. Even though we are located by the legendary Pori market square, don’t worry about the old Finnish saying, we will not put you in a basket and carry you around the square – we are easy-going people. Our hotel offers an ideal solution for everyone, ranging from quiet single rooms to luxurious suites and cosy family rooms. You have access to three saunas and the EasyFit gym.

Hotel Scandic Fully booked!
This hotel located in the centre of Pori has modern interiors, a comfortable atmosphere, a good restaurant and flexible meeting facilities. The best shopping street and sights are nearby as is the popular Kirjurinluoto park.

Coronavirus Update

Robocoast DIH Innovation days are cancelled. The programme will be organized in suitable parts in accordance with Business Pori and during Robotics, AI and Innovation Week starting on 9th of November 2020 in Pori in co-operation with Business Pori.

As of 13th of March, 155 laboratory-confirmed cases caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Finland, seven of them in Satakunta region. We follow the guidance of Finnish Institute of National Health. Their latest update can be found here.