"Industrial Productivity Boost" - Open Innovation Event

Tuesday, April 28, 2020


Do you want to increase your understanding on next generation Industry 4.0?
Are you seeking answers for existing manufacturing challenges?
Would you like to boost productivity with tailored M2M and AI functionalities?
Do you have an excellent solution and want to find a new use-case for it?
Are your IoT solutions ready to be scaled?

Join "Industrial Productivity Boost" open innovation event for experts on Industry 4.0!

The event is organised online on Tuesday 28 April 2020 at 14:00-16:00 EEST by the University of Oulu/6G Flagship programme in collaboration with Nokia Oulu factory and VTT  Technical Research Centre of Finland.

The free two-hour innovation event welcomes solution providers, innovators, researchers, industrial manufacturing experts, and operational and business developers to interact on future connectivity and IoT solutions through five challenges that combine various aspects of productivity: profitability, sustainability, accuracy, security and communication. The event builds on latest experiences and unsolved challenges in the industry vertical with a special focus on smart/conscious factories with experts' insights and facilitation by Nokia Oulu factory and through the Finnish Reboot IoT Factory project.

The ultimate goal of the event is to discover novel ideas and solutions with your fellow innovators. The online events begins with two brief experts' insights followed by five sub-groups to tackle five predefined challenges. Our facilitators will help in analysing alternative solutions and in identifying potential new directions. Back in the common workspace, all sub-groups will share their ideas to receive feedback from the other participants and facilitators. The event ends with joint conclusions. If your wish to continue the exchange of ideas also after the event, our experts are happy to support continuing open innovation.

Our two experts' insights are:

"Nokia Conscious Factory of the Future", Heikki Romppainen, Head of Oulu Factory at Nokia 

"Reboot Finland IoT Factory Grand Challenges", Susanna Pirttikangas, Research Group leader at University of Oulu

Our five challenges for sub-groups are:

Challenge 1: Remote telepresence

Remote telepresence solutions are increasingly needed for use-cases such as monitoring, teaching and consulting. How to make remote presence near-instant and easy to use? How to tackle use-case specific challenges?                      

Focus: Telepresence, AR, VR, digital twin

Facilitators: Paula Alavesa, Iván Sánchez and Marta Cortés, University of Oulu

Challenge 2: Collaborative robots

In the future, different robots in various use-cases are expected to be task-adaptive with self-diagnostics and self-recovery features. What are the most challenging functionalities and capabilities of collaborative robots and how could they be solved?

Focus: AI, collaborative robots, diagnostics, self-recovery

Facilitators: Markku Hentula, Marko Jurmu and Ilari Marstio, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Challenge 3: Accurate indoor positioning    

Today, largely limited technological solutions exist for indoor positioning to achieve centimeter level accuracy. What are the best solutions so far? What would be the most promising cost-efficient solutions? What about blue-sky possibilities?

Focus: Asset tracking, navigation, 3D positioning, digital twin

Facilitators: Kari Leppänen, University of Oulu and Olli Liinamaa, Nokia

Challenge 4: Human-to-human connectivity with noise restriction

Factory foreman needs a high-performing team.  How to ensure reliable and effective communication in noisy environment and disturbance from metal surfaces? When we add more features such as exclusive privacy requirement or broadcasting to many, the challenge becomes even harder.

Focus: H2H audio/video, privacy, security, broadcast, push-to-talk, group call

Facilitators: Mika Kaivola, Nokia and Ville Niemelä, University of Oulu

Challenge 5: Smart metering and energy control of individual machines

Power consumption is one of the biggest OPEX contributors.  How can we enable individual machine power control and smart metering in a cost effective manner, without affecting the production line?  With renewable energy production, one of the main challenges is storing excess energy How can we improve energy efficiency with short-term energy weather forecasts?                      

Focus: Smart metering, energy harvesting, energy efficiency, energy weather forecast, carbon neutrality    

Facilitators: Ari Pouttu and Hamid Malik, University of Oulu



Step 1 Pre-preparation

Introduce yourself and your solutions or products as you register by 22 April 2020. The information you give will be your event-specific e-business card.

Organisers will confirm your challenge based on your e-business card information by 24 April 2020.

Prepare and submit a short video pitch on 24-27 April 2020 (optional).

Visit the online workspace starting from 27 April 2020 to view participants’ e-business cards, videos and other material. 

Step 2 Experts’ insights, 30 mins

The online event on 28 April 2020 at 14:00 EEST begins with organiser’s welcome words and two experts’ insights:

“Nokia Conscious Factory of the Future”, Heikki Romppainen, Head of Oulu Factory at Nokia

“Reboot Finland IoT Factory Grand Challenges”, Susanna Pirttikangas, Research Group leader at University of Oulu

Step 3 Open innovation, 40 mins

Five sub-groups brainstorm on the five challenges in breakout rooms. Facilitators join the discussions.

Each sub-group gets ready to share their best ideas and solutions with the others.

Step 4 Solutions and conclusions, 50 mins

Sub-groups introduce their solutions and other sub-groups and facilitators give feedback.

Facilitators and (co-)organisers share their conclusions on each challenge and summarise the outcomes of the innovation event.

The event ends at 16:00 EEST.

Step 5 Continuing discussions

Challenge-based redives can be organised after the event, if participants chooses to do so.  



As a participant in the open innovation event, you can find remedies for persistent productivity challenges, share your own solutions, and discover new partners and customers.

The registration deadline was Wednesday 22 April 2020. Please note that the number of attendees is limited to 60 to ensure smooth online discussions.

When you register for the event, you will create an e-business card to introduce your own expertise and share your possible solutions for specific challenges. You can also record a short video pitch to introduce your own idea/service/product. Both the business cards and video pitches will be available for registered participants only in a secure online workspace dedicated for the event.

Based on your answers, the organisers will create balanced teams and will send you the participation link for the online workspace on Monday 27 April 2020. If your profile does not match any of the challenges, the organisers reserve the right not to accept your registration.



  • Format: MP4
  • Orientation: Landscape
  • Language: English
  • Length: Max. 4 mins
  • Delivery: Provide us with a download link (Wetransfer, for example)
  • Deadline: Mon 27 April EOB



6G Flagship is a vigorous research and co-creation ecosystem for 5G adoption and 6G innovation led by the University of Oulu and appointed by the Academy of Finland, a governmental funding agency for high-quality scientific research. As 5G enters its deployment phase, 6G Flagship supports global industry in the finalization of the 5G standard especially through joint projects, trials and demonstrations. At the same time, 6G Flagship experts are already working on essential technology components and solutions needed for the 2030 wireless era and seeking for major scientific breakthroughs in the interrelated domains of wireless connectivity, device and circuit technologies, distributed intelligent computing, and novel applications and services. With this approach, 6G Flagship envisions a future society, which is data-driven and enabled by near instant, unlimited wireless connectivity. The programme is operated in collaboration with Aalto University, Business Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. Currently, 6G Flagship has three company co-creators: Nokia, Keysight Technologies and InterDigital.

Nokia Oulu factory in Finland is a new product introduction (NPI) factory that produces 4G and 5G radio base stations. This Conscious Factory of the future is powered by Nokia’s own technologies. It leverages Nokia's private wireless networks for secure and reliable connectivity for all assets within the factory. Key Conscious Factory capabilities are build on cloud-based digital data control and high level of process automation in factory manufacturing and logistics operations.

Reboot IoT Factory offers a unique opportunity to be a part of the next generation of Industry 4.0 and beyond. We bring together forerunner factories, IoT solution providers and top-class research organizations for agile co-creation and experience sharing within real-world production environments. Currently, eight forerunner factories, including Nokia-Oulu factory, offer research and development platforms for proof-of-concept experiments, which combine technology research and factory digitalization needs. Productization of these proof-of-concepts with forerunner factories as reference customers represents new business opportunities for IoT solution providers. Business impact for forerunner factories comes through the adoption of tailored IoT solutions and shared best practices, resulting in major advancements in the respective digitalization strategies. The research organisations include University of Oulu, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Åbo Akademi and Aalto University.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. is one of the leading research and technology organizations in Europe. VTT has a national mandate in Finland. We use our research and knowledge to provide expert services for our domestic and international customers and partners. VTT serves both private and public sectors and the personnel has 75 years’ experience of supporting the clients’ growth with top-level research and science-based results. VTT develops new smart technologies, profitable solutions and innovation services. VTT cooperates with its customers to produce technology for business and build success and well-being for the benefit of society. VTT uses 4,000,000 hours of brainpower a year to develop new technological solutions. The benefit you gain from this spearhead research comes when we work with you to create new products, production processes, methods, and services. VTT ensures efficient utilization of science and technology with the aid of broad international cooperation and networking. VTT is part of Finland's innovation system and operates under the mandate of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.

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Last updated: 24.4.2020