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Netprofile is the September host company!

Posted by Janne Saarikko on June 11, 2009

Announcing this today – confirmed yesterday.

Netprofile, the #1 tech PR company in Finland, will be the Office Nomad – Toimistonomadi host company in September.

Want to learn more about Netprofile? Go check their webpage.

I have a history of working together with Netprofile and several people from their ecosystem. It will be sooo exciting to rub shoulders a bit closer with them again!

Note! I am planning to close at least August – October slots before the summer vacations. If you are thinking about having the Office Nomad around, now is the time to act!

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Tramterview with Francois Castel

Posted by Janne Saarikko on June 2, 2009

I did an exception to do a Tramterview without the tram part. I met today with Francois Castel, a Frenchman living in Finland. Francois is working on issues related to diversity in Finland.

If you are interested in diversity and working policy, I can help you get in touch with him.

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Nordic Social Media has a backup plan for the swine flu

Posted by Janne Saarikko on April 27, 2009

It seems that there might be some pandemic panicing in the air. Social media fans in northern Europe and especially in Sweden are not to be afraid.

Thomas Wennström of What’s Next blog in Sweden came up with an idea of Sweden Social Web Camp. After the publication of the idea on April 22nd, large number of people have showed interest for this event. The main blog post alone has 95 comments, mostly from people signing up for the event.

The idea of Sweden Social Web Camp is to take advantage of the warm nightless summer of norther Europe by taking people away from their city dwellings to the nature, by the water. With social media people this would mean lot of innovation and new ideas.

Translation from the event description (original in Swedish):

We’ll meet by a quiet lake, beautiful sea or a red cottage. And talk about social web. Some activities are pre-plannes, but mostly the agenda will be up to the ones that show up. Ideas, you should bring with you. Demo your latest project. Start a discussion about something you are pondering upon.

Everything barefooted holding to a cold beer in the sunset. Chatting by the fire when it gets dark.

I must say I immediately showed interest towards the event. They are now trying to figure out the location in Sweden. I read that besides Finland (we were warmly welcomed!) also Denmark has been curious about the whole thing.

Now, this is a great backup plan, should the swine flu become a pandemia. And otherwise as well!

Interested? Comment in this post or directly to the original blog post.

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Nokia Piloting Shopping Mall Mobile Applications

Posted by Janne Saarikko on April 21, 2009

I was walking back from a customer meeting through Kamppi mall in Helsinki, when I noticed a stand with Nokia Research Center logo.

I started streaming with my E71 and walked in for this interview

The interview is in Finnish only, and here’s a short description of key points.

Nokia Research Center is piloting mobile shopping catalogue with WLAN-based location services. The application gives you details onshops and special promotions. Eventually you will be able to login with your Facebook credentials and share your location with your friends within the mall.

Since GPS are not functional inside, the mall is using a network of WLAN access points to figure out where you and your people are.

Very interesting indeed.

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Twitbear launched – Twitter with comments thread!

Posted by Janne Saarikko on February 23, 2009

It’s here! Mark this date – February 23rd, 2009.

This is the day when a new Finnish service called Twitbear went to closed beta.

Twitbear

Twitbear is a project of three social media entrepreneurs – @anttiakonniemi @kaimaan, @heleneauramo – that’s what they are called in Twitter.

Twitbear looks and feels just like Twitter, but it allows users to do something that serious tweeters have been missing for a long time – comment on threads. This feature will bring on the active discussion known from services such as Jaiku, which unfortunately has been faded by Google.

The first hours of Twitbear has been booming. Really looking forward to see how fast this will fly.

Should interview them? Sure, why not. I’ll grab my vidset and find them.

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Google invests EUR40M in Finland

Posted by Janne Saarikko on February 12, 2009

It was announced this morning that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)  has purchased a major industrial property located in Hamina, Finland. The deal is worth 40 million euros.

Summa mill  was previously owned by Finnish StoraEnso, one of world’s leading paper and pulp manufacturers. The entire paper industry has been in dire straits for some years, and the Summa mill was closed down already in January 2008.

According to Google, they are planning to build a server farm in Summa. There is plenty of room for that, since the mill used to have three medium-sized paper machines. The location is beautiful, since the paper mill is located by the water.

What this will mean to Hamina region in SE Finland? Propably some more jobs and lot of international influence. There are lot of former paper industry workers in the region, maybe they can be trained to run server farms?

Hamina is an age old harbour town (the name Hamina stands for port). It’s located not too far away from Helsinki. Hamina is perhaps best known for it’s Hamina Tattoo, international military music festival.

Link to aerial view of Summa mill.

Googlemaps location of the paper mill.


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Citizen movement against “Lex Nokia” privacy law

Posted by Janne Saarikko on February 2, 2009

Something quite special is going on in Finland. The government is about to sign a law that would allow various organisations to read the email contents from the users of their own networks. This includes companies, libraries, kindergardens and many others.

Many people think this new law is against privacy laws, and have started a citizen movement that resists the new law. This law is called “Lex Nokia”, since Nokia is a big supporter of the law, claiming that it allows them to prevent employees leaking out classified information and thus stop industrial espionnage.

There are many sources in Finnish for this information, in English one of the hottest resources is Helsingin Sanomat.

The citizen movement started to run their own ads on national TV this morning. The advertising space is paid by individuals and the production was made by volunteers.

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Nokia shopping social media companies – Fact & Rumor

Posted by Janne Saarikko on September 30, 2008

According to numerous official and unofficial rumors, lot of activity has been going on around Nokia HQ in Espoo lately.

Many people working with great ideas have been seen to visit the Nokia House, but very few knew why. Thanks to the great social media bulletins, there are some facts and rumors to be shared.

A pure fact is that Nokia announced that they are buying OZ Communications, a Montreal based IM company. Read the press release here.

On the rumor side, Jaiku and Twitter are proposing that Nokia would also buy Zipipop, the Finnish creator of Zipiko mobile service. Zipicom people are denying the rumor, but there must be something to it.

Apparently the rumor started  from this Canadian tweet combined with this and this Jaiku stream. Zipicom CEO Helene Auramo is denying this rumour on both Twitter and Jaiku.

It will be also interesting to see what ArcticStartup, the leading startup resource in Northern Europe, will say about this rumor.

A lot seems to be happening in Helsinki start up scene. Let’s keep the channels open.

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CarrotMob Finland’s first strike a huge success!

Posted by Janne Saarikko on September 29, 2008

CarrotMob Finland, a.ka. Porkkanamafia, proceeded with it’s first ever Finnish strike last Saturday. The target was a restaurant and bar called Juttutupa, situated close to central Helsinki.

Restaurant Juttutupa had promised to invest 51% of the additional revenues from a normal saturday evening in improving it’s energy efficiency. This will be done together with energy consumption specialists provided by CarrotMob Finland.

As a result of the event, hundreds of people were lining to get in Juttutupa on Saturday. Everyone were in a good mood and enjoyed the positive way of supporting anti-climate change movement. It’s not quite common to listen to a group of people seriously thinking about how they could spend more of their own money in this restaurant!

Total of €3362,94 (around US$5000) from the revenue will be used for the improvements. Preliminary talks indivacate that the money should be used for replacing the several dozen light pulbs with energy saving ones and replacing the kitchen equipment with more environmental ones. Also, some kitchen process improvements will be made in order to be more efficient.

The event gathered a major coverage from most of national and local media, including Helsingin Sanomat (#1 newspaper in Finland), all major TV news channels and numerous other publications.

To gather the feelings from this extraordinary event, please see the pics and videos.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/porkkanamafia/

http://jaiku.com/channel/CarrotmobFinland

http://www.vimeo.com/1831507

http://www.nelonen.fi/videot/uutisvideot/default.asp?video=5554&newpage=1&c=1

http://www.nelonen.fi/videot/default.asp?video=5555&c=1

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Changing focus

Posted by Janne Saarikko on August 15, 2008

Like you may have noticed, I’ve been quite quiet here lately. There is a good reason for that. I’ve taken up a new innovative project from the construction industry. Earlier this spring we started a new business, which is taking a big part of my time. If you want to see how our new business Riqq Innovations is proceeding, you can find more information through Riqq website or Construction Data blog.

This doesn’t mean that Ekana would disappear.

Ekana still does interesting projects, seeking first-in-the-industry solutions. So far we have some very interesting experiences related to design, fashion, restaurants, retail, construction and new sofware business concepts.

We are also interested in offering marketing/strategy/business planning support for emerging startups. And that’s not for money, but for passion.

If you have good and exciting projects, let us know… ;-)

I have personally been very active with different social media and mobile concepts lately. Finland is bubbling with so many interesting concepts and startups… I just love to use all the different services, but also to actively network with people building the new services.

Couple of examples from Finland:

  • Zipiko  - A short term meeting arrager service
  • Joikuspot - Mobile connection sharing
  • Scred - Community cost-balancing (trust network)
  • BusinessPort - Online project management service
  • TripSay - A travel community

I will also keep on blogging in Finnish in my Kauppalehti blog Emmekö Me Ymmärrä? and couple of other blogs.

Now, after writing this update, I don’t have to worry about not writing here… Right?

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