The launch of the United Nations Technology Innovation Lab (UNTIL) was announced on 30 August 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Aalto University. UNTIL Finland’s projects will focus on four core thematic areas: Peace & Security, E-education, E-health, and Circular economy. According to the United Nations, the goal of the UN Technology Innovation Labs is to function as a start-up environment and create a platform for collaborative problem solving between UN resources, private sector, academia and civil society.
The announcement was made at the World Challenge 2018 finals event held in Finland, showcasing innovative technology solutions that could potentially be used to tackle the effects of climate change as well as other major global challenges.
“With the insight that Finland has on how to use technology for good, we can expect great things from the collaboration,” said Salem Avan, Director of the Global Services Division at the UN Office of ICT.
UNTIL will build on Finland’s strengths
UNTIL Finland is situated at A Grid, a startup hub and one of Europe’s largest centers for growth companies, which is part of the Aalto University campus and a gateway for the university’s talent, cutting-edge research and other international resources.
“Business Finland participated in the assembled task force group, led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We offered the United Nations help in defining the role and the focus of the Innovation Lab by matching the opportunities our country can offer, says Nora Kaarela, Head of Industry at Invest in Finland.
“Finland has the best availability of scientists and engineers in the world, as well as latest technologies. Our university – industry research collaboration is ranked world class. In addition, we have relatively large number of professionals working in research and development.”
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