More than 3000 visitors, including about 500 startup companies and 200 investors, participated in Slush, the largest tech, design and startup conference covering Northern Europe and Russia, which was held in Helsinki on 21-22 November. The annual event is organised by Startup Sauna, which is funded by Aalto University and the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.
The event was opened by Jyrki Katainen, the prime minister of Finland, and was attended by some of the world’s most influential technology entrepreneurs and investors including Jason Chein, Aydin Senkut, Esther Dyson and Ike Lee. Also participating were Sami Inkinen from Trulia, Marko Ahtisaari from Nokia and Monty Widenius, a founding member of MySQL.
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Many startups use Slush to make major announcements about their products or business. For example, this year the Finnish startup Jolla that was founded by former Nokia engineers unveiled its eagerly awaited new mobile operating system Sailfish OS at the Slush event. Jolla also released its Sailfish Software Development Kit (SDK) for the developer community and announced that the Jolla devices would be powered by ST-Ericsson’s Nova Thor processor. The company has also partnered with Finnish carrier DNA.
Skolkovo, the Russian innovation and technology center near Moscow, brought more than 100 startups, entrepreneurs and technologists to Slush in the biggest showcase of Russian technology and entrepreneurship in Europe.