We published a guest blog together with the Finnish innovation-oriented software company Orchidea on the current topic of responsibility and innovation. This blog presents the framework of RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation), which is one of the key elements of EU's Horizon 2020 program. The MARIE-project was created to cement responsible practices in regional policy throughout Europe. Tampere was selected as one of the key regions and so the Innovation studies group also got involved. Anna Martikainen and Matias Heikkilä, members of the Innovation studies group, are both employed in the MARIE-project.
A grand night out: African innovators in Finland
In the middle of November, amidst darkness, slush and all, there was a side event of Slush, a major start-up and technology conference in Helsinki. I went to this side-event to increase my understanding where the Southern African start-up scene is going right now. I have attended several start-up events in Southern African countries, so I was able to sort of compare this event in Finland to those ones that took place in Africa.