Congratulations to the eight teams selected to join the Challenge!

Host Introduction

KEKO is a consortium of Nokia, Kone, YIT, Caverion, Halton, VTT and Netox with a mission to make every building smart. The members are creating a dynamic ecosystem by bringing together major players and SME’s around a smart building platform with a human approach. By developing this platform, KEKO pursues to enable new platform-based business models for founders and participants, more comfortable buildings with better experience and services for users, and thus improved value and sustainability for building owners.

The Background

The workplace is changing. The nature of work evolves as we spend more time on the go or in distant locations and less at our dedicated desks at the office. What used to be a restricted office building for employees only, will likely become a multi-purpose asset that can cater for multiple different groups of people from various organizations. This means a lot of new freedom, variability and flexibility for the individual, but also less predictability and more versatile demands for the building itself and its workspaces.

In our visions, future workplaces and offices are supported by smart buildings that seamlessly adapt to various needs and create added value by being more human-centric, while utilizing more and more data and technology. For this smartness to come to life, new solutions are needed for e.g. space utilization, people flow, maintenance, safety, access control and identity management.

As goals of the KEKO ecosystem initiative, the members aim to design and build a smart building platform creating new and unique experiences to add value for every building user in their everyday life. This holistic, cross-industry approach allows KEKO to bring together domain expertise and data for example from building construction, material and people flow, energy consumption, building usage and indoor positioning into a unique, purpose-built API.

The series of KEKO innovation challenges map solutions and developers that can take the platform a step closer towards making buildings smart. We aim to find some of the first concrete experiments, partners and solution concepts in building the KEKO ecosystem and the technological solutions needed to enable the future workplaces and offices.

The Challenge

Through this innovation challenge in question, KEKO wants to explore potential solutions and services that elevate building automation to enable mass customization and/or personalization of the building’s user experience, with a focus on employees working in and visitors visiting a building (as opposed to property managers or service providers of that building) as a user group. What kinds of mass-customized or personalized solutions or value adding services could we offer for these users  in supporting their use of a smart, adaptive building? How would this kind of a solution work, which data would it use and what would be the business logic? 

We are looking for teams who could design, implement and provide such services as part of the future ecosystem of a smart building. These solutions can be existing or completely new, but need to address not just the value for the user in their typical/selected use cases, but also the technical implementation and the business model through which they would be delivered for the users, with the KEKO platform as an enabler.

Available resources

To help the teams during the challenge, the host has reserved some key people (mentors) and resources to support your work. Teams will receive login info to the KEKO platform for developers (read more about it here) and access to the data available on the platform. What we have currently:

  • Elevator & people flow data – information how people move inside a building using the elevator. Ability to make automated calls to elevators, e.g. for robots
  • Air quality data – temperature, humidity, CO2 etc data about office indoor air quality
  • Presence data – information if spaces (desks, rooms) are occupied or not
  • Possibility to create new APIs to the platform to add data sources or cleverly combine/process existing data

What we probably will have soon:

  • Accurate indoor positioning system at Maria 01 KEKO workspace (one big room)
  • Access to a test environment (office building) and it’s selected data sets

With your expertise and feedback, this challenge will also help KEKO develop the platform, its APIs and data sources. We also encourage you to check out open data or utilize your own data, as we are eager to learn if some other sources could leverage the service and the platform in the future.


  • Applications period: August 11th – August 27th 16:00
  • Applicants informed about the selections: By September 2nd
  • Briefing Session (mandatory for all team members): 10.9. at 15-17 online
  • Co-creation Camp (mandatory for all team members): 21.-22.9. at 9-17 online
  • Proof-of-concept phase kickoff (mandatory for the best team(s) chosen by jury) – TBD

Who can apply

Apply with a team of 2-3 people, ideally combining diverse skills and backgrounds in the team. The team must represent a company or other such entity that can drive the design and implementation of their solution during and after the Challenge. All applications will be reviewed and all applicants will be informed after the deadline. 3-8 teams will be selected to join the challenge. You may only apply by submitting the Industryhack web form.

Expected commitment for selected teams

During the challenge, the teams will develop and conceptualise their suggested solutions together with Host’s mentors. The teams are expected, in minimum, to work full-time on the challenge during the kickoff event (0,5 days) and co-creation camp (2 days), and invest an estimated 1-2 days of time in between. The aim of the contest is to find one or two relevant concepts that can be validated in the proof-of-concept phase. The team that is chosen to the proof-of-concept project will be paid the agreed budget to deliver the project.

The challenge will be organised under Industryhack Terms of Participation (version 20200609). The poc project’s agreement will be made with Industryhack’s poc agreement template, in accordance with the spirit of the terms mentioned above. The template will be shared with the winning team(s).


Team selection criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on team composition, initial approach and contribution to the combination of selected teams. The following criteria will be used to identify 3-8 teams with best potential to succeed in co-creating and proposing an interesting solution.

  • Depth and variety of skills and experience relevant to the challenge
  • Team’s motivation and ability to work together
  • Team’s motivation and ability to partner with the host
  • The relevance and maturity of the team’s preliminary ideas, solution or approach
  • Correct understanding of the challenge
  • Participating teams will be chosen so that the approaches and team compositions complement each other and represent a variety of viewpoints to the challenge


Each team that is selected to the co-creation camp will be paid a reward of 1 500 eur for taking part in the challenge. Rewards are paid against invoice after the team has presented their solution at the end of camp and provided their materials and feedback after the camp. After the camp, the best team(s) chosen by the jury are expected to work on their proof-of-concept (POC) project, building and testing the POC together with the host. The project will have a budget of ~20 000 euros paid by the host. More detailed scope and cost of the project are designed during the camp and in the POC project’s kickoff.

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