June 29, 2020
DAILY BRIEF: Finnish Netflix show, smart rings, playful learning, pets, award and sustainability
Detective Sofia Karppi returns to Netflix in the second season of Deadwind.
All the daily Finnish business news that works: Oura, Kide Science, OneMind Dogs, Rocsole, Deadwind and Finnish sustainability make headlines.
Oura partners with the NBA, Kide Science expands in Hong Kong, OneMind Dogs wins a place in a new international accelerator, Rocsole is recognised with a Global Energy Award, Finnish crime drama Deadwind airs on Netflix, and GNF dives into Finnish sustainability.
Oura Rings handed to NBA players for basketball’s return
Finnish startup Oura has partnered with the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the US to provide its smart rings to players and staff as the basketball season looks to continue at the end of July. Oura Ring tracks the wearer’s body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, sleep and activity, thereby possibly providing an early indication of symptoms related to COVID-19. The rest of the NBA season will be played out at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where players and staff will be quarantined at hotels and adhere to a list of safety measures to try and ensure a safe return for the sport in the US.
Finnish early-childhood education company Kide Science has signed a new agreement with kindergarten and early primary school, Dalton School Hong Kong. Kide Science develops young children’s scientific thinking through a playful and research-based education model that sees the kids engage in hands-on experiments to solve real science problems. The method complements Dalton School’s approach of nurturing children’s natural inquisitiveness and self-confidence through active participation in education. The school chain was founded 100 years ago by progressive educator Helen Parkhurst, and today there are over 200 schools around the world that follow the Dalton Plan.
Finnish online dog training company OneMind Dogs is one of five companies that have won a place in Nestlé Purina’s new accelerator programme, UNLEASHED. Nestlé Purina is one of the largest pet food producers in the world, and the programme will support the growth of the selected startups by leveraging its significant research, development and commercial capabilities. The participants are also guaranteed a minimum of 50 000 Swiss Francs (approx. 47 000 euros) in funding to develop their businesses. OneMind Dogs has introduced a unique methodology that is based on learning from the dog’s point of view.
Rocsole, a Finnish company developing tomographic imaging systems and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for oil and gas industry companies, has won the 2020 Global Energy Award for Innovation in Process Control. The company’s patented technology is used in pipelines and process tanks, where data is gathered in real time to provide reliable information that translates to cost savings, optimised operations, remote capabilities and more. The Global Energy Awards are handed out in nine categories to recognise and honour international innovators and innovations that advance the energy industry.
Finnish crime drama series Deadwind’s (Karppi) second season will be available globally on Netflix from 1 July. The protagonist of the series is Sofia Karppi (Pihla Viitala), a detective at Helsinki Police Department, whose winter holiday is cancelled at the start of the season after two bodies turn up on the construction sites of a tunnel planned under the Gulf of Finland to connect the Finnish capital and Tallinn in Estonia.
With its green mindset and world-class research environment, Finland is generating sustainable solutions for various industries and fields of life. Read our feature article on the subject by clicking the headline.
Visit Finland / Julia Kivelä
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