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What is a responsible digital deed?

The most responsible digital deed of the year 2023 competition honors digital solutions that have had a positive impact on the operation of a company or organization and that emphasize responsibility. The act performed can be small or large. So don't hesitate: put your own deed up for nomination! A responsible digital deed can be related to the following subject areas:

Social responsibility

The digital deed has a positive impact on issues related to human rights, personnel, the immediate community and society, for example. There may also be effects on employee well-being, equality, diversity, inclusion or the promotion of equal treatment in general.

Environmental responsibility

Doing things digitally helps customers or employees make more responsible choices. With its help, it has been possible, among other things, to reduce the load on the environment, strengthen the circular economy, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, increase the carbon handprint or reduce the carbon footprint. The solution can benefit from by-products in a new way or increase the transparency of the chain.

Environmental responsibility or social responsibility + A solution that utilizes digitization and technology = A responsible digital deed


Watch the video to see what we are looking for in the competition (In Finnish)

A prestigious jury selects the finalists

The finalists are selected by a a prestigious jury, which pays attention to the following criteras when evaluating the competition entries:

  1. The solution has helped the organization reduce the harmful environmental effects of its operations and has accelerated sustainable development or
  2. The solution has had a verifiable social impact

Other criteras to be evaluated:

  • The solution has export potential and is scalable
  • The solution has brought something new to the industry. It can be replicated and utilized more widely.
  • The solution has utilized modern technology, electronic processes, artificial intelligence or IoT systems, optimized energy use or supply chain management, or reduced the environmental or climate load of the IT infrastructure.
  • The winning solution utilizes digitization creatively, productively and promotes sustainable development.

There are two series: private companies and public administration.

Also this year, the winners will be revealed and awarded at the gala of the Atea Focus event on October 11, 2023 at the Helsinki Messukeskus.

Submit your solution to the competition

You can fill out the competition form here. Please mention especially how the digital solution increases sustainability and the possibility to impact. You can get additional help by pressing the question mark to the right of each question. We look forward to your solution!

Get to know last year's finalists: the public sector

Marginalization is prevented by improving prisoners' digital skills

In Hämeenlinna women's prison, all prisoners have personal workstations, i.e. cell terminals, which allow them to communicate outside the prison as well. Learning digital skills makes it easier for a prisoner to adapt to everyday life after release.

The jury's comments

The smart prison brings digitization to a stigmatized group of people who has been lacking it. Returning to today's society and working life is almost impossible if you have been marginalized by digitalization.

The service supports the basic mission of the Prison and Probation Service of Finland, i.e. crime prevention. It helps to reduce social inequality and mental health problems of the prisoner's close contacts when communication is possible. The social and economic benefits of the service are enormous.

In terms of technical and functional information security, the service is at its own level, because information security has been planned as part of the service from the beginning. It is great that the prisoners have been involved in the development of the service. Furthermore, the cost-effective service has export potential.

The Emergency Response Centre Agency's mobile service brings safety services together and speeds up access to help

The Emergency Response Centre Agency's free 112 Suomi mobile application offers security services in one place. It also speeds up getting help and makes danger notification more effective.

The jury's comments

The official danger channel is part of the Finnish digital toolkit. The 112 mobile application has a socially critical mission and a large user base of over two million Finns. The user of the easy-to-use service does not need to know how to apply for the service, but the information is found in the service when the user arrives in the danger area.

With the help of a mobile application that started as an emergency call, the use cases have been expanded. The application improves the basic task of the rescue service and makes time use more efficient. The environmental burden is also reduced when there are no unnecessary driving kilometers.

The gigantic interlacing drum stays together thanks to digital technology

53 municipalities, a thousand farms and 200 weavers. The territory of interleaving services in Southern Finland, which started in early 2022, is so broad that it could not be managed without modern digital solutions. The organization wants to share their lessons learnt with others.

The jury's comments

The scale of Finnish agriculture is so small that also the possibilities of digitalization have received very little attention. Southern Finland's interleaving service has developed a concrete and functional service for an aging industry. The user interface is good and the implementation and deployment are successful.

The application improves the quality of life of the agricultural entrepreneur, as finding a knitter is smoother than previously. Easing the hard work of the knitter also increases the welfare of the animals, as the time spent on reporting decreases.

Get to know last year's finalists: the private sector

When the safety net fails, the digital doorbell brings neighborly help within everyone's reach

When there is no support network, who can you ask for help in everyday situations? A problem highlighted during the corona virus prompted the development of the "digital neighbor's doorbell", i.e. the mobile application Commun, which helps with networking.

Sami Ekmark, Karoliina Kauhanen and Ronnie Nygren, founding members of Commu App from Tampere, found each other and developed their business idea in the middle of the corona period.

The jury's comments

There is a large migration movement in Finland, and the networks of migrants in new places can be thin. Loneliness is a big problem. Commu App creates community digitally by promoting neighborly help and concrete, everyday micro actions.

The Commu App offers a clear solution to the problem; it's like a village bulletin board. At the same time, the service promotes a circular economy and its ecosystem-like operation is delightful. The service has great potential.

Opetunti Oy, Desku: Making the IT everyday life of teachers and students smoothly

The administration of digital IDs and systems has gradually become a part of every teacher's working day. Too big a part, many people complain. Desku, or the digital desk, helps the teacher to focus on the most important thing, i.e. pedagogy.

The jury's comments

Helps teachers in the pressure of everyday life and reduces errors. The amount of reporting and different tools in schools is huge, and coordinating them manually has required a lot of the teacher's working time. Desku therefore saves time and money.

The service is scalable and has comfortably found users. The motivation and perseverance of the developers also deserve attention, as a large part of the service has been developed by them without financial compensation.

Digihappy: A digital service tailored for seniors helps maintain contact with loved ones

Digihappy is an easy-to-use service that brings digi within the reach of elderly people, regardless of their ability to function. The goal is to facilitate the maintenance of human relationships and increase meaningful activities.

The jury's comments

Finland is getting older and the elderly are often the weakest in digitalization. Digihappy was developed specifically from the elderly's perspectives and tailored to their needs. The entirety of the contact service with its devices and software as well as its ease and clarity of use are convincing.

Digihappy increases the quality of life of its users and could also help immigrants to enter the Finnish service system. The service might have potential as an export product.

Submit your solution to the competition

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