Science and the City

Tiedekulma - Science and the City

TUE 4.12. 17–20

Join us at University of Helsinki’s Slush meet & greet at the heart of Helsinki. Make Think Corner your smart after-Slush destination on Tuesday December 4th. Food and drink is available at the Think Corner Café. The event is for those who are interested in life-science startups and new advancements in 5G technology, data science and climate research.

Our top speakers: David Wallerstein, Senior vice-president of Tencent, Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, Sasu Tarkoma, Professor of Computer Sciences, University of Helsinki and Ville Rautio, Chief Technology Officer of Elisa Corporation.

Easy mingling, mixing science and business people. Quality talks on stage, meeting area downstairs. The event is free and open for everyone, no registration required.


17.15–18.00 Y Science Pitching Competition Pre-show 

The Life Science Pitching competition is for life science-based startups and pre-startups, and forms part of the program at Y Science, Slush official side event. Come and see the full dress rehearsal before the finalists enter the big stage at Slush on Wednesday morning. After the pitches, you are welcome to meet and mingle with the science startups. The competition is moderated by Liisa Mayow from Kaskas Media.


  • HAPEKAS, Sami Elamo
  • MAKNEE, Jérôme Theveno
  • Sartar Therapeutics Ltd, Harri Sihto
  • PREP lab, Timo Myöhänen
  • Eco Sweeties, Lloyd Ruddock
  • SEBI OY, Timo Jäntti
  • axxelera, Clemens von Bojničić-Kninski
  • IVF Fit AS, Ana Lobato-Pascual

18.15–18.35 Inspirational Talk: Climate Change and AI

David Wallerstein is Tencent's chief exploration officer. His mission is to recognize breakthrough innovations and find moonshot investments that could lead to big successes. David will talk about how AI can help on humanity's scale and what kind of business it may drive. Tencent is the world's largest gaming and social media company, one of the world's most valuable technology companies, and one of the world's largest venture capital firms and investment corporations.

19.00–19.30 Smart Cities and 5G (in Finnish)

What does Smart City mean and what kind of new services can new networks and AI enable to citizens? How does this come out in Helsinki? On stage Sasu Tarkoma, Professor of Computer Sciences, University of Helsinki, Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki and and Ville Rautio, Chief Technology Officer of Elisa Corporation. The discussion is moderated by Roope Mokka from Demos Helsinki.


Scalable real-time 5G air quality monitoring demo. Read more about MegaSense.

Meeting Area at Think Corner Basement

We offer a convenient one-on-one meeting area at Think Corner Basement, right at the center of Helsinki. So if you want to set up a meeting during Slush days or during the Science and the City event, just come down to Think Corner and our hosts will help you find a table for you. Your reason for the meeting can be anything related to Slush, so don’t be shy, we’re here to make it easy for you.

DJ Esgrove

DJ Esgrove will be playing records all night.

20.00 Farewell