Jarmo Eskelinen leads Forum Virium Helsinki, an innovation company building digital bridges between people and services. Originally educated as an architect, Eskelinen is an expert in digital content, smart cities and user driven design, currently devoted to open data. Forum Virium Helsinki is the innovation company of the City of Helsinki, managing research & development collaboration between public and private sectors. The international partner network includes cities, corporations and innovative SME’s. Eskelinen is also the President of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). Founded in 2006, ENoLL has grown into a network of 345 members in all continents, promoting international cooperation in co-creative, human-centric RD&I. Eskelinen has previously held positions as the director of Media Centre Lume in the University of Art & Design Helsinki, the program director of the Helsinki 2000 European Capital of Culture, and the CEO of a successful music, media and event production company PopZoo Promotions, which he founded in 1993, after a career in architecture in the 80’ s and early 90’s. Eskelinen is an semi-fanatic road cyclist, and as a former club organizer and professional DJ still buys more music than he has time to listen to.
| Jury 2015, NICE Award