Yle Beta Challenge 2017

How can we enhance mutual understanding and appreciation and create hope for the future?

For the first time in the history of our country the majority of the Finns believes that the future will be worse than the present. What can we do to make the future seen in a positive light and worth waiting for? How could different opinions give rise to a constructive dialogue instead of tearing bickering?

Finland has many strengths that create excellent conditions for people to succeed in accelerating global change. These include education, confidence in the functioning of society and its infrastructure. However, the public debate raises uncertainty about the direction in which the changes take us. There are threats and risks in the highly fragmented and complex world, all of which we do not even know. Unpredictability makes it difficult to plan for the future everywhere - even here in Finland.

Although new technology brings huge possibilities and development is progressing in giant leaps and bounds, there are also those who do not have time or can not adapt to changes. This makes people's behavior unpredictable and can take us by surprise more than a technological revolution alone. During economically uncertain times, a mutual sense of solidarity is being tested and constructive compromises, let alone innovative solutions, have been difficult to find.

Open-minded society needs visionaries to create something that doesn’t yet exist
Through the Yle Beta Challenge collaboration we are looking for ideas and concepts that will build hope for the future and mutual trust and appreciation in all areas of life.
A better understanding and courage to question the familiar and lessons learned, new ways and places for better dialogue, deeper encounters, new services, products, research data and technical solutions.
Such ground-breaking solutions we seek in this competition.

What might the idea concepts be?
You tell us. We do not want to crop out any idea, so go for it!

Challenge Competition objectives
To stimulate discussion about the design challenge and possible solutions
To find effective and feasible solutions for the design challenge
To support teams to find and develop solutions.

How to apply

The competition schedule and the progress

  • Challenge Competition will be announced on Friday, 7.4.2017
  • Yle organizes Beta Day in Helsinki on 24.4.2017 at 2:00 PM. The event will focus on Yle Beta Challenge and its themes. Keynote speaker is the futurologist Ilkka Halava.
  • Matchmaking event on 3.5.2017 at 2:00 PM in Helsinki (link to registration). If you have an idea, but not a team, you can search for partners to join the competition
  • You can also search for partners at Hack4FI event 5.-7.5.2017 at Yle Studiotalo in Pasila, Helsinki (link to registration).
  • The deadline to apply is 15.05.2017 by 4:00 PM.
  • The selected finalists to join the idea accelerator programme will be informed of the choice on 19.5.2017 by 4:00 PM. The selected teams commit to participate for the idea accelerator programme.
  • Idea accelerator week from 29.5.2017 to 2.6.2017.
  • Winner of the challenge competition will be release at the latest by 7.6.2017.

Team composition and requirements
The team consists of 3-5 persons, at least two must be able to participate in the whole idea accelerator week programme
Each team may participate with only one idea, and each person can only be in one team.

Assessment criteria
Team's expertise and previous experience in developing relevant solutions

Preliminary jury selects five finalists for the accelerator week, and of these five Yle's director of media Ismo Silvo will select the winner.

Awards and follow-up steps
The winning team gets € 20,000 to implement their idea concept. The prize money will be paid in installments as the implementation of the idea progresses according to the agreement.

Intellectual property rights and contractual issues
All intellectual property rights remain with the team who created the concept. A written agreement will be made with the winning team on the implementation of the concept. The contract will specify e.g. advancement targets, a timetable for the implementation, ways of cooperation, as well as details of the prize sum payments.
The teams are responsible for ensuring that they have all the rights to their solution and that the solution will not infringe the rights of others.
Yle has an unlimited right to publish material resulting from the competition in part or in full on its website or in other channels and to inform the public about the ideas

Apply for Yle Beta Challenge 2017: http://bit.ly/ylebetachallenge2017
Register for Yle Beta Matchmaking event on 3.5.2017: http://bit.ly/ylebetamatchmaking

Additional information and questions: info.beta@yle.fi

Yle Beta Challenge 2017 is realized in cooperation with: