The University of Helsinki celebrated its 375th anniversary with the Helsinki Challenge competition, that was launched in 2014.
The competion received more than 140 registrations, and after a long selection process – including startup-type pitching – the winner was selected at the end of 2015.
NEMO – Natural Emotionality in Digital Interaction, received €250,000 for realising the team’s idea: to add empathy to the internet.
–Digital systems are not designed to consider emotions. As a result, the tools we have for expressing our emotions online are severely lacking in quality. This in turn inhibits empathy, the mechanisms that allow people to understand each other, connect and collaborate.
The research team including Katri Saarikivi, Tommi Makkonen and Valtteri Wikström have a huge task in front of them. Part of their project is to include others with events like the Emotion Hack Day, that Moodmetric was also invited to participate.
The event took place simultaneously in Helsinki and Montreal, and gathered talented people from all work backgrounds to spend 24 hours to generate ideas around digitalizing emotions.
Moodmetric sponsored the event with the Moodmetric rings and SDKs for teams interested in using GSR in their project:
‘It is always fun to work with a new wearable technology and think of how it can be leveraged in every day life. Also, working with a company that takes pride in making the data interface easy to work with is refreshing, since it allows us to focus on the creative aspects, instead of the device interface.’ -André
The submissions are one step towards online presence – with emotions.