ROVIO’s Angry Birds won International Innovation of Innovations Award in Finland
HELSINKI, Finland, December 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Would you Like to Meet an Angry Bird in London this Spring?
Excellence Finland [http://www.laatukeskus.fi/default.asp?docId=39902 ] together with
President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen handed out the winners’ awards for
quality and innovation at the annual Excellence Finland Gala this year. The competition is
international and prizes were awarded to competitors from Finland, Sweden and Estonia.
The Innovation of Innovations 2011 award went to Finland’s Rovio Entertainment Ltd,
which developed the international blockbuster game Angry Birds.
You can meet the Angry Birds – as well as all the other innovation winners – at the
Oasis Of Excellence innovation seminar in London [http://www.laatukeskus.fi/OoE ]! The
event, arranged by Excellence Finland, will be held between 21st and 25th March 2012. The
theme will be innovation activity, examined from a variety of perspectives. Our main
partner for the event is Deloitte.
Don’t miss this chance – fly to London and meet “Angry Innovations”!
If you are interested, contact Excellence Finland now: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
our home page: http://www.laatukeskus.fi/OoE.
The aim of the Quality Innovation of the Year competition is to boost the creation of
innovations in Finland and to enhance innovation quality. There are five different
categories in the competition. Any innovation that has a competitive edge based on knowhow
or expertise and that can be exploited in a commercial, social or wellbeing environment
can be entered for the competition. For example:
– New knowhow, expertise or technology
– A new product, technical solution or production process
– A new service
– A new design or brand.
The winners in 2011, listed by category and country, are as follows:
Large companies category: Digia Plc, http://www.oiko.fi service for controlling mobile
work. Advanced electronic tools help coordinate jobs and invoicing.
Small and medium enterprises category: Rovio Entertainment Ltd, developing,
commercialisation and marketing of the Angry Birds game. The game has been downloaded
almost 500 million times. There is a game-related movie, comic and other merchandise.
Along with the game development, commercialisation and marketing have been very
Micro-enterprise category: Team Action Zone Oy, TAZ outdoor games to encourage girls,
boys, women and men to exercise. Electronic tools are used for example by Flaghunt which
combines the best parts of hide and seek, orienteering and mock fights.
Honourable mention: Helena Hakkinen and Anu Miettinen, Helpline for Boys (Poikien
Puhelin). Experts offer professional help to boys for free. The ever-growing popularity is
an indication of the need. The service receives annually over 100,000 calls.
Public sector and non-profit corporations category: Health centres in Helsinki, Health
Card (Terveyskortti) Helsinki. This electronic service comprises of a health card, health
screening and health coaching. It helps an organisation offering health services to offer
preventive and screening services in a way that supports independent health promotion for
the people of Helsinki.
Potential innovations category: Meclimb, Mec Carver. Helps to remove deadfall trees
from on top of power lines at a safe distance without cutting the voltage.
Large companies category: AFA Forsakring, proactive customer service in social media.
In contrast to other insurance companies, AFA Forsakring strives to ensure that everyone
entitled to compensation is aware of the matter. Modern ways to use social media are the
latest tools to put this into practice.
Micro-enterprises category: ES Equipment AB, S-CUT Emergency Cutting Tool. A tool to
remove the clothes from an injured person in emergencies. It is quicker than scissors or a
knife. Removing the clothes is often the first procedure in order to deal with injuries.
The tool is also very useful in chemical accidents. It is used in ambulances, by fire
departments, police (for example the FBI in the USA) and armies in several countries.
Potential innovations category: LidkopingHospital, new operating room management). By
reducing the number of operating rooms and making their functions more efficient, patient
safety, customer satisfaction and efficiency can be improved by approximately 20%.
Companies category: Wihtla OUE, ELS Excellence – real time customer satisfaction
survey system for Estonian Post. An electronic tool which helps and speeds up daily
surveys, getting results and taking corrective steps.
Public sector and non-profit organisations: Estonian Tax and Customs Board,
customer-specific prepayment account. An account that can be used to pay all taxes and
payment with one payment. This helps save time and bank charges. Public sector and
non-profit-organisations: Estonian Health Insurance Fund, digital prescribing of medicines
in Estonia. It is worth noting that this is not yet available in Finland.
SOURCE LAATUKESKUS EXCELLENCE FINLAND