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Release 19.02.2018

Nokia’s Chairman Risto Siilasmaa to deliver keynote about AI at MWC 2018 Finland pavilion

Nokia’s Chairman Risto Siilasmaa will be one of the keynote speakers at the Finland pavilion (3B10) during the Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC 2018). This year, the Finland pavilion at MWC 2018 will host altogether 27 innovative Finnish tech SMEs, which will power up Barcelona with their groundbreaking digital expertize.

Finland is ready to power up Barcelona. The Finland pavilion at MWC 2018 is a window to the future of technology with its abundant digital solutions, ranging from connectivity and 5G to AR and VR, Smart Mobility and IoT. Visit the pavilion and meet first-hand the extraordinary talents who create world changing digital innovations.

Throughout the event, the pavilion will be a focal point for a number of pitching sessions and industry-specific keynotes. There will also be an evening program from Monday to Wednesday.

On Monday 26th February at 5:00 PM, the main speakers of the evening will be the current Nokia and F-Secure Chairman Risto Siilasmaa and Finland’s Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner. Mr. Siilasmaa will share his thoughts on Artificial Intelligence, whereas Ms. Berner’s topic covers the future of Connectivity and 5G.

“We are delighted to host Minister Berner and Chairman Siilasmaa, who are among the brightest minds when it comes to digital technology,” says Hanna Marttinen-Deakins, Director, ICT & Digitalization at Business Finland. “They will be joining the Finland pavilion which is filled with exceptional companies whose solutions enable businesses and users around the world to enjoy digital experiences like never before. The uniqueness of Finland is not just in our deep technology knowhow, but in our ability to create and innovate customer-centric services and solutions that drive businesses and organizations forward. That’s why our slogan is #FutureWithFinland.”

On Tuesday 27th February at 5:00 PM, the main speaker at the pavilion will be Jussi Mäkinen, the CMO at Finnish VR company Varjo ( The company has created a groundbreaking-solution named Bionic display, which lets you see VR in human-eye resolution.

On Wednesday 28th February at 5:00 PM, the main speaker at the pavilion will be Erja Sankari, who works as a Head of Nokia’s Oulu Factory. She will keynote about 5G.

Companies at a glance

The 27 companies at the Finland pavilion will be showcasing their latest collection of solutions and digital innovations.

Among others, Wirepas ( has a focus on IoT. With its de-centralized radio protocol software, one does not need a separate network infrastructure, as the radio devices themselves form the IoT network. The solution is optimal for large-scale IoT deployments.

Meanwhile, Cloudstreet ( has gained recognition for its network slicing technology, which helps mobile network operators to optimize and adjust the usage of the capacity of their networks according to the exact needs.

These are, however, just some examples of the Finnish companies’ groundbreaking digital expertize, which will be on full display at MWC 2018. For the full list of companies and detailed program, visit our website:  

The world-renowned Finnish stunt group The Dudesons ( will moderate the stand program, guaranteeing that the atmosphere remains easygoing and not too serious. After all, technology is also a playful domain. The Dudesons are known for bringing their positive anarchy to innovations and tech. Just see for yourself. (

More information:

Hanna Marttinen-Deakins

Head of Industry, ICT & Digitalization

Business Finland

p. +358 40 343 3348

Business Finland is the Finnish innovation funding, trade, investment, and travel promotion organization, headquartered in Helsinki. Business Finland is fully owned by the Finnish Government employing some 600 experts in 40 offices globally and in 20 regional offices around Finland. Business Finland is part of the Team Finland network.