RAG Blog: Health focused Robotics Week observations


European Robotics Week 2017 took a place around Europe on 17–27 November 2017. I attended two seminars on robotics with human focus. First in the Metropolia Myyrmäki campus, “Ihminen ja Robotti” (human and robot) -themed MetropoliaEday event and second, Future of Robotics in Finland Seminar 2017: AI and Robotics in Health and Medical Technology organized in the Aalto University campus.

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RAG Blog: European Robotics Forum 2017 in Edinburgh focuses on IoT+AI and Robotics – Europe is a global leader in service robotics!


I attended ERF2017 in Edinburgh last week 22.-24.3.2017. My interest is applying robotics for healthy aging and assisted autonomous living, so I followed tracks on Artificial Intelligence (AICoR), Health, Social Impact, Ethical Legal and Societal. I did not follow Industrial, Agri-Food, Harsh Environments, Space, Underwater, Maintenance and Inspection, Logistics, Construction, Neurobotics, Miniaturized, System Engineering, Innovation, Awards or Competitions tracks, except

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RAG BLOG: What is the state of the Swedish innovation ecosystem for eHealth?


It was inspiring two days 24-25 January at MVTe in Kista Sweden – Meeting place for welfare technology and e-health – trade show and conference. I met many exhibitors and listened to selected talks targeted at the exhibition visitors. The exhibit presented caregivers, carereceivers, innovators and solution providers working at the Swedish and the Nordic healthcare scene. Caregiver perspective was

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RAG BLOG: Innovation for healthy aging


Developed nations are facing common challenges related to aging population. The effort required to provide care services to an increasing ratio of people is becoming unbearable when following traditional service models – something new needs to be invented! Human labor in developed nations is costly, so could robotics help saving costs by letting machines take care of routine tasks, allowing

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Growth start for the year with Finland Dinners in New York City


In this series of events organized by Rapid Action Group and Amcham Finland, seven excellent Finnish and one Estonian food producer as well as one of the most prestigious Finnish design brands will introduce their offering to the US market. The participating companies are Estofoods, Finlayson, Goodio, Heimon Kala, Helsinki Wildfoods, Kiantama (Biokia), Makulaku, Muuti, and SunSpelt. All of these

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Finnish Food embracing New York City


Rapid Action Group teams up Finnish food producers to take over New York City in September. They will meet prominent local buyers and the program includes also a visit  to NORTH Food Festival http://nordicfoodfestival.org For more information please contact: Iida Korhonen Leading Consultant +358 40 060 2713 iida.korhonen (at) rag.fi Suomalainen ruoka valloittaa New Yorkin 22.9.-27.9. Rapid Action Group järjestää vientimatkan

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„Poland-Finland – Let’s create an innovative bridge!”


Rapid Action Group is proud to co-operate with Polish Pomeranian region this spring. A group of ICT companies and business support institutions from Polish Pomerania Region is coming to Finland to share with their innovative projects and look for business partners. It is a good reason to take a closer look at the dynamically growing branch of information and communication

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Innovation needs (he)arts


RAG was one of the proud hosts of world-famous Italian Artist Michelangelo Pistoletto who visited Finland in March, 2015. Panel discussion “Innovation needs (he)arts” on 24 March, 2015 was held in Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland. What a great opportunity it was to hear and reflect the ideas of innovation, and how innovation can be flourished when combining

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We did it together!


“Together with Rapid Action Groups Founding Partner Tuija Heikura we were able to compose successful proposal to EU Horizon 2020 SME Instrument (Phase 1). Despite the tight schedule we succeeded”, says Marja Jaurakkajärvi with smile on her face. Marja Jaurakkajärvi is vice president in Business Development in NewIcon Oy  

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The Beginning


Once upon a Time in 2014… …24 of us came together with different backgrounds: business developers, serial entrepreneurs, designers, artists, members of the parliament, innovation specialists and researchers. We had all sat in committees with visionary goals and full of talk – and seen little change. Somehow there had always seemed to be a missing link. We realized that we

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