Now's your chance to impress on both sides of the Great Wall. Join the Sino Finnish 100 Challenge Idea Competition.


what is the sf100 idea competition?

This competition is looking for solutions that solve pressing problems of our time. Develop a solution idea that identifies a difficult and pressing issue of our time in one of our three competition themes and use both Finnish and Chinese perspectives, know-how and resources to solve it.



Idea competition opens on February 14th 2017.

Deadline for submissions is May 31st 2017.

Selection of finalists will take place by June 21st 2017. Selections will be made the jury.

A 2-day Boot Camp in the end of June to intensively develop ideas further. Final pitches and presentations to the jury after the end of the Boot Camp, after which the Jury will start deciding on the winner(s).

Winners of the Idea Competition announced in August.

The finalists will receive the option of participating in Summer Innovation Camp in Finland from 18 July until 15 August (more information to follow).


what are we looking for?

1. Relevance of the problem

Here we are looking for teams that tackle the greatest challenges of the next century. Please consider both the global reach of the problem your aim to solve as well as its relevance for mankind in general.

2. Impact of the solution

What we want to see is a practical and impactful solution to the problem. Please be as specific as you can about who will be impacted and how, and why you think your solution will bring the desired result.

3. Sino Finnish connection and potential

As we are a Sino Finnish Challenge, we are especially looking for teams that can combine both Chinese, Finnish and potentially global know-how and resources to bring about their solution. We also encourage you to consider forming multinational teams, as most relevant problems are probably of that nature as well.


who can participate?

Sino Finnish 100 Idea Competition is open for everyone. You may not participate alone, but you must put together a team of at least 3 people or organisations to participate, preferably with Sino-Finnish connections. Maximum size of the team is up to you.

At least one of the participants of the team has to be from Finland or China. Other members of the team can be from anywhere and can also be universities, foundations, public organisations or companies.

We strongly recommend forming a multidisciplinary team, as many of the biggest challenges of the future require expertise from several fields.


how can i submit my solution?

Please submit it here.


the jury

Professor Yrjö Sotamaa, Chair, Organizing Committee & Radical Design Week Association RDWA

Vice President, Dean, Dr. Anna Valtonen, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Aalto University

Professor Jarmo Suominen, SF 100 Challenge Project Director

Professor Kalevi Ekman, Director, Design Factory, Aalto University

Professor, Dr. Satu Miettinen, University of Lappland

Mr. Peter Vesterbacka, Guy in the red hood, (Former Mighty Eagle, Rovio/Angry Birds)

Mr. Kari Korkman, Chairman, World Design Weeks Network

Professor Helena Hyvönen, Shanghai International College of Fashion and Innovation, Donghua University

Dean, Professor, Dr. Lou Yongqi, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University

Mr. Shen Feng, VP, Volvo China

Mr. Qing Yun, Chair, Alibaba UED

Mr Chen Jingsong, VD, World Union

Mr. Song Xiaofeng, 021 Incubator

Professor Zhou Haoming, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University

Professor Xiao Yong, Central Academy of Fine Arts CAFA

Rector, Professor, Dr. Fang Hai, School of Art and Design, Guangdong University of Technology