The Millennium Technology Prize will be awarded in May – Register for the Winner’s presentation

The Finnish one million euro prize for an innovation promoting better life and sustainable development will be awarded in Helsinki on 24 May.

Technology Academy Finland TAF will award the 2016 Millennium Technology Prize in Helsinki on Tuesday, 24 May 2016. Unlike previous years, the winning innovation will not be announced until at the award ceremony, which will start at 2 pm in the Assembly Hall at the University of Helsinki. The winner will receive the prize from the President of the Republic.

The biennial Millennium Technology Prize is now awarded for the seventh time. The money for the prize is granted by the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy (MEE), which sees the prize as a great way to boost Finland’s reputation in technology and emphasise the country’s competitive aspects.

“Our aim is for the Finnish practical mindset to provide benefits to other parts of the world as well. The focus of the Millennium Technology Prize is on the wider social impacts of science and innovation that may extend even to all of humanity, and also on blazing the trail for a variety of applications. It is about promoting global progress,” says Petri Peltonen, Under-Secretary of State at the MEE.

The quality of innovations nominated for the Millennium Technology Prize this year has become extremely high, says Jarl-Thure Eriksson, Chairman of the International Selection Committee. The number of nominations also broke all previous records at 79, doubled from the last round.


Winner’s presentation explains the winning innovation to the public

Technology Academy Finland will organise technology events free of charge for the general public related to the Millennium Technology Prize.

The winner of the Millennium Technology Prize will give a presentation on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 at 5:30 pm in the Assembly Hall at Aalto University School of Business. The winner will talk about the innovation and its significance to mankind.

Before the presentation, top experts in science and business will have an open panel discussion on “What does it take to become an innovator?” from 3 pm to 5 pm.

The panel and the presentation will be in English.


MillenniumX: edible molecules and cutting-edge technology for young people

A Millennium event for young people will be organised at the Cable Factory in Helsinki from Friday 20 May to Sunday 22 May 2016. At the MillenniumX event, children and teenagers will have an opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and their applications from the viewpoints of sustainable growth and clean energy, robotics and gaming.

In the interactive exhibition young people can taste edible molecules and study a miniature world running on solar energy, among other exhibits. The MillenniumX programme also includes a game event, a coding school, a robotics tournament and the final of the Tämä toimii! (This Works!) technology competition.

“The objective of MillenniumX is to promote creative thinking through interesting activities, encourage young people to identify their strengths and improve the skills for creating technological innovations,” says Nawras Odda, Project Manager for MillenniumX.

The patron of the MillenniumX event is Jenni Haukio, wife of the President of the Republic, and the speaker at the opening ceremony on 20 May is Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Education.


Millennium events 2016:


24 May
Millennium Technology Prize award ceremony at 2 pm
By invitation

25 May
Millennium Talks: Winner’s presentation at 5 pm and Panel discussion at 3 pm
Open for public
Address: Aalto University School of Business, Runeberginkatu 14–16, 00100 Helsinki

20 to 22 May
MillenniumX – innovation and technology event for young people
Open for public
Address: Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1, 00180 Helsinki


Further information:

Juha Ylä-Jääski, President and CEO, Technology Academy Finland
juha.yla-jaaski(at), +358 40 9030 606
Studia Generalia lecture by the Millennium Prize winner:
Laura Manas, Project Manager, Technology Academy Finland
laura.manas(at), +358 500 989286
Nawras Odda, Project Manager, Technology Academy Finland
nawras.odda(at), +358 50 414 7298

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