TexHack Innovation Event

Finnish Textile & Fashion is organizing an innovation event for the textile and fashion industry in Helsinki, Finland, on November 6–7, 2017. Our goal is to find solutions to tomorrow’s challenges today and to find new tools to promote the success of the Finnish textile and clothing industry. The best solution will receive €5,000 in prize money.

At our 2-day event, 50 innovative participants will start solving the challenges set by nonwoven manufacturer Suominen, workwear manufacturer Image Wear, household textile manufacturer Familon, and the company behind Kivat children’s clothing, Agtuvi. Learn more about the challenges near the end of this invitation.

Company representatives and our event’s facilitators will spar with participant groups to help them draft the best possible solutions. At the end of the hackathon, participants will present their solution proposals, and the judges, among whom are corporate representatives as well as third-party experts, will reward the best proposal with a grand prize of €5,000. Groups will also have the opportunity to negotiate for further cooperation with the companies.

The jury evaluating the solution proposals consists of corporate representatives as well as futurist Elina Hiltunen, principal scientist Pekka Tuomaala from VTT, business angel Jaakko Salminen and managing director Anna-Kaisa Auvinen from Finnish Textile & Fashion

The event will be held in Finnish and English.

Time: November 6–7, 2017
Place: Helsinki, Finland (more details will be revealed later)
Registration: The application deadline expired October 12, 2017. The chosen participants has received confirmations.
Entrance fee: This event is free for the participants. However, the participants are responsible for any accommodation or travel costs. If necessary, we will help the participants with finding accommodations.


The Challenges Set by the Companies

Learn about our corporate partners’ challenges below and choose which of them suit(s) you.

Suominen – Nonwoven fabrics through smarts and technology
Suominen is a world leader in manufacturing nonwoven for wiping products. Their nonwovens are also used in chosen medical and hygiene products. At TexHack, Suominen is looking for new possibilities with nonwovens through integrating smart technology.

Image Wear – Automation in workwear manufacturing
Image Wear is the leading workwear manufacturer in Finland. At TexHack, they are seeking new solutions for automating repetitive stages in workwear production.

Familon – Recycling hygiene textiles
As a manufacturer of mattresses, pillows, and bedclothes, Familon knows what makes a good night’s sleep and everyday well-being. At TexHack, Familon is interested in new solutions for the cost-effective recycling of their products.

Agtuvi – Developing the consumer experience at the Kivat online store
Known for their Kivat children’s clothing, Agtuvi has achieved improved online sales every year since opening their web store. At TexHack, they are looking for new possibilities for utilizing their online store as a showroom for the Kivat brand.

Event Schedule

Monday, November 6, 2017

9:00 a.m.: Sign-up
10:00 a.m.: Opening the event and presenting the challenges
11.30 a.m.: Working with challenges begin
6:00 p.m.: Food and networking

The groups have opportunity to continue working with the challenges after the food.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

8:00 a.m.: Back to working on the solutions
12:30 p.m.: Teams presents their solution proposals for judges
The event will end approximately 4:00 p.m.

Finnish Textile & Fashion will provide the participants with lunch, dinner, coffee/ tea and beverages during the event.
The program is subject to change.

Any questions?
Please contact Satumaija Mäki