Winners and Finalists

Since 2010, the Helsingin Sanomat Foundation has granted the Uutisraivaaja winners a million euros in total to implement their projects. The first winner was Scoopinion followed by Long Play, Lucify and Kuka. The latest winners, on the fourth round of the contest, were Frameright and Tripsteri. In addition, twenty other teams have made their way to the finals.

Here is a short introduction of the winners and finalists.

Uutisraivaaja winners

2017: Frameright and Tripsteri

Winners from 2017 with the judges. From left: president of the jury Pekka Ala-Pietilä, jury member Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö, Tripster’s Mika Viskström, Panu Pahkamaa and Soile Vauhkonen, Frameright’s Marina Ekroos, Tripster’s Tuulia Kolehmainen, Frameright’s Ilkka Järstä and Jaakko Hyvärinen, Tripster’s Paula Kultanen Ribas, jury member Mikko Koskinen, Tripster’s Siru Valleala and jury member Ulla Koski.

In 2017 two winners were awarded in Uutisraivaaja. The 250,000 € award was shared by Frameright and Tripsteri.

Tripsteri app is the first Finnish mobile application providing travel journalism which focuses on high quality and uses virtual technology. The winning team included Tuulia Kolehmainen, Paula Kultanen Ribas, Siru Valleala, Soile Vauhkonen, Panu Pahkamaa and Mika Vikström.

Frameright provides a solution to an internet-wide systemic problem in framing photographs. The team includes Marina Ekroos, Ilkka Järstä and Jaakko Hyvärinen.

You can read the latest news from Tripsteri and Frameright in the Uutisraivaaja blog.

2015: Lucify and Kuka


Uutisraivaaja winners 2015. From top left: team Kuka’s Tuomas Valtanen, Ville Vaara and Jaakko Nygren. From bottom left: team Lucify’s Juho Ojala and Ville Väänänen, team Kuka’s Iris Sandelin and Mari Vaara. Photo: Ida Pimenoff.

In 2015 two winners were awarded in Uutisraivaaja. The award money was shared by Lucify and Kuka.

Kuka is an expert search service that brings journalists and experts together. The original team included Mari Vaara, Iris Sandelin, Tuomas Valtanen, Jaakko Nygren and Ville Vaara.

Lucify helps organizations to visualize, understand and communicate important data with interactive data visualizations. The original team included Juho Ojala and Ville Väänänen.

2013: Long Play

Top left: Hanna Nikkanen, Ilkka Karisto, Anu Silfverberg, Ilkka Pernu. Bottom row: Antti Järvi, Reetta Nousiainen, Johanna Vehkoo, Riku Siivonen.

Long Play in 2013. From top left: Hanna Nikkanen, Ilkka Karisto, Anu Silfverberg, Ilkka Pernu. From bottom left: Antti Järvi, Reetta Nousiainen, Johanna Vehkoo, Riku Siivonen.

Long Play is a digital publication of “slow” journalism. The company is known for stories that are longer than magazine articles but shorter than books. The original team included Johanna Vehkoo, Reetta Nousiainen, Hanna Nikkanen, Anu Silfverberg, Riku Siivonen, Ilkka Pernu, Antti Järvi, Ilkka Karisto and Kimmo Hokkanen.

2011: Scoopinion


Scoopinion in 2011. From left: Mikko “Kobra” Koskinen, Juha Leppänen, Johannes Koponen and Ville Sundberg.

Scoopinion was a browser ad-on that recommended quality articles for users. The team included Johannes Koponen, Mikael Koponen, Mikko Koskinen, Juha Leppänen and Ville Sundberg.

Uutisraivaaja finalists

Finalists 2016–2017

Uutisraivaaja-finalistit 2017. Kuva: Ida Pimenoff.

Uutisraivaaja finalists 2017. Photo: Ida Pimenoff.

In 2017 Aatos, Rolling Stories and Streamia made their way to the finals together with Tripsteri and Frameright.

Aatos is a production and delivery company for podcasts.

Rolling Stories has developed a moving multimedia platform called Roller.

Streamia is an online media specialized in streaming technology.

Finalists 2014–2015

Bolla is a video platform to teach football.

Little Brother is an application to protect journalists’ and photographers’ photos.

Topicalio was a local media for politics.

Finalists 2012–2013

Infogram is a tool for data visualization.

Born Local developed a hyper-local social media platform called Nearhood.

On Display was a mobile art gallery app.

PalloPostia was a news service for children. 

Finalists 2010–2011

In the first Uutisraivaaja contest, 11 teams in total made their way to the second phase.

The finalists included also Eleet, Naapurisopu, Influence Networks, Collapick, Huuhkaja, Omaradio, Pogo, Knowshop, Pinchett (Murut) and Totuus ja valhe (Faktat oikein).