Winners and Finalists
Five seasons and seven winners. That is a short history of the Uutisraivaaja Media Innovation Challenge.
We introduce below the winners and finalists from the years 2010–2019.
In 2019 the Uutisraivaaja Award 250,000 euros was granted to RARE.
RARE is a new media for the young by the young that brings journalistic content to where the youth are, in ways that they are used to consuming media. RARE produces journalism, for instance, to social media and has taken it into the form of public events. The work bases on the sustainable development goals.
The team includes Vilma Rimpelä, Orna Ben Lulu, Hilma Toivonen, Matias Rogers, Jan Huhtanen, Atro Lamppu, Miikka Rekola, Joona Muistola and Saara Tuominen.
Other finalists 2018–2019:
Comcom, real-time discussion platform for news sites
Diversity Meter, application and service for analyzing diversity in the media
Kansalaiskide, open co-creation of knowledge using knowledge crystals
Voconaut, mobile audio augmented reality solution
2017: Frameright and Tripsteri
In 2017 two winners were awarded in Uutisraivaaja. The 250,000 euros 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 Uutisraivaaja team included Marina Ekroos, Ilkka Järstä and Jaakko Hyvärinen.
Other finalists 2016–2017:
Aatos, production and delivery company for podcasts
Rolling Stories, inventor of moving multimedia platform called Roller
Streamia, online media specialized in streaming technology
2015: Lucify and Kuka
In 2015 the Uutisraivaaja Award 250,000 euros 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.
Other finalists 2014–2015:
Bolla, video platform to teach football
Little Brother, application to protect journalists’ and photographers’ photos
Topicalio, local media for politics
2013: Long Play
In 2013 the digital publication of longform journalism, Long Play, won the Uutisraivaaja Award. 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.
Other finalists 2012–2013:
Infogram, tools for data visualization
Born Local, inventor of hyper-local social media platform Nearhood.
On Display, mobile art gallery app
PalloPostia, news service for children
Scoopinion won the first-ever season of the Uutisraivaaja Media Innovation Challenge. The project was a browser ad-on that recommends quality articles for users. The team included Johannes Koponen, Mikael Koponen, Mikko Koskinen, Juha Leppänen and Ville Sundberg.
In the season 2010–2011, eleven teams in total made their way to the finalist phase.
The finalists included Eleet, Naapurisopu, Influence Networks, Collapick, Huuhkaja, Omaradio, Pogo, Knowshop, Pinchett (Murut), and Totuus ja valhe (Faktat oikein).
The previous winners and finalists have written about their experiences in the Uutisraivaaja blog.