Deadline: May 06, 2018 03:00 PM
Co-development camp: Jun 11 - Jun 12, 2018
Helsinki, Finland
1500 € + 1-3 x 20 000 - 30 000€ pilots
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AI Goes to Work with KEHA-keskus

Congratulations to ChatBotPack (Kwork Innovations) and Headai Microcompetencies for proceeding to pilot projects in AI Goes to Work!

The 6 teams that joined us for AI Goes to Work:

KEHA-centre is a nation-wide office that provides development and administration services for ELY Centres (Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment) and TE Offices (Public employment and business services) in Finland. KEHA-centre guides and serves its customer organizations for example by deploying new digital tools and developing governance and management practices and operational processes.

Development of employment services is one of the key projects defined by prime minister Juha Sipilä’s Government. To take this development work into action, KEHA-centre and Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment (TEM) have launched TE-digi project. The project aims at bringing public, private, and semi-public operators together in Työmarkkinatori. This 'platform of platforms' offers its end users access to most relevant picks from job market and employment services at the right time and through the right actor. Työmarkkinatori will also help people keep their professional and job searching skills up to date.

Työmarkkinatori is built in stages and different solutions are experimented to develop completely new services that help job seekers and offerers find each other better, easier, and faster than currently. In AI Goes to Work, KEHA-centre is looking for partners to co-develop the next stage of Työmarkkinatori: the artificial intelligence solutions that provide individual customers with truly value-adding, tailored offerings.

The Challenge

In AI Goes to Work, teams will co-develop AI-based solutions to provide Työmarkkinatori’s customers with personalised skill-building and job offering opportunities. These opportunities are formed by connecting operators in education and employment services in public, private and third sector alike. The solutions are expected to approach the challenge from the viewpoint of a private person (i.e. any individual using the platform for personal purposes), including those who are not actively searching for a job. The key for building a truly valuable, tailored offering for each user really is to look beyond their ‘obvious’ characteristics like work history and skills, and also take into account their interests, hobbies, underdeveloped skills, etc.

To succeed in the challenge, teams are expected to address the following problems:

  1. How to gather and analyse scattered and diverse data from various sources?

  2. How to ensure an user receives interesting and valuable tailored options, even when

    • Finding a suitable job is very challenging, or

    • Customer’s skills require updating or additions?

  3. How should the customer be guided to take action based on the offering?

The participating teams will be co-developing their initial idea during the innovation challenge together with KEHA-centre’s mentors. To succeed in the challenge and in the potentially following innovation partnership, teams should have experience in utilizing artificial intelligence, data analytics, algorithms, and service design.

Requirements for Applicants

In AI Goes to Work, applications are accepted widely from among different companies and backgrounds. When selecting KEHA-centre’s innovation partners, the final offer that participants have co-developed during the challenge is emphasized more than the size or the financial status of the company. This means that the proposed solutions are primarily assessed and compared by their quality and adaptedness to the purpose.

Additionally, the participating teams and the companies they represent will be evaluated by the technical knowledge and skills needed for producing the concepts they are proposing. Previous experience in developing solutions that utilize artificial intelligence to match various needs is of advantage to the applicants. However, any specific industry experience is not emphasized.

The applying teams can represent one or several companies. If a team represents more than one firm, it needs to clarify how their mutual roles and responsibilities are divided during the process and following phases of delivery.

The Selection Criteria for Innovation Partners

At the end of the innovation challenge, one to three innovation partners will be selected. The selection is based on price/quality ratio. The price ceiling for the development phase of innovation partnership is 20 000 - 30 000 €.

Qualitative criteria for the comparison of proposed solutions include:

  • Impact; does it truly address the defined problems

  • Technical functionality

  • Economical structure

  • Project plan:

    • The development phase:

      • Sub-phases and goals

      • Required resources (human and other); both from the team and the Host

    • The delivery phase:

      • Schedule and pricing

      • Required resources (human and other); both from the team and the Host

      • Available service and support

  • Team proficiency

    • Readiness for fluent collaboration with KEHA-centre

    • Capability to plan, produce, and maintain a digital service based on the defined challenge and needs

  • References

Available Resources

To help the development of proof-of-concepts during the challenge, we have reserved some key people and resources to support your work.

Mentors & Experts

Each team will be assigned with their own mentor from the host. There will also be other industry and service experts from the host to help teams with their work.


Teams will have access to a basic set of study data, including pseudonymized study register data, course data, and study guide information.

Also various labor market and training services statistics will be available for the challenge. The teams are also encouraged to come up with their own suggestions.

(List of additional available data resources is to be completed before the applications deadline)


  • Applications close – May 6, 2018, 18:00

  • Applicants informed about the selections – May 7, 2018

  • Challenge kickoff visit (mandatory for all teams) – May 22, 2018 (afternoon - evening)

  • Co-development Camp (mandatory for all team members) – June 11-12, 2018 (all-day event)

  • Decisions on innovation partners - June 12, 2018

  • Pilot phase – August - September, 2018

  • Procurement decisions – October, 2018


Each team selected to participate in the innovation challenge during spring/summer 2018 will be paid a reward of 1500 eur. The teams chosen as innovation partners will receive additional 20 000 - 30 000 euros for their work during the pilot phase in August - September 2018. Rewards are paid against invoice after the team has completed all tasks related to the phase completed (this will happen within 30 days).


The process will be implemented with the innovation partnership procedure, made possible by the public procurement law (1397/2016). This procedure gives innovation challenge organisers an opportunity to acquire the service or product the participating team has developed during the challenge without a separate competitive tendering (given that all regulatory requirements are followed). The teams applying to the challenge must get familiar with the public procurement notice at HILMA.

All teams need to have two to three members in order to be selected to the innovation challenge. During the challenge they will develop and conceptualise their suggested solutions together with KEHA-centre mentors. The aim of the competition is to find one to three solution suggestions that can be further tested in real environment in the piloting phase. These are selected as innovation partners. The work during the partnership is divided into a development phase and an implementation phase.

Elimination of the applying and participating teams will be done in three stages:

  1. Six teams are selected to the innovation challenge that includes the negotiation phase

  2. One to three teams might be selected as innovation partners to participate in the development phase of the partnership

  3. One or more teams might be selected to complete the procurement and deliver their solution

Who will own my idea?

Ideas are free for everyone to use but the IPR for any software codebase or documents produced during the competition will stay with the team. The host has the first right of refusal to negotiate further collaboration with the team to purchase or continue working on the project initiated during the challenge.


All inquiries needed to be sent by email to by 16.00 on April 29, 2018. All questions and answers are published here:

A question about working time during the camp: Does all-day-event mean working around the clock or 8 hours per day? And answer: We do not expect anyone to work around the clock (a good night sleep is highly recommended). The days are likely to go on for longer than 8 hours though (about 9-10 hours on average). However, teams can choose how they wish to spend their time. We recommend not to work on other projects during the days though.

The official tender notice has been published in TED and HILMA.

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Questions & Answers

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