Deadline: Dec 16, 2016 09:59 PM
Co-development camp: Jan 27 - Jan 28, 2017
Helsinki, Finland
1500 € for each participating team + 2-3 x 20 000 € pilot projects
Applications for this challenge have closed. See our upcoming challenges here.

Hack the Living with YIT

Ease of everyday life_

YIT is the largest residential construction company in Finland. It creates more attractive and sustainable urban environments by building housing, business premises, infrastructure and entire areas. YIT also strives for being more involved in the everyday life of its customers – the home-owners and residents – and find new business in the service ecosystem related to a life spent in a home. Through this innovation challenge YIT is looking forward to piloting new ideas, service concepts, technologies and products to ease people’s everyday lives.

The Challenge_

YIT aims to create even more value by offering its customers great services and service experiences. What kinds of digital services could be created to improve living? What would be possible new business models and value propositions for YIT – not just selling homes, but also helping make the most out of living in them? How could we develop new service products based on YIT’s available resources? Some current themes the ideas could relate to:

Living as a service Housing is evolving in the long-term to a service which combines safety of ownership, freedom of rental living and convenience of living at a hotel. What kinds of new forms of living could YIT create as an alternative for traditional ownership and rental housing?

Utilization of built environment How could YIT’s owned and built spaces such as offices, parking lots and commercial spaces be in more efficient and profitable use, utilizing sharing economy and digital technology and services?

Locking, access control and logistics People are ordering more and more goods from online stores, and therefore the chain of supply plays a significant role in people’s everyday lives. What kinds of solutions could be included to the building in order to provide smooth and user friendly access? What kinds of new security solutions will be needed?

Resident services At the moment the service experience of residence related services for a home-owner is not very customer-oriented and relies on the customer actively taking control of his/her own service experience. What new services could YIT include in the ecosystem of services in order to create smooth everyday life for the home-owner or resident? How could he/she better manage his/her own customer experience? What might be the role of sharing economy in the ecosystem of resident services?

Available resources_

  • Info package on industry megatrends and changes in consumer behavior
  • YIT Plus service’s user statistics
  • Locations, logins, service requests, files, discussions
  • Interior design material choices, repairments and reclamations data
  • Google Analytics data on all traffic
  • YIT Plus database architecture description, SQL dump and scheme
  • Information package about YIT construction sites
  • CRM data (limited)
  • Customer feedback given at the time of moving in
  • Open datasets about housing and living, demographic data, public service data, public transportation and parking data
  • Samsung devices
  • IBM Bluemix

Together with this, experts from YIT will be supporting the development of services and customers will be available to give feedback on the concepts. Industryhack’s partners will provide technology and cloud services to help rapid development.

Contest timeline_

  • Introduction event and visit to a model apartment – Thu Jan 12th in Helsinki
  • Hackathon – Fri Jan 27th-Sat Jan 28th at YIT HQ
  • Final demos – Mon Feb 13th at YIT HQ
  • Pilot phase – February–April, 2017
  • Pilot presentations – April-May, 2017 YIT HQ


All selected teams will be paid 1500 euros for participating in the challenge, and 2-3 teams will be selected to do 20 000 euro pilot projects with YIT.

The jury_

  • Micke Nordman – ‎Founder & Strategist, P+SBD
  • Antti Inkilä – ‎Head of Segment; Housing Finland and CEE at YIT
  • Pekka Helin – ‎Senior Vice President, Housing Business Development, YIT
  • Inka Mero – Member of the board, YIT and chairman of Pivot5
  • Arto Nieminen, Head of Service Business Development, YIT

Who will own my idea?

IPR for any software codebase or documents produced during the competition will stay with the participating team, even though ideas cannot be protected. The host has the first right of refusal to negotiate further collaboration with the team to purchase or continue working on the project initiated after the pilot.


Hackathon catering, and accommodation for teams coming from outside of the capital city area, will be covered for by YIT.

Who is it for?

Companies that can work together with YIT for better everyday life services. Service designers, software developers and other innovators.

How do I apply?

Apply with a team of 2-3 people. All applications will be reviewed after the deadline and all applicants will be informed one week after the deadline. 6-8 teams will be selected to join the contest.

Applications for this challenge have closed. See our upcoming challenges here.