Deadline: May 06, 2018 07:00 PM
Kickoff: May 15, 2018
Co-development camp: May 24 - May 25, 2018
Parainen, Finland
1000 € + 1 x 15 000 € pilot
Applications for this challenge have closed. See our upcoming challenges here.

#iotnextlevel: Non-Stop Cement with Finnsementti

Congratulations to FideraHackTeam for the pilot project in Non-Stop Cement!

A total of the 3 teams joined us in the Challenge:

#iotnextlevel is a series of three innovation challenges made possible by DNA. An independent jury has chosen three leading companies in their respective fields to take a leap forward in digital capability by hosting an Industryhack challenge. These companies are Snellman Pro, Martela, and Finnsementti.

Through an open call for applications, these three Finnish companies are seeking to take their business operations to a new level with the aid of new digital solutions created by forming partnerships with external expert companies.

Follow the progress of the innovation competition on and the discussion on social media with the hashtag #iotnextlevel.

The Company

Finnsementti is the only Finnish manufacturer of cement. Harnessing century-long experience, the company produces consistently superior cement and creates jobs within the industry. The majority of Finland’s cement demand is produced at Finnsementti’s plants in Pargas and Lappeenranta. In addition to cement, their offering includes various concrete admixtures, mineral additives and special aggregates. Finnsementti is part of the CRH group.

Finnsementti hosts Non-Stop Cement innovation challenge to find innovative solutions to keep their cement production going according to plans. Being able to run problem-free production would not only mean reducing costs by avoiding any unexpected downtime, but also improving efficiency through optimal machine lifetime.

The Challenge

Finnsementti has already thousands of data collection points in use, producing continuously huge amounts of production data. However, most of this data is not yet systematically utilized, even though it could benefit the company’s maintenance purposes by helping predict interruptions caused by breakages.

Now, through this innovation challenge, external expert teams are searched to dig deep into the data Finnsementti has collected, and to co-develop an efficient predictive maintenance tool. Using IoT solutions, artificial intelligence and/or machine learning, teams are expected to address the following key challenges:

  • How to reduce the current manual gathering and analysis of equipment and maintenance data?

  • How to use this data to understand and predict Finnsementti’s industrial process’ maintenance needs better?

  • How to visualize the overall equipment status and fault diagnostics to support maintenance planning and prioritization?

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.

Data & software

The operational information system stores continuous data on signal values into a database according to predefined standards. Teams are able to get reports of this data for their preferred interval and period either for one signal (KM or IP21) or for multiple signals (KM).

Data accuracy is limited by the storage period policy.

The database includes about 1 000 analogic (real/integer/text) signals and about 50 digital (boolean) signals.


  • Applications close – 4.5.2018

  • Applicants informed about the selections – 11.5.2018

  • Challenge kickoff visit (mandatory for all teams) – 15.5.2018, 17 -> (in Espoo)

  • Introductory session with DNA and all teams & hosts from the three #iotnextlevel challenges – 16.5.2018 (1-2 hours in the afternoon; mandatory for one representative per team)

  • Co-development Camp (mandatory for all team members) – 24.-25.5.2018 (in Parainen; all-day event)

  • Pilot phase kickoff workshop (mandatory for best teams chosen by jury) – in June

  • Pilot phase – August - September 2018

Group transportation between Helsinki and Parainen is organised on May 23rd (evening) and back on May 25th (evening) if needed. Accommodation during the camp is also covered by the Host.

Estimated time commitment

The teams are expected, in minimum, to work full-time on the challenge during the co-development camp (2 days), take part in the kickoff visit (0,5 days) and invest an estimated 1-2 day per person of their time in working on the idea between the kickoff visit and the camp, also together with their assigned mentor.

After the Camp, the chosen innovation partners are expected to work on their pilot project (building and testing an MVP) and take part in 2 workshops (kickoff and finalization), and the final jury presentation to discuss the final proposal for collaboration. The latter two events will be scheduled in the pilot kickoff workshop.


The teams compete for pilot projects worth 15 000 euros. Each participating team will be paid a reward of 1000 eur. Rewards are paid against invoice after the team has presented their demo and the customer has made the decision about the pilot (this will happen within 30 days).


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

Each team selected to participate will be interviewed and visible in the IoT Next Level campaign by DNA. Participation also requires teams to refrain from similar campaigns organized by other network operators during 2018.

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.

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

Questions & Answers

In case you have any further questions regarding the challenge, don't hesitate to ask. Your question will be published here and answered by the Industryhack team within one working day.