Deadline: Nov 01, 2018 12:00 PM
Kickoff: Nov 22, 2018
Co-development camp: Nov 28 - Nov 29, 2018
Tampere, Finland
2000 € + 10-30 000 € pilot project
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The Machine and Me with Ponsse

Ponsse manufactures and markets a range of forestry vehicles and machinery such as forwarders and harvesters. Operators, who drive the machines, are highly skilled experts who work in varying and sometimes very challenging conditions and locations - and often with very limited possibilities to socialize while working. While Ponsse’s machines have been fine-tuned over the years to maximize the operator’s performance, it’s also important to ensure a good work day experience for them. Without compromizing the productivity of the operator, what if the harvester as a work environment could be more pleasant, comfortable and even entertaining for the lone rider of the forest?

In The Machine and Me, Ponsse dives deep into the future logger’s “office”. Jumping into the forestry machine cabin shouldn’t mean compromising from wellbeing at work or from being connected, well-informed and social. However, the current high-tech cabins leave space for improvement in this sense: local FM radio signal is often weak and cellular and other networks unavailable, thus making opportunities for connecting with co-workers and getting access to infotainment exist only by taking a break from the work itself.

The Challenge

By focusing on the operator’s point of view, how could we ensure that the forest machine supports the operator’s wellbeing at work better by addressing one or more of the following issues:

  • Staying energetic, efficient and productive throughout the day

  • Not feeling lonely, disconnected or isolated even in distant locations

  • Making sure safety is not compromised due to lack of connectivity

  • Being able to effortlessly enjoy empowering and entertaining content while working

  • Being informed & up-to-date with the world outside the work site

Solutions can be related to e.g. infotainment, other informative content, social connections to colleagues/other people, wellbeing tracking and management, gamification elements… Whichever your approach, please note that we are not looking for solutions related to the cabin's physical structure or layout.

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

Teams will be assigned with mentor(s) from the host to support their work. During the Camp, teams will have a chance to talk to loggers and access a harvester. There will also be other experts from the host available to help teams.

Additional Info

General description of the cabin’s information systems, devices and networks will be presented during the Challenge. Different types of cabin data and interfaces can be made available per request if needed.


  • Applications close – November 1st, 2018

  • Applicants informed about the selections – November 9th

  • Challenge Kickoff Event (mandatory for all team members) – November 22nd at 9-15, in Tampere

  • Co-development Camp (mandatory for all team members) – November 28th-29th (all day), in Tampere

  • Pilot phase kickoff workshop (mandatory for best teams chosen by jury) – December 18th at 9-15 (TBC with the piloting team(s))

Estimated time commitment

The teams are expected, in minimum, to work full-time on the challenge during Co-development Camp (2 days), Kickoff Event (1 day) and invest an estimated 1-2 day per person in working on the idea between these, also together with their assigned mentor.

After the Camp, the chosen pilot teams are expected to work on their proof of concept and take part in 2 assigned workshops plus the final jury presentation. These will be scheduled in the pilot kickoff workshop.


The teams compete for pilot projects worth 10 - 30 000 euros. Each team that has been invited to participate will be paid a reward of 2 000 eur after the co-development camp. Rewards are paid against invoice after the team has presented their demo and the customer has made the decision about the pilot.


Apply with a team of 2-3 people. Up to 6 teams will be selected to join the challenge. This contest will be regulated by the Industryhack General Terms for Open Innovation Contest: all team members accept these terms by applying for the challenge, and all participants will sign the terms when invited to join.

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Questions & Answers

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