Sustainable Digitalisation – Teemu Lehtinen – KIRAHub

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This week’s show comes from Helsinki, Finland. I speak with Teemu Lehtinen. Teemu managed the KIRA-Digi programme…

This is one of the most amazing programmes of built environment innovation I think I’ve ever come across!

Over two years the Finnish government invested €12m in 139 ‘experiments’ within the Built Environment. 

Inspired by the Lean Startup methodology, companies ran their own experiments in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence and BIM and tested hypotheses about whether their innovative ideas could be valuable to the Finnish economy. 

Now Teemu leads the KIRAHub team and is focused on scaling these innovations to make real-world impact

In this episode, we’ll be answering some big questions, like:

  • What happens when you run 139 built environment experiments over the course of two years? 
  • How do go from experimentation to scaling innovation? 
  • What are the effects of globalisation on the Helsinki Digital Construction landscape? 

I really enjoyed listening to Teemu in this interview and I hope you enjoy his wisdom too!

The Interview


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Will Needham

I believe in a future built environment that is safe, sustainable, healthy, efficient & productive. Actually, I believe pockets of excellence in each of these things already exist; they are just distributed geographically in different parts of the world. My mission is to go out there and find these pockets of excellence and tell the stories of the people, projects, policies that are responsible for such positive steps.


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