Why KEKO? - VTT view

“Why you joined KEKO?” was asked from every partner during our KEKO NOW! Webinar on 12th November 2020. Here we reflect VTT’s view to this question.


The first year of KEKO have already gone and we have just started the second year. Time runs so fast, especially when doing something fancy. We started to write blog posts with KEKO partners when opened the website. One of our KEKO friends, Markku Korkiakoski from Netox, wrote a blogpost at the end of May about why they have joined KEKO. This simple question “Why KEKO?” was asked also on the first KEKO NOW! webinar last week. After answering that question, we thought it is time for all KEKO members to do write their reasons to join KEKO. Now we reflect here why VTT joined the KEKO proposal and what we are now doing in KEKO.


VTT website defines “Beyond 2030: VTT’s vision”, where it is stated that we are in a world where everything is changing faster and faster, and the usual solutions just don’t cut it anymore. VTT has chosen five areas of major challenges and growth opportunities. One of our focus areas is entitled Good life, where one key opportunity is smart built environment. Within that opportunity, we want to re-define the built environment for the future. We are not aiming to do that alone, but co-create together with partners in ecosystems and by concrete pilots and demonstrations. We make end-to-end-pilots from market to customer to find the right research problems where solution providers can build new business. We help our partners developing connected systems and services in the built environment. When looking this focus area, we think KEKO is a perfect match for doing these things together with forerunner companies.

At the KEKO consortium, VTT is the only research partner. That is a great honour, but also brings us lot of responsibilities. Firstly, the methodological core of KEKO is the design process, for exploring and co-innovating world-class service concepts and applications in smart building context. We believe that the buildings will be predictive and responsive, and for the humans can be offered new kind of personal experiences, based on the digitalization, connectivity and data. The most important principle in designing built environments should be the human perspective. VTT is willing to be a forerunner understanding people needs in the future and turning these needs to service opportunities. VTT’s user experience research is strongly involved everything we do in KEKO. Secondly, there are many industrial ecosystems today in Finland, looking for new global growth for businesses. VTT is a partner in most of the ongoing ecosystems. We like to be there, as our main job is to support Finnish industries to grow and renew. That is true also with KEKO. KEKO aims to be a business ecosystem, around building data. Here in KEKO, our business and ecosystem studies aims to create understanding how to develop ecosystems, and in which kind of operational model ecosystems should have, especially if there is a platform and data based businesses. We are also looking for new kind of smart building ecosystem roles, which will open new business opportunities especially for SMEs and startups now and in a longer run.

We are proud to be a main research partner at KEKO consortium. Additionally, KEKO partners selected us for coordinating KEKO activities, which give us a great opportunity to get hands on the ecosystem development. As stated in VTT strategy, also in KEKO we aim “Beyond the Obvious”.


Jukka Hemilä
Senior Scientist, KEKO Ecosystem Coordinator, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

Katri Valkokari
Research manager, KEKO Steering Group Member, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd



Jukka Hemilä

KEKO Consortium Coordinator VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd