Pentti Malaska Futures Award Presented to Finnish Startup Company EnviRate
The University of Turku presents Pentti Malaska Futures Award of €30,000 to a startup company EnviRate who aims at crowdsourcing the rating of environmental conditions.
University of Turku Pentti Malaska Futures Award is awarded for the first time in 2017 in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Finland Future Research Centre at the University of Turku. Pentti Malaska was a professor at the Turku School of Economics and the founder of the Finland Futures Research Centre. He played a significant role in the establishment and development of the academic field of Futures Studies, particularly in Finland but also throughout the world. Pentti Malaska Futures Award is intended to encourage Nordic academic researchers to develop visionary, cross-sectoral innovations that aim at building sustainable global futures.
The first Pentti Malaska Futures Award is awarded to the Finnish startup company EnviRate which is developing a mobile application for assessing the state of the environment. The goal is to develop an application that enables people to evaluate their surrounding environment in the same way as, for example, hotels are evaluated by customers. The data that is collected this way creates an up-to-date mapping of the state of our planet.
EniviRate was chosen as the winner solution for the Pentti Malaska Futures Award on the grounds that it brings together environmental responsibility, global futures awareness, and the latest information and communications technology. The solution has a strong scientific foundation in Pekka Harju-Autti's doctoral thesis on the elements of environmental awareness, while it also utilises the latest information and communications technology and a business model of platform economy, and has global market opportunity potential. Moreover, the solution empowers grassroots change by giving citizens the power and responsibility to rate the state of their surrounding environment. All in all, the solution promotes the cross-disciplinary futures philosophy of Pentti Malaska by combining visionary thinking, futures consciousness, latest technology and the collective awareness of humankind in building a sustainable planetary future.
Pentti Malaska Futures Award will be distributed every other year, and will be awarded next in 2019.
More information about Pentti Malaska’s life’s work can be found in the recently published intellectual biography Pentti Malaska - the foreseer, the forerunner which can be downloaded free of charge from the website of Finland Futures Research Centre.
The first Pentti Malaska Futures Award was given in an international Futures of a Complex World conference organised by the Finland Futures Research Centre of the University of Turku in Turku on 12 June 2017.