MyData 2018 Extended Events

Tuesday 28 August 2018

9:00-18:00 // MyData: A Child’s Rights Perspective

10:00-12:00 // Liiketoimintaverkkojen kehittämisen round table (in Finnish / invite-only)

12:30-17:00 // Our Data & Future Tracks Pre-Worksop: Speculative Data Futures

14:00-17:00 // IEEE Presents: Building the Evolved Identity Ecosystem with Engineers (invite-only)

10:00 - 17:30 // Smart City Day: Enabling the smart city while empowering citizens and protecting personal data

17:30-19:30 // Sitra Sunset Cruise (invite-only)

18:00 onwards // MyData Meet & Greet (pre-registration & networking)

Wednesday 29 August 2018

18:00 - 19:00 // Sovrin Cocktail evening (invite-only)

19:00 onwards // Dinners in the city

18:30 - 20:00 // MyData organisation meeting

Thursday 30 August 2018

18:00 - 19:30 // MyData organisation meeting

20:00 onwards // Open Sauna celebration

9:00-18:00 // MyData: A Child’s Rights Perspective

More information and registration here.

Time and location:

9:00 - 18:00, Design museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23


Designing for Children's Rights is an independent association registered in Denmark with international members that collectively advocate for ethics to be implemented as a part of the design process when planning products, services and experiences for babies, children, adolescents and teenagers. We initiated a guide which has some principles, methods and practices that can be applied to a design process. Please visit the website to receive a more comprehensive understanding on the topic


Our goal for the workshop is to define ethical and practical measures around data that can be applied and integrated within the guide.  As the guide is in its inception, we are looking to develop it more through the exploration via the impact of data collection, rights, privacy and protection from an adult’s (parent, guardian, educator, caretaker, etc) and a child’s perspective (we have used the umbrella term child but cover the following groups: babies, children, adolescents and teenagers). Taking into consideration individuals who interact with either of these groups. We would be grateful to use the hive mind of the attendees from the MyData 2018 conference to contribute with their skills, expertise and experience to help empower and protect these sections of society.

Topic Tracks

  • Data privacy and protection (including GDPR, legal, tech)
  • Children/teen addiction to phones/technology (including tablets and other screen based devices)

The Format

  1. First section of the workshop  would be an introduction to the guide and principles
  2. Explore the tracks (as mentioned above)
  3. Rounding up the learnings and proposals that could be integrated into the guide

Expected Audience

  • MyData 2018 conference attendees
  • People interested on the topic and those who have experience in dealing with data, legal, tech, design, etc.

The Facilitation Team

We expect there to perhaps be five of us or more depending on the attendee workshop size.


For entrance to the extended events taking place in Kulttuuritalo on Tuesday, please use this door



10:00-12:00 // Liiketoimintaverkkojen kehittämisen round table (in Finnish / invite-only)

Tilaisuudessa kuulemme alustuksia koskien tulevaisuuden hajautettuja liiketoimintaverkkoja. Lisäksi jaamme kokemuksia ja näkökulmia siitä kuinka hajautetut liiketoimintaverkot voivat parantaa yritysten kilpailukykyä Suomessa ja kansainvälisesti. Taneli Tikka kutsuu suomalaisia organisaatioita kuulemaan Vaken tavoitteista ja suunnitelmista. Tilaisuuteen on kutsuttu korkean tason päättäjiä ja vaikuttajia suomalaisista yrityksistä ja julkishallinnon organisaatioista.


12:30-17:00 // Our Data & Future Tracks Pre-Worksop: Speculative Data Futures

Time 12:30-17:00

Location: Kulttuuritalo, Sturenkatu 4

More information here.

Speculative Data Futures is a half-day pre-conference workshop for MyData 2018 that sets the participants into conference mood. Particular attention will be paid to the following questions: What if people had the right and the possibility to freely access and use their own personal data? How would that affect and shape personal data futures?

The workshop has limited space, please sign up asap. Participants are expected to do a short pre-assignment for the workshop: these will be used for setting the agenda of the day. The pre-assignment deadline is August 19th.


14:00-17:00 // IEEE Presents: Building the Evolved Identity Ecosystem with Engineers (invite-only)

Date: Tuesday 28 August

Time: 14:00-17:00 (1h meet & greet over lunch followed by 4h workshop)

Venue: Helsinki Hall of Culture, Sturenkatu 4, exact space TBC

Capacity: max. 40 participants

IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity with over 420,000 global members in more than 160 countries.  It represents the heart of the global engineering community, providing the world's leading publications and conferences on technical aspects of technology, as well as being a technical standards developer through its IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA). The IEEE-SA has entered into a collaboration with MyData for an invite-only event focused on fostering relationships with best-in-class global thinkers around personal data and identity.

Konstantinos Karachalios, managing director, IEEE-SA) will deliver a keynote speech at MyData 2018. IEEE-SA will host its invite-only workshop in conjunction with MyData organizers. Our goal is to help Engineers and programmers understand the value of evolved, MyData-centric thinking regarding personal data and identity.  

The IEEE-SA is committed to helping to mobilize trust to action through its portfolio of initiatives spanning Digital Identity, Inclusion & Trust in Agency, The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, and its Standardization Initiatives. Advocating the same ideals of MyData, the IEEE-SA aims to help put people at the center of their information so they can have access and control their data on how it is shared and utilized.  

For our event, IEEE-SA seeks to collaborate with key members of the MyData community on our portfolio of global initiatives focused on personal data and identity, while learning more deeply about the efforts of MyData and its community.  We welcome the insights and collaboration of attendees to help create a roadmap for best integration of the MyData and engineering communities so we can expedite the goals of evolved identity together, especially for children to safeguard their digital and virtual future.

Goals for the Workshop:

  • Foster relationships between IEEE and best-in-class global thinkers around personal data and identity

  • Introduce the MyData community to IEEE efforts to help align and optimize our collective work

  • Foster the development of a MyData ecosystem supported by IEEE

  • Create a landscape map of MyData ecosystem mapped to IEEE efforts

  • Create an “Intro to Evolved Identity” Policy framework as a Creative Commons document for all participants to utilize after the event

Understanding the difficulties with creating a “one size fits all” global solution, the Workshop will focus on providing general best practices for evolved personal data / identity recommendations that can be adapted based on country-centric and contextual considerations.  

We realize this requires a collective and comprehensive approach to achieve the genuine impact that we all seek.  We also appreciate the existing efforts of MyData and the larger communities fostering evolved identity and personal data.  Our hope is to expedite and grow the excellent work that has already been done.


10:00 - 17:30 // Smart City Day: Enabling the smart city while empowering citizens and protecting personal data

When: 28 August, 10:00 - 17:30

Where: Kulttuuritalo, Helsinki (room tba)

Read more and register here for free

This one-day workshop, which is co-organised by Forum Virium Helsinki (FVH), the City of Helsinki and Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) with support of EIT Digital, aims at identifying the benefits and challenges of mydata and data for informed decision-making in cities.

The first part of the session will identify how citizens’ data can be protected, while enabling innovation based on mydata and data with firsthand experiences from the City of Helsinki.

The second part of the workshop gives an overview of how the so-called OASC Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms - a baseline set of standards and principles for smart cities - can contribute to innovation and procurement based on standards. As an example for standards-based innovations, the Cedus City Enabler will demonstrate how an open source data mining technology can help cities to detect and visualise data and mydata from public and private sources within the city.

Finally, all participants are invited to actively contribute to the third part of the session: an engaging workshop that aims at identifying smart city-related MyData and how to use it to support decision-making in cities, third-party services and cities in becoming more efficient.

The Format

The smart city day takes place on Tuesday, 28 August 2018, from 10:00 - 17:30 at Kulttuuritalo in Helsinki.

Part I: City Data and Privacy (organised by Forum Virium Helsinki)


  • Joonas Pekkanen, ICT Development Director, Data administration services, The Culture and Leisure Sector, City of Helsinki
  • Ivonne Jansen-Dings, Head of Programme, Smart Citizens Lab, Waag Society, Amsterdam
  • Hugo Gonçalves, Project Development Manager, Forum Virium Helsinki
  • Samuel Rinnetmäki, data citizen / ICT professional
  • Henri Tanskanen, Associate, HH Partners, Attorneys-at-law

Part II: Enabling the City (organised by OASC & EIT Digital)


  • Davor Meersman, General Manager, OASC
  • Marko Turpeinen, Node Director, EIT Digital Finland
  • Lanfranco Marasso, Smart City Program Director, Engineering

Part III:  Afternoon Workshop - smart city-related mydata (organised by FVH & City of Helsinki)

Expected Audience

  • MyData 2018 conference attendees
  • City representatives

The Facilitation Team

Open & Agile Smart Cities, Forum Virium Helsinki, City of Helsinki

Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) is a non-profit, international smart city network that is already today at the forefront of tomorrow’s standards for city data, services, and technology – and we work based on city needs with support from industry. Unlike any other city network, OASC is driven by implementation and focused on open platforms and citizen engagement OASC connects 117 smart cities globally organised in national networks from 24 countries and regions. Together, we strive to establish the Minimal Interoperability Mechanisms (MIMs) needed to create a smart city market. MIMs are simple and transparent mechanisms, ready to use in any city, regardless of size or capacity. By implementing MIMs cities increase the speed and openness of innovation and development, whilst decreasing cost and inefficiency. In essence, MIMs allow cities to engage in global digital transformation.


Forum Virium Helsinki is the City of Helsinki’s Innovation Unit. Together with companies, the science community and citizens Forum Virium Helsinki is making Helsinki the most functional smart city in the world. Forum Virium Helsinki supports Helsinki in its mission to become a platform for new services and innovations. We aim for data-enabled smart cities where data, whether open, closed or mydata, can create value for both individuals and society. Forum Virium’s wide project portfolio currently advances with MyData, consent management solutions and privacy impact assessment through pilots and pre-commercial procurement in projects like MySMARTLife, Synchronicity and Select for Cities.


17:30-19:30 // Sitra Sunset Cruise

m/s Katarina, Royal Lines, Helsinki



Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, the main partner of MyData 2018 conference, gathers together MyData-minded people to an IHAN® Get-together Cruise, on Tuesday 28 August. The cruise on Royal Line’s m/s Katarina will take place in Helsinki archipelago, departing at 5.30 pm from the Market Square, and returning at 7.30 pm to the Market Square.

Register here by August 22nd!


18:00 onwards // MyData Meet & Greet (pre-registration & networking)

Bryggeri, Sofiankatu 2

6 pm onwards

Come and meet the MyData crew and fellow conference guests! You can grab a drink and check in to the conference at the bar, avoiding the possible registration rush on Wednesday morning.

Read more at 

--------------Wednesday 29 August 2018--------------

18:00 - 19:00 // Sovrin Cocktail evening (invite-only)

Find information and registration link in the invitation email.


19:00 onwards // Dinners in the city

Find a place to eat, take a conference guest with you and go and dine!  More information at

--------------Thursday 30 August 2018--------------

18:30 - 20:00 // MyData organisation meeting

More information at:

The nonprofit MyData Global organisation will be founded one month after the MyData 2018 conference in Helsinki.

To prepare for the founding, a working meeting will be held on Thursday 30 August at the MyData conference venue Helsinki Hall of Culture 6:30 – 8pm. The meeting is open for all to attend.

The bulk of the meeting will be spent working on the bylaws and the first three years’ business plan for the organisation. Detailed agenda can be found below.

We welcome all attendees of MyData 2018 to join the meeting. The meeting will also be streamed live and remote participation will be made available.

Let’s build the MyData Global organisation together!


18:30 Welcome and agenda setting

18:45 Parallel working groups (max 10 people per group)

  • Bylaws groups
  • Business plan groups

19:30 Collecting results of working groups

19:45 Next steps and closing

20:00 onwards // Open Sauna celebration

“Invitation to sauna in a business setting may indicate that the negotiations have gone well and a joint business effort is anticipated.” (Wikipedia / Finnish Sauna)

Open Sauna celebration as part of the MyData 2018 evening programme will take place on Thursday 30th of August!

There are five million inhabitants and over three million saunas in Finland – an average of one per household. For Finnish people the sauna is a place to relax with friends and family, but also typical part of other kinds of social gatherings including business and work related events.

More information at