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Mobile phone manufacturer Jolla is amongst those to be given a nod in the Technology Academy of Finland’s annual Millennium Distinction awards. On Tuesday it was announced that the company will receive the prize for its open source software.
The Technology Academy of Finland (TAF) recognizes the achievements of Finnish scientists and entrepreneurs in the field of science and technology. Every two years the Academy presents the Millennium Technology Prize to outstanding Finnish individuals or companies – the latest was presented to Linux creator Linus Torvalds in 2012 and researcher Shinya Yamanaka for his team’s work on stem cells.
The Distinction Prize is granted in the interim to recipients who have showed prowess in the same fields as last year’s Technology Prize winners.
From cell phones to stem cells
The two fields are very different, notes President of TAF, Juha Ylä-Jääski. Finnish stem cell research remains a narrow and relatively new area of research, whereas the area of open source development hosts broader expertise in Finland.
Other awardees are senior scientist from the Turku Centre for Biotechnology Riikka Lund and the Helsinki-based biotechnology company Glykos Finland Ltd. The open source awards went to Professor Matti Rossi from Aalto University and to the smartphone company Jolla Ltd.
According to the TAF, the winners on the research side have demonstrated excellence in promoting higher education and launching high-quality research in Finland, while the corporate recipients have successfully turned technological innovations into products, set up innovation-based growth companies, or served as their directors.
The next Millennium Technology Prize will be awarded in Spring 2014. The winners of the Distinction Prize will receive their awards at a ceremony in Tampere on November 5th, 2013.