Competition

The call for entries is open from February 14th to April 7th. Depending on the category, either a digital product or service, team or an individual will be awarded. The winners will be chosen among five finalists.

In addition to the seven categories Blue Arrow Awards will select the Best Digital Service of the year among all finalists.

Submitting Your Entry

The entry submission is a case description, submitted as a link with the entry form. Use your own words to make a compelling case, but please remember that the Jury will evaluate it by the stated criteria.

Common rules for entries

  • The product/service must be publicly available for evaluation
  • The product/service must have significant changes between 2016-2017
  • The entry must be submitted in English, Finnish or Swedish
  • You may reuse your existing collateral as the entry, such as a case description, pitch deck or a blog
  • You may submit entry of your own business or on behalf of your customer
  • You may participate multiple categories with the same product/service
  • You are encouraged to promote your own entry - with your permission, Blue Arrow Awards will make it public.
  • Entry submissions cost 100€ + VAT each

An exception on Finnish Code Ambassador and Transformer categories

These individual awards are free to be submitted by anybody, they will be free, and a case description is not required. Just write a short justification and and point to a public link or other reference that the Jury can familiarise with.

Digital service that customers love with IXDA Helsinki

Customer Experience

This category awards the customer experience that is loved by their customers.
Such services are easy and enjoyable to use; at best, they help the customers to complete tasks and achieve their goals - when online or/and outside of it.

We award this prize to a Service that is loved by its end-users whether they are consumers, employees or citizens.

Otto Virta
Main Judge
Otto Virta
Organizer at IXDA Helsinki, Design Director at Digital Foodie Ltd.

Jury

Jane Vita
Jane Vita
Service Design Lead at Ixonos
Vesa Härkönen
Vesa Härkönen
Design Director at Conmio
Lassi  Liikkanen
Lassi Liikkanen
Data-Driven Design Specialist at SC5
Mia Nygren
Mia Nygren
Designer at Vincit

Evaluation criteria

  • What is the impact of the service on users’ lives?
  • How has the service met its intended goals?
  • What kind of evidence can present for meeting these goals?

Service with the most impact on society with TIVIA

Societal Influence

This category awards a digital effort that has improved the lives of citizens or made the whole society more efficient. It is a digital phenomenon that has transformed our everyday life, saved or prolonged our lives or made the whole community run smoother.

We award this prize to a Service that has significantly impacted the everyday life of people.

Frank Martela
Main Judge
Frank Martela
PhD; Post-doctoral researcher, University of Helsinki; Founder, Filosofian Akatemia Oy

Jury

Björn Heselius
Björn Heselius
Principal UX Designer at Nitor
Jasmin Åbacka
Jasmin Åbacka
Business Development Manager at Zervant
Samuli Savolainen
Samuli Savolainen
Head of Operations at SC5 Online
Omid Hezaveh
Omid Hezaveh
Software Developer, Futurice
Niko Ryytty
Niko Ryytty
Software Architect, Gofore
Mika Helenius
Mika Helenius
Chief Executive, TIVIA

Evaluation criteria

  • Positive impact on the everyday life of a single person or a group
  • Merges gaps between cultures, socio-economic groups, factions or beliefs
  • Promotes accessibility in society
  • Enhances fairness, equal opportunity or equality for minorities

Award for personal Impact on the industry with Koodia Suomesta Ry

Finnish Code Ambassador

We need innovation, new ideas and sometimes shocks to get our industry to move forward. To encourage this brave behaviour, we introduce the Finnish Code Ambassador - an award for personal or collective impact on the industry.

We award this prize to a Person or a Team who has created something that benefits us all, such as a new way of working or raised important issue to general awareness. The category is co-organised with Koodia Suomesta Ry. Name a person/team that you deeply respect!

Mikko Torikka
Main Judge
Mikko Torikka
Editor in Chief, Alma Talent

Jury

Janne Kalliola
Janne Kalliola
Chairman at Koodia Suomesta ry, CEO at Exove
Pasi Kovanen
Pasi Kovanen
Member at Koodia Suomesta ry, Grump at Vincit
Daniel Dunderfelt
Daniel Dunderfelt
Developer, Mirum Agency
Sebastian Hojas
Sebastian Hojas
Software Developer, Futurice

Evaluation criteria

  • The benefit for the Finnish software industry
  • Bringing technology more accessible for a wider part of the society
  • The impact of the effort

A digital service with cutting edge development

Clean Code

This category awards the engineering effort that makes complex thing simpler, more stable and beneficial. We cheer both solid systems and also smart technical innovations.

We award this prize to the code that stands the test of time and award the Product/Service that maintains the robust code. Your code may be a full system, exceptional library or a superb algorithm.

Jari Jaanto
Main Judge
Jari Jaanto
Co-founder: IRC-Galleria, Heimo, Ninchat

Jury

Roope Hakulinen
Roope Hakulinen
Software Developer, Gofore Oy
Johanna Pelkonen
Johanna Pelkonen
Software Developer, SC5 Online
Oleg Grenrus
Oleg Grenrus
Software Developer, Futurice
Niko Salminen
Niko Salminen
Senior Consultant, Houston Inc.

Evaluation criteria

  • Fault tolerant execution of the code
  • Business impact
  • Maintainability, readibility of the code
  • Modularity and extensibility
  • Release history and short release cycle
  • Openness of the effort (open API or open source project)

The change agent of the year with Digitalist Network

Transformer

Everybody talks about the profound ways digitalisation changes the business, but few organisations have managed to change accordingly. This category celebrates the exceptional leaders that drive change in the organisations.

We award this prize to an Individual that changed the minds and the hearts of an organisation to reap the benefits of digitalization.

Ville Tolvanen
Main Judge
Ville Tolvanen
Founder at Digitalist Network

Jury

Lasse Leino
Lasse Leino
Director of Customer Development at Vincit
Mikko Kutvonen
Mikko Kutvonen
Senior Service Designer, Futurice
Fredrik Holmén
Fredrik Holmén
Chief Strategy Officer, Mirum Agency
Ossi Lindroos
Ossi Lindroos
Vice President and Partner, Marketing, Strategic Accounts, Solita Design and Advisory Services

Evaluation criteria

  • Visible change in the ways of work of the organisation
  • Involving the whole organisation and the customers in the process
  • Smart utilisation of the digital technologies in the organisation
  • Positive impact in the bottom line of the business

A Team with effective and flourishing work culture

Best Performing Team

This category promotes exceptionally brave working cultures that have challenged the traditional ways of working. Through trial and error, they have created an innovative environment that constantly shows good results.

We award this prize to a Team that has created a functional, creative and sustainable work culture that not only helps the organisation reach its goals, but that is able to respond to the constant change.

Sami Honkonen
Main Judge
Sami Honkonen
CEO of Tomorrow Labs, Host of Boss Level Podcast

Jury

Marjaana Murtomaa
Marjaana Murtomaa
HR Consultant, Space Nation & House11
Joni Sarpo
Joni Sarpo
Consultant, Great Place to Work
Justus Hämäläinen
Justus Hämäläinen
Growth Hacker at Reaktor
Heidi Hopponen
Heidi Hopponen
Art Director, Mirum Agency

Evaluation criteria

  • The results the team has been able to deliver
  • The impact for the whole organisation around the team
  • The smart practices that make the team exceptionally creative and/or productive

A digital service with a novel angle on doing business

Viable Business

This category celebrates finding innovative business opportunities by using digital technology. Whether it is new or established business and if it positively affects your top or bottom line, brings competitive advantage or helps to keep your business relevant, it’s a perfect match for viable business category.

We award the prize for a Product/Service that makes a positive impact on business using digital technologies or by creating a positive buzz in a digital landscape.

Katri Harra-Salonen
Main Judge
Katri Harra-Salonen
CDO, Finnair

Jury

Inka Vilpola
Inka Vilpola
Director, Wärtsilä
Jani Puroranta
Jani Puroranta
CDO, Metso
Miina Pulkkinen
Miina Pulkkinen
Director, Head of Customer Experience and Digital Services, PlusTerveys Oy
Juhani Mykkänen
Juhani Mykkänen
Co-Founder, Head of Marketing & Comms, Wolt
Jari Ängeslevä
Jari Ängeslevä
Executive Vice President, Eficode

Evaluation criteria

  • Solid business case description on what makes the business viable in a first place.
  • What was the problem and how was it solved?
  • Novelty of the idea in general.