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11.06.2017 15:09

Oulu expertise showcased at Astana Expo

June 10th is the awaited starting date of Astana Expo 2017 in the capital of Kazakhstan. The expo gathers together more than 100 countries, international organisations and enterprises under the theme ”Future Energy”. Kazakhstan challenges the exhibiting countries to present their expertise in promoting sustainable energy. Finland is participating in the expo with a pavilion of its own with the slogan ”Sharing Pure Energy”, and the city of Oulu is well represented.


Smart City Oulu is the northernmost technology hub in the world, and the city has its own Business Lounge and Hi-Tech Showroom within the Finnish pavilion. These, along with a Speakers’ Corner, exhibit the active conference city’s innovation environment, ecosystem and think tanks along with ICT and Life Science innovations. The Oulu showcase dates are June 18 and 19.

The June event dates are opened by Oulu’s leading illusionist and magician Joni Pakanen with his specially designed expo show. The hosts of Smart City Oulu open the Oulu Hi-Tech Showroom on Sunday 18 June, and the mayors of Oulu and Astana will give their own opening speeches on Monday.

Also the Speakers’ Corner is full of activity on both days. Famous Finnish radio and event host Lauri Salovaara introduces his personal project of rapidly becoming a millionaire through involvement in start-up enterprises, and J-Bear, the mascot of Polar Bear Pitching, tells the audience about the annual winter pitching event in the capital of Northern Scandinavia. The Oulu enterprises and communities of the Oulu region are represented by Flexbright, PrintoCent and Mammuttikoti.

Mammuttikoti is a company specialising in log construction in an energy-efficient, ecological and intelligent way. The company is based in Oulu and has a long experience in the field, with offices all around Finland.

Another Oulu enterprise in the Speakers’ Lounge showcase is Flexbright, a company known for its intelligent lighting solutions. Flexbright is well on its way to revolutionising the world of lighting mainly through highly developed, energy-efficient LED foils. The international possibilities of these ultra-thin lighting foils are nearly endless, and intelligent solutions and the Internet of Things are significant applications for Flexbright foils in the future.

The innovation centre PrintoCent represents a community approach, crystallising the expertise of Smart City Oulu while also demonstrating the possibilities of printed intelligence and hybrid manufacturing.

Since Oulu is not only the Air Guitar capital of the world but also the home of the annual Air Guitar World Championships, the Oulu lounge would not be complete without a show by World Champion and Air Guitar Ambassador extraordinaire, Justin ”Nordic Thunder” Howard from the United States of America.

Another dose of Nordic culture is served on Sunday night when the Northern Magic Show takes place at Astana City Hall Square, with more illusions, airness and music. Kazakhstan superstar Aikyn will also perform at this fabulous event.

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