Artificial intelligence, healthy nutrition and stress management – five well-being pilots launch in Kalasatama

A therapy chat that utilises artificial intelligence, a virtual trip that reduces stress, a mobile application that supports stress management, artificial intelligence-assisted nutrition guidance and a food purchasing service that steers you towards a healthy diet. These are the types of digital solutions being piloted and tested in the Kalasatama Wellbeing pilot programme in 2018.

The Kalasatama Wellbeing piloting programme develops digital solutions that support wellbeing and health in collaboration with citizens, the Kalasatama Health and Wellbeing Centre and business partners. The expert jury has now selected a total of five digital services to participate in agile piloting sprints, which will focus on nutrition and wellbeing, with pilots falling in the latter category focusing particularly on stress management.

The pilots selected reflect a notable emphasis on nutrition and food.

  • The mobile image-based food diary MealLogger utilises machine learning to provide AI-assisted nutritional guidance.
  • Another pilot focusing on nutrition is the food purchasing service Miils, which provides nutritional information and guides users towards a healthy diet.
  • Auntie is a mental wellbeing service that utilises artificial intelligence in its remote therapy chatbot service and seeks modern, low-threshold methods to support people’s wellbeing.
  • The Moodmetric measuring service supports stress management and helps avoid overloading.
  • MelloVR’s virtual reality trips can reduce stress and help users relax.

Project Manager Lars Rosengren from the Kalasatama Health and Wellbeing Centre is excited about the pilots starting this spring.

“Now that the Kalasatama Health and Wellbeing Centre is open, piloting can be integrated into the Centre’s everyday operations to get the Centre’s clients and professionals to participate in them. This will be a learning experience for the professionals as well. The digital pilots selected to participate in the programme will expand the range of services that we can jointly offer to the clients of the Kalasatama Health and Wellbeing Centre. The pilots also offer an opportunity to combine the services of different service providers. Services that have a positive impact on health and wellbeing can be provided not only at the Health and Wellbeing Centre, but also elsewhere in the local area and at clients’ homes,” he explains.

The agile pilots, which will last up to six months, provide companies with an excellent opportunity to test their solutions in a real city environment. The pilots are all related to the operations of cooperation partners, such as the Health and Wellbeing Centre, in the Kalasatama area. The project partners include the City of Helsinki Social Services and Health Care Division, the SRV Group, Kesko’s Occupational Health Service and CGI Finland.

The open call for the Kalasatama Wellbeing piloting programme received a total of 32 offers, based on which nine teams were invited to work on their pilots at the Co-creation Jam. There the refined pilots were pitched to an expert jury composed of project partners.

The pilots are part of the Co-Designing Wellbeing project, where wellbeing services that can improve wellbeing and health are piloted in collaboration with the Kalasatama Health and Wellbeing Centre and partner companies. The project runs until the end of 2018 and is led by Forum Virium Helsinki. Laurea University of Applied Sciences serves as the project’s research and development partner. The project is funded by the Regional Innovations and Experiments (AIKO) funding of the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council.