UPM is looking for new digitalised solutions at Junction hackathon

Press Release 25.8.2016 16:00 EEST

(UPM, Helsinki, 24 August 2016 at 10:30 EET) - UPM supply chain goes mobile in November when the paper business is looking for new, innovative solutions for its supply chain at Junction hackathon in Helsinki, Finland. Junction is Europe's leading hackathon and a converging point for developers, designers, and entrepreneurs from across the world. UPM offers participants of the hackathon the challenge to create digitalised solutions, services and data analytics using supply chain data. The application period has started and continues till October.

Large amounts of paper are produced daily and shipped from UPM paper mills to customers around the globe. On-time delivery requires careful planning and up-to-date location data of the cargo. Mobility, Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics offer a platform for new, innovative ways of working to improve efficiency and customer satisfaction.

"Participating in Junction gives us an opportunity to discover new areas of development within paper supply chain and find real innovations, concepts and solutions. We are looking for ideas that offer simple functionality and high value together with outstanding user experience that improves our supply chain for both our customers and us. We want to provide the participants an opportunity to take part in building a sustainable future within an evolving, innovative business", states Linda von Schantz, Director, Business support in UPM Paper ENA.

The IoT track of Junction, hosted by UPM, is powered by IBM Bluemix. IBM Bluemix is the leading cloud-based platform for rapidly building, managing and running applications. The track is supported by experts from UPM's industrial partner Tieto and world leading IoT platform provider IBM together with UPM business representatives.

"Tieto aims to make the future more intelligent with data. With UPM's supply chain data we are hopefully creating unforeseen services together with hackers and our ecosystem for the benefit for UPM. This journey will be highly exciting!", tells Ari Järvelä, Head of Data Driven Businesses at Tieto.

Tieto has been selected to support UPM in the strategic innovation effort, with ultimate aim to create innovative digital business solutions and enhance digital experience. Tieto's strategic innovation program Tieto Experience Hub brings versatile experience of open innovation events, such as hackathons, to ensure value creation for UPM's business and customers.

The hackathon takes place in Helsinki on November 25-27. More about UPM challenge: www.upm.com/upmhack

For further information please contact:
Jaakko Avikainen,  IT Vendor Manager,  UPM, IT Supply Management, tel. +35840 5387422 jaakko.avikainen@upm.com

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