Kainuu Living Lab (Snowpolis)

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Tuomo Tahvanainen
Snowpolis Ltd
Kidekuja 2, FIN-88610 Vuokatti


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Snowpolis is a young and rapidly developing international multidisciplinary technology park. Snowpolis specializes in well-being, sports and year-round winter. Snowpolis is located in Vuokatti, which is ranked one of the world’s most versatile tourism centres offering activities all the year round.

Description of Concept

Snowpolis is dedicated to human well-being: sports, nutrition and winter technology. It is an environment where research, development, education, and business converge in the field of physical activity, sports nutrition, winter sports, and winter technology. Region is a perfect mini-market to companies for testing their products and services.

In terms of technology profiles and application areas we have:

  • Sport technology
  • Winter technology
  • Measurement technology
  • Nutrition Technology
  • Wireless communication technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Tourism

References and Track Record

Snowpolis is a residence of four university units with their degree-granting programs, laboratories and projects whose work cut across traditional discipline boundaries.

University of Jyväskylä

Vuotech is the unit of University of Jyväskylä. It is concentrates on sports technology. The research of the unit focuses on technical and scientific solutions that improve the health and well-being of humans. Target groups vary from handicapped to elite athletes.

University of Oulu

CWC Kainuu, Centre for Wireless Communications is a unit of University of Oulu. In its research, CWC focuses on next generation mobile communications, beyond Wimax, 3G, 4G, and short-range communication Zigbee and UWB technologies.

The Measurement and Sensor Laboratory produces knowledge and skills in the area of measurement technology and sensor development. The latest unit of MILA is Sport Technology measurement techniques. It concentrates on sports technology applications, and it resides in Snowpolis.

The Laboratory of Biotechnology is focused on the promotion of health and well-being of humans. The research subjects and areas are: bio-measuring being the most important, wild berries and locally produced biomaterials, dairy and food products.

Vuokatti Sports Institute

...is an internationally significant training centre for winter sports. It offers a good education environment for high-level sports education and health promotion.

Kainuu Living Lab is member of the ENoLL Council.