Jarmo Eskelinen


Jarmo Eskelinen

CEO of Forum Virium Helsinki, Chair ENoLL

Jarmo Eskelinen leads Forum Virium Helsinki, an innovation company building digital bridges between people and services. Originally educated as an architect, Jarmo is an expert in smart cities, open data and user driven design. Jarmo believes that openness of data, APIs, processes and innovation is the key to success in the fragmented urban innovaions landscape.

Forum Virium Helsinki is the innovation intrapreneur of the City of Helsinki, managing public – private – people partnerships. The international partner network includes cities, corporations and innovative SME’s. Forum Virium Helsinki is the developer of the successful CitySDK toolkit and coordinates 6Aika, open & smart services strategy by the six largest cities of Finland.

Jarmo is the President of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). Founded in 2006, ENoLL has grown into a network of 345 members in all continents, promoting international cooperation in co-creative, human-centric RD&I. Jarmo is also the vice-chair of the fast growing international Connected Smart Cities network. Jarmo has previously held positions as the director of Media Centre Lume in the University of Art & Design Helsinki, the program director of the Helsinki 2000 European Capital of Culture, and the CEO of a successful music, media and event production company PopZoo Promotions, which he founded in 1993, after a career in architecture in the 80’ s and early 90’s.