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The Past Teaches Us the Future

Julia Korpela tells the history of transforming industries, why we chose Koskenranta as APIdays Finland 2019 location - and how can you grab a piece of history and future while you attend.

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Let me tell a story. A short story about the history of Koskenranta.
A year was 1550 when King Gustav I of Sweden established the city of Helsinki. The city was supposed to complete with Reval (today's Tallinn, capital of Estonia) as a trading city. Helsinki was a tiny town ridden by poverty, wars, and diseases. Helsinki, the city on the shores of the Baltic sea has several rivers passing through it. One of the rivers is called Vanhankaupunginkoski.
Years have gone by and as the result of economic development Helsinki grew and became the capital city of Finland in 1812. Vanhankaupunginkoski has been used as a power source with the help of foot mills and later when technology involved, wheel mills. Wheel mills were built around the city and also to Koskenranta, located by the river. The river has an important role as a traffic route and Imatran Voima Ltd (Finnish electricity company) made at 1946 a water flow laboratory into the Koskenranta. Model experiments have been used for making floating logs through the routes and having the know-how to bridge and port facilities.

Now lean back (if you are sitting) and relax. 


Think about Finnish nature and summer days. You can see green leaf and grass, smell the fresh air and feel the sun on your skin. If your senses are heightened, you can hear the water flowing in the river and birds singing. You walk along the path and arrive font of the big red wooden building. Right after entering you can see workers and engineers testing a new practice model in flowing water inside the building in a big hall. Behind the hall you find a cozy cabinet made of wood and the Laboratory Manager sitting there focused look on his face and writing a report about the last experiment they made.

Dream you had was about the venue of the APIDays Helsinki 4-5.6.2019. The laboratory was used to transform the Finnish infrastructure to make modern inventions like electric appliances items for every household. This is our goal in the APIdays Finland 2019 event, we would just like to see it as a laboratory for Transforming Industries and Experiences using APIs and Platforms, a modern commodity for every organization.

You hopefully can’t see the flowing water inside the building but the ambiance is the same as the 1946 laboratory and you can almost touch the atmosphere and feel the history. Even in the middle of the capital city, you can enjoy the nature of Finland. The building has retained its original features and the cabinet looks the same it looked almost 50 years ago. The water flow laboratory and other buildings have been converted into a venue for events and the place alone is worth seeing. 

One of the buildings has converted to be the Museum of Technology. We have a great opportunity to offer attendees the possibility to visit the Museum of Technology and see the historical watermills only a few steps away to our venue during the event. The museum of Technology presents the history of technology and industry as a story about Finland and the Finns – bringing the stories to life. What is technology? How has technology developed? What innovations originate in Finland?

Here you can read a quick brief about the exhibitions:


The TechLand exhibition highlights the role of technology, industry, and innovation in the construction of Finland. The exhibition reveals the influence of technology on daily life, work, and the environment, showcasing the past, present, and future of technology and industry.

Finns are often identified as ingenious engineers and quick adopters of new technology.

Nevertheless, the story of Finland has never before been told from the perspective of technology.

The exhibition emphasizes experiencing and doing things. The goal is to inspire and surprise both those familiar with the field and audiences new to the museum. The starting point of the exhibition is home, from where the themes are expanded to cover infrastructure, production, raw materials, and processes as well as reuse.

Teledreams - a connection over time and place

The exhibition tells the story of electronic communications technology. People have always dreamed of better ways to see, to hear, to message through long distances. And we show in this exhibition the devices and networks that have been built to make those dreams come reality.

The things that are now mundane, like video calls, were unimaginable not so long time ago. The quick connections and global social networks are taken for granted today. 

The Power Plant Museum

The Power Station Museum has the original hydropower pumps on display that were used to provide drinking water for the citizens of Helsinki from 1876. The Power Station Museum upholds the industrial heritage of the area by producing environment-friendly electricity for consumers. 

The Vanhakaupunki hydropower plant is the oldest working power plant in Helsinki. Helen has restored the old turbine and generator in the pumping plant, which were originally brought into use in 1911.

The Sludge Filtration Hall

The Sludge Filtration hall from 1909 tells the story of water treatment in Helsinki. 

The completion of a new treatment plant in 1909 saw the introduction of a new technology, rapid filtering.The completion of a new treatment plant in 1909 saw the introduction of a new technology, rapid filtering. The rapid filters represented the top technology of their day. This filter model came from the American company Jewell.


We are proud to have APIDays Helsinki in this location and happy to offer you a piece of Finnish history.  We thank the Museum of Technology and our sponsors for making it possible to have the event and include possibility to visit the museum on both days.

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