Article: A redux of the Linux movement in open source pharma

Drugs, Open Health

A redux of the Linux movement in open source pharma

Thirty years ago, a 21-year-old student at the University of Helsinki put out a message on a bulletin board, “i am doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big or professional..),” and asked for feedback.

Little did he know that these few words would be the beginning of a gigantic revolution that would transform digital life around the world. This was the birth of the free operating system that came to be known as Linux, named after the kid, Linus Torvalds, who invented it.

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Article: Helsinki-based open source software outfit Aiven scores $100 million round led by Atomico

Free, Open Software, Open Source

Helsinki-based open source software outfit Aiven scores $100 million round led by Atomico

Finnish open source software company Aiven has raised $100 million in a Series C round that values the firm at north of $800 million.

The financing round was led by Atomico, with participation from Salesforce Ventures and World Innovation Lab as fresh investors. Prior backers Earlybird Venture Capital and IVP also ‘significantly increased their capital commitments’.

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Article: The role of smart buildings in the development of smart cities

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

The role of smart buildings in the development of smart cities

Over half of the global population now lives in cities, with urbanisation on the rise in every continent and figures set to climb close to 70% by 2050.  The demand for buildings and cities to become more liveable, workable and sustainable due to the global push towards net-zero targets, combined with population and urbanisation growth, forecasts that the global smart cities market will be valued at $3.6 trillion by 2025.

Governments across the world in progressive locations from Singapore to Helsinki and Zurich, are also now developing ambitious smart city initiatives to hit their own mid-century targets, as called for by The Paris Agreement. Designated city zones known as Smart Quarters are being developed, and entire smart cities that are truly sustainable are being envisioned, with intelligent buildings, cleaner transportation and infrastructures that serve essential human needs such as security, comfort and connectivity.

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