KONE invites start-ups and innovators at SLUSH 2015 to help create the best People Flow experience

November 09, 2015

KONE Corporation, trade press release, November 9, 2015

KONE Corporation, a global leader in the lift and escalator industry, will be at Slush 2015, inviting start-ups and innovators to apply to become part of the KONE partner ecosystem. The company is broadening its innovation approach to work with new partners in improving the People Flow experience within buildings and cities worldwide.

The company wants to hear new proposals and applications from smart building technology providers, IT and infrastructure players, as well as entrepreneurs. Slush 2015 is one of the world's leading occassions where startups and technology experts can meet with international investors, company executives and the media.

"Being at Slush is a great opportunity to tap into some of brightest technology talent in the world. With digitalisation changing the lift and escalator industry, there are exciting opportunities for KONE to differentiate and improve the customer and user experience," says Ari Virtanen, Senior Vice President, Access Control and Integrated Solutions, KONE. "We are constantly working on ways to improve how people move around within buildings and urban areas; looking at today's needs and those of the future," he continues.

In another initiative at Slush 2015, KONE will also invite software developers to apply to join its first-ever Hackathon, to be held during March 2016. The weekend event will see software experts compete in a series challenges at the KONE Center in Hyvinkää, Finland.

To read more about KONE's activities at Slush, please visit www.kone.com/bestpeopleflow  from November 11, 2015. For more on KONE People Flow Intelligence, please visit www.kone.com/peopleflowintelligence and http://bit.ly/1OyMJtD.

For further information, please contact:
Jukka Salmikuukka, Director, New Business Concepts, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 2622 media@kone.com

About KONE
KONE is one of the global leaders in the lift and escalator industry. KONE's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanising environment. KONE provides industry-leading lifts, escalators, automatic building doors and integrated solutions to enhance the People Flow in and between buildings. KONE's services cover the entire lifetime of a building, from the design phase to maintenance, repairs and modernisation solutions. In 2014, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 7.3 billion, and at the end of the year over 47,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

www.kone.com