The Day of Finnish Code, 11 October
On 11 October (1110), we observe the Day of Finnish Code, celebrating Finnish software excellence and the fact that the sector is a significant job creator in Finland. At the same time, we wish to advertise that software business needs all kinds of people and that software companies come in all shapes and sizes across Finland.
The Day of Finnish Code is also part of Europe Code Week.
The date of 11 October was chosen because it can be written in binary – that is, in zeros and ones. As the date itself fell on Sunday in 2020, the day was celebrated the following day, on Monday 12 October.
The Day of the Finnish Code is celebrated via the Nerd Live event and by giving out the Award for Promoting Finnish Code.
Award for Promoting Finnish Code
Every year on the Day of Finnish Code, the association gives out the Award for Promoting Finnish Code to a person who has excelled in promoting the Finnish software sector.
In 2020, the award was given to Aleksi Yrttiaho, Director of Information Services at the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), and his Koronavilkku team for purchasing and managing the Koronavilkku contact tracing app. Koronavilkku is easy to use and widely effective, and is a pioneer in novel health tech solutions for the common good.
Previous award-winners are Linda Liukas, Instagram-Jani, Juho Vepsäläinen, Teemu Roos and Ilkka Paananen.
On three occasions, the association has organised Nerd Live, providing anyone with the opportunity to watch Finnish coders work their magic in real time online. How’s life back in the office? Cow milk or oat milk? How many pets will be featured during the day at the home office?
Watch Nerd Live at nörttilive.fi (also as recordings).