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Firstbeat HRV Summit 2017

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Firstbeat HRV Summit. The event gathers top professionals from all around the world who share a common interest in changing the way physiology is used to improve health, life quality and sports performance. We have an exciting 2-day program with state-of-the-art keynotes, hands-on tests, demos and case studies. In addition, we have networking events and the possibility to test the latest products and services based on heart rate variability (HRV).

The Summit offers in-depth knowledge of HRV and its diverse application possibilities in consumer technology, elite sports and well-being sector. Special attention will be paid to where these conversations are today, and where we expect them to be in the future. Welcome to join us in interesting discussions about the fascinating world of HRV!

Location: Glo Hotel Art, Lönnrotinkatu 29, 00180 Helsinki, Finland

The event is free. In case of questions, contact




Confirmed Speakers

Firstbeat HRV Summit features professional speakers across many fields of health and technology.



HRV Summit Agenda



Summit Day 1: Applications of HRV

The first day of the summit establishes heart rate variability measurement and its applications in consumer devices, professional sports and wellbeing sector. Industry professionals and companies will present their cutting-edge knowledge of HRV in different areas of technology and working life, covering topics from training load to good sleep.

07:30 Morning run
9:00 Registration at the hotel lobby
10:00 Summit begins

Experience of HRV in Europe

10:00-10:15 Short History and the Furure of HRV
Dr. Joni Kettunen, Firstbeat

10:15-10:40 HRV and Its Use in Influencing Corporate Performance – with Cases from the NHS and the UK Corporate Sector
Simon Shepard, Optima-Life

10:40-11:05 The Impact In-between HRV and Neuropsychology
Florian Wolf, YourPrevention

11:05-11:25 Panel Discussion on Corporate Health

— Break 20min —

HRV In Promoting Performance & Recovery

11:45-12:05 Good Sleep Is at the Core of Performance – Treat the Cause and Understand the Role of Lifestyle
Dr. Henri Tuomilehto, Oivauni Sleep Clinic

12:05-12:25 Training Load Monitoring in Rugby
Ryan Chambers, Welsh Rugby Union Group





12:25-12:50 Fitness for Real
Aki Pulkkinen, Firstbeat

— Lunch  & Learn 1h 10min. Firstbeat-sponsored lunch. The newest trends in wearables, elite sports and corporate wellness presented by Firstbeat’s experts. —

14:00-14:20 Preparing for Gold – Monitoring Training and Recovery of Elite Athletes
Josy Verdonkschot, Dutch Rowing Federation

14:20-14:40 Panel Discussion on Sports

Deeper into HRV and Preventive Healthcare

14:40-15:00 HRV as a Phenomenon and Its Usability in Preventative Healthcare
Dr. Arja Uusitalo, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

15:00-15:25 Stress Measurement in Socially Demanding Jobs
Erica Thieman, University of Illinois

15:25-15:45 Sensor technology trends in wearables
Dr. Ilkka Korhonen, PulseOn

15:45-16:05 Panel Discussion: Future of Sensors

16:05-16:15 Summary of the Day 1 And an Introduction to Day 2
Joni Kettunen, Firstbeat

16:15 -> After-Summit: Get-together and networking. Drinks and light snacks will be provided.

Summit Day 2: Insights to HRV

The second summit day will be a deep dive into HRV and its applications in both Wellness and Sports sector as well as consumer devices area. The day consists of a panel discussion and a few inspiring keynotes. Besides these, you will also have various workshops and networking with coaches and sports professionals. You can choose the subjects you want to learn based on your own preferences.

7:30 Morning run
9:00 Registration at the hotel lobby
10.00 Summit begins

Science in HRV Session

10.00-10:10 Welcome to seminar day 2
Joni Kettunen, Firstbeat

10:10-10:30 Revealed by the Firstbeat Database – Population Trends and Statistics
Tero Myllymäki, Firstbeat

10:30-10:50 Discussion with experts in the field of HRV with Florian Wolf, Your Prevention; Dr. Ilkka Korhonen, PulseOn. Moderator Tero Myllymäki, Firstbeat.

— Break 20min —


Use of HRV in Sports & Wellness
11:10-13.00 Sports & Wellness workshops in different halls

– Wellness workshop: Use of HRV to promote behavioral change and corporate wellness

  • Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment workshop with Tiina Hoffman, Firstbeat & Simon Shepard, Optima-life

Sports workshop: Best practices in applying HRV in elite sports

  • Monitoring Recovery: How, When, Why
  • Training load: sport specific interpretations
  • Firstbeat Sports demo

13:00-13:15 Summary of the Day 2 and Closing Remark
Joni Kettunen, Firstbeat

–13:15 Networking lunch. Attendees can purchase lunch at the GLO hotel cafeteria.–

More speakers to be confirmed soon! Seminar agenda is applicable to changes. 

Hotel & Travel

Seminar location:

Glo Hotel Art
Lönnrotinkatu 29
00180 Helsinki, Finland

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The summit venue Glo Hotel Art is built around a century-old art nouveau castle which offers a unique experience for our guests. The hotel is situated in the heart of the city’s Design District, just half a mile from the commercial center of Helsinki.

We recommend booking accommodation for your stay from
Glo Hotel Art.




Registration for the Firstbeat HRV Summit 2017 is closed.

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