Modern village thoroughfare

A growing number of city innovations spring from the motivation of the residents themselves and challenges that the city-dwellers first face and then solve on their own. Local knowledge is a key factor in the birth of new ideas. People in the same area experience the same conditions, and organising joint activities to mesh with daily life is easier when everyone lives close by. Fiksu Kalasatama in the Finnish capital Helsinki is a blueprint for a smart city that generates innovations with the potential to spread elsewhere as well. Residents also create innovations, such as the active seniors who had>>>

Co-creating future customer experience and loyalty cards

As part of different loyalty schemes and programmes, huge amounts of data are gathered each and every day to monitor people and their behaviour. At the same time, people are starting to understand the huge value their data poses to retail business, wanting more control over of what is being collected, shared and how. On the 4th of December, Forum Virium Helsinki organised a workshop which discussed future customer experience and loyalty cards from the perspective of MyData. The workshop brought together 30+ professionals interested in retail and MyData. Via inspirational talk from researcher Kai Kuikkaniemi (HIIT), we first explored the>>>

Programme for Agile Piloting launches four pilots

Smart Kalasatama’s Programme for Agile Piloting buys small pilots that provide new innovative services for people living in the Kalasatama area. Amongst the 52 offers submitted, the first five are now selected to be piloted during spring 2016. The pilots relate to smart mobility, electric bicycles, effective waste collection, reducing food waste and co-creating local services.

Agoria Smart Cities Forum 2015

The Agoria Smart Cities Forum, organised on the 2nd of December 2015 in Brussels, is now in its fourth edition and will focus on the exchange of best practices between cities, governments, research institutions and industry.  

Barcelona Smart City Expo

Barcelona Smart City Expo 17-19 November 2015 is the world’s leading smart city congress, where 400 of the most innovative and influential smart city thinkers will gather together to share knowledge, present visions and highlight opportunities on how we will create efficient, economically viable, sustainable and livable cities. 

Sustainability pioneer from Budapest

Réka Tóth, 28, sits in ASCHAN café Helsinki, and fills our booth with laughter. “Most people went to Valencia! But to me this project sounded so appealing that I was not concerned about the weather,” she smirks. Réka is in Helsinki as part of the Climate-KIC Pioneers into Practice programme. She has travelled all the way from Hungary to spend a month analysing smart city indexes and sustainability issues in Kalasatama, especially the new Sompasaari area.