From Competition to Collaboration: How the six biggest cities in Finland teamed up and succeeded in smart city development


6Aika is the joint strategy of the six largest cities in Finland (Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu), ongoing between 2014-21. Together, the cities have tackled the challenges of urbanisation, evolving towards ever smarter and inherently human-centric cities. With over 50 projects implemented, the cities together with companies, residents and R&D&I organisations have worked on themes related to e.g. circular economy and energy efficiency, learning, smart mobility and employment and competence.

What will you learn in this session?

  • How to open the city as a platform for companies and their service development?

  • How to create and nurture innovation culture in city organisations?

  • How to encourage decision-makers in cities to utilize technology and digitalization?

  • How to facilitate the ecosystem work in practice?

Who should join this session?

  • People in charge of business development in cities
  • City Mayors
  • Directors of city strategies, smart cities and operational development
  • Companies looking to innovate with cities
  • Representatives of R&D&I organisations

This session is moderated by Ms Eija Hämäläinen