A city tournament is underway in Jätkäsaari encouraging residents to move sustainably. By completing mobility tasks, contestants accrue points for Helsinki in the Sustainable City Tournament.

The tournament is part of the Mobility Urban Values project – MUV for short. This is a project that encourages urban residents to move sustainably with the help of a digital game. Players of the MUV game, which is a mobile game for smartphones, accrue points by walking, cycling and using public transport. The game allows players go register their journeys and earn points for those journeys. Players advance by completing tasks and mobility workouts to win both virtual and real prizes. 

The current MUV Sustainable Cities Tournament is joined by 21 cities, which compete for the top rank in sustainable urban mobility. 

The previous MUV Sustainable Cities Tournament, launched in the autumn of 2018 and completed in 2019, was joined by 16 cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Fundao, Ghent, Helsinki, Palermo, Rome, Teresina, Cagliari, Gliwice, Katowice, Munich, Milan, Oostende, Sabac and Sosnowiec. Contestants logged in a total of 30,000 kilometres in the tournament. 

The ongoing tournament comprises all cities competing in 2018–2019 and, as new cities, Arrecife, Codlea, San Donà di Piave, Chieri and Catania. 

The tournament is open to all and free of charge. By playing the game and working out hard, contestants can impact Helsinki’s success in the international tournament. The MUV app can be downloaded to smartphones here

The MUV project will pass the anonymised data gathered with the game to be utilized by the participating cities. The cities can use the data in participation processes to co-design new local policies to improve urban sustainability. 

The MUV project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. 

Read more about the MUV project from Forum Virium Helsinki on the project introduction page and on the MUV website

Photo: Julia Kivelä

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