The City of Helsinki's Kalasatama Digital Twins project won the international Cities Visionary Award, as well as the Judges’ Supreme Award, which is the main award of the entire event, at the TechFest event arranged in London at the end of September.
The award strengthens Helsinki’s intention of being a leading digitalisation city in the world. The award shows that Helsinki’s persevering work to make use of new technology in the City’s services and development has been recognised and acknowledged widely by professionals around the world. Read more »
Helsinki Impact Conference will this week bring a great number of decision-makers, researchers and urban policy influencers, who take an interest in sustainable city development, to the Music Centre in Helsinki. As host of the Conference, the City of Helsinki wishes to boost inter-city cooperation, which is needed to solve global problems and to tighten the European community.
“Cities create opportunities for smooth and good every-day life. They are trendsetters and a platform for the most important solutions of a sustainable future when it comes to energy production, development of balanced neighbourhoods or digitalisation that improves services”, reminds Mayor Jan Vapaavuori of Helsinki, who will open the Conference. Read more »
Helsinki Education Week will be held from 4 to 8 November 2019. The number of events has more than doubled from last year: Helsinki’s day care centres, schools and educational institutions will be organising over 200 events related to learning around the city.
The event week programme emphasises the voice of the learner, well-being and comprehensive learning. The week promises to filled with a wide variety of events organised by learners, such as workshops and discussion sessions, focusing on topics such as coming up with ways to increase participation, showcasing people’s own enterprises, relaxing the body and mind and coming up with idea... Read more »
Helsinki is becoming considerably more international and diverse. To be able to meet these needs, Helsinki will improve its English-language services by 2021, entailing all its divisions.
The improvements will be felt especially in the City’s digital services and in its customer service. Helsinki is becoming considerably more international and diverse, as about two-thirds of those relocating to the city currently come from places beyond Finland’s borders. In order to sustain the vitality of industry and commerce in Helsinki, the region must be able to attract a subs... Read more »
The international Helsinki Impact Conference is arranged at Helsinki Music Centre on 9-10 October. At the Conference, answers are sought to questions on how cities can work together with increased efficiency as solvers of global problems and uniters of the European community.
The invitation-only event is aimed at leaders, developers, scientists and urban policy makers in European cities. The speaker line-up is world-class: it includes the likes of Canadian Brent Toderian, who inspires us to create livelier and increasingly solid cities, and Italian Francesca Bria, who illustrates the social values of digitalisation. Read more »
Smart technology to be employed in the management of the use of popular recreation areas in Helsinki
Several Helsinki areas are being monitored with the aim to coordinate recreational, tourism and natural values. Residents and visitors appreciate the peace of the recreation areas, but they also find that there is a lack of services.
“Our purpose with digitalization is to build a better, increasingly functional city,” asserts Mikko Rusama, Chief Digital Officer at the City of Helsinki, in the new edition of Helsinki’s resident publication Helsinki-lehti.
“Digitalization in the city is about making people’s everyday lives easier and increasing wellbeing,” Rusama continues, explaining what digitalization means for Helsinki and its citizens. “It means that services are available when people need them. Digitalization means personalized services and more choice. Digitalization should make Helsinki a more egalitarian city.” Read more »
Midway through Töölönlahti world tour – Join the party and challenge the others to make a move for the Baltic Sea
The Töölönlahti movement challenge that started in July has already amassed 20,000 kilometres. The campaign, which is the brainchild of the City of Helsinki, aims at travelling a distance that is equivalent to Earth’s circumference before the end of December by making laps around Töölönlahti Bay.
Having reached midway, the campaign wants to celebrate this feat by arranging a juice party Thursday 26 September at 3–6 p.m. at the Helsinki container on the southern end of Töölönlahti. Töölönlahti is a unique natural and cultural oasis immersed in the beating heart of the city. The Töölönlahti world tour movement challenge inspires individuals and communities to make a tour around... Read more »
Helsinki joins the EIT Urban Mobility foundation as a Member starting September 2019. The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is an EU body created to strengthen Europe’s ability to innovate and support innovation partnerships.
These Knowledge and Innovation Communities intensify the Europe-wide co-operation, for example, between cities and other actors. In its current phase, the EIT Urban Mobility KIC brings together 13 cities, 16 companies, 11 institutes of higher education and 7 research institutes around Europe. Read more »
From Agenda to Action – The Implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and the Power of Cities
In recent years it has become clear that many of the world’s greatest transformations from digitalization to climate change make their most profound impacts at the local level, writes the Mayor of Helsinki, Jan Vapaavuori, on the Helsinki Impact Conference blog.
Cities are the new powerhouses of the world, and now build a global community much like nation-states before them. The desire to move our role from a mere implementor to the setting of the global agenda is shared among many cities. As mayors, we are responsible for providing the best possible conditions for the everyday lives of our citizens. Increasingly, this means responsibility b... Read more »