It says actions and activity linked to the project will be better distributed between different city departments
The city of Tampere in Finland is refocusing its smart city efforts on sustainability and channelling more effort into working with businesses.
The Smart Tampere project, which has been up and running for 20 months, is reforming and will consist of three parts: a digitalisation programme that focuses on digitalising city services; an ecosystem which will create new business models; and a sustainability programme that aims to make the city carbon neutral.
Actions and projects will be better distributed between different city departments and the ecosystem programme will come under the Tampere Region Economic Development Agency known as Business Tampere, explained Teppo Rantanen, director of growth, innovation and competitiveness at the city of Tampere.
“Creating new business models and opportunities, networking and internationalisation have even greater emphasis now than before in the ecosystem programme. These are put into action especially under the themes renewing industry, smart mobility, safety, artificial intelligence and connectivity,” explains Business Tampere, CEO Harri Airaksinen.
"Reforming the programme will further strengthen the position of Tampere in the company of smart and sustainable cities"
The city’s chief sustainability officer, Kari Kankaala, will be director of the sustainability programme and chief information officer, Jarkko Oksala, will lead the digitalisation programme.
“Smart Tampere has grown into a strong and international brand and I believe that reforming the programme will further strengthen the position of Tampere in the company of smart and sustainable cities,” says Rantanen.
Later today (17 September), Tampere will play host to the TechRace event in which nine cities compete with each other to be crowned “the techiest of them all”.
TechRace is touring through nine cities in Finland to find the top concentration of tech masterminds in the country. In every event, the local participants receive a large pool of challenges to solve, ranging from programming puzzles to design problems, from basic tasks to extremely problematic ones.
It is also serving as a pre-event to Smart Tampere’s Junction hackathon programme, Towards New Generation of Guidance and Smart Traffic --from predictions to real-time. It is also inviting new ideas of how to develop the layout of information screens in the city centre. One of the ideas will be awarded with a ticket to the city’s annual technology conference, Mindtrek.
Junction is one of Europe’s biggest hackathons and will take place in November.
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