Helsinki Innovation Districts is bringing innovation activities and smart urban development to Malmi, Mellunkylä, Malminkartano-Kannelmäki and Pasila. For residents, the project is particularly visible in the form of experiments in street space and city blocks. The project is being carried out in cooperation between Forum Virium Helsinki and the City of Helsinki.

A smart city is built through experiments

Services and digital solutions are being developed with experiments in six different areas: Malmi, Pasila, Mellunkylä, Malminkartano-Kannelmäki, and the already established experiment laboratories of Jätkäsaari and Kalasatama. The solutions will build a smart city and support urban renewal and Helsinki’s climate goals. They may include innovative green solutions, smart lighting or sensors, for example. Each region involved has its own development themes.

Residents, businesses and experts working together to develop solutions

Residents, businesses and City experts are involved in the development of solutions. Residents can share their experiences of the solutions, which allows businesses to develop their services in the right direction and the City to better meet the needs of its residents. The experiments will help the City find out which solutions work and what kind of procurement or development would be worthwhile in a particular area.

The Helsinki Innovation Districts project draws on lessons learned from the smart city development projects in Jätkäsaari and Kalasatama. Both areas were built on former harbour areas, and many solutions were designed almost from scratch. The experience gained is now being applied to areas that are already built but await renewal. The new experiments will show how smart solutions and services can be applied to areas at a later stage.

Project Manager Maija Bergström and Project Specialist Outi Rissanen talk about Helsinki Innovation Districts (in Finnish):

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