Baltic Sea Region Smart-Up Innovation Camp Tallinn 2018

Smart Sustainable Cities in Baltic Sea Region

come to get inspired | come to learn | come and get smarter

17-19 September 2018, Tallinn, Estonia

Mektory Innovation and Business Centre, Raja 15

How can a city become smarter?
What makes places attractive to global talent?
How to improve public space and reduce segregation?

The world is experiencing growing urbanization. Although most of the growth comes from Asia and Africa, we can still see this process going on in already urbanized Europe. The growing population in the cities affects the access to public services, puts heavy pressure on public infrastructure and affects the overall living environment. At the same time, the population in Europe is ageing which means that countries, regions and cities in Europe must compete for global talent if they want to remain competitive on the global scale. Cities in Europe are also seeing the moral and physical decay of dormitory districts built after WWII, the most likely destinations for minority groups and people with a lower socioeconomic background. Because of this trend, cities in Europe are also seeing growing segregation and are in front of the question of how to address the dwellers that live in these districts and improve the overall living environment of these districts. These are the topics that Tallinn Innovation Camp wants to address because Tallinn is not an exception here.


1) How to increase citizen participation and promote co-creation to improve the living environment and quality of life? (challenge description);

Team 1 solution: Revitalizing and Placemaking of ABC Centers (slides here)

Team 2 solution: Moderators for Structuring Co-Creation with Residents in the City of Tallinn (slides here)

Team 3 solution: Co-creating Local Identities (slides here)

2) How to smarten up the region? (challenge description)

Team 4 solution: EnvironMATE – a citizen-led city improvement platform (slides here)

Team 5 solution: Agora / Trigger Point – libraries as knowledge centres and a link between the digital platform and stakeholders (slides here)

3) How to make the city digital with the help of artificial intelligence and co-creation? (challenge description)

Team 6 solution: City AID – synchronizing movements of traffic / people to avoid congestion (slides here)

Team 7 solution: Let Us Act – empowering citizens through engagement & reporting tools (slides here)

Keynote presentations from Tallinn Innovation Camp:

  • Professor Taina Tukiainen, Aalto University (slides here)
  • Toomas Haidak, Head of Strategy Unit at the City of Tallinn (slides here)
  • Hannu Tuomisaari, Senior Adviser at the City of Espoo (slides here)
  • Kristjan Lepik, Topia, Where will people go? (slides here)
  • Marianne Huang, Associate Professor, Aarhus University (slides here)
  • Markku Markkula, 1st Vice-President of the EU Committee of Regions (slides here)

Photos from Tallinn Innovation Camp (by Petri Hütt)

The final programme is available here

Practical information about transportation can be found here

Tallinn Innovation Camp is organized by Tallinn City Enterprise Department in collaboration with Aalto University and Tallinn University of Technology.