The City of Tampere aims to be the European Capital of Innovation 2018 – iCapital. The competition is organised for the third time by the European Commission. Before the winners have been Barcelona and Amsterdam. Engagement of citizens and successful interaction between public sector, companies, universities and citizens are highlighted in the selection criteria.
According to Mayor Lauri Lyly, Tampere is committed to the “city-as-a-platform” urban innovation ecosystem. The priorities of the new 2017 Tampere Mayoral Program are to strengthen communality and co-creation, and to make Tampere a model city of urban digital economy focusing on citizens’ wellbeing and urban economic competitiveness. The application describes several cases how Tampere operates as a living laboratory and provides opportunities for co-creation and urban planning with citizens.
The application is titled Grow.Smart.Together – Tampere Co-creating Urban Future for Citizens. It was prepared by the Baltic Institute of Finland and the Tampere Region EU Office.