The City of Tampere is running for the Europe’s innovation capital
The regional key stakeholders and development organisations, The Baltic Institute of Finland acting as the main architect pulled together and submitted a very comprehensive and distinguished application for the European Capital of Innovation Award (iCapital) 2016 competition.
“We have a long tradition in innovation politics and we are both national and international pioneers on the development of open innovation platforms. Finland is known in Europe for the Tampere-based innovation network Demola”, Ikonen continues.
Tampere’s application for the iCapital tells the city’s innovation history: the city was built around the traditional industry, molded through Nokia into a knowledge-based economic region and from that onwards to an innovation laboratory grounded in excellence, where the city enables open innovation experiments for companies and developers.
”In the application, we highlight Tesoma as a new kind of a smart development environment for services and urban development. In addition to Tesoma, what sets us apart from the other applicants are the innovation platforms already in action: New Factory, Demola and Mediapolis. In the EU competition for the European Capital of Innovation the emphasis is on bringing the innovation activity close to the citizens and the residents participating in it – which is exactly the way that Tampere looks at it: the city as an innovation platform”, sums up the director of the Baltic Institute of Finland Esa Kokkonen, who was also responsible for compiling the application.
In Tampere, the prize funds would go for example towards developing of new service models, digital health innovations and intelligent transport services for the new well-being centre being built in Tesoma. Utilizing open data solutions and innovative public procurement are the city’s pivotal instruments when it comes to generating service innovations.
You can visit and read through Tampere’s application for the European Capital of Innovation Award in innovationcapital.fi.