Tallinn hosts 25 cities at international Smart City Convention

  • 2023-11-14

Tallinn – European Green Capital 2023 welcomes 150 delegates from 25 smart cities for two-day international conference Smart City Convention “Shaking Up The Status Quo: When Only Being Smart Is Not Enough”.

Today and tomorrow 150 delegates from 25 European, Asian, African and North American cities are in Tallinn attending the Smart City Convention and discussing issues of strategic innovation, human-centric implementation of smart city tools, and connecting public and private sectors. The Convention is targeting urban professionals – politicians, experts and specialists, working towards making cities innovative and sustainable. 

The conference was opened by Mayor of Tallinn, Mr. Mihhail Kõlvart, who noted that a smart city is a city where citizens, companies, academia, and city-leaders co-create a sustainable and green living environment based on data and knowledge with the help of innovative digital technologies. „For many years, Tallinn has supported and implemented innovative smart city solutions that make the city more modern, human-friendly, sustainable, and inclusive. As a smart city, we can be an example to others as well as learn from others,“ Mr. Kõlvart said.

“Tallinn has long lasting partnerships with our universities and together with Helsinki we have created the FinEst Smart City Centre of excellence that develops smart city solutions according to the needs and wellbeing of our citizens. Solutions like digital monitoring of building’s energy performance, self-driving shuttles in public transport systems or dynamic green information models,” Mr. Kõlvart added.

The objective of the Smart City Convention is to promote thinking outside the box, encourage active networking and sharing peer-to-peer knowledge in topics such as the challenges of strategic innovation, human-centric approach to smart city tools, about artificial intelligence, and urban governance.

Visionaries such as Adam GreenfieldElin Hauge and Gunther Pauli talk about how cities define the green transition and use smart solutions such as AI. In addition, on site study tours are organized to Tehnopol & TalTech FinEst Centre for Smart Cities and Ülemiste City campus.

Smart City Convention is a part of Tallinn’s Greentech week – the biggest greentech event in the region. Other events include NEXPO Tallinn, GreenEst Summit, Green Governance Conference, Cleantech Forum Europe and Balanced Economy Forum.

For more information see the whole program: https://nexpotallinn.com/et/smart-cities-convention/