Tallinn University of Technology is the only technological university in Estonia. It combines expertise and experience from both ICT as well as from other scientific disciplines important to Smart Cities (innovation policy, e-Governance). It has extensive expertise in leading European projects as well as working in close collaboration with public organizations and private companies.
The main strategic objectives of the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication involve governance that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, an efficient and safe transport system, constantly developing information society and environmentally friendly energy supply at a justified price. The involvement of the Ministry secures that the CoE will gain access and have impact in the Estonian public bodies.
Forum Virium Helsinki is an innovation unit within the Helsinki City organization playing a key role in implementing Helsinki’s Smart and Open City strategy. The main goal of Forum Virium Helsinki is to develop the essential building blocks for smart, and open cities of the future. Innovation initiatives such as Smart Kalasatama, Helsinki Region Infoshare, Open Ahjo, Helsinki Loves Developers, Apps4Finland, CitySDK, and Code for Europe are examples of Smart City initiatives advancing Helsinki’s Smart City Strategy. These projects give Forum Virium Helsinki a unique starting point to work on the creation of FINEST Twins CoE, where one key goal is to appropriate best practices from the well performing area to the new low performing area. Forum Virium’s participation also ensures the involvement of the City of Helsinki to the project.
Aalto University is one of EIT Digital’ core partners and hosts the Helsinki Node of EIT Digital. EIT Digital is one of the first Knowledge and Innovation Communities set up by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, as an initiative of the European Union. With its more than 120 partners consisting of companies, research institutions and universities, EIT Digital thrives to create new business in innovation areas related to ICT. EIT Digital has identified Urban Life and Mobility as well as Smart Spaces as two of its eight innovation areas. EIT Digital can bring the experience and expertise of its network to the FINEST Twins project. Thus, EIT Digital Helsinki is a very well placed to plan the scientific and innovation strategy of the CoE and to involve industrial and academic partners in the implementation phase of the project.