Come and join the first Estonian Smart City conference and showcase

Registration to the conference “Smart City for the Citizens” is open, early bird tickets are still available! The conference is a part of Estonian ICT Week and takes place on June 1st 2016 in Tartu.

In the morning you will have a chance to hear inspiring speeches about smart cities and in the afternoon there will be many on-site demonstrations of smart city solutions in the city environment.

More information available and registration, hotels etc: //


Full video and presentations of March 15 seminar now available!

Click HERE to see full video and download materials!

February 18th lecture CANCELED

Sorry for the inconvenience everyone: due to health issues of the presenter, the seminar on February 18th will be CANCELED!
Hope to see you all at our event in March!

Best wishes,
FINEST Twins team

FINEST Twins newsletter / February 2016

Keep up with FINEST Twins – check out our February newsletter!

FINEST Twins newsletter / January 2016

Keep up with FINEST Twins – check out our January newsletter!

Smartovkas and Finest Twin Cities – How Estonia Is Creating Smart Cities

Less than a month ago the climate agreement was concluded in Paris, and it challenges both city planners and scientists to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as energy efficient and smart solutions are a big part of the deal.

As it happens, teams in Tallinn and Tartu are working on making Estonian cities smarter. In Tartu it is done by turning khrushchyovkas into smartovkas, as the University of Tartu (UT) participates in the EU’s Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities Lighthouse project SmartEnCity. The project is all about reconstructing cities into smart energy-efficient communities.


At the same time, a two-hour drive away, the Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) is busy with joining Tallinn and Helsinki who are to become the finest twin cities, as the Smart TwinCity project FINEST Twins is being developed. With this project, TUT’s Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance and Finland’s Aalto University have reached the second round of teaming top science centres, which is an EU measure for providing countries with centres of excellence.

Read more!

FINEST Twins newsletter / November 2015

Keep up with FINEST Twins – check out our November newsletter!

Cyber security specialist Jarno Limnell: Helsinki-Tallinn a Smart Twin City

On Sunday (1 Nov) Estonian Public Broadcasting published Jarno Limnell’s opinion piece about the necessity of the Helsinki-Tallinn Smart Twin City. To read the article, please have a look here! (article is in Estonian)

New material available on October 27th seminar!

Have a look at the latest presentations and video of our 27th of October seminar “What is Smart City?” at Aalto University here!


FINEST Twins: Smart City Center of Excellence

The FINEST Twins Center of Excellence will be the first EU cross-border Smart City research excellence and demo lab. The smart city concept is based on the idea that information and communication technologies improve the functioning of cities by enhancing efficiency and improving competitiveness. However, there is no leading definition of Smart City, and the current trends of any individual Smart City depend to a great extent on the local contextual factors.

Please check back soon for updates from the Smart TwinCity and FINEST Twins team!

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