The aim of the Helsinki Innovation Districts project is to make the everyday lives of residents more diverse and easier while giving rise to new business.
Ever since their construction, Jätkäsaari and Kalasatama districts in Helsinki have been developed with smart technical solutions while supporting carbon neutrality. Now the best solutions are also being exported to other communities in the capital. The aim of the Helsinki Innovation Districts project is to make the everyday lives of residents more diverse and easier while giving rise to new business.
Now the tried and tested methods used in the building of these innovational smart city districts are to be implemented also in older parts of Helsinki. In practice, this means the launch of a number of development projects in Malmi, Pasila, Mellunkylä and Malminkartano-Kannelmäki, which residents will also be invited to participate in. These projects will involve the testing and implementation of new digital solutions, the aim of which is to make the lives of the residents of Helsinki and the planning of services more diverse and efficient, while promoting carbon-neutral living.
The project is being carried out in cooperation with not only city residents, but companies, various City units focusing on urban development, and research institutions as well. The aim is to increase the City’s, companies’ and residents’ understanding of new technologies, such as smart & clean solutions that facilitate carbon neutrality, that have notable scaling and business potential, especially in older city districts. The pilot and development operations are coordinated by Forum Virium, and the aim is to implement the best solutions in multiple areas.
The project is being carried out collaboratively by Forum Virium Helsinki, the City of Helsinki Economic Development Division and the City Executive Office’s Area Construction unit, which are together responsible for the coordination of the project, the preparation and promotion of the project roadmap and cooperation between areas.
The project will run from November 2020 to December 2023.