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Here you can find Baltic Urban Forum for Smart Cities Concept Paper

Previous Meetings:
Baltic Urban Forum ideas and concept development workshop on 19- 20 January 2014 in Tartu, Estonia

As the cities are playing the most important role in the Baltic Sea Region development, UBC Board has together with the Baltic Development Forum and City of Turku taken the initiative to prepare a concept for a “Baltic Sea Region Urban Forum for Smart Cities”. The initiative has get initial financing for the preparatory activities from the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Seed Money facility.

Presentations:
Rein Ahas – Smart Cities and Big Data
Erki Saluveer – Mobile Phones as Sensors for Urban Mobility Measurement
Lars Maura – City-Business Cooperation
Risto Veivo – Climate and Environment Policies
Karolina Huss – Öresund Smart City Hub
Björn Grönholm – BUF Smart City concept
Björn Grönholm – Draft Model for BUF
Krista Kampus – BUF
Hannes Astok – BUF
Björn Grönholm – Successful City Development
Inete Ielite – Riga Smart City Potential

Minutes: Minutes of the Meeting

See also: Workshop to Prepare an Urban Forum for Smart Cities in the Baltic Sea Region.

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Baltic Urban Forum for the smarter cities in the Baltic Sea region

UBC Board has together with the Baltic Development Forum and City of Turku taken the initiative to prepare a concept for a “Baltic Sea Region Urban Forum for Smart Cities”.
The initiative has recently get initial financing for the preparatory activities from the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region Seed Money facility.
The main project will establish the “Baltic Sea Region Urban Forum for Smart Cities” – a forum that will play an important future role for enabling urban areas in the Baltic Sea Region to move beyond “pockets of smartness” to becoming genuinely smart.
The rapid advancement of information and communication technologies (ICT) in all sectors, new environment-friendly solutions, integrated water and energy systems and multi-model mobility planning, among of other new ways of thinking, provide cities and towns with an increasing set of new innovative opportunities. Those tools allow to generate, transmit and use energy with less pollution; to support citizens mobility by the better and cleaner solutions in transportation; to communicate, discuss and co-create with the citizens the future of cities through online platforms, to create services that are better reached and tailored etc. etc.
Put together, cities and towns have a number of opportunities to be smarter both as consumers of resources and producers of services – they can become Smart Cities.
However, no matter how “smart” – also in terms of economic benefits – a number of available and even proven green economy solutions are not adopted as everyday practice. The formation of an international and regional space for the cities to discuss those issues, learn from each other and share the best practices will help bridge this gap.
The questions to be answered during the main project are: How to be smart? How to implement smart city innovations and approaches in policies and service delivery in cities and town throughout the Baltic Sea region? What we can learn from each other? What practices are transferable and adaptable to other cities and towns – and how to roll out these practices at scale and with speed in the Baltic Sea Region?

For this purpose – identifying, adapting and multiplying good practices in being smart about urban development – the Union of Baltic Cities, Baltic Development Forum, participating cities and towns and innovation agencies will develop the “Baltic Sea Region Urban Forum for Smart Cities”.

The concept must be ready and presented in the Baltic Development Forum in June 2014 in Turku, Finland.
The project is leaded by the Smart City Lab Tartu on behalf of UBC.

The first project development meeting, open for all interested partners, will take place 21 November 2013 in Tartu, Estonia. We call all UBC cities, businesses and citizens organizations to participate in this challenging process and share the ideas, concepts and best practices.