Estonian Smart City Cluster London Mission

by gerttu.simm
Estonian Smart City Cluster and partners (Mobi Lab, Positium, Cityntel, Elisa, Government office of Estonia, Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol, Tallinn University of Technology, Ülemiste Technopolis, Tallinn City Government) had a trade mission to London and Milton Keynes in order to meet the newest smart city technologies on the market, introduce Estonian smart city initiatives and find possibilities for future collaboration.
Many interesting meetings and events were held during the 4-day visit:

Open Data Institute 

The ODI was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and AI expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt to address today’s global challenges using the web of data. 

Headquartered in London, with an international reach, hundreds of members, thousands of people trained, dozens of startups incubated, and a convening space based in the heart of London’s thriving Shoreditch area, ODI invites everyone interested in developing with data – whether on an individual, organisational or global level – to get in touch.

Tech UK 

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 900 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ approximately 700,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium-sized businesses.

Digital Greenwich

The Royal Borough of Greenwich launched its “Smart City” strategy on the 22nd October 2015. This set out how the Council proposes to implement “smarter” approaches to coping with the challenges ahead, and to create new opportunities for businesses and local communities, securing business regeneration and growth.

Transport Systems Catapult (Milton Keynes) 

The Transport Systems Catapult is one of ten elite technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. It was created to drive and promote Intelligent Mobility – using new and emerging technologies to transport people and goods more smartly and efficiently.

Smart City Seminar and Reception in Estonian Embassy

Main goal of the seminar was to introduce the differences of UK market – how would Estonian companies be able to participate in public tenders in UK and what are the most important aspects to keep in mind while searching for business opportunities in UK. We also had introduction of the project Cities & Collaboration which empowers international collaboration by developing innovative programmes for cities and industries. They empower collaboration between cities making joining forces easy. The work is based on 3 pillars: blueprints of successful cases, innovative use of technology and collaborative thought leadership. Participants also had a great overview about innovative public procurement on the example of Transport for London.

Smart City Seminar in Digital Greenwich 

Digital Greenwich runs an innovation centre and manages office space on the Greenwich Peninsula. It provides high quality office space and panoramic views of London for small and medium digital businesses. Its fully serviced office space provides video conferencing, exhibition areas, boardrooms, a reception and support services. The centre is situated in 6 Mitre Passage, a BREEM rated ‘excellent’ building that utilises renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and ground source cooling systems to achieve a carbon footprint of 35% below building regulations.