Smart City for the Citizens 2017

by gerttu.simm
We are glad to invite you to our annual international smart city conference -             Smart City for the Citizens 2017

The conference will be held in Estonian National Museum (Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu)         on 1st of June 2017. 


Option 1 - The backstage of Estonian National Museum - 107 years in the making and ten years in the building

Everyone can visit the museum that houses Estonian history, tradition, new aims and engaging dreams, but you will have an exclusive chance to see the backstage - how was the biggest museum in Estonia built during the 10 year process and how is the building with 6000 square meters of exhibition space operated and maintained today. 

Option 2 - e-Estonia – an incredible success story that grew out of a partnership between a forward-thinking government, a pro-active ICT sector and a switched-on, tech-savvy population

Get the overview about how the success story developed and how it’s making the everyday life of state and city officials and of course the citizens much easier (X-road, electronical tax declarations & bank transfers, e-elections, participative budgeting, e-identity etc.)

Option 3 - SPARK Demo Centre - it brings together region's most successful manufacturers, exporters, opinion leaders, employers, brightest start-ups, business support organizations, educational and R&D institutions

You will see how the business is done not only in Tartu but in the whole southern region, meet some of the most innovative entrepreneurs and their solutions.

Option 4 - The Future of Self-Driving Vehicles

In our vision, we imagine the widespread use of self-driving vehicles to lead to a more humane future where the tedious time spent in traffic will be put to better use either for work or leisure. A future where people are liberated from the need to live close to their place of occupation as private, public and social transport is fast, on-demand and inexpensive. A future where both the government and private sector can make better data-based decisions on mobility. Comprehensive use of self-driving vehicles gives a fillip to a ubiquitous new paradigm in complex design of transportation industry. It is huge opportunity to increase the efficiency of public as well as private investments in transportation sector. You are welcome to learn more about the concept and discuss with us!



Conference -> Estonian National Museum (Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu)

There are two parking areas at the Estonian National Museum which are free for visitors. There is also a taxi stop located in the front of the main entrance. You can also use public transport, taxi or come on foot (the venue is arount 2,5km from the city centre).

From Tartu city centre you can come with the public bus number 27 to the "ERM" stop. You can plan your route on site  From city centre the bus number 27 is starting from the stop ‘’Kesklinn’’ and it takes about 9 minutes to arrive to the venue (stop "ERM"). When traveling by bus, we would recommend downloading the application Tartu bussiajad for real time timetables for iOS or Android.

For taxis you can use following telephone numbers: 

  • Tartu Linna Takso +372 736 6366
  • Elektritakso +372 5749 5749
  • Takso 1 +372 1300, +372 742 0000, +372 5344 4000
or download the taxi application Taxify for iOS or Android.

At the venue look for Entrance B or ask to be directed to the Theatre Hall.

Networking Dinner & River cruise -> Sisevete Saatkond (Emajõe, Tartu) 


You can reach Tartu by flying to the local Tartu Airport which is directly accessible from Helsinki. Helsinki-Tartu flights are operated by Finnair seven days a week.

You can also reach Tartu through Tallinn and Riga. Tallinn International Airport is located just outside the city centre, on the road to Tartu. From Tallinn Airport you can take a Lux Express bus to Tartu (departs from the city center and also from the airport at least once in every hour, the journey time is 2,5 hours). It would be better to buy a ticket in advance from the previous web page. You may also take an Elron train from Tallinn to Tartu (departs also from near the airport, journey time for the express trains is 2 hours). Also, buying tickets in advance from the web page is highly recommended. Riga International Airport is connected with Tartu trough Lux Express buses. 


We have put together a list of hotels in Tartu for which we have negotiated special prices for you. Rooms and prices are subject to availability, so please make your bookings as soon as possible. We kindly ask you to book the room by sending an e-mail to the hotel. The key word for special prices is “Smart Tartu”. Please note that the special rates are only available if booked directly with the hotel and not through external internet booking systems such as


Single 79€

Twin 93€ 

For booking please send an e-mail and use keyword "Smart Tartu"                         


Superior Single 77 €

SuperiorTwin/Double 97 €

For booking please send an e-mail and use keyword "Smart Tartu"             


Single 61€

Twin 72€

For booking please send an e-mail and use keyword "Smart Tartu"


Single 60€

Twin/Double 75.75€

For booking please send an e-mail and use keyword "Smart Tartu"


Private Single 35€

Private Twin/Double 49€

For booking please send an e-mail and use keyword “Smart Tartu”            

If you have any questions concerning the program, transport, accommodation or anything else, please get in touch:

The conference is supported by European Regional Development Fund