Pilots and experiments


We have constantly more or less 20 pilot projects ongoing. Explore examples of ongoing and finished Six City Strategy pilot projects that have been carried out in the areas of the six largest cities in Finland. Each pilot project involves actors from at least two of the Six Cities. The cities are Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Oulu and Turku.

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Learning and learning environment projects

Smart learning environments of the future

The aim of the Smart learning environments of the future project is to improve the business opportunities of companies that develop services, products and technologies related to learning and smart learning environments, both physical and virtual.

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Energy efficiency and circular economy projects


The CircHubs project focuses on developing the circular economy centres of the Six Cities. The aim is to seek new business and business models in the areas as well as establish new partnerships and new types of cooperation.

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CircVol – Utilisation of side streams and masses of soil in cities

CircVol project promotes business that subscribes to the ideas of circular economy and the utilisation of large volumes of industrial side streams and earth masses in earthworks.

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Climate Street

In the Climate Street project, Iso Roobertinkatu in Helsinki as well as Tikkuraitti and Asematie in Vantaa were turned into Climate Streets, which were then used as testing areas for various pilot projects. The pilots aimed at building of a low-carbon society capable of adapting to climate change.

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Energy Wise Cities

Energy Wise Cities elevates the Six Cities into internationally aspirational areas in energy-efficient living, zero-energy construction, the implementation of a multiform energy system, monitoring energy-efficiency and user guidance.

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Smart mobility and infrastructure projects


Smart cities and their services are built upon wireless technologies and efficient utilisation of data. Consequently, cities are now actively investing in various sensor technologies and seeking potential Internet of Things (IoT) applications for developing their services.

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Last Mile

The Last Mile project improves transport experiences in the Helsinki region through the utilisation of smart mobility services. The project aims at developing sustainable mobility service concepts for the needs of tourism companies in particular. The market-driven services created in the project will complement the current transport system.

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New solutions in city logistics

The objective of the project is to develop companies’ transportation to make it cost-efficient and sustainable.

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Open real time interfaces in transport and traffic (LIIRA)

In the Open real time interfaces in transport and traffic (LIIRA) project, the cities of Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Oulu worked together to open up real-time traffic data APIs. The data sources consisted of public transport, traffic light, maintenance and parking data.

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The objective of the ROBOREEL project is to identify challenges that small and medium-sized enterprises have in terms of robotics, increase company know-how through training and identify and utilise the business opportunities presented by robotics.

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Smart City Guidance

The Smart City Guidance project has defined two areas in need of development: guidance in normal situations and guidance of large crowds. The project approaches these two areas from the perspective of cities as well as companies

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SOHJOA robot buses

SOHJOA created a completely new field of mobility in Finland and served to build up related know-how and networks. The project also gave rise to two new start-ups that continue developing the technology further.

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Health and wellbeing projects


The primary objective of the CoHeWe project is to promote cooperation between businesses and cities and enable the development and piloting of new, customer-oriented wellbeing and health services.

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Hippa – Wellbeing and better service housing through digitalisation

The project develops smart service housing and opportunities for those who need support to continue living at home in the Six Cities.

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University hospitals as innovation platforms (YSI)

The YSI project aimed at creating a nationally reproducible operating model for finding and assessing innovations that meet the needs of hospitals and creating new business out of them by means of co-creation. The operating model is based on development needs arising from either daily hospital work or the strategic development policies of hospital districts.

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Virtual innovation platform in service robotics (PalRob)

The aim of the PalRob project was to develop an open and virtual service robotics innovation platform and to assess the functionality of the platform. The project included seven service robotics experiments in Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa.

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Supporting growth-seeking companies

Ecosystems of Growth

With the Ecosystems of Growth project, Six Cities support the research and product development of growth-seeking companies through innovation services and new networks.

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Employment and competence projects


The Digipore project increases employment in the field of technology, strengthens the digital skills and expertise of job-seekers and increases the attractiveness of the technology branch as an employer. A further objective is to create new services through agile piloting.

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Game Time

The Game Time project supported the employment and study guidance of young people between the ages of 17 and 29 in Oulu and Tampere through Pelifarmi coaching programmes. Two thirds of the young people who participated in the Pelifarmi coaching programmes continued on to employment or studies. The coaching concept can be used in other areas besides game development.

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The PoraKONE project aims at developing a new operating model for responding to the changing competence needs of engineers and creating new types of collaboration between universities. The project’s pilots involve training engineers based on the needs of the mechanical, energy and maritime engineering industries.

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