The Role of Cities in Building Effective Co-Operation Platforms and Urban Ecosystems

Location: Helsinki EU Office, Rue Belliard 15-17, Brussels
Event Date: 2018-10-09
Time: 16:00:00

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Member Event

Working Group:

Smart Cities



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Fostering EU's economic growth by platform economy

The Role of Cities in Building Effective Co-Operation Platforms and Urban Ecosystems

European Week of Regions and Cities Side Event
Hosted by City of Espoo

Brussels │9th of October 2018, 16:00 – 18:00
Venue: Helsinki EU Office, Rue Belliard 15-17 B- 1040 Brussels

In today´s economy added value is created increasingly in collaboration platforms that consist of different stakeholders that share an interest to work together.
In this seminar we will focus on the different roles that cities play in such a platform economy. Is a city mainly an enabler or an active participant? Or both? Does a city have a special role as neutral actor bringing stakeholders together and building trust between them? How is value created to every stakeholder and beneficial impact to the entire society? How are the collaborative rules agreed upon and progress evaluated in complex ecosystems consisting of participants with potentially conflicting interests? How is data managed and shared in general – an especially in a digital environment?
You are most welcome to attend this seminar and learn more about cities´ role in different co-operation platforms.



16.00       Welcome by Krista Taipale, Head of Office, Helsinki EU Office

16.05       Boosting platform economy at the EU level – Aura Salla, Adviser for Communication and Outreach, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

16.15       City as a Service -  Enabling and fostering platform economy by redefining the functions of a city – Dr. Päivi Sutinen, Director of Services Development, City of Espoo

16.20       Platform economy in a city context - Background of the survey – Tomas Lehtinen, Data analytics consultant, City of Espoo

16.30       What are the key success factors when creating city platforms – Peter Ylén, D.Sc, Business Ecosystems, Value Chains and Foresight, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

16.55       Invitation to discuss city platforms: How a city can benefit from platforms and collaboration - and vice versa – what added value can a city bring to platforms – #MakeWithEspoo 

                Piia Wollstén, Development Manager, City of Espoo

17.00       Q&A

17.15       Networking cocktail


Registration for the event is possible here.