Take part in co-creating a joint Nordic smart city model

Design and Architecture Norway and Nordic collaboration partners are inviting you to the second digital workshop, open for everyone who wants to contribute to the development of a joint Nordic smart city model, as a human-centered alternative to the American and Chinese models.

Demos Helsinki is one of the organizations behind The Nordic smart city model initiative.

16 November 13.00-15.30 CET
Digital workshop in zoom


Municipalities and organizations from all over the Nordic countries have joined forces to define a common smart city model based on Nordic values – building on the good work that has already been done in the Nordic countries. The aim is to bring inspiration to Nordic municipalities of all sizes working with smart city processes, as well as strengthen the Nordic region’s position as a leading smart city region globally – offering an alternative smart city model that puts the citizens’ quality of life at the center.

The Nordic countries have joined forces to define a common smart city model based on Nordic values

We want to gather as much input and knowledge as possible in this process, and therefore invite everyone who wants to contribute to a digital workshop taking place on 16 November from 13.00 to 15.30 CET. This is the second workshop taking place, and the participants will further explore and build on the result from the first workshop.

To highlight different perspectives on what a Nordic smart city model can and should be, we have invited selected experts to reflect on the topic from their sector or discipline. All participants will then discuss and process the reflections together.

Workshop programme

(Central European Time)

12.30 Zoom call opens: Afternoon coffee and testing connections
13.00 Welcome and introduction
13.20 The academic perspective: Laura Ruotsalainen, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki, Finland
13.30 Joint discussion
13.40 The rural perspective: Moa Björnson, Head of Development, Municipality of Træna, Norway
13.50 Joint discussion
14.00 The business perspective: Peter Bjørn Larsen, Director, Smart City Insights,Denmark
14.10 Joint discussion
14.20 Break
14.30 The nature perspective: Mette Skjold, CEO and Partner, SLA, Denmark
14.40 Joint discussion
14.50 The civil society perspective: Per Widlund, General Manager, Missing People Sweden
15.00 Joint discussion
15.10 Summing up the discussion
15.25 Thank you and next steps

About the initiative The Nordic smart city model

At the core of this joint Nordic initiative, funded by Nordic Innovation, is a global need for an alternative, human-centered smart city model. Nordic characteristics and values such as high-quality public services, extensive user data, high levels of trust in public organizations, openness in decisions, citizen participation and respect for privacy make Nordic municipalities and cities an ideal starting point.

At the core of this joint Nordic initiative, is a global need for an alternative, human-centered smart city model.

Based on already existing smart city initiatives and strategies in the Nordic countries, including the Norwegian National Roadmap for Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities, we will develop a joint Nordic smart city model, which can serve as a framework for smart city work in cities and municipalities both in the Nordics and internationally. The model will describe how Nordic cities and municipalities can act as drivers and facilitators for collaborative processes and use new technology while protecting and putting forward the interests of the inhabitants.

In addition to defining and describing a Nordic smart city model, we will identify projects from each Nordic country that demonstrate the model in practice. These projects will be showcased in selected Nordic and international arenas.

The following organizations are behind the initiative:

Nordic Smart City Network
Nordic Edge
Design and Architecture Norway (DOGA)
Danish Design Center
Danish Architecture Center
Demos Helsinki
Iceland Design and Architecture
Nordic Urban Resilience Institute

Article photo: Arvid Malde