Espoo has been named as one of the top seven cities in the international Intelligent Communities Awards 2018. Other finalists include cities from Canada, Australia and Taiwan. The winner city will be announced at the ICF Global Summit on 4-6 June in London.
The theme of the 2018 competition is Humanizing Data. Espoo’s strength in the competition has been defined the citizen-driven approach to sustainable Smart City development, where the active involvement of residents is at the heart of all activities. Some examples that Espoo presented to the jury included the School as a Service model, Iso Omena Service Centre and the activities implemented under the Sustainable Espoo programme.
The other cities to make it among the seven finalists are from Canada, Australia and Taiwan. Oulu is the only other Finnish city to have reached the top seven in 2012 and 2013. One of Espoo’s main assets in the competition is its customer-oriented approach to the sustainable development of the Smart City: the aim is to include residents in all the city’s activities.
The winner city will be announced at the ICF Global Summit on 4-6 June in London.