Workshops: Peer eXchange Learning

 In Event, Finland

WP2 GA 2.3: Organizing Peer eXchange and Learning (PXL) workshops

21st August 2019

Peer eXchange and Learning workshop on Smart Specialisation Strategies, 21.8.2019, Riihimäki



To compare regional Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) in Finland, OSIRIS project organised a workshop using Peer Exchange and Learning method, focusing on strategies of Kanta-Häme and Uusimaa. The event was organised in Riihimäki on 21.8.2019.


From Uusimaa Regional Council, Rosa Tuomi presented their RIS3 strategy called “City of humans”. The main focus points of the strategy are the human dimension, participation, open data and applications, the point of view of the citizen with goals of developing the built environment, inclusion, preventing digital marginalisation and applications supporting everyday life (Smart city). Rosa Tuomi presented a few projects, as Seniors as AI mentors and Digitally smart, focusing on seniors. Uusimaa Regional Council succeeded in getting a lot of EU-projects, but they need to involve more actors and businesses.


From the Regional Council of Häme, Minna Takala presented their RIS3 strategy, called Smart Tavastia 2018-2021. As a smaller territory, the development work involves less actors, but is more easy to build development ecosystem with them. In Häme they concentrate on communication, using social media and other channels. Project examples from Häme were Fiksu Assa – developing the services of railway station areas with low-carbon services and events, and Terveellinen digitalo (“Healthy Digital Buildings”) – measuring, sensor installation and new building services engineering from the viewpoint of energy efficiency and healthy housing, includes the City of Hämeenlinna and SSAB, and Avoin Häme (”Open Häme”) project for developing open data services, such as an open event calendar.


Both presenters gave reflections on each other’s strategies, raising regional specialities, qualities and implementation methods.