Public Sector Session

Wednesday 16th

11:00h - 12:30h

Cities produce a huge variety of services to thousands or even millions of residents in Europe. For example, tasks of a Finnish municipality are healthcare, social services, education and infrastructure and land use among other things.

At the same time in the next decades, the world will change more than it has changed in the last centuries. Inspiring innovations which often have something to do with artificial intelligence change established operations, creating new opportunities for building a sustainable and human-oriented future.

The public sector must actively search for a new role in the changes of individuals, communities, businesses, society, environment and definitely technology. In the place of traditional, siloed and administration-based activity, the public sector needs new, open and effective ways to for example understand them. Open activity strengthens participation, responsibility and trust. It clears the way for customer-relationship-based services, new business operations and the new role of public operations.

This session handles how the public sector, such as cities, should be involved in the use of and develop artificial intelligence. Instead of cities presenting their own artificial intelligence projects during the session, we will talk about the role. Should public sector enable value creation by creating new types of local and national ecosystems with the help of data?


Tomas Lehtinen (Data Analytics Consultant, City of Espoo)



Pekka Niskasaari (Project Manager, Forum Virium Helsinki)

Claus Popp Larsen (Head of 'Connected Cities', RISE Research Institutes of Sweden)

Jarmo Eskelinen (Director, Data Driven Innovation Programme, University of Edinburgh)

Till Christopher Lech (Research Manager, SINTEF)