Time: 11. June 2021 at 10:00am - 12:00am
Location: Zoom

Language: English

A great opportunity to hear more about the pilot projects that started their journey from January and should have their solutions piloted by May 2023.

Read more about these four pilot projects HERE


10:00 am -  Elevator pitches about pilot projects: DigiAudit, Future Transport, GreenTwins, Microgrids and Energy Storage.

10:15 am - Research component and cooperation opportunitie

  • How can other researchers, doctoral students cooperate with your pilot project?
  • Which of the research questions have the pilot projects started to explore? What have they discovered so far? What makes these questions specially challenging?
Questions from the audience

11:00 am - Piloting component and cooperation opportunities

  •  What are the pilot projects in practical terms developing based on the research outputs?
  • How the developed solution gets piloted in the partner cities / local-authorities? And what have you already done to prepare for that?
  • What is your future offer for other cities?
Questions from the audience

(January 21.-22. January, 2021)

Time: 21. January 2021
Location: Zoom

Language: English

Registration HERE

The First Smart City Exchange Forum is the culmination of one year of work and progress by the members of the FinEst Twins research streams. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we were forced to revisit the Smart City Conference originally planned for the 5th of November of 2020 in Tallinn and transform it into the current First Smart City Exchange Forum to be held online on the 21st of January 2021.

The Forum is an online one-day event for the researchers and cities and other stakeholders involved or interested in FinEst Twins Smart City centre activities, as well as the ones interested in applying and testing smart city approach through agile piloting in urban context.

During the Forum selected city representatives from Estonia and Finland and FinEst Twins research stream leaders will communicate their ideas and plans in the smart city field, share their research and experiences as well as visions for collaboration with other relevant stakeholders.

The aim of the Forum is to communicate the research content of FinEst Twins and to enhance cooperation and networking between researchers from Estonia and Finland, between cities, policy makers, citizens, NGO-s, SMES and other relevant stakeholders for developing sustainable, resilient and smarter urban environment.




Time: 22. January 2021 from 10:00-11:00

Location: Zoom

Language: English

The City reception is an informal chat between cities, researchers and other relevant stakeholders to discuss three city challenges proposed by the Forum presenters from Tartu, Võru and Lääne-Harju.


The discussions will be about the following topics:

  1. How to make good use of energy data and how can the cities contribute to the establishment of energy communities? Topic from the city of Tartu
  1. How to support Circular Economy by certain ecosystems in small towns? Topic from the city of Võru
  1. Would MaaS concept work in sparse population density areas? Topic from Lääne-Harju county

Schedule of the city reception:  

10:00-10:15 Topic opening

10:15-10:45 Group chat

10:45-10:50 Break

10:50-11:00 Final comments

This initiative is supported by the European Commission (H2020 grant 856602)

and the Estonian government (Ministry of Education and Research) and European Regional Fund (grant 2014-2020.4.01.20-0289)

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact:  

Lill Sarv

+372 5627 3322

Matti Hämäläinen

+358 40 626 7995

Kalle Toiskallio

+358 50 406 64 69


(November 2020 - March 2021)

The monthly Research & Innovation Seminar (RIS, pronounced like RISE). RIS is 
part of FinEst Twins in collaboration especially with TalTech, Aalto University and Forum Virium Helsinki. RIS purposely associated with any rising things is in a way miniature of the main idea of the FinEst Twins Centre of Excellence; that is, a fruitful combination of deep academic research and innovations and a more practical development approach of cities and companies.

RIS has three goals:

1) Researchers internal discussions (=opportunities to show your own work results and research plans, for example to find new inter-stream connections) 2) Give researchers opportunities to discuss and then collaborate with cities (to get data and create pilots with urban developers, to get further funding, for example)
3) Discuss and ask smart questions about FinEst Twins project, the FinEst Twins Smart City Centre of Excellence.

  • December 16th, 2020 Smart sustainable city heating systems webinar recording is available HERE!
  • January 12th, 2021  Smart Mobility  webinar recording is available HERE!
  • March, 2nd 2021 Urban Analytics & Data Stream webinar recording is available HERE!

!! New session of RIS started from June 2021. You can find the information about RIS sessions


Visual 3D models are being deployed in smart cities around the world. While earlier the motivation was mostly on visualizing the buildings, the latest developments will turn the 3D models into a rich source of information related to the urban landscape and built environment. One of the goals of the FinEst Twins project is to develop the Digital Twins of Helsinki and Tallinn as joint effort. The work also supports the urban research done in Aalto University and TalTech. The webinar series is a masterclass of smart city digital twins, presented by top experts in the field and supported with state of the art showcases from around the world.

More information and registration HERE

Missed these webinars? Watch Masterclass webinars recordings from our YouTube channel!


11:00-11:15 FinEst Twins Smart City Challenge by Mrs Külle Tärnov, Head of Innovation
11:15-11:45 Vienna Smart City by Mag. Nikolaus Summer, Urban Innovation Vienna, Smart City Agency, Senior Expert
11:45-12:15 Jelgava Smart City by Gints Reinsons, Head of Operational Information Centre of Jelgava city
12:15-12:20 Closing words by Külle Tärnov

The webinar took place on Oct 19 and you are warmly welcome to listen the webinar recording. 

Smart City Wien defines Smart City as a city that assigns priority to, and interlinks, the issues of energy, mobility, buildings and infrastructure. In developing these fields, an emphasis is given to radical resource preservation, development and productive use of innovations/new technologies and high and socially balanced quality of living.  Smart City should be therefore able to safeguard the city’s ability to withstand future challenges in a comprehensive fashion. The elementary trait of Smart City Wien lies in the holistic approach pursued, which comprises novel mechanisms of action and co-ordination in politics and administration as well as a wider leeway of action assigned to citizens.

Gints Reinsons in 2010 co-founded first and only Operative Information Centre operated by City Municipality in the whole Baltic and Scandinavian region. What others call a job, he calls amazing journey, which with combination of agile and hardworking team, proactive Jelgava City management encouragement has paid off with great recognition and results. Now Jelgava is recognized as Smart City worldwide (especially in Europe).

Jelgava Municipal Operational Information Centre (JPOIC) uses comprehensive communication, information exchange and analysis mechanisms that provide direct communication between residents of Jelgava city, infrastructure maintenance, operational services, state and local government institutions, commercial companies and the Civil Protection Commission.