Service innovations for smart cities in Shanghai


Highlight of the fall activities in Shanghai is a two day workshop focusing on smart city solutions in terms of service innovations. Experts from Finland and China will take part in the workshop, including Director for Economic Development Tuula Antola from City of Espoo. She will provide the attendees with introduction to Espoo Innovation Garden ecosystem and recently approved city strategy of Espoo with ambitious goals related to sustainable growth. She will also act as a coach at the workshop with renowned professor Jarmo Suominen from Aalto University.

Espoo and Shanghai are celebrating 20 years of co-operation next year. The cities have similar themes to tackle, such as sustainable city development issues, though in different scale. 

Service design is the activity of planning and organizing people, infrastructure, communication and material components of a service in order to improve its quality and the interaction between the service providers and customers. City as a Service is about enabling service platform and modular system architecture that will create solutions which minimize investment and planning risks, optimise flexibility and maximise occupancy and usage of resources. As one example, School as a Service operating model was first developed and launched in collaboration of City of Espoo and Aalto University, and the same model has already been applied in Shanghai as a joint project of Tongji University and municipal authorities.  

Autumn workshops in China are part of the third project: the Co-creation Challenge, that focuses on three themes:  From static to dynamic, resilient environmentsFrom design to business thinking  and From information to impact. The grande finale of the whole project takes place in Shanghai in December with a pitching night and an award gala.