Tue 8 Oct 2019 Evening Reception

Evening reception and buffet dinner at Helsinki City Hall 18:0019:30.
Helsinki city hall is located next to Market Square, address is 
Pohjoisesplanadi 1113.

Day 1: Wed 9 Oct 2019 Morning

European cities need to come together as a leading problem-solving network with active knowledge exchange and drive to create concrete solutions to globally critical challenges. The European community is built on the common values of peace, equality and joint liability. Our cities are the glue that makes sure these values stick and are progressively taken forward in our city strategies and plans and actioned so, that they have both global and local impact.

During the first day, renowned experts on integration, urban policy and urban planning present their views on the power of co-creating our cities, the meaning of high quality urban environments and the rapid digital transformation reshaping our cities. How are we turning innovation and inspiration into lasting, positive impact in our cities?


Opening words
Moderators Tuuli Kaskinen & Henrik Suikkanen, Demos Helsinki

Opening speech
Jan Vapaavuori, Mayor of Helsinki

Keynote 1: Urban Century? Territorial Politics as Integrative Approach
Dr. Joan Clos,
Former Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN-Habitat

Keynote 2: An open city in divisive times
Maria Vassilakou,
Deputy Mayor of Vienna (2010–2019), Advisor

Keynote 3: Co-creating the city: how to integrate long-term vision and local action
Marko Peterlin, Co-founder and a director at IPop

Panel discussion

Closing the morning session

Lunch break

DAY 1: Wed 9 Oct 2019 Afternoon


Introduction to the afternoon session

Keynote 1: Learning curves for better city futures
Brent Toderian,

Keynote 2: Democratizing artificial intelligence and data 
Francesca Bria,
Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, Barcelona City Council

Keynote 3: Towards inclusive political participation in shaping European societies
Tunde Adefioye, 
City-dramaturg at KVS, City Theatre of Brussels

Coffee break

Trio debate: an interactive discussion

Closing words

Cocktails @Allas Sea Pool from 17.30 onwards

Allas Sea Pool Wine & Dine
Katajanokanlaituri 2A, 00160 Helsinki

Dat 2: Thu 10 Oct 2019 Morning

Cities have an active role in shaping European urban politics and cities must strengthen their role as an active partner with the EU alongside the member states. The EU is only as strong as its cities and neighbourhoods are.

The morning session invites European city leaders to discuss how European cities are achieving common targets set by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Urban Agenda and what are the key priorities for European Cities in the transition to post- 2020 Europe. 

The afternoon session is about embracing the idea, that cities are our ever-changing user platforms, where power is shared to create valuable solutions and innovations that are owned by our citizens. The parallel sessions structure around meaningful digitalization and open data, creating local resilience, fostering innovation and working together cross-regionally to produce stronger city regions. Professionals from different European cities and various city sectors present how they see their work as a tool for creating an impact towards sustainable city futures.


Opening speech: Keeping up with rapid change – responsive and responsible urban solutions
Jari Partanen,
State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Jyrki Katainen, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness (video greeting)

Leaders’ session: Cities as a glue of the EU – Conversation between European City Leaders

Anna Lisa Boni, EUROCITIES Secretary General
Henk Bouwman, Secretary General, METREX
Dennis Wedin, Vice Mayor for Housing and Real Estate, City of Stockholm
Andrei Novikov, Deputy Mayor, Tallinn

Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment, City of Helsinki

Closing words

Lunch break

DAY 2: Thu 10 Oct 2019 Afternoon


Introduction to the afternoon session:
Mari Vaattovaara, Director of Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies

Parallel sessions – What is your impact?

Session 1: Opening data and sharing information

Moderator: Irma Karjalainen,
HSY, Metrex
Paul Lecroart, Senior Urban Planner, Planning Agency for the Paris Metropolitan Region
Tanja Lahti, Project manager of Helsinki Region Infoshare
Maarit Kahila, CEO and co-founder of 
Maptionnaire, Helsinki
Susa Eräranta, Architect, D.Sc. (Tech.) in Strategic urban planning, City of Helsinki

Session 2: Making resilient neighbourhoods

Kaisa Schmidt-ThoméSenior Expert in Urban Transformations team at Demos Helsinki
Seppo Junnila, Professor of Real Estate Business at Aalto University, Finland
Martin Barry, Founder and Chairman at reSITE
Gunnar Heipp, Professor in Transportation planning, HSR Switzerland
Venla Bernelius, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Urban Geography at the University of Helsinki

Session 3: Enabling digital innovation

Moderator: Theo Blackwell,
Chief Digital Officer, London
Nikolaos Kontinakis, Project Coordinator, ResearcherEurocities
Mikko Rusama, Chief Digital Officer, City of Helsinki
Jarmo Suomisto, Manager of Helsinki 3D+, City of Helsinki
Sasu Tarkoma, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki 

Session 4: Metropolitan development and co-ordination

Moderator: Henk Bouwman, Secretary General, Metrex
Sebastién Rolland, Urban Planner, Urbalyon
Erik Pasveer, Head of City Planning, City of the Hague
Rikhard Manninen, Head of Urban Planning Division, City of Helsinki

Sami Moisio, Professor of Spatial planning and Policy, University of Helsinki
Kurt Mittringer
Head of Section Urban and regional Development, City of Vienna


Closing the conference, coffee and networking 

Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment, City of Helsinki
Tuuli Kaskinen & Henrik Suikkanen, Demos Helsinki


 The Conference organiser reserves the right to change speakers, programme content date and venue, if and when required. 

HIC 2019 Side Event at Oodi

Join the HIC live streaming event to see and hear the top lecturers’ fascinating perspectives on topical and global themes and challenges affecting cities. 

You can follow a public live stream of the two-day conference held at Helsinki Music Centre at Central Library Oodi’s Kino Regina. Check out the event at Facebook

Alternatively, you can also watch the stream online from the comfort of your own couch. Any comments and questions related to the presentations will be transmitted in real time via a shared discussion platform.


Helsinki Impact Conference 2019 side event at Oodi
Helsinki Impact Conference 2019 side event at Oodi