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: Achieving impact through collective effort 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, Vienna
Keynote 3: Co-creating the city: how to integrate long-term vision and local action Marko Peterlin, Co-founder and a director at IPop
Closing the morning session
Introduction to the afternoon session
Keynote 1: Learning curves for better city futures Brent Toderian, TODERIAN urbanWORKS
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