Learnings from the Australia-Finland Innovation Forum
Improving living standards within modern cities through innovation is vital.
Issues such as implementing information and communication technology to provide new methods of improving liveability and connectivity within smart cities, or applying innovations to evolve infrastructure systems such as waste management systems is an important part of ensuring sustainable development.
Working towards liveability in connected cities is not only a focus within Australia.
Internationally, Finland has been developing ideas to progress the construction of these cities, within both research and industry. Additionally, Australia and Finland both possess significant ability to take advantage of opportunities to better connect our cities.
The exchange of these ideas and the possibility for collaboration between Australia and Finland on the development of new initiatives for connecting our cities was the focus of the most recent Australia-Finland Innovation Forum.
The 4th Annual Australia-Finland Innovation Forum, co-hosted by ISF and the Embassy of Finland, was held at EnergyLab on 1 March 2018. This event coincided with a visit to Australia by Mr. Mika Lintilä, the Minister for Economic Affairs of Finland with a delegation of leading Finnish companies.
The Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore gave the keynote address and panellists from Flow Systems and Open Cities; the NSW EPA; The Knowledge Economy Institute and IoT Alliance Australia; Nokia and Quuppa Oy joined ISF’s Prof. Stuart White and Prof. Damien Giurco to discuss the opportunities for advancing connected cities in a circular economy.
A summary video capturing brief highlights of the event is available below.
Meredith Hodgman: It was very clear from the beginning that Finland in particular has had some great steps towards the implementation of mobility as a service, and I certainly think Australia can learn a lot from that.
Speaker: How do we understand and recognise that data? What's good data, and what's bad data - just like good news and bad news.
Mika Lintila: How we can do business with those challenges, and on the same side, to help with how to do our life better and better.
Ian Opperman: I personally love the setting. Bringing people together here who live on different ends of the planet - is in itself a way of bringing diversity together.