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The Six City Strategy strives to enable growth in sustainable manner in the six biggest cities of Finland. New knowledge is needed to address the global challenges of i.e. climate change, ageing population, and urbanisation. In the center is the human being, and his/her need to have a good life in a safe and sustainable environment for living, learning and working. The cities have also set ambitious goals to become carbon neutral, first ones already as soon as 2029. However the cities cannot solve these issues alone, they need help from the education sector, businesses and citizens. By developing and testing the solutions in real life settings companies also have opportunities and new prospects in the global markets.

New smart city solutions are based on data, digitalisation and co-created in close collaboration with cities, companies, research and development organisations and citizens (quadruble helix) in open innovation platforms. New partnerships and community driven bottom-up approach challenge the cities’ role and operating models and force them to be more open and agile. This also shows as a switch from a linear innovation process to open innovation processes, engaging different stakeholders in the development work.

Thematically the emphasis is on circular economy, mobility, learning, employment as well as health and wellbeing services. In particular Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 and 13 are interwoven with the objectives of the Sustainable urban development strategy of the Six Cities. Moreover, priorities that have been identified in the smart specialisation strategies include for example Urban Clean tech, Digitalising Industry, Citizen City and Health and Wellness, Digital Manufacturing, Smart City Solutions, Circular Economy, Blue Growth and Industrial Modernisation and ICT and Software Applications for Industry.


SDG 7 + RIS3 objectives: Sustainable innovation, Digitalising Industry
Related 6Aika pilot projects: Energy Wise Cities -project

The main objective of the project is to elevate the cities involved into internationally aspirational areas in energy efficient
living, zero-energy construction, the implementation of a multiform energy system, monitoring energy-efficiency and user guidance.


  • The creation of a simulation model that enables the design and implementation of a regional energywise area and quarter connected to the rest of the energy grid via intelligent control systems.
  • The development of concepts of intelligent and energy-wise buildings, the identification of essential data flows for the optimal control of the building and the development of data collection for depicting the use of the building in cooperation with companies.
  • The promotion of new business opportunities and energy efficiency partnership models in order to achieve the objectives of the national energy efficiency agreement.
  • The development of city planning tools for designing areas closing in on zero energy as well as the overall optimization of regional energy systems.
  • The Climate-friendly Housing Companies -project aims to improve energy efficiency through the utilisation of data collected with the help IoT.
  • In recent years, the property market has seen an influx of new companies offering a wide range of IoT sensor solutions and analysis services. However, questions related to the ownership of collected data and changing service providers later down the line are not always easy to solve, since the solutions are typically proprietary. Luckily the improved level of data security brought about by the implementation of the GDPR in May has helped shine a light on the question of ownership, as sensor data collected at home is now considered personal data that can be used to deduce a number of details.

The project involves testing IoT sensors to collect observations that can provide a better understanding of a building’s energy efficiency. To analyse these observations, the project is seeking service providers capable of refining this type of data into concrete recommendations for long term planning, for example. The project focuses particularly on questions of ownership of data and making sure that residents have a genuine opportunity to decide on where the data collected from their flat ends up.


SDG 8 + RIS3 Objectives employment and competences
Related 6Aika-pilotproject: Gametime
The Game Time project supported the employment and study guidance of young people between the ages of 17 and 29 in Oulu and Tampere through Pelifarmi coaching programmes. The coaching programmes focused on building personal paths towards employment for young people.

The aim of the Game Time project was to support the employment of young people. Additionally, the project aimed at diversifying the operating preconditions of game development companies, utilising research-based information in the game development industry, increasing young people’s awareness of educational opportunities and lowering barriers to education and training.

The impact of the Pelifarmi coaching programmes on the lives of the young people participating was studied by the Finnish Youth Research Network. One of the conclusions of the study was that in addition to game development skills, the group work and lessons that young people participated in during the programmes provided them with networking opportunities and knowledge of their own strengths, among other benefits. The study also found that the Pelifarmi coaching improved the overall well-being of some of the young people participating as a social community.
The project developed cooperation between game industry companies, educational institutions and cities. The project allowed companies to establish contact with potential employees.

The Six City Strategy is aligned with the following SDGs:

  • SDG 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • SDG 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • SDG 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment
  • and decent work for all
  • SDG 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster
  • innovation
  • SDG 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • SDG 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • SDG 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.