The Big Data and Smart & Sustainable Cities Conference is part of a series of four public conferences organized in 2017 by French diplomatic missions in Nothern Europe.

French Embassies and Instituts français of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland organise a series of conferences to explore the theme of Big Data. Each participating country hosts a public discussion on one domain impacted by Big Data and the current state of research in the related fields:

  • Big Data and energy for Norway;
  • Big Data and agriculture for Denmark;
  • Big Data and health for Sweden;
  • Big Data and smart cities for Finland.

The conference welcome several experts and stakeholders in smart cities from France and Finland from different area of expertise: researchers, companies, associations, city representatives.

This event was also be an opportunity to set up meetings to foster possible bilateral collaborations between France and Finland.


Big Data & Smart and Sustainable Cities Conference

Tuesday 05th September 2017, 16h00 – 19h30

Helsinki City Hall 




> 16h00


Moderation: Mathieu LEPORINI, Scientific Attaché

Jan VAPAAVUORI, Mayor of Helsinki (2min);

Kimmo TIILIKAINEN, Minister for Housing, Energy and the Environment (2min);

Jeannette BOUGRAB, Former French Minister, Cooperation Counselor – Embassy of France in Finland, Director of the Institut Francais de Finlande (2min)

> 16h10


Gilles BABINET, Digital Champion of France to the European Commission (20 min): Smart Cities: Technology or culture and inclusion?”.

> 16h30


Political strategy, Big Data and the future of Cities

Anni SINNEMÄKI Deputy Mayor of Helsinki

Emmanuel GREGOIRE, Deputy Mayor of Paris

Moderation will be ensured by Francis PISANI, journalist at “Le Monde”-Smart Cities

> 17h30


Tiina KAHO, CEO, Smart and Clean Foundation – Helsinki (20 min): “Helsinki Metropolitan as the best test bed for smart and clean solutions”.

> 17h50

PANEL DISCUSSION Moderation will be ensured by Francis PISANI

17h50: PANEL DISCUSSION 1 “PPPP – Public, private and people’s partnership for urban innovation

Séverine CHAPUS, Cities Initiative Director, Dassault Systems: How to make our Cities a place again full of resources

Veera MUSTONEN, Head of Smart Kalasatama, Deputy CEO at Forum Virium Helsinki: Engaging citizens and companies to co-create future smart&clean solutions

Alain CHATEAU, Director of the City of Nice Center of Excellence in Smart Cities, Department of Economy, Innovation, Employment and International, Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis: Smart city data strategy to foster an innovation-based economic development

Timo ALI-VEHMAS, Chairman, Nokia Foundation: “Proactive Society through Emerging Digital Ecosystems



18h40: PANEL DISCUSSION 2 : “Are Urban systems the future of Smart Cities ?

Prof. Miimu AIRAKSINEN, Program Manager of Smart cities initiatives at VTT, Finland : “Increased sustainability by using big data and cognitive systems

Prof. Valérie ISSARNY, Coordinator of the CityLab initiative from INRIA – the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics: “Toward participatory smart cities: From multidisciplinary research to innovation

Tuomas QVICK, Vice President, Schneider Electric: “Technology evolves fast – Connected platforms and new ecosystems to unleash hidden potential in Smart Cities.

Gilles BABINET, Digital Champion of France to the European Commission


19h30: End of the conference

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