Functional City for People
It is estimated that by 2050 up to 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. New solutions are required for sustainable development of cities.
The aim of the innovation hub - Functional City for People - is to bring together regional, national and international stakeholders from the academia, industry, public sector and civil society to learn together and co-create innovations to make life better for us all. Together we can bring new solutions to the challenges of urbanisation as well as to grasp new arising opportunities.
The central themes for research and development in Metropolia are
- Functional, resilient and healthy cities
- Participation and communality
- Future work and competences
At the core of our activities are Helsinki XR Center and Turbiini where new ideas become innovations.
Helsinki XR Center - the gateway to Finnish VR and AR
XR Center is an incubator for talent, an inspiring cultural hub of co-creation and learning for artists, entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, students and enthusiasts. The aim is to create an XR hub, where students and other operators can come together with XR experts, collaborators, companies and visitors. Read more on Helsinki XR Center
Turbiini supports students to become entrepreneurs. The students can develop and test their business ideas in Turbiini business incubator. After Turbiini they can start their business as part of Helsinki XR Center. More info on Turbiini coming soon. There is also a specific 10 days 100 challenge program to support youth to become entrepreneurs
Augmented Urbans focuses on making the often complex urban planning processes and scenarios easier to understand by visualizing them with novel extended reality (XR) technologies. Read more on Augmented Urbans project
The main objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region cities and social wellbeing of city residents of the BSR through improved – more innovative, effective and integrated – crosssectoral urban policies. Read more on the Healthy Boost project
illuminatED - Illuminating Effective Teaching Strategies with the Science of Learning
A project to empower teachers with cognitive neuroscience informed educational practices. Read more on illuminatED web page
Baltic Game Industry
The project aims towards boosting the game industry in the Baltic Sea region (BSR), granting worldwide competitiveness and increasing the overall capacity for innovation. Read more on Baltic Game Industry
ASSET- Audience Segmentation System in European Theatres
The project develops, tests and provides theatres/performing arts organizations across Europe with the tool and skills to learn about their audiences and utilize the findings to diversify and deepen the relationship with their audiences and creating their artistic [EZ1] program and marketing. Read more on Asset web page
Erasmus + funded project aims at encouraging innovation, creativity among Higher Education students supporting them in bringing ideas into action. Our solution is providing Higher Education educators with methods and gamified tools for design thinking. Read more on Design It website
Culture Tourism for City Breakers
Culture Tourism for City Breakers, CTCB, is a Think Tank based co-developer forum for Finnish cities to capture the potential of the international culture tourism environment. Read more on CTCB web pages
Finnish Design Academy – Reforming Finnish Design Education
Project develops a new kind of collaboration model that aim to strengthen the role of university level design education at the Finnish innovation ecosystem. The goal is to develop designer’s skillset so that it better answers to the needs and demands of working life nowadays and in the future. Read more on the Finnish Design Academy web pages