6Aika Strategy – Open and Smart Services


6Aika Strategy – Open and Smart Services aims to create new know-how and business with urban innovations trough large scale projects on: Open Innovation Platforms, Open Data and Interfaces, Open Participation.

Integrated Infrastructures and Processess across Energy, ICT, and Transport
Sustainable Urban Mobility, Sustainable Districts and Built Environment, Citizen Focus, Knowledge Sharing, Business Models, Procurement and Funding

6Aika Strategy - Open and Smart Services is a shared sustainable urban development strategy of the six largest cities of Finland (Six-pack Cities). The participating cities in 6Aika Strategy are Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku. 
The 6Aika Strategy is included in the new EU Structural Funds program. The implementation has started in May 2014 and continues until 2020. The budget of the strategy is app. 100 MIO.

The main objective of 6Aika Strategy – Open and Smart Services is to create new know-how, business and jobs with urban innovations. The strategy strives to enable better and more efficient services in cities and urban areas, to improve the competitiveness of businesses in the cities, and to utilize the innovation capacity of the entire urban community. Furthermore, the availability, effectiveness and productivity of services will be improved by developing new digital service models to complement traditional services.
The 6Aika Strategy will be implemented by large-scale shared projects in the cities. Research institutes, educational institutions, civic organizations and other organizations will also join the projects. All projects will be multi-stakeholder collaborations; no one-city projects will be launched. The target is to boost the development of the smart city marketplace, in which services transfer easily from one city to another.

The 6Aika Strategy focuses on three areas in the development of an open ecosystem for city services. These areas support directly several verticals and horizontals of the EIP SCC SIP: 
1) Open Innovation Platforms
Six-pack cities launch urban pilot environments and living labs, both physical and virtual, to make it easier for companies big & small to develop and pilot their solutions in cities. PCP and PPI procurement models are also used.
> creates of ‘Innovation Zones’ in the participating cities, supports Integrated Infrastructures and Processes and the development of new business and financial models and ppp’s.
2) Open Data and Interfaces
Six-pack cities launch a shared open data clearing house and build compatible open harmonised service interfaces and API's.
> realises the Wide Availability of Relevant Data, open by default; supports the development of common architectures for smart city information, helping to create Integrated Infrastructures and Processes.
3) Open Participation
Cities introduce new tools and platforms to support accessibility of services, boost citizen participation, and crowdsource urban information.
> Supports the creation of common framework to develop citizen insight. 

The participating cities are also interested in participating in the staff exchange programme. 
Eventually, 6Aika Strategy - Open and Smart Services will help the participating cities to implement collaborative, integrated smart city planning and operation to deliver more agile processes.


The objectives of the 6Aika Strategy – Open and Smart Services are to introduce better and more efficient services in cities and urban areas, to improve the competitiveness of businesses in the cities, and to utilize the innovation capacity of the entire urban community. The availability, effectiveness and productivity of services will be improved. These objectives are totally in line with the objectives of the EIP SCC.
6Aika consortium will launch a joint open data & interfaces clearing house, which works hands-on with the cities to locate the relevant data, ensure data harmonization and open licensing, make the data accessible in different compatible formats via one shared service interface, and support the usage of data by active developer community & SME activation and support. Furthermore, efforts are targeted to create linked data, harmonize service interfaces and API’s across cities, and help the developers to launch services which work across different cities and domains.

6Aika Strategy – Open and Smart Services is an open strategy program, launching regular open calls, in which all relevant stakeholders can participate.
By design, 6Aika Strategy brings together different vertical domains. Urban planning, transport and ICT authorities and service providers work together in the 6Aika spearhead projects, not only in each of the participating cities, but across all the six-pack cities. 
All 6Aika spearhead projects are horizontal by nature:
In Open Innovation Platforms, the cities develop joint physical and virtual test environments and living labs for urban solutions.
In Open Data & Interfaces, the cities launch a joint open data clearing house, a hands-on operational activity to find, harmonize, make available and promote open data and open API’s.
In Open Participation, the cities focus on the needs on the citizens, utilizing new technologies to create better service experience across vertical domains.

Is the commitment potentially open to additional partners and if so, in which priority area (please tick the relevant options)?

  • Sustainable Urban Mobility
  • Sustainable Districts and Built Environment
  • Integrated Infrastructures and Processes across Energy, ICT, and Transport
  • Citizen Focus
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Baselines, Performance Indicators and Metrics
  • Open Data Governance
  • Standards
  • Business Models, Procurement and Funding


6Aika Strategy – Open and Smart Services covers the six largest cities and four largest urban regions of Finland. Total population in the area is 1,96 million people, 33% of the population of Finland. Geographically, the regions are located in both the southern and northern parts of the country.
6Aika Strategy results will be open to be used by other cities and regions in Finland and elsewhere in Europe. Through open calls, relevant stakeholders from different domains can join the work.
6Aika Strategy has started in May 2014. The first open call is open, and closes at the end of September 2014. There will be app. two open calls per year, but the exact plans are to be decided during the process, because the strategy uses lean & agile leadership methodologies to ensure flexibility.
The first strategy period is three years, until 2017. After the evaluation of results, the second strategy period continues from 2017 to 2020.

Results expected in

  • 2014 Open Data spearhead project launched (June); first Open Call realised & projects started on Open Data and Open Innovation Platforms (autumn).
  • 2015 Open Innovation Platforms and Open Participation Spearhead projects started (early spring); second Open Call realised and projects started. Open Data Spearhead project in full speed.
  • 2016 and beyond All Spearhead Projects gain results, two open calls per year. Lots of interoperable data, interfaces and services available across the six-pack cities. Measurable SME impact.