Over 100 Speakers and Panelists!

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Pekka Kess

Professor, Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu

Event Manager

Päivi Iskanius

Adjunct Professor, University of Oulu


Anna Sorainen

Managing Director, Owner, Ground Communication

Hosts and Chairs


Matti Pennanen

Mayor, City of Oulu


Harri Haapasalo

Professor, Head, Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu


Jay Edwin Gillette

Professor, Ball State University, Fulbright Nokia Distinguished Chair, University of Oulu


Kari Kankaala

Executive Director, Economic and Urban Development, City of Tampere


Suvi Linden

ITU´s Special Envoy for the Broadband Commission


Matti Matinheikki

Deputy Mayor, City of Oulu


Kyösti Oikarinen

Professor, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu


Piia Rantala-Korhonen

Deputy Mayor, City of Oulu


Bror Salmelin

Adviser for Innovation Systems, European Commission, DG Connect


Juha Ala-Mursula

Executive Director, BusinessOulu, City of Oulu


Matti Latva-Aho

Professor, Director, Centre for Wireless Communication , University of Oulu


Kirsi Aaltonen

Assistant Professor, University of Oulu


Pekka Leviäkangas

Chief Research Scientist, VTT, Research Professor, University of Oulu


Maritta Perälä-Heape

Director, Centre for Health and Technology, University of Oulu


Janne Länsitie

Lecturer, Oulu University of Applied Sciences School of Vocational Teacher Education

Oulu Innovation Alliance Partners

Oulu Innovation Alliance (OIA) is a strategic agreement made by the City of Oulu, the University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Technopolis in 2009.  Finnish Environment Institute joined in the OIA cooperation in 2014. The purpose of the alliance is to carry on the long traditions in Oulu concerning the cooperation between education, research, business and public sectors.  All  OIA directors will participate in the Opening Ceremony of the Oulu Smart City Seminar on Tue 5th May, 2015.

Matti Pennanen

Mayor, City of Oulu

Jouko Niinimäki

Rector, University of Oulu

Erkki KM Leppävuori

President, CEO, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Jouko Paaso

CEO, Rector, Oulu University of Applied Sciences

Juha Juntunen

COO, Technopolis

Lea Kauppi

Director General, Finnish Environment Institute

Smart City Leaders

The Finnish Government’s Ministerial Working Group on Public Administration and Regional Development has chosen the network of six largest cities of Finland to realise the national sustainable urban development strategy, to be implemented as part of the European Commission cohesion policy 2014 – 2020. The Six City Strategy is a joint initiative of the six biggest cities of Finland: Helsinki, Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa,    Oulu and Turku. All Mayors of Six Cities will participate in the panel discussion: ‘Smart Mayors Lead Smart Cities’ on Tue 5th May, 2015.

Jussi Pajunen

Mayor of Helsinki

Jukka Mäkelä

Mayor of Espoo

Anna-Kaisa Ikonen

Mayor of Tampere

Kari Nenonen

Mayor of Vantaa

Matti Pennanen

Mayor of Oulu

Aleksi Randell

Mayor of Turku

Arctic cooperation between the cities of  Oulu, Luleå  and Tromsø are today deeper because of the Arctic Airlink, a flight route linking Northern Norway, Northern Finland and Northern Sweden. Arctic Airlink is a completely new route connecting Oulu, Luleå and Tromsø, the towns that increasingly work in direct cooperation in business, academic, urban, administrative and tourism sectors. Mayors of Oulu, Luleå and Tromsø will participate in the seminar and discuss the next step of cooperation.

Matti Pennanen

Mayor of Oulu

Yvonne Stålnacke

Mayor of Luleå

Jens Johan Hjort

Mayor of Tromsø

The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) named the Eindhoven Region of the Netherlands as the world’s Intelligent Community of the Year 2011. City of Oulu has been named as the TOP7 most intelligent cities of the world in 2012 and 2013. Both Mayors will participate in the panel discussion: ‘Smart Mayors Lead Smart Cities’ on Tue 5th May, 2015 to share their experiences of the competition process.

Matti Pennanen

Mayor of Oulu

Rob van Gijzel

Mayor of Eindhoven, Chairman of ICF Foundation


Adriënne Heijnen

Senior Advisor, Senior scientific advisor, Aarhus University

Aki Aapaoja

Research Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Albert Edman

Strategic Development Officer, City of Umeå

Allan Schneitz

Director, Learning Environments, Elisa

Anna Ståhlbröst

Associate Professor, Information Systems, Luleå University of Technology

Anna-Maija Hietajärvi

Researcher, University of Oulu

Anna-Mari Ahonen

Architect, Project Director, Growth Corridor Finland

Anssi Mikola

Chairman of Board Wellbookers.eu
Co-Founder, Senior Advisor Megaklinikka
Senior Advisor Nordic Healthcare Group
Activist Datam.me -mydata movement

Antti Eskola

Commercial Counsellor at Ministry of Employment and the Economy

Antti Poikola

Researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, Director of Open Knowledge Finland

Anu-Katriina Perttunen

Chief Networking Officer, Creative Finland

Ari Alatossava

Municipality manager, Ii

Catherine Mulligan

Head of Digital Strategy and Economics at Future Cities Catapult, Research Fellow at Imperial College, London

Christer Åhlund

Chaired Professor in Pervasive and Mobile Computing, and Scientific Director of Enabling ICT, Luleå University och Technology, Sweden

Elli Kotakorpi

Project Specialist, City of Tampere

Erik Kruse

Strategic Marketing Manager and Networked Society Evangelist, Ericsson

Esko Juuso

President of the European Federation of European Simulation Societies (EUROSIM)

Glen Koskela

CTO, Fujitsu Nordic

Harri Kylmänen

CEO Introme Ltd, Oulu

Heikki Ailisto

Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland

Heikki Huhmo

Project Manager, City of of Oulu

Heikki Karintaus

CEO, Taipale Telematics Oy

Helka-Liisa Hentilä

Dean, Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu

Jari Jussila

Project Manager, Novi Research Center, Tampere University of Technology

Jarmo Eskelinen

CEO, Forum Virium Helsinki

Jarmo Heiskanen

Regional Council of North Karelia

Joep Browers

Vice Director, Brainport Development, Eindhoven

Juha Lehtonen

Director of Mobility Division at Siemens Oy

Juha Saarnio

Head of Innovation Networks, The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries

Jukka Lintusaari

Executive in Residence, University of Tampere


Jukka Majava

Post-Doc Researcher, University of Oulu

Jukka Talvi

Traffic Engineer, Urban and Environmental Services, City of Oulu

Jussi Harvela

CEO, TactoTek, Chairman, Hyperin, One Eyed Spirits and Sensire

Kaisa Still

Research Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Kimmo Ylisiurunen

Managing Director, Infotripla ltd, (M.Sc. (Eng.)

Laura Ryan

Associate Medical Director, NHS24

Lauri Oksanen

Vice President, Research and Technology, Nokia

Lauri Salovaara

CMO, FilmMe

Lasse Eriksson

Program Manager, Konecranes

Marita Holst

Senior project manager, Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology and Botnia Living Lab

Marjukka Manninen

Mayor, Tyrnävä Municipality

Markku Markkula

President, the European Committee of the Regions

Marko Forsblom

Senior Adviser, Transport Policy Department
Ministry of Transport and Communications

Markus Haapasaari

CEO of Kanttia 2 Architects

Martin Guillermo Ramirez

General Secretary, Association of European Border Regions

Martti Launonen

Chairman of the Board and Chief Advisor , Hubconcepts Inc

Matti Muhos

Research Director, University of Oulu

Olavi Luotonen

Scientific Officer

Experimental Platforms, DG CONNECT

European Commission

Miimu Airaksinen

Research Professor, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Mika Rantakokko

Coordinator, 6Times Smart Cities network

Mikael Rinnetmäki

Founder, Sensotrend

Mikko Järvilehto

Founder, CEO, Innovaatiomestarit Oy / Futuretournaments Ltd

Mikko Väisänen

Manager for Research and Development, Council of Oulu Region

Minna Rantama

VotingAid Expert, ZEF Oy

Neil Valentine

Head of Division, European Investment Bank

Nicola Doppio

Smart Crowds, Research Action Unit

Olivier Bonfils

Senior business advisor, Helsinki Business Hub

Oliver Harrison

Senior Vice-President (Commercial), Healthways International, Worldwide

Pasi Mattila

CEO, Finpeda Ltd

Patricia Zanardi de Toledo

Lecturer, Oulu University of Applied Sciences

Per Hasvold

Section Leader, Norwegian Center for Integrated Care and Telemedicine (NST)

Pertti Huuskonen

Board Professional, Academic Adviser and Investor

Peter Gréen

Planner, MobileSensing, Co-Founder, Zee.do

Peter Larsson

Managing Director, Luleå Science Park

Petri Ahokangas

Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu

Petri Koponen

Research Team Leader, VTT MIKES Metrology

Petri Sirviö

CEO, Kaapelitehdas

Petri Vasara

Dr.Tech., Global Practice Head, Pöyry Management Consulting

Pia Erkinheimo

Head of Growds & Communities, DIGILE

Priit Alamäe

CEO, Nortal

Päivi Lohikoski

Researcher, University of Oulu

Reijo Paajanen

CEO, Digile Ltd

Risto Linturi

Futurist, Executive Catalyst, Sovelto Plc.

Robert Bell

Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum

Sami Kallinen

Head of Web & Mobile Development at YLE

Sampo Hietanen

CEO, ITS Finland

Sari Hirvonen-Kantola

Postdoctoral Researcher, Oulu School of Architecture, University of Oulu

Satu Rinkinen

Researcher and a Doctoral Student at Lappeenranta University of Technology

Satu Väinämö

Director, Oulu Urban Living Labs, CIE

Seppo Haataja

Director, Innovation Programs at Tampere Region Economic Development Agency Tredea

Sini Wiren

Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Transport and Communication

Suvi Sundquist

Learning Solutions Programme Manager, Tekes

Tero Vanhanen

Chief Creative Officer, Hartela Group

Tim Brady

Professor, University of Brighton
Visiting Professor, University of Oulu
Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management

Timo Hämäläinen

Sitra Fellow at Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra

Tom Laine

CEO, Innopinnon

Toni Dedeu

Director of Knowledge Exchange and Research DHI and Chair at EUREGHA

Tuomas Lappi

Phd Student, University of Oulu

Tuomo Kinnunen

Guest Researcher, Eindhoven University of Technology

Vassilis Kostakos

Professor, Director, Community Imaging Group, University of Oulu

Vesa Harmaakorpi

Professor, Lappeenranta University of Technology

Ville Heikkinen

Partner at Butterfly Ventures

Ville Mickelsson

CEO, Cyberlightning

Ville Valovirta

Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Zach Shelby

Vice President of Marketing for Internet of Things at ARM