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City Drivers

  • Implementation date5/22/2017 - 9/30/2019
  • FunderESR 2014-2020
  • Research programmeService Business and Circular Economy
  • Project typeKansallinen TKI
  • Themes
  • Project managerTeemu Santonen

The project aimed to improve the creative industry professionals, entrepreneurs, students and teachers innovation and collaboration skills which are required when participating in various stages of multi-stakeholder and multidisciplinary innovation projects. The aim was also to improve target group’s networking skills among their peers and stakeholders from other industries. A series of innovation courses included theoretical training but the emphasis of educational activities was in hands-on doing in various Living Lab environments. Theoretical teaching covered topics such as innovation, media and culture/art driven methods, public tendering processes, startups and funding related issues.

Cases for Living Lab activities were based on customer/citizen driven need which were provided by various cities in Finland. Project co-created ten concepts which combine various innovation, media and culture/art driven methods into one holistic approach. These concepts are licensed under creative common CC BY licence and therefore publically available for usage. As a part of Living Lab activities, the project also produced a group of design stories, which illustrate how creative industry professionals can create additional value when collaboration with professionals from other industries. Design stories will also operate also as a personal portfolio for participants.

City Drivers project publication:

CityDrivers - Easier selling and buying of creative competence

Santonen T., Harmoinen P., Laitinen J., Meristö T., Jokinen M., Karimäki K., Leino T., Sirkesalo S., Ikkonen T., Lehtinen L., Silvola K., Suikkanen‐Malin T., Heinänen S., Boman‐Björkell A., Holmas S., (2019).


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