How do we ensure that the digitalisation of cities across Europe promotes inclusion, trust, sustainability, resilience and democracy? How can cities and regions use shared action and leverage their collective influence to set ethical and technical standards and enable a fairer digital economy?
If you're interested in local government, public sector innovation or the future of the internet, join us and our colleagues from Demos Helsinki and NGI Forward for an interactive webinar that explores both, big ideas and real-world case studies.
Maria Malho, Demos Helsinki
Maria Malho (M.Soc.Sc.) works with the themes of urbanisation and city development in Demos Helsinki’s Urban Transformations team. Maria is specialised in futures studies methodologies such as foresight and futures scenarios. Her core competences include research on transformations in global power structures; cities as political actors; and the future of security and new security actors.
Maria has led and worked in research and consulting projects focusing on the themes of people-centred Nordic cities, future of the Nordic welfare state, national foresight systems, and the future use of outer space. She is also a lecturer on Futures Studies in Aalto University and Helsinki Summer University, and has previously worked with defence affairs, in global supply chain management and in the banking sector.
Veera Vihula, City of Espoo
Veera Vihula (M.Soc.Sci.) is a Development Consultant at the City of Espoo’s ‘City as a Service’ Development Unit. Veera leads a City as a Service project that develops new service models and platforms using innovative procurement. The goal is to find new ways to deliver services through shared capabilities and using innovative procurement. Having a background in 6Aika open innovation platform projects and developing Espoo’s Service Centre concept, Veera has expertise in multi-organizational collaboration in service production, customer service and open participation.
Tamas Erkelens, City of Amsterdam
Tamas Erkelens is the Public Tech Lead for the City of Amsterdam's Chief Technology Office and has spent the last six years making technology work for Amsterdammers. With a background in academia and the private sector, he aims to open Amsterdam to partners who can solve urban challenges. Previously, Tamas worked for ING, building bridges between business and ICT. In his spare time, he is a co-founder of Data Mission, a foundation connecting big data analysts to Mission-driven organizations. Tamas holds a Research Master's (Honours) in Quantitative Social Sciences.
Katja Bego, Nesta & NGI Forward
Katja Bego is a Principal Researcher and data scientist in Nesta’s technology futures and explorations team. She leads the European Commission-funded NGI Forward project, tasked with helping shape the funding and research agenda of the Next Generation Internet initiative.
She regularly comments on topics relating to the future internet in outlets such as Wired, the BBC, Financial Times and The Guardian. Before joining Nesta, Katja worked as a data scientist in the private sector and as a researcher at the MIT Media Lab. She has a degree in economics and political science from Wellesley College in the US.
Markus Droemann, Nesta & NGI Forward
Markus is part of Nesta's futurescoping Explorations team and the public affairs lead for NGI Forward. NGI Forward is a project under the European Commission's Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, which aims to set out a policy roadmap for the EU's ambition to build a more democratic, inclusive and resilient internet. Prior to joining Nesta, Markus worked as a public affairs consultant, helping organisations in the digital and creative industries navigate Brexit, tech and media policy. He has also worked as a researcher in political communications and propaganda research.