The city of Tartu, Estonia’s second biggest city, has asked Nordic Edge to assist in the process of developing a smart city roadmap. The goal is to turn Tartu into a frontrunner city, showcasing innovative solutions for a climate-neutral and smart community.

Based on Nordic Edge’s co-creating role in both the national Smart City Roadmap for Norway, and the Nordic Smart City Roadmap, Tartu seeks inspiration from the human-centric, inclusive and collaborative approach applied in the Nordic countries. 

During our first visit to Tartu, we met city government representatives, startup ecosystem players, the prorector and professors from Tartu University, as well as urban planners and business leaders. The purpose was to gain more insights into Tartu’s challenges and opportunities – areas where new technologies, new types of collaboration and more citizen engagement can lead to novel solutions. Bjarne Uldal, Chief Innovation Officer at Nordic Edge found the visit very rewarding.

-I’ve come to discover that Tartu is a really good candidate for becoming a smart and sustainable city. Through the digitalization of public services and the implementation of smart mobility solutions, Tartu has already proved that there is both the will and the ability to find new ways of tackling important societal challenges.