PLP meeting in Tampere summarized

26 JUNE 2014

During the ECIA Policy Learning Platform meeting in Tampere (17-18 June), an open seminar on public policies enhancing CCIs was arranged. All the ECIA members participated in the seminar together with some other key persons from Finland.

ecia_tampereAuthor: Tuija Mannila

After welcoming words of the seminar chair Tuija Mannila from the city of Tampere and Minna Tiihonen from Mediapolis, the audience first heard the thoughts of Policy Officer Carsten Schierenbeck on the European policies. This was followed by the presentation of Finnish national policies and initiatives that was given by Ministerial Advisor Petra Tarjanne from The Ministry of Employment and the Economy of Finland.

Creative Tampere
After these presentations, two good cases from Tampere were presented – the Creative Tampere project that was a strategic economic policy programme by the City of Tampere between the years 2006-2011 and case Demola. The Creative Tampere programme gained very good results by the measures of financial activity and amount of projects but also in creation of new jobs. Demola is an open innovation platform started in Tampere, where the multitalented student teams work on demos for companies to solve their real life challenges. Demola is already a well working concept that has spread around Europe and is already a network of Demolas. The Creative Tampere programme was presented by Ideone Ltd Partner Liina Kangas and Demola by Project Manager Antti Salomaa.

In the afternoon, Rasmus Wiinstedt Tscherning presented the ECIA findings and preliminary policy recommendations which was followed by a panel discussion on the topics. The panel commented on the recommendations and also what they saw lacking from them. The panellists were Johanna van Antwerpen from Amsterdam Economic Board, Johanna Bolhoven from Creative England, Petra Tarjanne from the Ministry of Employment and the Economy in Finland and Päivi Myllykangas, the CEO of Tampere Region Economic Development Agency Tredea Ltd.

Santa Clause’s work shop
At the end of the seminar there was a closing surprise. The seminar was held in Mediapolis which is a new developing innovation center for media and creative industries in Tampere that is being built around premises of the Finnish national broadcasting company YLE. In Mediapolis studios, one of the main television programme areas filmed and broadcasted is childrens programmes so the audience was taken to a studio round to see the work shop of Santa Clause himself. That increased the Christmas spirit of the participants, the spirit that had started to rise in the morning together with the snowy weather in Tampere.