Hailing from Vaasa and boasting a M.Sc. (Econ.) in information systems science, Tiina will be applying her smart city development expertise in living lab trials
Who are you, where are you from and what kind of work have you done?
My name is Tiina Inki and I first took an interest in smart city development soon after starting my university studies. As part of my information systems studies at the University of Jyväskylä, I got to develop the smart city area of Kangas in Jyväskylä in various projects and through my Master’s thesis. After graduating, I participated in the University of Jyväskylä’s 5K project Development of Kangas cyber-secure experimentation smart city platform, in which my role centred around communications and smart service trials. My previous jobs have also provided me with a good amount of experience in areas such as recruitment, the execution of smart service trials and IoT services.
I’ve been following the operations of Forum Virium with great interest since my university days, and when I noticed a vacancy at Forum Virium on LinkedIn, I decided to apply. Smart city development has clearly gotten its hooks in me.
What project will you be working on and what is your role in it?
I started in August as a project planner in the IoT team, and right now I am primarily working on the Select for Cities project, which will soon transition to the living lab piloting phase. My work will focus primarily on living lab trials and all the operations related to them, such as communications, event production and administrative tasks in different projects.
What are you looking forward to doing and seeing?
I am looking forward to working on living lab trials together with a range of different, interesting people and companies, both in Finland and internationally. I also look forward to testing all the different, interesting gadgets and smart solutions myself.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by creative and capable people. I like the fact that Forum Virium affords me the opportunity come up with ideas in collaboration with smart and creative co-workers, and that these ideas are also put into practice – the wheels are constantly turning and things are moving forward. Everyone is genuinely motivated and interested in this industry, and it really shows.
What do you do when you are not working?
In my free time, I see my friends and get my sweat on with my own HIIT programmes at the gym. Exercise that really gets your heart pumping is a good way to clear your mind after the workday! I also love travelling and photography – I want to experience and see as much of the world as possible with my partner, friends and family. I used to use a system camera to take photos, but nowadays even a phone is good enough to serve as your primary camera.
How do you want to develop smart cities?
I want to get residents to participate in the development of smart services together with companies and different actors, with the help of living lab trials. After all, it is residents for whose benefit smart solutions are being developed, so their opinions really matter. I would like people to keep an open mind about and not be afraid of digitalisation.
It is great to see how Helsinki and other European partner cities are constantly developing, and I am trilled to be able to contribute to this development. It would also be great if smart innovations could be used to create new business in Finland.
What kind of know-how do you bring to Forum Virium Helsinki?
I believe that my experience in recruitment from my work as a consultant and in the 5K project’s smart city trials will be a benefit in my new position. I get along well with all kinds of people and am able to clearly communicate about things like project trials and technical matters.
I also like to write and take photographs, so I am happy to take part in promoting Forum Virium’s visibility.
We would like to give Tiina a warm welcome to Forum Virium Helsinki!