Smart-up BSR news
Smart-up BSR innovation camp in Lithuania to discuss major societal challenges
Three working groups in the mini-camp focused to explore the Klaipeda challenge, and the broader context of how to address grand societal challenges through smart specialization and interregional collaboration.
In the project, the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council is in charge of activities related to the smart specialisation strategies (RIS3) of the partners. As a part of a reviewing process of the strategies, each region will analyse their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and strengths (i.e. SWOTs) in 2050 and beyond. A SWOT analysis based on various future scenarios will help the partners see possibilities in the challenges and possibilities of the future. The SWOT analysis and scenario work will continue during autumn of 2018 and form a basis for updating the smart specialisation strategies of the partners to meet the future challenges.
Insights on regional development in Klaipeda
During the Palanga mini-camp, the participants had a chance to visit the Western Baltija Shipbuilding to get the insights on maritime industry development at Klaipeda region. The supply of labour, international competition, digitalisation and robotisation were discussed amongst other topics. The harbour is a major employer and an engine of the regional development in Klaipeda.
The project partners also had a chance to learn about handicrafts entrepreneurship in Klaipeda where a former harbour building had been reserved for handicraft start-ups. Candles and leather products as well as jewelry, clothing and photograps are being created and sold in the joint creative premises in Klaipeda. The companies are important in preserving and developing traditional methods of material use and also providing training in their professions.
Project moves forward towards next stepsThe project partners will meet again in Tallinn in mid-September. In Tallinn, the work will continue with addressing the major societal challenges in the Baltic Sea region as well as analysing the smart specialisation strategies to see, if they respond well to the future challenges and changes.
To learn more about Smart-Up BSR project: https://smartup-bsr.eu
For furher information:
Innovation Adviser, Kristiina Heiniemi-Pulkkinen, tel. +358 400 416 714