From the left: Mayor of Oulu, Päivi Laajala and moderator Simo Kekäläinen in the BusinessAsema virtual studio.
The arrangements of the digital event took a lot of effort. The core challenge was to create an experience that the participants would find interesting and thereby take an active part throughout the duration of the virtual event. The goal was also to make the participants feel like they were taking part in an event on location in Oulu.
With these things in mind, the solution was to combine several different types of technologies and contents. The virtual experience was a combination of the Microsoft Teams application, studio-grade live stream, a digital service platform and 5G video stream through 5G smartphones. The entity was relatively laboursome to construct and took the effort of many experts, but the result was interesting and user-friendly for the participants.
Eurocities is a network of large cities in Europe, established to further economic, political and social development in its member cities. Today, Eurocities includes local governments of over 190 of Europe’s major cities from 39 countries, which between them comprise 130 million people. The Eurocities secretariat is based in Brussels, Belgium. Helsinki started its chair period for the forum in 2020.