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Meet Viable Cities in Almedalen

Can digitalization help growing Swedish cities take the lead in becoming climate neutral?

Monday 2/7 at 16.00 - 17.00 Teaterskeppet (Lilla Matsalen), Visby hamn, Visby.

Digitalization is a powerful enabler of innovation. Things like artificial intelligence, blockchain technology and the sharing economy are opening up new opportunities. How can digitalization transform our growing cities to become climate neutral? How can cities become international leaders?

In growing Swedish cities, demands for environmental and climate change are increasing. The strategic innovation program Viable Cities brings together about 45 actors in business, academia, civil society and the public sector to use digitalization to transform cities to become resource-efficient and climate-smart. The members Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå want to pave the way for innovations for a fast and efficient transition. Learn about the cities' ambitions and efforts today and tomorrow to use digitalization to make the transition. What are the most urgent innovation efforts for a real impact on the transition to sustainable cities? How can digitalization make it possible to accelerate the transition? Limited number of places.


  • Allan Larsson, Chairman, Viable Cities

  • Olga Kordas, Program Manager, Viable Cities

  • Mikael Östling, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, KTH

  • Darja Isaksson, digitalization strategist and incoming DG of Vinnova.

  • Catarina Nauclér, R&D Manager, Fortum

  • Magnus Leonhardt, Head of Strategy and Innovation, Telia Sweden

  • Ann-Sofie Hermansson, City Council Chairman, City of Gothenburg

  • Hans Lindberg, municipal executive Chairman, Umeå municipality

  • Jan Valeskog, Mayor of Stockholm City Council, City of Stockholm

Feel free to stay and mingle with us after the seminar!

Sustainable cities - what were the key issues during Almedalen week?

Thursday 5/7 at 12.00 - 13.00 Teaterskeppet (Stora Matsalen), Visby hamn, Visby.

The Almedalen Week is one of the most important forums for sustainable change and much of it is about sustainable cities. How do we build climate-smart? Make construction sites energy-efficient? What should the infrastructure look like? Who is responsible for waste? What were the key issues and what happens now?

Welcome to the expert lunch where we summarize the seminars, statements and key lessons from the week over a delicious lunch on the ship.

  • Therese Berg, Head of Sustainability, Riksbyggen

  • Olga Kordas, Program Manager, Viable Cities

  • Eva Schelin, CEO, IQ Samhällsbyggnad

  • Anders Nordstrand, CEO, SABO

  • Thomas Sundén, CEO, Sustainable Innovation

  • Helena Paulsson, head of urban development, ÅF

  • Niklas Svensson, market focus and development manager for sustainable urban planning, White arkitekter.

The event is organized in collaboration with Riksbyggen, Viable Cities, IQ samhällsbyggnad, Sustainable Innovation, SABO, ÅF and White Arkitekter.