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Sito took part in the World Bank Land & Poverty conference

Kari Tuukkanen and Oskari Liukkonen of Sito’s Digital Services took part in the World Bank Land & Poverty conference in Washington D.C. on 20.-24.3.2017. The conference is one of the largest international events in the field of land governance and GIS with over 1300 participants from over 120 countries.

The Land and Poverty conference presented the latest research and practice on the diversity of reforms, interventions, and innovations in the land sector around the world.  The main theme of this year’s conference was the role of data and evidence for realizing land policy reform, identify strategies for working at scale and monitoring achievements. In addition, the conference aimed to increase awareness of developing countries on the new technology trends in the field of land use.

Sito took part in the conference as a part of Team Finland delegation, which consisted of Finnish public sector organizations (Finpro, National Land Survey of Finland, Tekes) and companies (Arbonaut, Dimenteq, Keypro, Niras, Pointscene, Simosol, Sito, Spatineo, Trimble and Vionice). The aim of the delegation was to promote Finnish know-how and solutions in the field of GIS and spatial data. During the conference week, the delegation organized several events together with Finnish Foreign Ministry, e.g., on Monday 20.3. a brown bag lunch event was organized in the premise of the World Bank, and on the evening cocktail event was organized in the Embassy of Finland in Washington D.C.

In addition to events, Kari and Oskari wrote three conference papers that they presented during the conference. The papers focused on the digitalization of urban development. Kari’s papers, ”3D Land and Urban Systems” and ”Next-gen land and urban systems are 3D”, concentrates on three dimensional spatial data infrastructures and their benefits in supporting urban development.

Oskari’s conference paper, ”How to capture innovation and solve the challenges of urbanization with hackathons?”, presents how hackathons can be utilized to accelerate the digitalization of urban development and to solve the challenges of urbanization. The paper was wrote together with the Chief Digital Officer of KIRA-digi project and AEC Hackathon Helsinki wizard Teemu Lehtinen.