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The case companies


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The case companies


KALNCIEMA KVARTALS
Kalnciema Quarter is an ensemble of buildings representing 18th / 19th century wooden architecture. The complex is unique in the European level, as the wooden buildings of this period in other countries, have not survived in such concentration. Kalnciema Street significantly influences the perception of Riga City centre - the UNESCO World Heritage Site, being Quarter the gateway from the International Airport to the heart of the city. The location has provided an additional opportunity for effective awareness-raising of the architecture heritage. The renovated Kalnciema Quarter has been opened to the public and hosts series of cultural and business events – festivals, concerts, cinema, exhibitions, design shops, a restaurant, and an architect’s studio. 

Kalnciema Quarter is an example of new multi-functional urban space which provides a platform for diverse economic and cultural activities. It is the home of "Wooden Architecture Foundation". Under its auspices, the creation of "Wooden Architecture Centre at Kalnciema Quarter" is under way.

IBM
IBM Denmark is one of the leading companies within IT products, solutions and related service offerings. We offer a wide range of offerings within consultancy, system development, software, hardware, outsourcing and financing. Building a smarter planet by leveraging technology is a key focus for IBM and Smarter Cities is a central element of this. It is primarily in the outset of our knowledge and insight of Smarter Cities that we engage in this partnership.

IBM works closely with universities in Denmark where we are actively trying to bring business and education closer together. Our aim is to provide technological insight and professional observations, experiences and practical examples within our core competences and thus complement the theoretical knowledge acquired by the students in the universities.

IBM University Relations is a worldwide program that assists universities in various fields such as guest lectures, workshops, research, case competitions, project collaboration and free software for use in educational contexts.

RAMBØLL
Rambøll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in 1945 as the "Rambøll & Hannemann"
partnership in Copenhagen, Denmark. We employ 12,500 experts and have a strong presence in the Nordics, North America, the UK, Continental Europe, Middle East and India, supplemented by a significant representation in Asia, Australia, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa.

With almost 300 offices in 35 countries we emphasise local experience combined with a global knowledge-base. We constantly strive to achieve inspiring and exacting solutions that make a genuine difference to our customers, end-users
and society as a whole. Rambøll works across the markets: Buildings, Transport, Environment, Energy, Oil & Gas and Management Consulting.

THE ECOLOGICAL SEQUESTRATION TRUST
The Ecological Sequestration Trust (TEST) was formed in 2011 to demonstrate at city-region scale how to create a step change in improving energy, water and food security in the face of the combined challenges of changes of climate, demography and increasing resource-scarcity.

We are an independent non-profit organisation and UK registered charity working globally with business, government and communities to inspire new thinking to build creative partnerships and develop practical solutions. All of our tools and methods are being developed as ‘open source’ resources and material to be shared openly. Through our Advisory Board and network of partners, we aim to bring together leading local and international experts to catalyst and implement evidence-based action in a network of high-ambition, large-scale demonstrator
projects in selected city-regions across the world.
 
URGENT.AGENCY
Urgent-Agency is a cultural design agency. We address complex challenges for cities, organisations and companies by integrating culture and design competencies. We add value to planning, architecture and design through deep understanding of human habits and values. Urgent.Agency’s solutions include prizewinning culture- and development strategies, urban design, identity and communication – often combined. We call our approach ‘culture design’ because sustainable solutions stems from a holistic understanding of how people act, interact and communicate. We unite site-specific qualities and resources with ambitious, original and value-creating solutions.

Urgent.Agency's work draws on a variety of methods and tools from the human and social sciences, cultural planning and strategic design. The foundation of our practice is our capacity to analyze how people experience spaces, objects and social interaction and turn this into viable ideas and actions.

We combine deep cultural understanding with a systematic idea development, design and business strategy. Urban planning is a recurring theme in Urgent.Agency’s work, as well as user-oriented innovation and cultural communication. Clients include Autostadt (Volkswagen), Bjarke Ingels Group, Carlsberg, Citelum, Danish Architecture Center, Danish Design Center, Ministry of Business and Growth. Henning Larsen Architects, City of Copenhagen, Danish Agency for Culture, Microsoft, Realdania and Solstra Capital Partners.

ENTERLOT
Enterlot Ltd is a R&D-based start-up founded in the end of 2014. It is developing a mobile guidance and info service that a real-estate can deliver to guests, patients, visitors, audience etc. invited to the real-estate. The Enterlot info service (EIS) then gives the guest pre-info of local services, especially dealing with parking facilities. In cases, where there is not enough parking spaces available, the service encourage to choose alternative modes of transport. The main innovation is to give real-time and forecasted parking information before the person starts his/her trip.

Enterlot is affiliated in Aalto University, Otaniemi campus area, in EIT ICT Labs Helsinki.

Climate KIC
Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an EU body whose mission is to create sustainable growth. We support this mission by addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation.

We integrate education, entrepreneurship and innovation resulting in connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into economically viable products or services that help to mitigate climate change.