Smart Retro Acceleration Program has proudly reached its home stretch: after 2 great innovation camps, 20+ media hits and 11 startups doing testing in urban environments, 2 smartups will try their wings and represent Smart Retro in Ecosummit, London! This is why Smart Retro project partners voted PiggyBaggy and Fourdeg to Ecosummit, the Europe’s leading smart green innovation conference. What is Smart Retro Acceleration Program? A special acceleration program tailored for sustainable and smart service startups which create solutions for urban contexts. Startups from Finland, Sweden and UK teamed up with large organisations […]
Mikko Annala, Researcher & Experiment Specialist
Mikko Annala is a social psychologist and social scientist who specialises in behavioural change and spatial planning. Mikko is involved in projects related to future mobility, future building and producing publications.
Mikko has previously worked as the associate editor of the Finnish Journal of Urban Studies, and remains active as a board member. As a social psychologist, Mikko has worked with intercultural relations and youth exercise habits in various intervention research groups and carried out experimental emotive research. Like the social psychologist Kurt Lewin, Mikko believes that a good theory is usually the most useful tool in understanding human behaviour.
In addition to social psychology, Mikko has studied literature, journalism and urban studies. Mikko is a skilful writer with experience in producing and editing many types of text. His understanding of spatial planning and processes of behavioural change give depth to his work in projects related to the analysis and creation of services to satisfy the necessities and circumstances of the future.
Smart Retro, a smart city project by Demos Helsinki and its distinguished partners, was kicked off in a spirit of enthusiastic co-operation. The high ambition of the Smart Retro is to turn the massive potential of the 60’s and 70’s buildings stock into a business model innovation that combines energy retrofitting of buildings and smart service development. When bread runs out in a terrace of a Peruvian restaurant, a waitress walks down the street and soon returns from a local bakery with a full tray of freshly baked loaf. It’s a […]