Kista Science City
Kista Science City
Kista is a unique example of successful cross-disciplinary urban planning. This part of the city is teeming with creativity and expertise. Kista is Europe’s largest ICT cluster and the third largest in the world. There are many large, international companies in the IT and telecom sectors have chosen to place their headquarters and regional offices here, for example Ericsson and IBM.
The planning of the Kista of today began in 1986 and was based on an idea and vision which was to elevate the position of the Swedish telecom industry and transport the district of Kista into the future. Several social actors together decided to promote a special vision for the area and formed the Electrum foundation to encourage more effective cooperation. This type of collaboration model for urban development that transcends the boundaries between the business sector, universities/university colleges and the public sector is called the Triple Helix. During recent years, a further significant group of social actors has been added to the model. Citizens, entrepreneurs, start-ups, non-profit organizations and firebrands have complemented the traditional original actors. This fourth group is assuming an increasingly crucial role for innovation and development of modern urban construction. The model consisting of four collaborating groups instead of three is called a Quadruple Helix. The model requires modern and flexible environments in which bridges are built between individuals and institutions and where trust, participation and transparency are created between all facets of society. Urban construction according to the Quadruple Helix collaboration model always has human beings at its centre and has become an important corner stone of the Swedish system of innovation.
At Stockholm Discovery, we are passionate about spreading knowledge about successful and sustainable innovations and we would like to serve as inspiration for the construction of responsible and inclusive urban environments. Since 2015, we have been an exclusive partner of Kista Science City entrusted with the task of arranging all their professional visits. In this way, we offer a unique opportunity to invite guest speakers with the expertise to match your specific interests. Our services include seminars, inspirational lectures, in-depth workshops and guided tours.