Oulu Boost Event 2019:

Upscaling Digital Solutions in Cities

10–11 December 2019 | Finnkino Plaza, Oulu, Finland

Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU underlines the importance of upscaling digital solutions – Digitalisation best practices will be explored in Oulu Boost Event 2019.

In the spirit of the Urban Agenda for the EU, Finnish Presidency will work in partnership between the three levels, engaging European cities to a building of shared ideas on digital innovation, as well as linking different themes of the Agenda to each other. The partnership of the Finnish Presidency with cities aims at bringing together different networks having ambition towards digitalization.

Finnish City of Oulu will host this major side event of the Presidency in co-operation with Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment as well as Ministry of the Environment of Finland highlighting urban development and digitalization.  The conference is addressed to cities as well as EU and national stakeholders across Europe. The Event is jointly arranged with European Commission, Digital Transition Partnership of the Urban Agenda, Open & Agile Smart Cities and EUROCITIES.

Oulu Boost Event 2019 brings together top-level decision makers and city officials from leading European cities to share insights on how cities are exploiting digital solutions in the process of digital transformation to serve their citizens in a user-centric and effective way. Conference is identifying solutions to upscale city level findings to the European agenda for better public services, emerging innovations and economic growth.


Declaration on joining forces to boost sustainable digital transformation in cities and communities in the EU. To be published & signed in Oulu Boost Event.

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Oulu, Finland

Only one hour flight from Helsinki

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Find out more about Oulu

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Travel Information

Finland is known as a safe and reliable destination, easily accessible from all over the world. Helsinki Airport offers 390 non-stop destinations around the world and 350 departures a day, connecting Europe with the rest of the world. Oulu Airport, the second busiest airport in Finland, offers over 20 daily flights to/from Helsinki and the flight time is less than 1 h.

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How to get to Oulu

There are excellent flight connections to Oulu from all over the world via Helsinki.

Numerous one-hour-flights between Oulu and Helsinki are operated almost hourly by Finnair and Norwegian. Several Finnair flights are also available as codeshare flights with several partners, including partners of Oneworld Alliance.

Oulu has frequent Pendolino and InterCity train connections from Helsinki and Tampere

Taxi and bus from the airport

There are comfortable bus and taxi connections from the Oulu airport to the centre of the city where hotels and other accommodations are situated, as well as most of the conference locations.

Taxis are available at the airport. To make a booking for a taxi, call: +358 600 30081

Bus information: Timetables for lines 8 and 9 from the airport (Lentoasema 2646) to City Centre (Toripakka) are available at Oulu Public Transport Authority PTA webpage. The journey takes about 30 min. Tickets are available on the bus with cash or from the Oulu Public Transport App

Hotels in Oulu

We have held rooms in the following hotels. Reservations are made contacting the hotels and using the included reservation code. Please make your reservations before the cut-off dates.

All hotels are within walking distance from the venue. Scandic Oulu City is the conference hotel for this event.

Oulu City*

Saaristonkatu 4
90100 Oulu, Finland
Tel. + 358 8 543 1000

Reservation Code: BOUL081219
Cut-off date: 22 NOV 2019

  • Organic breakfast
  • Wireless Internet

114 € single room / night
134 € twin room / night

124 € single room / night
144 € twin room / night

144 € single room / night
164 € twin room / night

Congress Hotel*

Scandic Oulu Station

Kajaaninkatu 17
90100 Oulu, Finland
Tel. +358 8 2374 8949

Reservation Code: BOUL081219
Cut-off date: 22 NOV 2019

  • Organic breakfast
  • Wireless Internet

114 € single room / night
134 € twin room / night

144 € single room / night
164 € twin room / night

Lapland hotel Oulu

Kirkkokatu 3
90100 Oulu, Finland
Tel. +358 (0) 8 881 1110

Reservation Code: Oulu Upscaling Digital
Cut-off date: 11 NOV 2019

  • Buffet breakfast
  • Wireless internet
  • Free sauna and swimming pool facilities

Normal rooms:
124€ / night / Comfort-room for single use
139€ / night / Comfort-room for two

Room upgrades:
+25€ / night / Deluxe King
+180€ / night / Suite

Original Sokos Hotel Arina

Pakkahuoneenkatu 16,
90100 Oulu, Finland
Tel. +358 8 312 3255

Reservation Code: BOOST19
Cut-off date: 2 NOV 2019

  • Wireless Internet
  • Breakfast
  • Sauna and fitness room

120 € single room / night
130 € twin room / night

45€ Superior supplement
60€ Junior Suite

Check the hotel and event locations below

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Lapland Hotel Oulu

Kirkkokatu 3, Oulu

Conference Hotel & Event Venue

Finnkino Plaza

Torikatu 32, Oulu

Scandic Oulu City

Saaristonkatu 4, Oulu

Oulu City Hall

Kirkkokatu 2 a, Oulu

Oulu 10

Torikatu 10, Oulu

Original Sokos Hotel Arina

Pakkahuoneenkatu 16,Oulu

Scandic Oulu Station

Kajaaninkatu 17, Oulu

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For information contact:

Head of International Affairs, Senior Advisor
Central Administration
City of Oulu, Finland
Mobile +358 44 703 1637