Me: Jarmo Eskelinen

You have stumbled upon the blog & archive of Jarmo Eskelinen. These pages contain stuff I am doing, have done, or find interesting for whatever reasons. All opinions are my personal ones, and they do not represent the viewpoint of my employer or our partners.

You can reach me through LinkedIn or send a mail to either jeskelinen@futurecities.catapult.org.uk.

Full CV can be downloaded here

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I am the CITO (Chief Innovation & Technology Officer) of the Future Cities Catapult in London, UK. Originally trained as an architect, I am an expert in smart cities, user driven innovation and urban data. I am from Helsinki, Finland.

I am also the vice-chair of the international Open & Agile Smart Cities network, member of the Smart London Board, member of the EU Open Innovation Policy Group OISPG and former President of the European Network of Living Labs ENoLL.

From 2006 to 2016 I was the CEO of Forum Virium Helsinki, innovation lab of the City of Helsinki. Previously I’ve held the Executive Director position of the Media Centre Lume of the Aalto University and was the Program Director of the Helsinki 2000 European Capital of Culture. In the 90’s I was an entrepreneur, leading the cultural promotion company PopZoo Promotions and producing for example the Huvila Festival Tent of the Helsinki Festival.

As a former professional promoter and DJ, I still buy more music (on vinyl) than I have time to listen to. I love and hate cycling in London.