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10:00-13.00 World Capital Institute Executive Board Meeting, Tallinn University, Astra Building, Narva road 29

(by invitation only)

11.00-13.00 Walking tour in Tallinn Old Town (pre-registration required), Astra building, Narva road 29

14.00 Bus Transfer to the Pre-summit tour from Tallinn University, Uus-Sadama 5

14.30-17.00 Pre-summit Tour to E-Estonia Showroom, Lõõtsa 2A, Tallinn

19:00-22.00 VIP Dinner Hosted by the Mayor of Daegu, Korea
(by invitation only)


09.30-16.00 Registration Desk Open, Tallinn University, Astra Building, Narva road 29

10.00-12.00 Workshop on “How Cities and Universities can Support Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship?”, moderated by Assoc. Prof. Tiit Elenurm, Head of the Entrepreneurship Department Estonian Business School, Estonia

12.00-12.30 Refreshments

12.30-14.00 Workshop on “Advancing MAKCi City Benchmarking”, moderated by Assoc. Prof. Blanca C. Garcia, Public Policy Department, Northern Borderlands Research College, Monterrey, Mexico

14.00-14.30 Refreshments

14.30-16.15 Workshop on “Engaging in the Knowledge-based Development Community: Perspectives and Benefits”, moderated by Prof. Javier Carrillo, World Capital Institute, Monterrey, Mexico

16.30-18.00 Workshop on “How and Why to Put Knowledge on the Managerial Agenda”, moderated by Prof. Antti Lönnqvist, Dean of School of Management, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland

16.00-18.00 PhD Consortium, moderated by Prof. Tommi Inkinen, Professor of Economic Geography at the Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki, Finland

PhD Presentations: Chair: Prof. Tommi Inkinen

Paper Title



Campus as a city, city as a campus: University precincts in urban context

Luísa Cannas da Silva

Instituto Superior Técnico

Analysing the effects of knowledge economy externalities in metropolitan employment growth

Juan Eduardo Chica

University of Helsinki


Research on Guidelines and Assessments for Benchmarking Estonian E-government Projects to Mexico City

Carlos Vargas

Tallinn University


An urban design perspective to classify knowledge precincts: A typological analysis of global best practices

Slideshow by Surabhi Pancholi

Queensland University of Technology


18.00-19.00 Welcome Drinks, Tallinn University Astra Building
19.00-23:00 Optional After Party, in cooperation with Tallinn Creative Incubator
Address: Baltika Quater (Baltika Fashion Stage), Veerenni 24, Tallinn


8.30-13.00 Registration Desk Open

9.30-10.30 Official Opening 

Room A325 


  • Prof. Tiit Land, Rector of Tallinn University

  • Prof. Francisco Javier Carrillo, President of World Capital Institute

  • Mr. Kristjan Lepik, Head of Smart Specialization, Estonian Development Fund
  • Prof. Tan Yigitcanlar, Summit co-Chair
  • Assoc. Prof. Katri-Liis Lepik, Summit co-Chair
  • Dr. Merle Krigul, Summit co-Chair

10.30-12.00 Keynote Discussion Session on “Knowledge-based Development for Economic and Spatial Progress”, moderated by Prof. Tan Yigitcanlar
Room A325 


  • Prof. Tan Yigitcanlar, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Prof. Tommi Inkinen, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Prof. Mark Wilson, Michigan State University, USA
  • Prof. Antti Lönnqvist, University of Tampere, Finland

12.00-13.00 Lunch
 - Cafe Oaas

13.00-15.00 Workshop on “Mega Events: Urban Development, Management and Legacy”, moderated by Prof. Mark Wilson, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Michigan State University, USA
Room A325 

15.00-15.30 Refreshments - Cafe Oaas

15.30-17.30 Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session 1: Knowledge-based Cities and Regions
Room A046 

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Blanca Garcia

Paper Title



A monetary measurement of knowledge based European cities

Victor Raul Lopez Ruiz
José Luis Alfaro Navarro
Domingo Nevado Peña



University Of Castilla-La Mancha


The influence of capital system categories on human development index in Brazil


Ana Cristina Fachinelli

University of Caxias do Sul


A review on the Korean information strategies using STIM model

Yountaik Leem

Hanbat National University


Emerging techno-ecosystems: knowledge networks that shape urban innovation spaces

Blanca C. Garcia

El Colegio de la Frontera Norte


Cross-Border Twin-City, Territorial or Relational? Double Act of Globalisation and EU Integration in Pursuit of Knowledge-Based Urban Development


Antti Roose

Tartu University



Parallel Session 2: Knowledge-based Business and Public Services
Room A018 

Chair: Prof. JinHyo Joseph Yun

Paper Title



Managing a city with knowledge: Four success factors

Harri Laihonen

Tampere University of Technology

Innovation strategy for public transit services using public-private-people-partnership

Myungsik Do

Hanbat National University


Business model developing circles: from open innovation to creative business model

JinHyo Joseph Yun

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology


Allocation and social goals: primary school allocation mechanisms in Tallinn

Triin Lauri

Tallinn University


The skill mill: An example from the North East England of diversification and a catchment based approach for multiple benefit

David Parks

Newcastle City Council



Parallel Session 3: Knowledge-based Economy
Room A402 

Chair: Assoc. Prof. Katri-Liis Lepik

Paper Title



The competitiveness of the SMEs, in the construction of a knowledge region: A study about hotel industry in the state of Tabasco

Salvador Neme

Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco


Future of Istanbul in the knowledge-based global economy: A focus on Istanbul film industry cluster and its model of global integration

Dogan Dursun

Ataturk University


Knowledge-based development as economic culture

Francisco Javier Carrillo

Tecnologico de Monterrey


A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

Mark Wilson

Michigan State University


Challenges and benefits in cross-sectorial knowledge management in a cross-border context

Merle Krigul

Brainport Living Lab


18.00  Bus transfer to Summit Gala Dinner

18.15-21.00 Summit Gala Dinner, Seaplane Harbour, Lennusadam, Vesilennuki 6, Tallinn


8.30-16.00 Registration Desk Open

9.00-10.15 Keynote Discussion Session on “Knowledge-based Development for Social and Institutional Progress”, moderated by Prof. Javier Carrillo
Room A325 


  • Prof. Javier Carrillo, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico
  • Assoc. Prof. Blanca Garcia, Northern Borderlands Research College, Mexico
  • Prof. Giovanni Schiuma, University of the Arts London, UK
  • Prof. Melih Bulu, Istanbul Sehir University, Turkey

10.15-10.30 Refreshments - Cafe Oaas

10.30-12.30 Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session 4: Knowledge-based Urban Development
Room A046 

Chair: Prof. Tan Yigitcanlar

Paper Title



The university as a city: Federal university campus’ and the urban master plans of Curitiba city, Brazil

Jussara Silva

Universidade Positivo, Curitiba


Regenerative development: knowledge-based urban development in contexts of urban regeneration

Duarte Marques Nunes

Universidade de Lisboa


Knowledge utilization and the new transport paradigm

Jussi Myllärniemi

Tampere university of Technology


Diagnosing wealth creation potential of nations in the knowledge economy context. Assessing intangible assets and liabilities on the Spanish case.


José María Viedma Marti


Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Branding and planning urban knowledge precincts: Insights from Brisbane, Australia

Tan Yigitcanlar

Queensland University of Technology



Parallel Session 5: Creativity, Innovation Technology and Learning Communities
Room A303 

Chair: Dr. Merle Krigul

Paper Title



Do cultural and creative industries matter for innovation and value creation in knowledge-based business? Aims, forms and practices of collaboration in Italy

Giovanni Schiuma

University of the Arts London


Utilizing design in facilitating innovations at Turkish firms

Murat Apkinar

JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Finland


Knowledge creation in SMEs: Comparing Germany and Iceland

Ingi Runar Edvardsson

University of Iceland


The differences in open innovation before and after ipo according to maturation of knowledge-based society: findings from Seoul digital complex companies

JinHyo Joseph Yun

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology


Clustering and movement of knowledge workers in/between Australian global cities: A comparative study of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Richard Hu

University of Canberra


Parallel session 6:
The role of universities in knowledge society
Room A018 

Chair: Assoc. prof. Tiit Elenurm




Improving the welfare and prosperity of cities: The role and relevance of academic research

Antti Lönnqvist

University of Tampere


Universities for innovative cities: assessing Istanbul’s potential as an innovative city

Melih Bulu

Istanbul Sehir University


Learning spaces in university context

Maria Bacharel Carreira

Instituto Superior Técnico


Libraries and Online Education: A Look Forward

Lisa Robinson

Michigan State University


Knowledge-based services for supporting different entrepreneurial orientations

Tiit Elenurm

Estonian Business School


12.30-13.00 Walking to Tallinn Town Hall, Raekoja plats 1

13.00-15.00 Most Admired Knowledge City Award Gala in Tallinn Town Hall, Ceremony including Announcement of KCWS-2015 hosted by Tallinn City Government


  • Mr. Toomas Sepp, Tallinn City Director
  • Prof. Francisco Javier Carrillo, President of World Capital Institute
  • Assoc. Prof. Blanca Garcia, WCI Executive Director, Awards Program
  • Prof. Tan Yigitcanlar, Summit co-Chair
  • Assoc. Prof. Katri-Liis Lepik, Summit co-Chair
  • Dr. Merle Krigul, Summit co-Chair
  • Prof. JinHyo Joseph Yun, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology 

16:00-18.00 World Capital Institute Extended Board Meeting, Tallinn University, Astra Building, Narva road 29
(by invitation only)


10.00-18.00 Post-summit Tour to Estonian nature (bog-shoeing) organized by Reimann Retked Llc (www.retked.ee)

Bus departure at 10.00 from Park Inn Hotel, Narva road 7C

Fee: 45 eur per person. The price includes: return trip by bus, instruction, guidance, equipment (bog-shoes), snack 

Dress code: outdoor clothing, comfortable shoes/boots are recommended