Pekka Koponen is Development Director at Forum Virium Helsinki, an innovation unit within the Helsinki City organization. It develops new digital services in cooperation with companies, other City of Helsinki units and residents. Pekka build the initial smart city team at Forum Virium, which has been responsible for several pioneering open data initiatives in Finland. Now his focus is on getting cities to truly co-operate in building their smart solutions, utilising interoperable APIs, harmonized data formats and open source software when feasible. For the same reason he is also working on MyData portability – if we build an open ecosystem around MyData, we get faster better services for the citizens and more sustainable business for the companies providing those services.