2012

European Network of Living Labs

ACTIVITY
REPORT

The European Network of Living Labs is not only a network, it
is also a community and movement that has a global reach.

A word from the Chair of the European Network of Living Labs
Year 2012 was a
very special year for
ENoLL, for many
reasons, firstly the
network has grown
both in terms of new
members and in
terms of its global
reach. In May after
the closing of the 6th
Wave of Membership
Applications, ENoLL had more than 300
ENoLL labeled Living Labs from 46 different
countries.
During the year ENoLL has concluded
cooperation agreements with organisations
such as the World Bank and European
Business Incubators Network (EBN) and
moreover ENoLL has taken part in several
EU-funded initiatives, all of strategic
importance to its members in fields such as
smart cities, social innovation, active and
healthy aging and future internet among
others. ENoLL and its active members have
hosted events and workshops outside of
Europe in places such as Latin America and
South Africa, and finally once again come
together to hold the yearly main event

ENoLL Activity Report

2012

on Living Labs, the 4th Living Lab Summer
School in Helsinki, and event, which
gathered together several experts and
ehnthusiastics from more than 30 countries.
The year 2012 marked also a watershed for
ENoLL as the General Assembly agreed on
the future strategic directions for ENoLL,
including identified the future challenges for
Living Labs, finally calling for new ways to
better evaluate and recognize expertise in
the network as well as regonized the need
for more joint and harmonized activities
among Living Labs.
All this work would not have been possible
without the support of our members. ENoLL
is now more mature and in a unique position
as a network, due to the enthusiastic
engagement if its members in the
development of the user-driven open
innovation practices, tools and
methodologies and sharing of best practice
to promote the Living Lab-concept on local,
regional, national and global level.
Therefore it is now time to look back at the
ENoLL activities throughout the year as

presented in this Activity Report, highlighting
the main achievements during the year
2012.

Content
What is a Living Lab?
Introducing ENoLL
Highlights of the Year 2012
Putting Living Labs on H2020
New Leadership for ENoLL
ENoLL events
Strategic Alliances
ENoLL Projects
Highlights from ENoLL members

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The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is a community of Living
Labs with a sustainable strategy for enhancing innovation on a
systematic basis. The overall objective is to contribute to the creation of a
dynamic European innovation system, with a global reach. ENoLL aims
to support co-creative, human-centric and user-driven research,
development and innovation in order to better cater for people’s needs.

How to Join Us?
ENoLL is an open
community - anyone
can join!

Pieter Ballon (iMinds, ENoLL
Council member) interviewed
at the Creative Media Days
2012 in Ghent, Belgium

1. Become a ENoLL Living
Lab
If your organisation wants to
become a member of the
European Network of Living Labs
and become a certified Living
Lab, contact us in order to discuss
how to join through the ‘Wave’
Calls for Membership.

2. Become an Associated
Member
Are you an university, company,
research institution, regional or
local authority or other
government organisation and you
support the philosophy of userdriven open innovation, contact
us on how to become an
associated member of ENoLL.

4. Join the ENoLL friends
open community
ENoLL is on facebook and on
twitter @openlivinglabs and
publishes a monthly newsletter on
all things relevant to living labs
and user-driven open innovation.

What is a Living Lab?
A Living Lab is a real-life test and experimentation environment where users
and producers co-create innovations. Living Labs have been characterized
by the European Commission as Public-Private-People Partnerships (PPPP)
for user-driven open innovation.

Introducing the European Network of Living Labs
The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is the international, independent
non-profit association of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and beyond, founded
in November 2006 by 19 Living Labs, today grown to an extensive network of over
300 ‘accredited’ Living Lab members.
ENoLL opens up for new members through yearly ‘Waves’ i.e Calls for
Membership of which latest one closed with 46 new accepted Living Lab members.
Each Living Lab brings a set of different groups of local and regional stakeholders
into its partnership involving often a variety of different private sector actors,
especially small- and medium sized business in its activities.
Living Labs are open innovation platforms which provide research,
development, innovation and market validation in real-life environments. ENoLL
Living Labs are willing to share knowledge and services among each other as well
as with external partners, and this exchange of know-how and promotion of
services is supported by the ENoLL association.

Contact Us
ENoLL Office
Pleinlaan 9
1050 Brussels
Belgium
info@enoll.org
www.openlivinglabs.eu

Furthermore, ENoLL aims to inspire, support and advocate for open, cocreative, human-centric and user-driven research, development and innovation
policies at local, regional and EU-level. The network provides a platform for
collective voicing of the views and issues that are important for the members.
The legal representative entity of the network is the ENoLL Office in Brussels,
hosted by the ENoLL secretariat, iMinds at the campus of Vrije Universiteit Brussels.
The ENoLL Office facilitates joint action, knowledge exchange and supports project
partnerships among ENoLL members.

European
Network of
Living Labs
Effective Members

iMinds iLab.o (BE)
Flemish Living Lab Platform
(BE)
Northern Rural-Urban
Living Lab (NorthRULL) (FI)
Laurea Living Labs
Network (FI)
Human Tech Living Lab (FI)
Suuntaamo Tampere
Central Region Living Lab
(FI)

Forum Virium Helsinki
(Helsinki Living Lab) (FI)
Ways of Learning for the
Future (Wolf Living Lab)
(FR)

eLiving Lab espaitec (ES)
BIRD Living Lab (ES)
Consorcio Fernando de Los
Rios (ES)

Telecommunication
Networks and Integrated
Services Laboratory (TNS
Living Lab) (EL)

Botnia Living Lab (SE)

Lightning Living Lab (PT)

City Lab Coventry (UK)

i2Cat Catalonia Digital
Living Lab (ES)

Trentino as a Lab (IT)

Manchester Living Lab
(UK)

1. Highlights from the year 2012
During the year 2012, ENoLL has
worked both to continue its stable record of
policy influencing, organizing events and
creating networking opportunities,
promoting Living Labs and explored new
initiatives into ground breaking new areas of
creativity, open data and in
the mean time reinforcing
already established
linkages to areas such as
health, active aging, social
innovation and future
internet. ENoLL has also
enhanced web-based
community building, and driven further
national and international collaboration and
joined into several new EU-funded project
initiatives bringing benefits to its members.
Much of the work of ENoLL, has had an
impact in the EU debate and the report in
your hands highlights just a few of these
occasions when an event, policy paper or
other initiative or activity has been a catalyst
for further public debate or acted to support
a new policy or funding initiative, all this in
order to offer new opportunities to
European Living Labs, SMEs and not
forgetting the impact that Living Labs can
have on the wider European research,
development and innovation community.

IPR for Living Labs
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues
are of growing importance to Living Lab
environment, and therefore it was timely to
organise an open workshop dedicate to
these issues on January 27th. The workshop
was organized jointly between ENoLL and
the Apollon -project, which involves many
ENoLL members. Some of the most pressing
questions on IPR were identified as follows:
• How do you deal with user-generated
applications based on open data for
smart cities?
• How can you guarantee the sustainably?
• How to facilitate idea ownership in a
bottom up approach?

• How to deal with IPR in a cloud-service
based environment?
• How to protect SMEs and large industries
sufficiently to collaborate together? How
to deal with the results?

ENoLL Office

As experts, ENoLL had the pleasure to invite
Ms. Catarina D'Araujo, who has extensive
experience in IP in the framework of EU
funded projects (e.g. FP7 and CIP) from the
IPR Helpdesk. and Mr. Hans Bracquené,
with extensive knowledge on the negotiation
and drafting of R&D agreements, license
agreements, creation of spin-offs, with a
special emphasis on the rules applicable to
international and national government
funding of innovation (EU Framework
Program, ESA, Eureka).

Networking
Support

The workshop was recorded and published
on the ENoLL Vimeo channel. Presentations
are available on openlivinglabs.eu.

ENoLL Office supports
its members by
organizing networking
events, thematic workshops to
exchange information and best
practice. The office also engages in
different activities that promote
ENoLL network members to external
partners.

Policy
Influencing
ENoLL signs an MoU with
the World Bank
On July 10, the ENoLL signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with the
World Bank. The agreement was signed by
Jose Luis Irigoyen, World Bank Director for
Transport, Water, and Information and
Communication Technologies, and Álvaro
Oliveira, representing the ENoLL President,
Jarmo Eskelinen.
The agreement between the World
Bank and ENoLL will bring unprecedented
global expertise in the area of ICT to help
the World Bank and its clients improve
public services, increase civic participation,
advance public administrative capacity, and
drive green growth. And it will help the two
institutions further in their shared goal of
finding new approaches to improving the
public services that affect the everyday lives
of millions of people in developing countries.
The collaboration agreements can be
found at openlivinglabs.eu.

ENoLL Office supports
to influence EU policies
and engages in debate with EU
institutions and takes part in EU
Consultations. Office also acts as a
partner in EU-funded projects of
strategic importance and benefit to
the whole network.

EU-funding
for
Innovation
ENoLL Office
supports to influence EU policies and
engages in debate with EU institutions
and takes part in EU Consultations.
Office also acts as a partner in EUfunded projects of strategic
importance and benefit to the whole
network.

European
Network of
Living Labs
Associated
Members

Aalto University,
Center for Knowledge and
Innovation Research (FI)

European Society for
Concurrent Enterprising
Network (IT)

ESADE Institute for
Innovation and Knowledge
(ES)
Finnish Living Lab Network
of Applied Sciences,
Haaga-Helia University of
Applied Sciences (FI)

Living Labs help SMEs to
expand the business
During the conference on
User-Driven Open
Innovation Ecosystems
organised together jointly
with ENoLL, in Mechelen
(BE) in May, the Apollon
project presented its key
outcomes to the wider
Living Lab community. The project focused
on leveraging the local knowledge and
ecosystems of Living Labs in helping SMEs to
expand their business beyond their regional
markets.
Today, SMEs make up for 99% of the
European companies, while only 8% of
those are generating business abroad, which
is why the European Commission is
searching for ways to aid these SMEs in
generating and capitalising on business
opportunities on the international level.
However, in order to achieve this, the
European Commission is searching for local
brokerage organisations that can ease the
way for SMEs abroad. The Apollon project
set out to tackle this challenge by leveraging
Living Labs as doorways to the European
Marketplace.
The project showed that Living Labs are
successful in opening up European markets
to SMEs: Before Apollon (2008), 64% of
Apollon SMEs had 0-5% international
turnover, while the top-20% had 45-60% of
international turnover.
By the end of the project in 2012, the
number of SME’s generating just 0-5%
international turnover had fallen to 27%,
while the top 20% showed 55-70%
international turnover. These results show
that Living Lab projects are not just tools to
innovate on products and services, but can
act as efficient gateways to foreign markets
as well.
Next to these results, the knowledge
gained during the project is still available at
the Knowledge Centre of the European
Network of Living Labs, while the project will
also launch an on-line Marketplace, in which

SMEs and Living Labs can share their
products and services. Apollon was a CIP
ICT PSP Pilot, a project co-funded by the
European Commission, in which IBBT-iLab.o
coordinated a consortium of 30 partners, of
which 11 were SMEs.
From openlivinglabs.eu you can easily
find to the Knowledge Center and the
Market Place. More information you can
find on the Apollon web portal.

3rd ENoLL Summer School
- Catwalk for Innovation
and all things Living Lab!
The 3rd the European Network of
Living Lab (ENoLL) International Living Lab
Summer School organized together by
Laurea University of Applied Sciences,
Forum Virium Helsinki and Aalto University
gathered together
several experts from
more than 30 countries
during three and a 1/2
of intensive and inspiring
days in August. The most
remote participants
arrived from South
Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Taiwan and New
Zealand.
During the event a diverse mix of
participants coming from universities, private
and public sector, had the change to share
and gain expertise on user-driven open
innovation, open data, design, regional
development, creativity and culture as well
as smart cities. In addition to 30 expert
speakers, the event included a welcoming
word from Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, Pekka
Sauri and the European Commission
greeting by Olavi Luotonen. Professor Ikujiro
Nonaka, the worlds leading academic on
information management and information
and innovation, KooPee Hiltunen, expert on
the Finnish Gaming Industry and Söderling,
the founder of the Mobile Brain Bank Petra
Söderling.
The event featured a wide range of

Said about Living
Labs
What happens in a Living
Lab?
In a living lab, a large number of
users interact with new products and
services in their daily – professional
and private – life. This allows for
researchers to assemble user
feedback and to systematically
observe, monitor and analyse user
behavior in a natural environment.

Insight on to the Human
Dimension of Technology
Living Labs often represent regional
innovation environments focusing on
user communities embedded within
“real life”. Besides technological
aspects Living Labs allow insight on to
the human dimension of technology,
which is of paramount importance for
a successful societal deployment of
new technologies.

Living Labs bridging the
gap between RDI and
Market Entrance
European Commission has supported
ENoLL growth from the outset,
recognising that user-driven open
innovation is an efficient way to deal
with market fragmentation and
obstacles, making the innovation
process more efficient by bridging the
gap between RDI and market
entrance and supporting better and
faster take-up of RDI results.

ENoLL Council Member Dave
Carter (MDDA) at the 3rd
ENoLL Summer School in
Helsinki (FI)

Said about Living
Labs
Involve the users earlier
Growth of testing is valuable, but
there is a common need to involve
users earlier, before testing starts, in
order to support the early phase of
innovation. This will ultimately
decrease innovation costs and
increase income. That happens
because of higher hit ratio and
spending less on developing bad
ideas, and earning more because of
getting better idea.

examples of user-driven open
innovation and smart, sustainable and
inclusive cases, aiming at the improvement of
entrepreneurship, competitiveness and wellbeing of the citizens.
The participants had the change to visit
Arabianranta area (one of the oldest Living
Labs in Europe), Nokia House and Living
Lab libraries in greater Helsinki area. Lastly
Finnish TEKES presented the latest news on
the preparations for the Horizon 2020,
research, development and innovation
funding instrument of the European Union.
The Helsinki World Design Capital 2012
and the Helsinki Juhlaviikko Festival
provided an interesting opportunity for the
international community to network and get
to know Finnish know-how and culture.
For more information you will find on
the event web portal and you can browse
through the pictures here.
The next ENoLL Summer School will be
held in Manchester in August 2013.

Use of Social Media &
living labs methodology in
Policy Making
The event 'Use of ICT and Social Media
in politics and policy-making: For better of
for worse?', co-organised by GALLUP
Europe, Gallup Institute for Advanced
Behavioural Studies (IFABS) and ENoLL took
place in March at the GALLUP Europe head
quarters. The event was opened by Mr.
Robert Machin, Managing Director of The
Gallup Organisation Europe, who
introduced the topic and the need for this
debate about the usage of big data and
opinion mining for policy making.
In his keynote, Mr. Jarmo Eskelinen,
CEO of Forum Virium Helsinki and Vice-

President of ENoLL, brought to the scene the
case study of the City and the importance of
utilising the creativity of communities to
design new services and concepts
experimenting in real-life settings. Linking
this with a world that is witnessing a fast
migration into cities, reaching 4 billion
people living in urban areas in the upcoming
years, Mr. Eskelinen stated there is a need
to do things smartly enough to survive. City
as an organism and city as on-going change
are the two key features to consider when
thinking about future cities according to his
view. Ubiquitous services, location (mark,
tag, purchase) and being always on are the
essential elements of the smart technologies
already used by urban citizens as part of
their normal daily activities.
Panelist at the event were Mr. David
Ringrose, Head of Communications,
Directorate General Information Society and
Media, European Commission, Benedictus
Nieuwenhuis, PhD, IT-coordinator, Foreign
Policy Instruments Service, European
Commission, Stanley Pignal, Brussels
correspondent, Financial Times, Hanno
Ranck, Head of Communications, European
Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS).
The video recording of the intervention
of Mr. Jarmo Eskelinen can be found here
and the whole event is published here.

ENoLL 6th Wave of New
Members
On May 23rd, 2012 European
Network of Living Labs will announce its
sixth Wave results in Mechelen, Belgium.The
call for new members was announced in
October 2011 in Poznan, Poland in
conjunction with the FutureInternet Week. All
together 72 applications were received.

Living Lab activities are
based on a Scientific
Research Methodology
Heavy user involvement distinguishes
a living lab from traditional market
and user research. It’s important to
ensure that these kinds of living lab
activities are based on a scientific
research methodology while leaving
room to innovate and develop further.

ENoLL reach
Each Living Lab brings different
groups and sectorial associations into
its partnership, involving often
hundreds of SMEs in its activities and
leading to the estimated 25,000
organisations affected by ENoLL
activities overall.

“Did you think that innovative
ICT products and services are
tested in a (corporate)
laboratory today? Well, that’s
not the case! Successful
products and services get to
be tested in real-life
circumstances before they are
absorbed in a business model
and rolled out to the target
audience. Such a testing
environment is also called a
living lab”

Mario Campolargo, European
Commission at the User-Driven
Open Innovation Ecosystems
go really local in Mechelen,
May 2012

ENoLL Governance
Elections for the new ENoLL
Council took place with the ENoLL
EBN and Coventry Living Lab
organised event on Smart Cities on
May 21st, 2012

ENoLL Council 2012
Chair


Treasurer


Vice Treasurer


Secretary

Jarmo Eskelinen
(Forum Virium)
Esa Ala-Uotila
(Suuntaamo)
Mikael Börjeson
(Botnia Living Lab)
Pieter Ballon
(iMinds)

Council members

The evaluation process, as carried out
in previous waves,resulted in 46 accepted
new members to the global network of living
labs. This increased the number of ENoLL
Living Labs into 320 benchmarked members.
Full list of 6th Wave members you can
see here and all ENoLL members from
previous included you can find
openlivinglabs.eu.

More information about Fusepool and
the open calls, you will find on the Fusepool
portal.

Open Call for SMEs as
Users

Horizon 2020 is the new, integrated
funding for system that will cover all
research and innovation funding currently
provided through the Framework
Programme for Research and Technical
Development (FP7), the Competitiveness and
Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and
the European Institute of Innovation and
Technology (EIT) of the European Union.
Great deal of efforts has been made by
ENoLL in form of policy influencing by in
order to ensure the continuing support and
funding of user-driven open innovation
initiatives:
In March ENoLL responded to the
Committee of the Regions (CoR) working
document and consultation on the
Commission Proposal on Establishing
Horizon 2020 – the
Framework of Research
and Innovation
(2014-2020) for which a
workshop was organized
in order to gather best
practice examples and
input from ENoLL
effective members. The paper is available
on here and the best practice cases have
been made public on openlivinglabs.eu.

ENoLL informed its members in October
of an Open Call for SMEs as Users in the
framework of the project Fusepool, where
ENoLL is a project partner. The call was
addressed to SMEs - or organisations
working closely with SMEs
- and interested in data
tools for patents, tenders,
partner matching or
customer feedback. The
aim of the call was to
engage SMEs to deliver
usable and effective
applications in the Fusepool platform as
close as possible to their user needs, and to
receive up to 7.000€ in order to co-create
and test the flagship applications developed
in one of Europe’s leading data-pool
platforms!
A second call for Developers to support
new applications based on the Fusepool
platform will be launched in Spring 2013.
In conjunction with the call ENoLL
together with Fusepool organised a
workshop the focused on the upcoming
open calls for SMEs that do product/service
development and also open innovation
ecosystems that work with complexity and
that could benefit of having intelligent
matching tools.

2. Putting Living Labs on
Horizon 2020

Alvaro Oliveira (Lightning Living Lab)
Artur Serra (i2Cat Foundation)
Dave Carter (MDDA)
Esteve Almirall (ESADE)
Joanne Dobson (Coventry City Lab)
Juan A. Bertolín (eSpaitec Living Lab)
Juan F. Delgado (CFR Living Lab) *
Juha Ruuska (JAMK/Lutakko)
Jokin Garatea (GAIA)
Lauri Tuomi (Haaga-Helia) **
Mark De Colvenaer (Flemish LL)
Tuija Hirvikoski (Laurea Living Labs)
Martti Hyry (NorthRULL) ***
Panagiotis Demestichas (TNS LL)
Roberto Santoro (EsoCe-Net)
Petra Turkama (Aalto University)
New Council members
* Juan F. Delgado was elected to the
Council at the General Assembly in
August, 2012.
* * Lauri Tuomi replaced Veli-Pekka
Niitamo in the Council during 2012
* ** Martti Hyry was elected to the
Council at the General Assembly in
August 2012

ENoLL Office Staff

Ana Garcia
ana.garcia@enoll.org

Anna Kivilehto
anna.kivilehto@enoll.org

ENoLL Governance
ENoLL Council provides
strategic guidance to the
network. It monitors and
directs the activities of the
Brussels ENoLL office and the
activities.
ENoLL Council with the lead
of the Chair, prepares the
ENoLL workplan and budget,
and presents these to the
ENoLL General Assembly for
discussion and approval. The
ENoLL Council is responsible
for the implementation of
ENoLL activities and
initiatives, in line with the
budget. ENoLL project
working group under the
ENoLL Council, comprising
with the three elected
positions of the Chair,
Secretary and Treasurer,
assisted by ENoLL project
manager decides on the
project participation aligned
with the project involvement
guidelines.

Council Meetings

General Assemblies

Project Working
Group meetings

ENoLL Council
meetings took place
5 times during the
year 2012

ENoLL General
Assemblies took
place twice during
the year 2012

ENoLL Project WG
meetings took place 5
times during the year
2012

May 4th, 2012

May 21st, 2012

January 12th, 2012

May 21st, 2012

Brussels

April 4th, 2012

July 19th, 2012
October 12th, 2012
November 8th, 2012

ENoLL specifically endorsed in the CoR
working document the following proposals :
• Regional innovation platforms to be
developed that would act as demandbased service centers and promote the
use of international knowledge to
implement the Europe 2020 strategy,
smart specialisation and European
cooperation to meet the interests of a
given region.
• Joint ownership: a region's activity is
reflected in social innovations that achieve
systemic changes to social structures and
practices, and which are jointly produced
and accepted by civil society, government
and businesses.
• Regions to move towards open
innovation, within a human-centred vision
of partnerships between public and
private sector actors, with universities and
other knowledge institutions playing a
crucial role, i.e. to modernise the Triple
Helix concept.    
In April, ENoLL made a public
commitment to the European Innovation
Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing
(EIP AHA) as announced in the Europe
2020 Strategy. The commitment to EIP AHA
is defined as a coordination of a panEuropean community of Living Labs in the
domain of Health and AAL that will
contribute to the availability of interoperable
independent living solutions with special
focus on application, organizational and
service interoperability, and that will support
cross-border development and testing of
solutions, considering contextual factors,
business models and strong involvement of
user communities.

May 8th, 2012
August 28th, 2012
Helsinki

Predecessor of this commitment is the
Apollon-project, carried out by many ENoLL
members, and that has taken an important
role in networking and harmonising Living
Lab approaches throughout Europe. Results
from the Apollon-project have been officially
transferred to ENoLL for open exploitation
towards the wider community of Living Labs,
including the Health and Independent Living
Thematic Living Labs network. The
commitment has been made public on the
European Commission portal for EIP AHA.
In June, ENoLL coordinated a common
response to the European Commission Public
Consultation on Entrepreneurship Action
Plan 2020, and in September ENoLL
President Jarmo Eskelinen and ENoLL
Council member Artur Serra and Ana
Garcia (ENoLL Office) attended the FIRE in
Horizon 2020 Stakeholder Workshop
organised by the European Commission,
where a report was drafted on the role of
the Living Labs and Smart Cities in FIRE. The
document is published on the European
Commission web portal. In the report of the
session, ENoLL specifically highlighted the
following points:
• Need for cooperations between different
stakeholders & communities
• Grassrots up and market driven
approaches for more effective market
creation and user involvement
• Fast involvement of user and developers
communities
• Lateral innovation models (user
communities, crowdsourcing)
• Engaging the city and the citizens
boosting innovation not only at a idustry
level but also at the city and citizen level.

October 23rd, 2012
December 5th, 2012

The Living Labs model benefits
citizens, industry and research
• Living Labs empower citizens, as
end-users, to influence the
development of innovative services
& products that eventually will
benefit the whole society.
• Living Labs allow industry to
develop, validate and integrate
new ideas, to partner with other
companies and to increase their
chances of success during product
and/or service launches.
• Living Labs facilitate the integration
of technological innovation in
society and increase return on
investments in ICT research.

3. New Leadership for
ENoLL
The European Network of Living Labs
(ENoLL) elected a new Council and new
President at the annual general assembly of
the association held in Brussels on May 21st,
2012.
The new President and Chair of the Council
was elected as Mr. Jarmo Eskelinen, CEO,
Forum Virium Helsinki (Finland). His term is
for a period of one year, commenced on
May 21st, 2012.
Jarmo Eskelinen leads Forum Virium
Helsinki, an innovation company building
digital bridges between people and
services, and representing in ENoLL the
Helsinki Living Lab. Originally trained as an
architect, he is an expert in the areas of
smart cities, user driven design and digital
content. Mr. Eskelinen has previously held
positions as the director of Media Centre
Lume in the University of Art & Design
Helsinki, as the program director of the
Helsinki 2000 European City of Culture, and
as an entrepreneur in media and event
production company
PopZoo Promotions,
which he founded in
1993, after a career in
architecture in the 80’ s
and early 90’s.
As Chair of the ENoLL
Council and President of
the association, Mr Eskelinen’s focus
continues on enhancing and stimulating the
dialogue and collaboration between ENoLL
members including its interlocutors such as
the European Commission, continuing to
foster the relationships with the formal
cooperation partners such as the European
BIC Network (EBN) and resume the
discussions on future collaboration in order
to create strategic alliances with partners
such as the World Bank, the International
Association of Science Parks (IASP),
Ambient Assisted Living Open Association
(AALOA) among others.
“This is an absolutely critical period for
ENoLL, in order to strengthen the role of
living labs in developing the priorities of
"smart, sustainable, inclusive growth’,
highlighted in the Europe 2020 strategy of
the European Union” said Mr. Eskelinen.
The complete new Council of the European
Network of Living Labs was elected as
follows:
• Esa Ala-Uotila (Hermia OY, Suuntaamo
Tampere Region Living Lab)
• Esteve Almirall (ESADE, IIK)
• Pieter Ballon (IBBT, iLab.o)
• Juan A. Bertolín (espaitec, Science and
Technology Park, eLiving Lab)
• Mikael Börjeson (Centre for DistanceSpanning Technology CDT, Botnia Living
Labs)
• Dave Carter (Manchester Digital
Development Agency, MDDA)
• Mark De Colvenaer (Flemish Living Lab
Platform)

• Joanne Dobson (Coventry University, City
Lab Coventry)
• Jokin Garatea (Gaia, BIRD Living Lab)
• Tuija Hirvikoski (Laurea University of
Applied Sciences, Laurea Living Labs)
• Veli-Pekka Niitamo (Haaga Helia,
Ammattikorkeakoulujen Neloskierre)
• Álvaro de Oliveira (Lighting Living Lab)
• Juha Ruuska (Lutakko Living Lab, JAMK)
• Artur Serra (i2cat Fundacio)
• Roberto Santoro (European Society of
Concurrent Enterprising Network, ESoCENET)
• Petra Turkama (Aalto University, CKIR)

Said about Living
Labs
Living Labbing is fun

Prof. Pieter Ballon was re-elected as
Secretary of the Association and Mr. Esa
Ala-Uotila as Treasurer.

Living Labs vision for engagement
with local communities is founded on
the evidence that providing grass
roots communities and enterprises
with tools to engage people in the
creative design of solutions to the
problems that they face often inspires
their thinking and results in outcomes
that better match the needs of the
community. It is also more fun!

Additionally, as the important community
initiatives such as the Fireball- and Apollonprojects have come to an end, the latter
transferring its assets to ENoLL and to the
wider community of living labs, this new era
will mark the newly elected leadership.

Living Labs and Smart
Cities

“As we embark on a new era of the
network, I will build on the previous
achievements of outgoing President Alvaro
de Oliveira as well as the acting President
during the founding of the association, Mr.
Roberto Santoro, but committed to bringing
new elements in the network by
strengthening the actions, initiatives and
talents of the individual members, at the
same time respecting the overall diversity
found in our community.” Mr. Eskelinen
further commented on his appointment.
The general assembly held in conjunction
with an event on ‘Smart and Sustainable
Cities’, organized jointly with Coventry City
Lab, EBN and ENoLL, featuring a signing
ceremony of the Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) between the two
networks, thus laying the grounds to what
resulted in series of inspiring discussions and
sessions at the 2-day International
Conference on ‘User-Driven Open
Ecosystems go Local’, supported by the
European Commission in Mechelen
(Belgium).

ENoLL events 2012
• IPR Workshop for Living Labs, Brussels
(Jan)

The work of Living Labs and emerging
smart cities are recognised as having
the potential for “disruptive societal
innovation” as larger scale
developments are supported and new
value creation models are enabled.

Living Labs and
Ambient Assisted Living
Living labs are becoming more
prominent innovation-instruments for
addressing the societal challenges
and improving the quality of life of
elderly, optimizing the quality and
productivity of caregiving and
strengthen the industrial base
throughout Europe. Living labs allow
people and industries to test and
validate tomorrow’s best innovations
in AAL product and service
development and they enable
companies , especially SME’s to
create lead markets by overcoming
existing barriers in local and regional
markets in Europe.

• Open meeting for ENoLL Effective and
Associated members on Validating the
Best Practice cases for the ENoLL Policy
Papers, meeting, (Jan) European
Commission observers , Brussels

People and
Communities for
Innovation

• Open Meeting with IASP to discuss further
collaboration, Malaga (March)

By living labs, we mean
reconstructing the interaction space. It
can be any space, anywhere, suitable
for collaborative design, the
application of knowledge for
empowerment, uplift, and
development of people and
communities for the use of innovation.

• Gallup and ENoLL organised event on
Social Media influence on Policy-making,
Brussels (March)
• Pre-FIA workshop organised by ENoLL
and SmartIP on Smart Cities, Denmark
(May). You can see the session on ENoLL
vimeo here Part1 and Part2.

• Aalborg official programme session on
Smart City Applications and Services,
Aalborg (May) You can see the session
on ENoLL vimeo here Part1 and Part2.

Future Internet Research and
Experimentation (FIRE)
consultation workshop by the
European Commission (Sep)

• EBN and ENoLL organised event on Smart
Cities and concluded the MoU between
the two networks, Brussesls (May). See
the vimeo here.

ICT Competiveness Week by the
European Commission (Sep)

PPP - Future Internet for FI-WARE
2nd Open Call (FI Core Platform)
Information Day (Sep)

AAL Forum on EIP on Active and
Healthy Ageing and at a special
session devoted to Living Labs
(Sep)

World Summit on Innovation &
Entrepreneurship  (Sep)

Living Lab Expo by the Finnish
Universities of the Applied
Sciences (Oct)

Peripheria Observatory at the
Smart City Exhibition in Bologna
(Oct)

• Apollon, Open Cities and ENoLL and
EUROCITIES, FIREBALL with the support
of the European Commission organised
event on Open User Driven Innovation
Ecosystems go really local. Mechelen
(May). More information here.
• ENoLL 6th Wave - Welcoming the new
members into the network with the
support of the European Commission,
Mechelen (May)
• 3rd ENoLL Living Lab Summer School in
Helsinki Espoo, organised togehter with
Laurea Living Labs, Forum Virium Helsinki
and Aalto University. (August)
• Fusepool stakeholder meeting open for all
effective and associated members on the
Fusepool Open Call for SMEs as Users,
Brussels (September)
• Creative Media Days: ENoLL Living Labs
active in the field of Creativity, Ghent
(November)
• Creative Media Days; iMinds and ENoLL
session on Smart Cities, Ghent
(November)

ENoLL participance in
events

IST Africa Living Lab working
group meeting (May)


CYTED meeting, Barcelona (May)

Future Everything Festival in
Manchester (May)

EFQUEL on Experimentation,
social innovation and creativity:
Transforming education through
Living Labs (June)

Workshop for Living Labs in the
framework of the FUSEPOOLproject, which will soon launch an
open call for living labs and SMEs
(July)

PICNIC 2012 track on ‘Reinventing
the Citizenship’ (August)

Open Knowledge Festival on a
session on Open Collaborative
Networked Cities (August)

Workshop on on Materials and
Innovation ‘Crossroads of Future
Challenges’ in the framework of
the InnoMatNet-project (Sep)

OECD Institutional Management in
Higher Education General
Conference (Sep)

ENoLL, LLiSA, SMIT orgnised
workshop in Pretoria and
Johannesburg (May)

between International Association of Science
Parks (IASP) and CYTED initiated by
different Latin-American universities,
Research Centers and Living Labs,
coordinated by Citilab, an active ENoLL
member, including members such as Prof.
Ester Schiavo from Quilmes University in
Argentina and Prof. Miriam Magdala Pinto
from University of Espirito Santo from Brazil.
This initiative aims to map, understand, and
supporting to design and develop a bottom
up network of Living Labs in Latin-American
Countries.
Including an enhanced cooperation
agreement in the works between ENoLL and
the French Network of Living Labs and EIT
ICT Labs.

Find out more about
Living Labs!

ENoLL Strategic Alliances
In order to enable the European
Network of Living Labs to implement its
objectives and strategies, it has established a
range of collaborative linkages with other
organisations that have a complementary
mandate or mission, through Memorandums
of Understandings (MoUs) such as:
• Food and Agriculture Organisation
of the United Nations (FAO)
• Living Labs in Southern Africa (LLiSA)
• Asian Smart Living Summer School
• Beijing City Administration
Information System and Equipment Center
(CAISEC)
• Ubiquitous Network Industry and
Technology Development Forum (UNITED)
During the year 2012, ENoLL
concluded two additional cooperation
agreements with the World Bank and
European BIC Network.
EBN and ENoLL formalised their
cooperation by signing a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) on 21st of May 2012.
The Signing Ceremony took place at a joint
event on Smart Cities and Sustainability
organized by EBN, ENoLL, Coventry
University and Coventry City Lab, in
Brussels, Belgium hosted at the Regional
Office of Catalonia supported by the
European Commission and i2Cat
Foundation.
On July 10, ENoLL signed a
Memorandum of Understanding with the
World Bank, a global leader in open
innovation. The agreement was signed by
Jose Luis Irigoyen, World Bank Director for
Transport, Water, and Information and
Communication Technologies, and Álvaro
Oliveira, representing the ENoLL President,
Jarmo Eskelinen.
During the year 2012 ENoLL has also
begun talks of enhanced cooperation

ENoLL uses different
social media tools to
engage and connect
with its members and
the wider community.
Currently ENoLL twitter
(@openlivinglabs) has over 2200
followers, our facebook friends
are up to 900 individuals and
organisations and we also use
continuously other social media
tools such as Vimeo, Slideshare,
Flickr and Scribd among others.
In addition ENoLL publishes a
monthly newsletter, which has
over 2000 subscribers.
Find out more and how to join us
in the discussion on
www.openlivinglabs.eu

4. ENoLL in Projects

Smart Cities &
Future Internet &
Social
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Big Data

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Intelligent Cities combining
action for the EU-funded
Living Labs, or IDeALL,
that are strategically
innovation ecosystem
Future Internet Public-Private
project, which is financed by
important and bring
processes and new cloud
Partnerships (FI PPP)
the Directorate General of
benefits to its
computing technologies
programme. CONCORD
Enterprise and Industry of the
supports the European
European Commission, aims
members. Mostly
Commission
in
implementing
to bring together the Living
ENoLL role in these
a
coherent
FI
PPP
programme
Lab community with the
CitySDK
projects is in tasks
in a way that makes it more
design community through
CitySDK project is being
concerning
than the sum of its 10
Design for All. By doing so,
developed to transfer Smart
constituent
projects
its objective is to compile and
dissemination to the
City applications from city to
develop methodologies which
city using an open source
wider community of
enable small and medium
service developer toolkit to
Living Lab members
enterprises to understand
help make it easier for
and stakeholder
more about the needs and
developers to create new and
expectations of clients and
engagement.
innovative applications.
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imagine

During the last years
ENoLL has grown
extensively its project
portfolio under the
responsibility of Ana
Garcia (ENoLL
Office) inline with the
decisions taken by
the ENoLL project
working group
comprising of the
different members of
the Council as well as
the Treasurer of the
association.

users.

SmartIP

taking the experience
developed through existing
user-driven, open innovation
initiatives, particularly those
developed in Living Labs and
to apply this experience to
the challenge of transforming
public services by
empowering ‘smart Citizens.

Peripheria

Deploying convergent FI
Platforms and services for the
promotion of sustainable
lifestyles, developing the
Living Lab premise of shifting
technology R&D out of the
laboratory and into the real
world in a systematic blend
of technological with social
innovation.

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For more information:
Contact
Ana Garcia
ENoLL Office
ana.garcia@enoll.org

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FUSEPOOL

Data is an integral element of
the business value chain.
However, many barriers
impede leveraging the full
potential of that data for
more efficient, digitally
supported and data-driven
business insights and actions.
Fusepool refines and enriches
raw data using common
standards and provides tools
for analyzing and visualizing
data so that end users and
other software receive timely,
context-aware and relevant
information. To ensure that
data and results are of high
quality, Fusepool combines
the well-defined but errorprone (semantic) Web 3.0
with controlled supervision
and the collaborative but
often messy (social) Web 2.0

Trenz Pruca

InnoMatNet
project funded under the
NMP (Nanosciences,
nanotechnologies, materials
and new production
technologies) theme of the
European Union FP7, with the
overall goal of promoting
collaboration, knowledge
transfer, and the creation of
new alliances between
materials researchers,
designers in industry, and
others involved in innovation.

CENTRALAB

aim is to
transform Central Europe into
a broad-reaching laboratory
for innovation, including the
social and organisational as
well as technological
dimensions by using a Living
lab approach.

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For more information:

For more information:

For more information:

www.epic-cities.eu

www.fi-ppp.eu

www.ami-communities.eu/
wiki/IDeALL

www.citysdk.eu
www.smart-ip.eu
www.peripheria.eu

www.fusepool.eu
www.innomatnet.eu
www.centralivinglab.eu

Living Lab Manual for
Universities of Applied
Sciences
Network of Living Labs of Finnish
Universities of Applied Sciences
(Neloskierre) has come out with a
publication which looks into how
Living Labs can operate as an model
for bringing together RDI-activities
and teaching. In addition it explores
the ways in which Universities of
Applied Sciences can take part in
user-driven RDI. Publication acts as an
manual for academic staff as well as
students dealing with the role of userdriven RDI-activities in the strategies
and teaching of Universities of
Applied Sciences. It also gives tips on
how to set up and implement Living
Labs.

Barcelona as a Lab
The Barcelona
Laboratori
(BCNLab) kicked off
on November 30,
2012 with ENoLL
participation at the
Fabra i Coats
Factory, with the aim to turn the entire
city into an open Lab for citizens’ cocreation in order to identify and
promote the creative, production and
entrepreneurial sectors in the worlds
of culture, technology and knowledge
that will emerge in the coming
decade, and which as yet we cannot
even imagine.

Activities and highlights from the
members of the network
Here we have gathered few selected highlights
and activities by ENoLL members. For more check
out www.openlivinglabs.eu
Enjoy!

3 Living Lab Handbooks
published by Botnia
Living Lab
Living Lab Methodology
Handbook
Based on results
from the project
SmartIES and the
process of using
and evaluating
the FormIT
methodology in
a Nordic crossborder pilot. The goal has been to
make the Living Lab Key Principles
and the application visible and easy
to use.

Race to Scale

Launch of the TEFISplatform
ENoLL member
Botnia Living Lab
is proud to launch
the TEFISplatform, which is
a new e-service
that gives experimenters easy access
to fore-front testbed infrastructures.
The portal includes features to plan
for and run Future Internet
experiments by using services
provided by the TEFIS connected
testbeds including Living Lab support all available via one single accesspoint individually or in a combination.
The services are used today in
different experiments in the fields of
Mobile media, e-Health, Network
performance measurements, elearning, Collaborative content
distribution in mobile networks and
SDN.

FormIT is a
methodology for
user involvement,
created and
tested at CDT. In
this guide,
specialists in userdriven innovation share their
knowledge.

Peoples Voices
Involving users in
the development
of interactive
systems increases
the likelihood that
those systems will
be useful and
usable. How do we mobilize users?
What motivates people to take part in
the development of an innovation in
their spare time?

iMinds puts Living Labs
on the AAL Map
The AAL Forum (Ambient and Assisted
Living Joint Programme) held from 24
to 27 September 2012 in Eindhoven,
the Netherlands, provided a great
deal of inspiration. Not only did
iMinds staff an extensive information
stand, which shed light on the various
projects and their expertise in the field
of AAL,, but iMinds also organised
Session on Living Labs, a user-driven
approach to encourage AAL service
innovation and accelerate successful
market access. Session involved other
ENoLL members active in AAL.

Healthy Borough
Programme
The Healthy Borough Programme ran
by Forum Virium Helsinki activated
citizens to take part in the
development of wellbeing services in
their own neighborhood. The real-life
test environment was Herttoniemi in
Helsinki.
The Idealinko service was used to
collect ideas from the Herttoniemi
area residents. As a result, two ideas
emerged the best: the City of Helsinki
decided to support Roihuvuori village
center initiative and organized an info
TV for the Herttoniemi health center. 
Among other successful service pilots
in the framework of the Healthy
Borough Programme was the launch
of the electronic Health Card. It was
rewarded by Excellence Finland as
the winner of Innovation of the year
Award in the public sector category.

MDDA: Living Labs and
the use of WEB 2.0
Workshop supplied participants with
examples of good practice of how
Manchester is using Living Labs to
drive forward digital development in
the city with focus on Manchester’s
Digital Strategy, working smarter
using social media, use of living labs
and smart cities, Go-on digital
champions’ campaign and the
approach Manchester has adopted
for living labs.