ACTIVITY REPORT 2011

ENoLL –
THE EUROPEAN NETWORK
OF LIVING LABS

ENoLL – ACTIVITY REPORT 2011

Table of Contents
1 Introducing ENoLL






1.1 Word from the President
1.2 Membership base
1.3 ENoLL Governance
1.4 ENoLL Office

2 ENoLL Strategic Project Involvement








2.1 EPIC
2.2 SmartIP
2.3 Peripheria
2.4 CitySDK
2.5 CONCORD

3 ENoLL Highlights 2011












3.1 ENoLL policy initiatives
3.2 ENoLL beyond Europe
3.3 Learning to innovate through Living Labs
3.4 Future Internet, Living Labs and Smart Cities
3.5 Growing community
3.6 Diverse community
3.7 Strategic partnerships

Who we are
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, but also globally.
ENoLL aims to support co-creative, human-centric and user-driven research,
development and innovation in order to better cater for people’s needs.

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1 Introducing ENoLL................................................................................:
About..................................................................................................
The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is the international, independent association
of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide founded in November 2006, with
274 accepted Living Lab members to this date and the 6th Wave Call for membership
applications published in October 2011.
The legal representative entity of the network is the ENoLL Office in
Brussels (BE) close to the University campus of Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
of two full time staff members. The ENoLL Office is hosted by the ENoLL
Secretariat, the Institute of Interdisciplinary Broadband Technology (IBBT).

1.1 Word from the President
The Living Lab movement is emerging globally as a tool for economic and social development at the local and regional scale,
giving great opportunities for rural, urban
and regional development, both to large
companies and to SMEs innovation, leveraging their sustainable competitiveness, and
finally giving a new role for public authorities in promoting and facilitating innovation.
Thus, today the Living Labs are widely
recognized
and
accepted
pillar of the European Innovation System.
European Living Labs have evolved over the
past seven years based on and strongly interlinked with national and European Policy and Innovation initiatives in the thematic areas as broad as addressing following:
•           Energy Efficiency. Sustainable Energy. Climate change
•           Well Being and Health
•           Smart Cities. Future Internet. Internet of things.
•           Social Innovation. Social Inclusion
•           e-Government. e-Participation
•           Creative Media. User driven contents. Social Networks. Web 2.0
•           Thematic Tourism. Culture Services
•           Territorial and rural development of Smart Regions
•           Sustainable Mobility
•           Industrial and logistics development.
•           Security

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The European Commission has supported the Living Labs growth from the outset,
recognizing 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.
These methodologies are rapidly becoming the new mainstream method of innovating
as they enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to create lead markets by
overcoming existing barriers in local and regional markets in Europe.
The Living Labs model includes citizen participation from the very outset of the creative
process of technology development. As a result, evaluating aspects such as social and
economic implications of new technologies has become more accurate. So the needs of
users are better listened to and fulfilled. With Living Labs the development of technologies
and creation of innovations steps out from closed laboratories, into everyday life.
A first turning point came with the Helsinki Manifesto launched by the Finnish EU
Presidency in December 2006 as “an important step towards a new European innovation
infrastructure”, which established the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). With
the solid support of the initial structure of 19 Living Labs, Living Labs have together
formed an umbrella organization called the European Network of Living Labs, non-profit
association with the overall aim to exploit synergies between the network members in
terms of networking, sharing good practices, provision of services and tools and the
ability to access different user communities. ENoLL secretariat coordinates almost 300
Living Lab members in Europe and world-wide.
The community has grown through 5 yearly “waves” of membership to 274 Living Labs
of which 36 are outside of Europe, covering six Continents. National Living Lab networks
have been established in several Member States and regional networks in China, Latin
America, and Africa. 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.
Following a strategy of globalization of the Living Labs movement, ENoLL has concluded
several strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with organizations such as
the Beijing City Administration Information System and Equipment Center (CAISEC),
Ubiquitous Network Industry and Technology Development Forum (UNITED, the Chinese
Future Internet and IoT initiative), the Food and Agricultural Organization of United Nations
(FAO), LLiSA (Living Labs in Southern Africa) , Asian Smart Living Summer School and
more recently with the World Bank.   Through these MoUs, ENoLL is building a portfolio
of activities, initiatives, exchanges, and pilot experiments throughout the world, building
international networks and offering exceptional opportunities to European SMEs and the
broader EU RDI community.
Today our ambition is no less than to set world wide standard in open and user-driven
innovation, while staying true to our core values of bottom-up processes and embracing
the openness of our community.

 

ALVARO DE OLVEIRA

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1.2 Membership base
The ENoLL association has adopted an open structure, with a core of fee-paying members (effective and associated members) and certificated members (adherent members)
and partners supplemented by more informal networks of policy-makers and individual
enthusiasts as follows:

Effective members: organizations which are legal entities that represent a Living
Lab duly selected according to the ENoLL selection process (Wave) and that pay
the annual membership fee, 5000 Euros in the year 2011.

Associated members: organizations which are involved in the object and activities
of the association, which are not selected according to the ENoLL selections
process and which pay the annual membership, 5000 Euros in the year 2011.

Adherent members: organizations that represent a Living Lab, which was duly
selected according to the ENoLL selection process and pay administrative fee
500 Euros in the year 2011.

ENoLL Effective Members
Belgium IBBT-iLab.o
Belgium
Flemish Living Lab Platform
Finland
Northern Rural-Urban Living Lab (NorthRULL)
Finland
Laurea Living Labs Network
Finland
HumanTech LivingLab
Finland
Suuntaamo Tampere Central Region Living Lab
Finland
Helsinki Living Lab - Forum Virium
France
LEVIER
France
Ways Of Learning for the Future (WOLF LL)
Greece
Thessaly Living Lab
Greece
Telecommunication Networks and
integrated Services Laboratory
Italy
Trentino as a Lab
Netherlands Amsterdam Living Lab
Portugal
Lighting Living Lab
Spain
i2Cat Catalonia Digital Lab
Spain
LIVING LAB SALUD ANDALUCIA
Spain
espaitec Living Lab (eLiving Lab)
Spain
BIRD LIVING LAB
Sweden
Botnia Living Lab
UK
Manchester Living Lab
UK
Social Informatics Lab (SILab)
UK
City Lab Coventry

What do our
members say?
“I feel the European Network
of Living Labs is
becoming a birthplace for sustainable cities.
The living labs are
proving to be the
ideal way to bring
citizens, government and businesses together for
co-innovation.”
Pieter Ballon,
ENoLL Secretary

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1.3 Governance
Elections for the new ENoLL Council took place in conjunction with the ENoLL General
Assembly in Brussels March 28th, 2011. Including the Council, the Council members elected among themselves the Chair, Secretariat and Treasurer of ENoLL. As the Vice Coordinator of ENoLL Strategic Planning Work Group and Special Advisor ENoLL Chair appointed Jesse March (Sicily Living Lab) and Professor Anilton Salles Garcia was appointed as
the Coordinator for Internationalization Policy.

ENoLL COUNCIL 2011
Dave Carter
Manchester Digital Development Agency
Juha Ruuska
Jyvaskyla University of Applied Sciences

Alvaro Duarte de Oliveira
ENoLL President (January 2010 -)
Jarmo Eskelinen
ENoLL Vice President (January 2010 -)
Tuija Hirvikoski
ENoLL Vice President (March 2011-)

Tuija Hirvikoski
Laurea University of Applied Sciences,
Laurea Living Labs
Martti Hyry
University of Oulu, NorthRULL
Petra Turkama
Aalto University, CKIR
Bidatzi Marin
IAVANTE Foundation
(Living Lab Salud Andalucia)
Veli-Pekka Niitamo
Haaga Helia (Neloskierre)
Ivan Pilati

Trentino as Lab

Artur Serra i2cat Fundacio
Daan Velthausz
Amsterdam Innovation Motor, AIM
Esteve Almirall ESADE
Roberto Santoro

EsoCe-Net

Pieter Ballon,
ENoLL Secretary (January 2010 -)
Mikael Borjerson,
ENoLL treasure (January 2010 -)

Jokin Garatea
Gaia, BIRD Living Lab (Aug 2011-)
Mark De Colvenaer
Flemish Living Lab Platform (Aug '11-)
Ignacio Del Arco
I2BC (until Aug 2011)
Juan A. Bertolin
eSpaitec, eLiving Lab (Aug 2011-)
Tim Luft
Coventry University, City Lab Coventry

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ENoLL Structure

ENoLL Statutory meetings
28/01/2011 Council Meeting, Brussels (BE)
18/03/2011 Council Meeting (teleconference)
17/05/2011 Council Meeting, Budapest (HU)
14/06/2011 Council Meeting (teleconference)
08/08/2011 Council Meeting (teleconference)
31/08/2011 General Assembly, Barcelona (SP)
15/09/2011 Informal Council meeting, Amsterdam
24/10/2011 Council meeting, Poznan (PL)
21/11/2011 Council Meeting (teleconference)
05/12/2011 General Assembly, Brussels (BE)

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1. 4 ENoLL Office
The ENoLL Office ends the year 2011 with 2 full-time staff members: Anna Kivilehto and
Ana Garcia. The ENoLL Office, responsible of the overall ENoLL operations, is hosted by
IBBT, ENoLL Secretariat, at the VUB university campus close to EU institutions.
The ENoLL office main role is the implementation the strategy defined by the ENoLL
Council, and to run the daily network operations. Main functions and services run by the
Office are internal and external brokerage, information relay and community management, policy influencing, visibility and awareness raisin, engagement with other networks
and alliances, facilitation of partnerships, identification of new funding opportunities and
commitment in projects.
Natalie Weiss has done her internship at the ENoLL Office (Nov-Dec) especially assisting
in the drafting and the public consultation of the white paper document for the creation
of sustainable Living Lab networks in Africa, including assisting in the daily activities of
the office. Natalie will continue her Master thesis on Living Lab networks in Africa and is
supported by the ENoLL Office.

ENoLL online communications
In 2011 ENoLL has successfully extended its communication strategy by using the social
network platform Facebook, adding another internet presence to their Twitter and Flickr
activities. The Facebook group "ENoLL - European Network of Living Labs“ was created in
January of this year and can be liked by any interests. So far there are over 400 Facebook
users that receive news by this tool and can actively engage and communicate with each
other.
The ENoLL Twitter account @openlivinglabs has been active since April 2010 and already
counts more than 900 followers. The distribution of short news and the retweeting of
important messages give followers a quick, but through linkages at the same time a very
extended view of the ENoLL activities and interests. Both networking communities are
used to strengthen the news distribution and public presentation of the European Network
of Living Labs. These platforms guarantee and facilities a fast and easy communication
in a network structure, giving everyone the chance to participate. Slideshare, Scribd and
Vimeo are more possibilites for the users to gather information about ENoLL.
The ENoLL Office has sent monthly newsletter for its members including all the people
that have registered as subscribers on the ENoLL Portal. The ENoLL newsletter features
latest network activities and initiatives, important funding information, project briefs and
news from the community, including calendar of events. The newsletter mailing lists today
is over 1000 individuals/organisations, number of subscribers has doubled from the year
2010. According to the statistic the click-to-open rate has been well above 30% (Addemar
system benchmark is 25%).

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2 ENoLL Strategic Project Involvement
The European Network of Living Labs, as an International Association, selectively participates
in EU-funded projects that are as strategically important for the whole network or for its
working groups. Mostly the ENoLL role in these projects involves tasks in dissemination
and stakeholder engagement. The ENoLL Project Involvement Guidelines (approved by
the ENoLL Council in June 2011) define the key aspects of ENoLL project involvement in
a structured way and proposes a set of overall management principles, with purpose to:
1) Reassure compliance between the ENoLL project involvement and the ENoLL mission
and bylaws.
2) Increase principal feasibility of the ENoLL project involvement and.
3) Define processes that maximize project related benefits and opportunities for ENoLL
paying members and the network as whole.

2.1 The European Platform for Intelligent Cities
The European Platform for Intelligent Cities – EPIC – will combine innovation ecosystem
processes, fully researched and tested e- Government service applications and new
cloud computing technologies to create the first truly scalable and flexible pan-European
platform for innovative, user-driven public service delivery, along with a user Road Map.
Living Labs help individual public administrations harness the power ofWeb 2.0 and future policy
directions to develop and deliver citizen and business-driven services. Cloud computing is
increasingly helping the private sector to reduce cost, increase efficiency and work smarter.
EPIC is unique in that combines both of these innovations in a first-of-its-kind way to enable
1) local SME‘s to rapidly prototype scalable new user-driven solutions,
2)
innovative
public
administrations
to
test
and
deploy
them
and
3) cities across Europe to ultimately access and use them.
In so doing, EPIC will present public administrations – regardless of whether they have
a Living Lab – with a unique opportunity to cut costs and drive innovation by providing
access to a market-leading shared infrastructure that facilitates rapid prototyping and
testing.
The objective of PERIPHIRIA is to deploy convergent Future Internet (FI) platforms and
services for the promotion of sustainable lifestyles in and across emergent networks of“smart”
peripheral cities in Europe, dynamic realities with a specific vocation for green creativity.
Its Open Service Convergence Platform, an “Internet by and for the People”, extends and
enhances the Save Energy project’s Social Information Architecture, integrating key new
components – sensor networks, real time 3D and mobile location-based services – with the FI
paradigms of Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Services (IoS) and Internet of People (IoP).
The Project website is: http://www.epic-cities.eu/

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2.2 The Smart Metropolitan Areas Realised Through
Innovation & People (SMARTiP)
The idea of the SMARTiP project is to take the experience developed by a wide range of
existing user-driven, open innovation initiatives in Europe, particularly those developed
through Living Labs, and to apply this experience to the challenge of transforming
public services by empowering ‘smart citizens’ who are able to use and co-produce
innovative Internet-enabled services within emerging ‘smart’ cities. The aim is to
enable to adoption of open platforms for the co-production of citizen-centric Internetenabled services in five test-bed sites, Manchester, Gent, Cologne, Bologna and Oulu.
The objective is to enhance the ability of the cities to grow and sustain a ‘smart city’
ecosystem which can support new opportunities emerging for a dynamic co-production
process resulting in more inclusive, higher quality and efficient public services which can
then be made replicable and scalable for cross-border deployment on a larger scale.

This will focus on a series of pilot projects, as outlined ‘Technical Pilots’, covering three
thematic areas:




Smart engagement
Smart environments
Smart mobility

The pilots aim to act as a catalyst to stimulate citizen engagement in becoming active
generators of content and applications development, as well as being more informed
and involved users of the developing Internet-enabled services in ‘smart’ cities. ‘Smart
cities’ require ‘smart citizens’ if they are to be truly inclusive, innovative and sustainable.
The promise of the information society, to create new ways of empowering people to
play a fuller and more equal role in emerging governance systems through their access
to dynamic Internet-enabled services, is also proving to be its biggest challenge, as not
everyone is getting equal access to the skills and opportunities that are supposed to be there.
The Project website is: http://www.smart-ip.eu/

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2.3 Networked Smart Peripheral Cities for Sustainable
Lifestyles (PERIPHERIA)
PERIPHE Bildschirmfoto 2011-11-18 um 10.57.57 RIA develops the Living Lab premise of
shifting technology R&D out of the laboratory and into the real world in a systemic blend
of technological with social innovation. It defines five archetypical “Arenas” – specific
urban settings or innovation playgrounds, with defined social features and infrastructure
requirements – as the spaces where co-design and service integration processes unfold:
• Smart Neighbourhood: where media-based social interaction occurs
• Smart Street: where new transportation behaviours develop
• Smart Square: where civic decisions are taken
• Smart Museum and Park: where natural and cultural heritage feed learning
• Smart City Hall: where mobile e-government services are delivered
Pilot projects in the five PERIPHERIA Partner Cities – Malmo (SE), Bremen (DE), Athens
(GR), Genoa (IT) and Palmela (PT) – use Serious Games to stimulate social interaction of
“people in places”, cross-city linking of Arenas and discovery-driven platform convergence.
Transfer scenarios developed with the six Sponsoring Partner cities validate up-scalability
and the emergent Network of Peripheral Smart Cities. ENoLL is involved in this project as
subcontracted by the KIT.

2.4 City SDK
ENoLL is also a partner in newly approved CIP Smart City pilot CitySDK service development
kit. City SDK is focusing on seeing cities as service, peer-to-peer services, and how to
combine communities with services in these chaos-like environments that cities in their
nature are. The three main areas of this project are mobility, travel and tourism and the
citizen feedback on the city services, finally supporting the roaming of services on a panEuropean scale.

2.5 CONCORD
CONCORD Future Internet PPP programme Facilitation and Support action advances
the European Future Internet research by supporting the European Commission in the
successful implementation of a coherent FI PPP programme. CONCORD will coordinate
and facilitate the alignment of FI PPP activities to ensure the relevance, rigor and robustness
of the co-created Future Internet concepts, visions and roadmaps. The methodology used
is an applied SECI model with a spiral development process. CONCORD advocates fair,
open and inclusive procedures for the supported parties to achieve commonly agreed
goals. Reflecting this, CONCORD creates an open and transparent decision-making
mechanism and collaborative environment where in a systematic manner, all projects
contribute to, and are accountable for, their contributions towards the success of the FI
PPP Programme as a whole.
One of the key roles of ENoLL (European Network of Living Labs) in the CONCORD
project is to facilitate interaction between FI PPP consortia and local and regional ICT
innovation ecosystems. Project website: www.fi-ppp.eu

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3 ENoLL HIghlights of 2011
3.1 Important policy initiatives of 2011
EU Digital Agenda and Living Labs
The EU Digital Agenda for Europe is the European Union‘s road map for bringing the
benefits of a digital society and economy to Europe‘s citizens. But it can only deliver if
all stakeholders are involved in assessing problems and identifying solutions. The main
objectives of the Assembly were to:


Assess progress to date on delivery towards the Digital Agenda‘s goals and
actions and seek ways to improve delivery;


Identify challenges ahead for the implementation of the Digital Agenda and
for the information society in general;


Mobilise stakeholders‘ actions to make further progress and address
challenges.
The European Commission therefore invited a broad range of participants from industry,
the research community and NGOs, as well as representatives from Member State
governments, and the other EU institutions to assess progress in meeting the targets
of the Digital Agenda. ENoLL was represented at this first Digital Assembly by Council
members Pieter Ballon, Tuija Hirvikoski and Dave Carter at one of the workshops entitled
Digital Agenda for Local and Regional Development.

European Innovation Partnership for Healthy Ageing
ENoLL Vice President Tuija Hirvikoski was invited to present the Laurea Living Lab and
ENoLL at the European Innovation Partnerships – meeting societal challenges and
reinforcing competitiveness, Simulation Seminar for ERAC regarding the pilot "Active and
Healthy Ageing“. Her presentation was entitled “Living Labs as Platform breaking down
barriers between key players at regional level”.
The overall objective of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) is to increase the
average healthy lifespan of Europeans by 2 years, by 2020. The challenge is to ensure that
people not only can live longer, but also live healthier, more active and independent lives.
Innovative approaches are therefore needed to empower the elderly in more integrated
health and social care systems while building on their wealth of experiences and social
skills. In addition to developing medicines and new treatments to address age-related
diseases, the focus must be first and foremost on keeping citizens healthy and independent
and consequently on designing age appropriate services, products and solutions. These
ambitious objectives should lead to a paradigm shift regarding European vision of ageing
by empowering our citizens and providing innovative solutions which will improve the
quality of life and at the same time generate numerous new job opportunities.
 

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Open Living Labs Public Private Partnership
During the year 2011 ENoLL engaged heavily in the policy influencing especially towards
the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon 2020), an
integrated funding system that will cover all research and innovation funding currently
provided through the Framework Programme for Research and Technical Development,
the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European
Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
ENoLL was involved during the year consultations with stakeholders in various contexts
both in Europe and throughout the world, starting with the public announcement of our
intention to form the Open Living Labs PPP driven by ENoLL at the Future Internet Week
in Ghent (BE) in December 2010. ENoLL was involved organizing several stakeholder
meetings and in August 2011 opened a consultation process, which fed into the creation
of the white paper draft entitled “Strategic Innovation Ecosystems and Enabling Actions
For Addressing Societal Challenges and Improving European Competitiveness Phase I:
Towards the 2020 Horizon”. The paper synthesizes the many contributions received to
date, particularly on the part of ENoLL members who have contributed significant time
and energy on a voluntary basis.
ENoLL is proposing the strengthening of the Europe-wide open RDI ecosystem of the
Living Labs community institutionally, financially and in terms of its RDI infrastructure,
including new avenues of research and experimentation in social and other sciences. The
paper discussed further the constitution of a Public Private Partnership (the Open Living
Labs PPP led by the European Network of Living Labs) to be launched in the final years of
the 7th Framework Programme and thus having the potential to dramatically change the
European innovation landscape in Horizon 2020.

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3.2 ENoLL beyond Europe
During the year 2011, the ENoLL internationalization initiatives were focused on Asia,
South America and Africa extending the European Network pictured below.

The Living Lab approach for the development of innovative Information and
Communication technology (ICT) services is proving an effective way to bring true and
sustainable innovation to the broader dynamics of development at the local, national and
regional levels. The principle of collaboration and co-creation by a broad partnership of
all relevant stakeholders not only produces innovative technologies but equally promotes
the emergence of new forms of collaboration as well as the behavioral transformation
required to make the shift towards sustainable forms of human activity.
The linkage has become evident in European experiences over the last five years,
particularly in areas such as rural development, environmental monitoring and regional
innovation policies, and this is now spreading to Africa, Latin America and Asia. The ENoLL
Living Lab pre-conference workshop organized jointly together with IST Africa and LLiSA
in Gaborone (Botswana) in May 2011 aimed to bring together key stakeholders to facilitate
knowledge sharing in relation to what is involved in setting up Living Labs in Africa as well
as focusing on experiences and lessons learned.
During the first working session on the Living Lab experiences, best practices, Living
Lab methodologies and tools were presented by the panelists. ENoLL President, Alvaro
Oliveira shared more information on ENoLL International Cooperation and Brazil as an
example, Daan Velthausz (ENoLL Council member, Amsterdam Innnovation Motor, AIM,
Meraka Institute) on Energy Efficiency example in the City of Amsterdam and examples of
Living Lab projects from Trento by Aaron Ciaghi (Fondazione Bruno Kessler). In addition,
lessons learned and recent activities from the Southern African Network of Living Labs
(LLiSA) were given by Prof. Marlien Herselman (Meraka Insitute).

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Africa
Later on, ENoLL was appointed by the as one of the African Network of Living Labs
(ANoLL) Task Force members, to coordinate action to support the creation of a sustainable
Living Lab Networks in Africa. The initiative lead by the African Union Commission and the
European Commission and including members such as the Living Labs in South Africa
(LLiSA) Network and the World Bank, the IST-Africa and more representatives for the five
African regions. A scoping paper was created by IST-Africa to inform about the current
African situation and to deliver case studies of African Living Labs already in practice. On the
basis of this, ENoLL is involved in creating White Paper gathering all the knowledge among
its members including other relevant stakeholders, to bring together recommendations
for a road map.
The aim of ENoLL within this initiative is to share best practice and to establish a
continuous and sustainable development of a peer-to-peer learning system that
works both ways. ENoLL wants to make use of its large network to create a strong
relationship and to drive innovation on the African continent by supporting the African
Living Labs in establishing strong networks, for the African continent. By implementing
these strong networks the ENoLL member organisations (Living Labs) and emerging
Living Labs can be supported and are enabled to work in the most effective way.

China
The ENoLL President has successfully achieved the initiation of a mesh network between
ENoLL, European governments and companies, CNoLL (coordinated by United Forum, a
large organization focused on the Ubiquitous Computing, Future Internet and Internet of
Things), Chinese government and companies. Main interests of this initiative are Smart
Cities, Energy and AAL.

Latin- and South America
The ENoLL president participated in InovAmazonas. Conference where a working group
to establish the Brazilian Network of Living Lab was founded. Following the MANAUS
manifesto was written, signed and presented to the Plenary Session at the InovAmazonas
and delivered personally to the Federal Minister of Science and Technology in Brazil
with extensive press coverage of the event. ENoLL President appointed Coordinator
for Internationalization Policy of ENoLL, Prof Anilton Garcia is acting as the chair of the
working group.
Brazilian Network of Living Labs is emerging with an initial core of 20 Living Labs was
publicly formalized on the 3rd and 4th of November in Vitoria ,Brazil with the support
of ENoLL and the European Commission, ENoLL President Alvaro Oliveira and Mario
Campolargo were present at the Conference.

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3.3 Learning to Innovate through Living Labs
The Living Labs Summer School is the annual gathering of people interested in learning
how to innovate through Living Labs.  Sponsored by ENoLL, the Summer School  tries
to create a permanent open school of innovators, where experienced leaders of
Living Labs and future practitioners could develop a peer to peer learning environment.
The Economic and Social Committee of the European Union (EESC), also supports LL
projects-based methodology and enhance the role of the Living Labs Summer School in
Europe, as referent of new skills for innovative jobs, open pathways and opportunities for
unemployed youngsters.
The Living Lab Summer Schoool started successfully in Paris 2010 with the support of
AMI-Communities, and sponsored by ENoLL, the second edition was organized by Citilab,
a lively living lab and ENoLL member at Cornella de Llobregat (Barcelona).
Living Lab Summer School entitled “You Can Learn to Innovate through Living Labs” took
place on last week of August 2011 and was attended by over 100 people from all over
Europe as well as members from the South America, Asia and Africa.
ENoLL held a special session at Summer School to present the ENoLL Office and services
and the ENoLL participation projects and to inform about the recent activities of the
network, and especially on how the ENoLL members can use the benefits and services
ENoLL is offering.
The ENoLL President, Chair of the ENoLL Council, Prof. Alvaro Oliveira, introduced the
history of the network from its founding year 2006 up to this day including the future
strategic roadmap of the network. The ENoLL Network Manager Anna Kivilehto presented
the day-to-day activities of the ENoLL Office with emphasis of the service offerings to
the ENoLL members. Followed by presentation by the Project Manager Ana Garcia giving
an overview of ENoLL project participation and the benefits it brings to ENoLL members.
During the third day, ENoLL held a second special session on the Living Labs addressing
social challenges. The interactive panel discussion and the lively discussion with the
audience will feed into the preparations of the ENoLL led Public Private Partnership (with
People) position paper that will address the gaps and challenges of the current funding
instruments for living labs as well as the strengths, evidence base and best practices of
the Living Labs and social and societal innovation. The panelists of the session included
Prof. Alvaro Oliveira (Alfamicro, ENoLL President, Chair of the Council) Prof. Dr. Pieter
Ballon (iLab.o/IBBT), Roberto Santoro (Esoce-Net), Jesse Marsh (Med Lab), Dr. Artur Serra
(Citilab).
The session was moderated by Tuija Hirvikoski (Laurea University of Applied Sciences).
With the help of the team at Citilab, session also included videopresence of ENoLL
members in Brazil (Habitat Living Lab) and Siaykhula Living Lab, including Rlabs (member
of the LLiSA).

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3.4 Future Internet, Living Labs and Smart Cities
Since the day one of the project FIREBALL, that intends to bring together the communities
of Future Internet research, Living Lab and Smart Cities, ENoLL has been actively looking
closely into this interesting project. As one of the sub-domains of the Thematic Domains
of ENoLL is Smart Cities and Smart regions development, it seemed more than appropriate
to organize a workshop on Connected Smart Cities and Living Labs.
The Connected Smart Cities workshop, chaired by Mr. Pekka Sauri, Deputy Mayor, City of
Helsinki, was held in parallel to the morning session of the CKIR workshop on August 26th.
Cities and other Smart Cities Stakeholders were invited to participate in a working session
with the main objective of commonly define the steps for the operationalisation of the
Connected Smart Cities Network, co-producing the roadmap, action plan, methodology
and the recommendation for the policy instruments to achieve it. Important figures such
as Mr. Markku Markkula, Aalto University, Committee of Regions, Rapporteur on Digital
Agenda and Espoo City Councillor, Prof. Dr. Alvaro Oliveira, Chair of ENoLL and Mr.
Jarmo Eskelinen CEO Forum Virium and ENoLL Vice-President, were present and actively
contributed to the results.
ENoLL in the framework of the project CONCORD, the coordination and support action
(CSA) of the Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP) organised two events
during the 9th European week of regions and cities. The Open Days 2011 formed the
ideal opportunity to disseminate the potential of the future Internet towards the various
representatives of the local and regional authorities present in Brussels for this occasion.
These events welcomed several high-level speakers from the European Institutions,
amongst them Mr Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau – Member of the Cabinet of European
Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, Mr Robert Madelin –
Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Information
Society and Media, Ms Pilar del Castillo – Member of the European Parliament for the
European People’s Party (EPP) and Chair of the European Internet Foundation (EIF), and
Mr Markku Markkula – Member of the Committee of the Regions.
The first event, entitled ‘Future Internet, Smart Cities, Coming your Way’ was held on
the 11th of October within the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels. The
event took place in the framework of the Knowledge4Innovation 3rd European Innovation
Summit (EIS), which took place in parallel to the Open Days. The event three of the eight
technology innovative integrated projects of the FI PPP-programme, including four Smart
City-pilots (funded by CIP ICT PSP) coordinated by ENoLL members.
Smart Cities, were even the theme at the PICNIC 2011 at Living Lab track organized
jointly by Amsterdam Living Lab and ENoLL. It was a special whole day event that focused
on the contribution that ENoLL living labs make in Smart Cities development, showcasing
more than 20 presentations, state-of-the-art smart cities projects from the members of
the European Network of Living Labs and other interesting initiatives on eHealth, durability
and energy, mobility and open data. All the Smart City initiatives that ENoLL is included
were among the presentations. The day ended with inspiring presentations from the World
Bank (Mr. Ilari Lindy) and the Committee of the Regions (Mr. Markku Markkula) and a boat
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3.5 Growing community – 5th and 6th Wave
Budapest
The 5th wave ENoLL members were welcomed on May 16th in conjunction with the
Future Internet Week in Budapest, The event was honored by the presence of Mr. Vilmos
Nemeth, Head of Department, National Office of Innovation and Mr. Per Blixt, Head of
Unit, Information Society and Media Directorate General of the European Commission
on the behalf of Mr. Zoran Stancic, Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG
Information Society and Media.
The 5th call for new members had been announced in December 2010 during the Future
Internet Week in Ghent, and 122 pre-registrations were made and 80 applications were
received. The rigorous evaluation process, as carried out in previous waves, resulted in 62
accepted new members to the global network of living labs. This increased the number
ENoLL Living Labs into 274, out of which 48 were from EU member states and altogether
14 were non-EU members from countries such as Australia (1), Canada (1), Colombia (6),
Egypt (3), Tunisia (1) and Switzerland (1).
After the official announcement, the stage was open for the new members to present
their organizations in a BarCamp session. The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to
presentations of recent and upcoming ENoLL activities. The evening was dedicated to
networking on a boat ride on the beautiful Danube river at the heart of Budapest.
During the week, members of ENoLL community participated in various different
workshops and session such as the Future Internet Assembly session on smart cities and
fire: experimentation and living labs for the future internet, and especially on bridging
the existing gaps in experimentation and user involvement methodologies and practises,
with presentations from Anna Stahlbrost (Lulea University of Technology) and Marija Zlata
Boznar (MEIS) and with panelists from the ENoLL Council, Prof. Pieter Ballon, Dave Carter
(MDDA) and Roberto Santoro (EsoCe-Net).

Poznan
The official parallel session held in Poznan (PL) at the Future Internet Conference on
October 24th 2011, was dedicated to User Driven Innovation and was organized by ENoLL
and closed with the announcement of the European Network of Living Labs 6th Wave for
Membership applications, open until February 29th, 2012.
The network of currently 274 members is still growing and all public and private
organisations, interested in applying for the accreditation and interested in exploiting
synergies between Living Labs all around the world, in terms of networking, sharing
good practices, provision of services and tools and the ability to access different user
communities, are invited to apply.

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3.6 Diverse community
i2cat Foundation, in collaboration with ENoLL and the Citilab, organised a workshop
about Digital Cultural Heritage and Living Labs. Institutions active in the field of Cultural
Heritage like museums, foundations, companies, academia, knowledge and innovation
centers, public administrations, living labs, are invited to physically or virtually participate
in this workshop that aims at bringing together the Cultural Heritage and the Living Labs
communities to explore synergies to jointly help the boost of the digital cultural heritage
industry, to broadly involve citizens in the transformation of our museums and cultural
heritage institutions and in general to explore how innovation in the digitalization of the
Cultural Heritage can benefit our society. Background Europe is a continent of culture.
Ana Garcia (ENoLL Office) moderated the event and Anna Kivilehto (ENoLL Office) gave
a presentation on ENoLL.

3.7 Strategic partnerships
MoU will be signed between the World Bank and European Network of Living Labs
concerning collaboration on Open Development Technology Alliance, established by
the World Bank in 2011 as new global initiative to facilitate knowledge sharing through
a collaborative forum with the objective of leveraging ICT for transforming the way
governments deliver services to citizens.
Within this MoU, ENoLL and the World Bank will explore opportunities to conduct joint
feasibility studies to advance the use of ICT and innovation instruments for better municipal
services in developing countries
ENoLL will facilitate in particular peer-to-peer learning between its members and the World
Bank and its clients on how to build regionally networked Smart City projects and content
related to Future Internet including services and applications in the context of selected
European Smart City projects, where ENoLL or its members are partners in.
ENoLL will participate in the Global Knowledge Platforms (KP) of the World Bank,, more
specifically ENoLL will participate in the ICT, Urbanization, and Green Growth KPs, as a
member institution
Various knowledge sharing and dissemination such as workshops, analytical reports, case
studies, application development competitions, training for local government capacity
building, conferences, and seminars and subsequent World Bank event in Washington D.C.
at the end of the year 2011 or early 2012 in connection to launch the partners.

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ERRIN
ENoLL further deepened its cooperation with the ERRIN network (European Regions
Research and Innovation network) and especially their ICT working group through working
closely together within the FI PPP project in organizing several related events.
Anna Kivilehto (ENoLL Office) participated ERRIN ICT working group meeting and
presented ENoLL.

EUROCITIES
The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and EUROCITIES Joint Matchmaking
event was held on March, 2nd on Open Innovation for Internet-enabled Services in Smart
Cities, for the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) ICT Policy
Support Programme 5th Call for Proposals 2011, offering a unique platform to initiate
cross border co-operations and to find new project partners in regards to the upcoming
calls for proposals.
On the following day, 1 March 2011, the Information Society and Media Directorate-General
of the European Commission organized an ICT PSP constituency building workshop for
Call 5 Objective 5.1: "Open innovation for Internet-enabled services in 'smart‘ cities“ in
Brussels.
ENoLL together with EUROCITIES continued to work closely within the CIP Smart Cities
portfolio.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
The two-day workshop "Innovating 4 Development“ on 25-26th January 2011 in Rome,
was organized by FAO (The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United
Nations) and ENoLL at the FAO headquarters in Rome.
The aim of this two-day workshop was to set the scene and to explore the potential
for cooperation under the umbrella of the ENoLL-FAO Memorandum of Understanding,
broaden the partnership of actors and agencies interested in collaboration and take stock
of current initiatives amenable to integration with the Living Lab approach.
ENoLL and FAO agreed to jointly organize several workshop in Latin America.

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Living Labs in Southern Africa (LLiSA)
During the beginning of the year ENoLL concluded a memorandum of Understanding
with LLiSA, which was initiated by Tuija Hirvikoski and Daan Veltzhaus, promted more
cooperation between the two networks, further to LLiSA Network Coordinator Mmakanye
Pitse Boshmanes exchange to ENoLL Office in Brussels. LLiSA and ENoLL will further
cooperate within the initiative to support emerging African Living Labs and other relevant
information exchange.
The Living Labs in Southern Africa network (LLiSA) was formed and officially launched on
24 February 2009 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. It was initiated by DST, COFISA, SAFIPA
and the Meraka Institute of the CSIR.

Asian Smart Living Summer School
Active ENoLL member Laurea Living Lab has since long been working closely with the
Taiwanese Talent Cultivation Programme for Smart Living Industry. As a results of this,
the cooperation agreement between Asian Smart Living Summer School and ENoLL was
signed at the Living Lab Summer School in Barcelona, where both parties agree to increase
the communication, sharing knowledge best practice and experiences and to promote
each others summer school initiatives.

APOLLON
APOLLON (Advanced Pilots of Living Labs Operating in Networks) is a CIP Pilot B project,
co-funded by the European Commission. The main objectives of the APOLLON project
are to conduct cross-border Living Lab pilots, aimed in particular at SMEs, to harmonise
methodologies and tools for cross-border Living Lab projects, and to create sustainable
cross-border domain-specific Living Lab networks.
ENoLL has established a closer and more strategic cooperation with Apollon and
ENoLL Thematic Domain that will be formalized in form of a cooperation agreement, a
Memorandum of Understanding has been proposed to the Apollon consortium.

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Ambient Assisted Living
Tuija Hirvikoski, Director of the Laurea University of Applied Sciences in Finland and ENoLL
Vice-chair, present some breakthrough ideas for social and societal innovation in the AAL
Forum 2011 as part of the Session E5 called Social Innovation in active and healthy ageing.
Tuija’s presentation, called “Give the Butterfly Effect a Chance” developed important ideas
such us “Facing some problem, people are part of the solution”, “technology doesn’t
solve problems, people do”, “with the help of emotions learning and innovation will be
easier”, “Proud Ageing”, “towards societal transformations and self-renewal systems with
holistic approach and systemic innovation”.
Social innovation forerunners, such us SeniorLab (Cornella), FinalSpurt (Helsinki) and
CaringTv (Espoo), can be found among the Living Labs movement as examples of
multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder environments, where innovation, value creation
and service co-design is driven by senior citizens. ENoLL, which fosters open, user driven
health innovation all over the world, supports and promotes Social Innovation for social
and societal transformation and counts among its members with large amount of AAL
oriented Living Labs. In order to make the innovation to flourish, Public-Private-People
partnership, multilevel governance and cross-sector co-operation is needed. That is what
ENoLL is for, and the new Public Private Partnership with people (Open Living Labs PPP)
initiative, driven by ENoLL is aiming at.
Ana Garcia (ENoLL Office) participated in a panel session on the integration of AMI
and AAL Platforms in the Future Internet Platform Initiative. It was held in Amsterdam
discussing on how the digital agenda of the European Commission includes plans for the
building of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based on a new generation
of networks, or the Internet of the Future. To this end, the Future Internet Public Private
Partnership programme (FI-PPP) has been established with the help of the European
Commission.
One of the main challenges of this platform is to be generic while serving the needs of
specific application sectors. The workshop will focus on the challenges of integrating
Ambient Intelligence (AmI) and Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) platforms with the FI PPP
of platform. Participants in the workshop included members of the AmI/AAL platform
community, members of the FI community, and policy makers. In this respect, the
workshop provided information on concrete means to engage with FI-PPP future calls
and experiments, either as a user or as a co-developer. A second objective is to explore
the opportunities for joint statements and declarations addressing the grand societal
challenges of aging, e-inclusion and e-competences, as well as the implementation of the
Digital Agenda strategy.
As a result of were the further discussions on coordination between AALOA (AAL Open
Association) and ENoLL to be realized during 2012.

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ENoLL Council Acvtivities
Alvaro Oliveira

09/02
European Perspective on User-Driven Innovation, Finnish Living Labs of
Applied Sciences, Tampere (FI)
30/03

European Thematic Network on RFID Assembly, Prague (CZ)

16/03

Smart people and Energy Efficiency, Lulea (SE)

10/05

IST Africa Conference, Gabarone, Botswana

15/05

ENoLL event at the FIA, Budapest (HU)

15/06

InfoDev Conference of the World Bank, Helsinki (FI)

30/08

CKIR workshop, Helsinki (FI)

31/08

Connected Smart Cities, Helsinki (FI)

02/09

2nd Living Lab Summer School, Barcelona (ES)

15/09

PICNIC 2011 Urban Futures, Amsterdam (NL)

15/10 Smart Cities, Future Internet – Coming Your Way, 3rd Innovation Summit,
Brussels (BE)
17/10 Regional Innovation through Future Internet, Open Days Brussels (BE)
29/10

Future Internet Conference, Poznan (PL)

30/10

FIA session ‘When Infrastructure meets the User”,

30/10

FIRST meeting, Poznan (PL)

31/11

eChallenges, Firenze (IT)

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Jarmo Eskelinen
18/1/2011 Presentation "User driven innovation in Living Labs“ in the Demos Warsaw
expert workshop on sustainable energy solutions for Polish decision
makers.
12/2/2011 Presentation and panel "the three M‘s of open data“ in the Open Data
conference of ESADE, Barcelona
02/3/2011 IBBT Brussels; ENoLL CIP matchmaking day
18/3/2010

Helsinki; publishing of the Helsinki open data catalogue

05/3/2011 Participation in the Eurocities, DG regio and DG Infso conference about
the Digital Agenda, Brussels
08/4/2011 Helsinki; the annual seminar of Forum Virium Helsinki, topic of the talk
digital agenda for Helsinki region
19/4/2011 Brussels; DG entreprise expert hearing on smart cities and user driven
innovation
26/5/2011 Helsinki - China Living Lab seminar, Helsinki, keynote on European Network
of Living Labs
21/6/2011 Helsinki; Chinese Peking innovation delegation visit to Helsinki, presentation
about Living Labs
14,16/9/11 Picnic Amsterdam, participation in the Living Labs day and open data
sessions
22/9/2011 Shanghai Jian‘gin district, delegation visit to Forum Virium Helsinki,
presentation about ENoLL
27/9/2011 Tampere Finland; presentation about Open Data and Living Labs in the
Techno policy network annual conference
11/10/2011 European parliament, Brussels; Future Internet & Living Labs event, wrap-up
and conclusions
25/10/2011 Poznan, Future Internet week; Future Internet, healthcare and Living Labs
session, moderation of panel discussion
09/11/2011 Hamburg; Intelligent cities expo, session chair on Smart cities and open
data
21/11/2011 Keynote on Living Labs at the Danish Engineers Association “Healthcare
Technologies 2020” in Copenhagen.
22/11/2011 Apps 4 Finland gala in Helsinki closes the annual open data competition,
attracting the stunning 140 proposals from the developers. The work is
linked to Smart city Living Lab projects Open Cities, Commons4EU and
CitySDK. The winner is an fully operational one-button parking service for
smart phones.
31/11/2011 Speech on Living Labs & Smart Cities at the Smart City Expo, Barcelona

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Tuija Hirvikoski
21/2/2011
High-level meeting on the on the European Innovation Partnership
pilot on Active and Healthy Ageing, organized by ERAC (European
Research Area Committee, formerly CREST)
01/09/2011 Co-creating the ENoLL PPP, Living Lab Summer School
AAL Forum, Amsterdam

Pieter Ballon
16/6/2011

Digital Agenda Assembly, Brussels

15/9/2011

PINCIC 2011

29/10/2011

Future Internet Conference, Poznan (PL)

30/10/2011

FIA session ‘When Infrastructure meets the User”,

15/5/2011

ENoLL event at the FIA, Budapest (HU)

15/10/2011
Smart Cities, Future Internet – Coming Your Way, 3rd Innovation
Summit, Brussels (BE)

Dave Carter
16/6/2011

Digital Agenda Assembly, Brussels

15/9/2011

PINCIC 2011

29/10/2011

Future Internet Conference, Poznan (PL)

16/3/2011

Smart people and Energy Efficiency, Lulea (SE)

15/10/2011
Smart Cities, Future Internet – Coming Your Way, 3rd Innovation
Summit, Brussels (BE)

Ivan Pilati
12/9/2011

Living Labs and Climate Change

Juan Bertolin
13/10/2011
Presentation of e‘Living Lab from espaitec to the V Iberian
Conference of Science and Technology Parks, Madrid.
29/11/2011 Presentation of e‘Living Lab in SmartCity World Expo Conference,
Barcelona. Presentation of e‘LivingLab in an elevator pitch (7min).

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ENoLL Members report of highlights
Forum Virium Helsinki
Through 2011; Connected Smart Cities network collaborates in project preparation and
Eurocities Open Data theme group is starting to operate
Autumn 2011 onwards; Video connection is being tested in the home care environment
to support alarm situations and prevent social exclusion with 20 customers, as part of the
Apollon Living Lab project. The results are very good.
10/11/2011; the Personal health record service developed in the Healthy Helsinki Living
Lab project is awarded the first prize in the public services category in the Award of
Excellence competition by the President of Finland, mrs. Tarja Halonen
International Living Lab projects E2C (Express to Connect, AAL program), Apollon (CIP)
and Open Cities (CIP) are going well, and new ones are starting - Commons4EU (CIP) and
CitySDK (CIP, coordinated by Forum Virium Helsinki)

I2CAT and Citilab
August _Sept. II Summer School of Living Labs. Hosted by Citilab, the motto of this school
was "learning to innovate through Living labs“. It helped to re-inforce the connection
between the LLs and the learning processes and technologies. http://summerschoolenoll.
citilab.eu/
November 7th, Organization of the First Workshop on Argentinian Living Labs in Buenos
Aires organized by Ester Schiavo from University of Quilmes and Susana Finquelievich
from University of Buenos Aires, with the support of MICYN. It is considered the seminal
point of LLs in this country.
Nov. 23th. We organized in with ENoLL a first workshop on Culture and Living labs, in
collaboration with several projects in the area of Digital Cultural
Heritage, (INDICATE, Linked Heritage, ....).
Nov 28th,  Workshop organized by the FORESTA project on EU-LAT on ICT Cooperation
where this Argentinian initiative will be presented jointly with other initiatives in Brazil,
Mexico and Chile.
http://www.forestaproject.eu/site2/homes/home
Novembre 30th, Smart Cities Fair, Barcelona. http://www.smartcityexpo.com/
Presenting Open Living lab approach in collaboration with Forum Virium (Jarmo Eskelinen)
in the Smart City Expo during the session on Urban Labs and Living Labs. Esteve
Almirall introduced a talk about Open Innovation.
Introducing the Living lab approach in the new strategy
of  the regional government of Catalonia and in the new council of the City of Barcelona.
Catalonia Digital Lab is included in the Digital Regional Agenda in 2012.

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BIRD Living Lab
Bird Living Lab is situated in the Biosphere Reserve of Urdaibai (in the Basque Country,
North of Spain). There, we work on developing innovative and leading projects that derived
in products; our LL is pioneer in developing technology for monitoring nature. Using the
data obtained with the innovative technology developed in our LL and with the studies
realized, it will be possible to have more and better information that will contribute to
have more knowledge about the climate change, diseases like avian flu, prevent natural
disasters, etc. In addition, we have to mention that our LL also promotes a ecological and
technological tourism in the territory.
BIRD Living Lab organized the following Summer Courses:

Reinventing the Industry through innovation in Nature Reserves


Impacts of cultural policies. Reflections and discussion about the Urdaibai
Guggenheim Project


The impact of tourism in nature reserves. From a general approach to the
specific case of ornithological tourism

Scientific-Technological Networks of Excellence in Nature Reserves

Video recording is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SmqhyiTLLI

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