Scaling public-private co-creation

Scaling up the Accelerated Co-creation by Schools, Companies and Communities from local to global: KYKY Living Lab concept


“KYKY” (Accelerated co-creation for schools and companies) operating model was created in 2016 to answer the need for a systematic process for co-creation between schools, companies, and communities. KYKY model is supported by a digital “KYKY marketplace” which is a matching platform for ideas and development needs of the participants. Together the operating model and the digital marketplace form the KYKY concept. 

   In KYKY concept, Espoo´s learning environments are considered as living labs where open innovations and new edtech solutions are developed and validated. The City´s role is to enable and catalyze these practices which promote children’s ability to innovate and strengthen the 21st learning skills, facilitate multi-stakeholder value creation for future edtech solutions, generate new solutions and new business. 

    After three years of operation and several success stories, it´s time to develop, re-conceptualize both the KYKY model and the marketplace and scale the concept nationally and globally.


The KYKY as open and joint value co-creation concept with its processes and guidelines is visionary and unique in Finland and in Europe. Finland has already a reputation as an education powerhouse and we are willing to share experiences and learn from others. Our aim is to form networks to support different companies, public sectors and RDI actors to engage in cross border collaboration and to accelerate the development and acceptance of innovations.

The objective of the workshop is to define concrete needs, get valuable ideas and feedback for KYKY concept development, including the new, agile digital platform which will be launched during autumn 2019.

The main aim of the workshop is to reach the potential partners to utilize the platform and to build collaborative living lab network for co-creation and sharing the innovations created through living labs.


Participants can expect to gain one or several of the following outcomes:

  • Understanding of Finland´s first, unique and visionary model for school-company-community co-creation, KYKY operating model 
  • Valuable information about experiences of the KYKY participation (from schools’ and companies’ perspective) 
  • Understanding on the needs for a scalable living lab – case KYKY
  • Ideas how to connect your country / company to KYKY living lab in the future
  • Ideas how to scale and spread the innovations born in living lab internationally through living labs / networks


The methodology of the workshop is based on service design and design thinking. Workshop participants will be working mainly in small groups. Facilitators will be using participatory approach and canvases to help participants to get ideas and to define potentials and challenges of the cross-border living labs. Finally, the ideas and conclusions of joining and building collaborative cross-border living lab will be wrapped up together.


1.Warming up

2.Presentations + demo video
– KYKY operating model
– Developing KYKY project
– City level co-creation process
– Scaling up and diffusion of the innovations

3.Ideation in small groups: Potentials and challenges of cross border living lab
a) Sharing experiences or ideas
b) building win-win collaborative living lab network

4.Wrap up:

a) collecting the main points of the small group discussion to a canvas.
b) defining of the next steps for building global KYKY living lab


Workshop Facilitators