OpenLivingLab Days 2020 announcement

The 11th edition of the annual event scheduled to take place between 2-4 September in Ghent, Belgium is cancelled following the escalation of COVID-19 in Europe.

We are disappointed that we are unable to hold the event this year, but we know it is the only viable option given the significant disruption and uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

We are currently exploring options to organise an online event for the global Living Lab community. 

To better assess the situation we would need your help. 

Please let us know through this online form if you would be interested to attend an online gathering and what kind of content you would expect to find.

OpenLivingLab Days (OLLD) is the annual gathering of the global Living Lab community. A space for public officials, companies, entrepreneurs, academics, living lab representatives, and innovators to connect and work together: to create new products and services, to set the basis for debate and exploration of theories, and to discuss and process policy recommendations within the practical elements of open and user-driven innovation. Through interactive panel discussions, hands-on workshops with leading experts and site visits to our local partners, OLLD offers an exclusive networking and knowledge sharing experience.

Join Living Labs, companies, public officials, policy makers, researchers, non-profits and entrepreneurs to:

  • Explore co-creation methodologies, tools and best practices
  • Meet new partners for consortium building and set-up transnational experimentation grounds
  • Transform markets by engaging citizens in co-creating products and services
  • Find potential experimentation & test environments

MEET THE ORGANISER

European Network of Living Labs

The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) organises the event each year together with a different host. ENoLL is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide. Founded in November 2006 under the auspices of the Finnish European Presidency, the network has grown in ‘waves’ up to this day.

The European approach to Living Labs was created in the Unit “Collaborative working environments” of the DG INFSO (now DG CONNECT) in close collaboration with an industrial advisory group on Open Innovation (Open Innovation Strategy and Policy group – OISPG) which was founded by Bror Salmelin. The original concept was updated to open innovation environments attracting inwards investment, both intellectual and financial one.

ENoLL counts over 140 active Living Labs members worldwide (440+ historically recognised over 12 years), including active members in 20 of the 28 EU Member States, 2 of the candidates and it is present in 5 continents in addition to Europe. Directly, as well as through its active members, ENoLL provides co-creation, user engagement, test and experimentation facilities targeting innovation in many different domains such as energy, media, mobility, healthcare, agrifood, etc. As such, ENoLL is well placed to act as a platform for best practice exchange, learning and support, and Living Lab international project development.