Objective of the session

The objective of this session is to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of co-creation and experimentation in Living Lab environments, specifically tailored towards the context of technology-oriented Living Labs. Trainees will learn about the importance of desirability, feasibility, and viability in Living Lab projects and how they can achieve their goals through the main ‘checks’ per innovation management stage: Focus, Differentiation, and Coherence.

Target audience

The target audience for this session is current or future Living Labs who are interested in learning more about co-creation and experimentation methods in technology-oriented environments. This includes Living Lab project managers, researchers, innovation managers, designers, etc.

Only 12 attendees will have the chance to participate to this training, first come first served.


17 and 18 of October 2023


Day 1 will be held at imec offices in Antwerp (Belgium) and Day 2 will be hosted by LiCaLab in the city neighbourhood “Niefhout” in Turnhout (Belgium).


790 Euro per participant

This price includes the 2-day training, lunches and coffee breaks. Travels and accommodation are excluded.

To register to the Deep Dive Session, please use the following form!

Content of the Training

  • Explanation of the 3-layered model for Living Labs and its relation to imec’s Living Lab activities: Dataspaces, Digital Twins & AI innovation.
  • Importance of desirability, feasibility, and viability in Living Lab projects and link with imec’s Living Lab characteristics.
  • Examples of typical imec Living Lab projects and how they help to achieve our mission & vision and introduction of our project assessment framework.

DEEP DIVE WITH THE PARTICIPANTS: identifying their own stakeholders & (technology) assets, linked to their Living Lab vision & mission + identification

  • Introduction to the main ‘checks’ per innovation management stage: Focus, Differentiation, and Coherence.
  • Explanation of how these checks help Living Lab projects stay on track and achieve their goals.
  • Experimentation + co-creation: methodologies in practice.
  • Overview of the main methods for co-creation and experimentation in technology oriented Living Labs.
  • Illustrations of online and offline tools that can be used for testing, co-creation, and experimentation.
  • Examples of imec’s co-creation & experimentation methods & tools.
  • Examples of LiCaLab use cases of: co-creation, human factor studies, pilot studies for companies, care organizations and local authorities.

DEEP DIVE WITH THE PARTICIPANTS: mapping out their own ‘toolbox’ and identifying gaps

  • Explanation of how innovation canvasses can be used to identify critical assumptions and select the right users/stakeholders for co-creation and experimentation.

DEEP DIVE WITH PARTICIPANTS: co-create your own innovation canvas

  • Discussion of the pilot management process and its relation to innovation canvasses.
  • Link with panel management: how to identify & recruit participants & test-users?
  • Examples to show how Living Labs can use this process to manage their projects effectively.
  • Citizen engagement.
  • Explanation of various facilitation and interviewing techniques that can be used in Living Lab projects.
  • Multiple examples to demonstrate how these techniques can be applied in practice.

DEEP DIVE WITH THE PARTICIPANTS: hands-on training & exercise with facilitation & interviewing techniques via active role playing


Day 1  Program: ‘Deep Dive Session on Experimenting & Co-creating in a Living Lab Environment with a technology orientation”

Hosts of the day: Dimitri Schuurman and Gilles Wuyts (imec living labs) – Antwerpen

Day 2  Program ‘LiCalab: living lab practice in real life environment’

Hosts of the day: Leen Broeckx (Panel Manager), Ingrid Adriaensen (Business Manager), Vicky Van der Auwera (Operations Manager) – Turnhout

Practical Information

Train from Antwerp to Turnhout (direct): 8h47 – 9h38

Train to Antwerp (direct): 14h21

Train to Brussels Central (direct): 14h04 or 15h04