Kraków Technology Park will be hosting OpenLivingLab Days 2017!
Krakow Technology Park is one of the key actors in co-creating and implementing the Regional Innovation Strategy and promoting smart specialization and user-driven innovation approaches in the region. It was established in 1997 as the joint initiative of city authorities, Malopolska regional authorities and Krakow’s three largest universities: Krakow University of Technology, AGH – UST University of Science and Technology and the Jagiellonian University.
A special economic zone, technology incubator, seed fund, investor one-stop-shop, clusters, multimedia labs, research projects: these are the tools that let the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) support the development of Małopolska’s modern economy. In 2015, they also launched one of the most modern technology parks in Małopolska, designed for the ICT sector. KTP are a specialised institution operating in business environment.
They have developed an array of support for businesses at all stages of development. Every year more than 1500 enterprises take advantage of their proposals and the Living Lab actively reacts to the changing expectations of their clients.
Kraków Living Lab hosted by Kraków Technology Park is a joint project of KTP and the Municipal Office of Kraków initiated in 2013 thanks to the accession to the European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL). In 2015 Kraków Living Lab received ENOLL accreditation, becoming one of Poland’s two certified living lab centres.
Kraków Living Lab is a platform for testing products and services in the conditions they are actually used, that is within the city tissue composed of streets, squares, parks, municipal transport, etc., especially in areas related to the smart city. The testing process follows a structured, iterative method from concept, via prototype, to the implementation proper. In the living lab model, the end user is a co-designer rather than only the recipient of the solution.
This is a joint project of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) and the Municipal Office of Kraków initiated in 2013 thanks to the accession to the European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL). In 2015 Kraków Living Lab received ENOLL accreditation, becoming one of Poland’s two certified living lab centres.
Who is Kraków Living Lab for?
- for local businesses and start-ups, where the process of co-creation, and testing of product usability and validation is subject to numerous external factors (e.g. lack of own R&D facilities). The KTP has tested the products of Kraków start-ups, HG Intelligence and Kontakt.io, a Warsaw environment gathered around Exposed start-up, and the initiative of the Wytwórnia co-work from Kraków’s district of Zabłocie represented by BIM Lab
Among others KTP has tested the products of Kraków start-ups, HG Intelligence and Kontakt.io, a Warsaw environment gathered around Exposed start-up, and the initiative of the Wytwórnia co-work from Kraków’s district of Zabłocie represented by BIM Lab, SEEDiA, Carlot, Laboratory of Architecture 60+, a Warsaw based initiative related to the Association Kreatywni.
- for large companies, when what they need are specific, narrow groups of customers; for Comarch SA, we ran tests of the Aplikacja Pielgrzym (Pilgrim App): a mobile platform developed for the participants of the World Youth Days in Kraków.
A characteristic feature of the living lab method is the maximum reduction of the distance between technology developer and its final/end users. Offering living lab service, we let enterprises work on products and services together with their future clients, that is to co-create them. We do this in cooperation with the Municipality of Kraków, institutions of higher education, and other partners. Businesses submit products and services for testing and optimisation to receive professional support at the stage of conducting tests and evaluating their results.
There are plenty of ways to implement the living lab methodology, beginning from smart city (our specialty!), via the games sector and mobile telephony, to management and technological processes in businesses. The living lab process can extend over products from TRL 3 up to TRL 8, that is from the proof of concept level to an implemented prototype.
Kraków Living Lab success stories: