Looking back

10 years of Open Living Lab Days

The first OpenLivingLab Days event (then known as the ENoLL Summer School) was held in Paris in 2010. Since then, every summer, ENoLL organises the annual summit of the worldwide Living Lab community.

OpenLivingLab Days is the flagship event of ENoLL and is hosted by a different Living Lab each year. OLLD was hosted in Paris, Barcelona, Helsinki, Manchester, Amsterdam, Istanbul, Montreal, Krakow, Geneva and Thessaloniki. 

Past Editions

Thessaloniki, Greece 2019

We welcomed a record number of participants to the 10th edition of the OLLD. Mayor of Thessaloniki welcomed the participants. For the second year, the Scaling-up Challenge was organised and newly established ENoLL’s Action Oriented Task Forces presented their objectives and expanded their reach.  

Geneva, Switzerland 2018

In the city of the United Nations, the OLLD focused on Sustainable Development Goals. We had the honour to welcome Under-Secretary General of the United Nations as a keynote speaker. More in conference report

Krakow, Poland 2017

The Living Lab community migrated to Krakow, where the OLLD was hosted in the impressive venue of Krakow Technology Park under the theme “Multiple Helix Innovation Without Boundaries”. The event is summarised in this report

Montreal, Canada 2016

As the Living Lab community expands, the OLLD event grows with it and moves to another continent. The theme of the 2016 edition is “Citizen Driven Innovation: Developing the innovation system that empowers everyone to innovate.” Highlights in pictures

Istanbul, Turkey 2015

Basaksehir Living Lab and Basaksehir Municipality hosted the sixth edition in the largest Turkish city. See photos that were captured during the event or read the conference report

Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2014

OpenLivingLab Days hosted in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. First parallel session within OLLD for the francophone living labs lead by F2L. More in pictures

Manchester, UK 2013

ENoLL, together with the Manchester City Council (MDDA), organised the 4th European ENoLL Living Lab Summer School in August 2013. Highlights of the event are presented in the conference report

Paris, France 2010

ENoLL Summer School kicks-off in Paris providing an opportunity for the Living Lab community to meet and exchange best practices

Helsinki, Finland 2012

Laurea Living Lab hosts the third summer school in Helsinki

Barcelona, Spain 2011

Second Summer School takes place in Barcelona hosted by CitiLab

highlights of Olld19

Best Research Paper

Veli Pekka Niitamo award for BEST RESEARCH PAPER was given to: Nele A.J. De Witte, Ingrid Adriaensen, Leen Broeckx, Vicky Van Der Auwera and Tom Van Daele for the paper ”Cross-cultural Differences in Living Lab Research"

Best Innovation Paper

Veli Pekka Niitamo award for BEST INNOVATION PAPER went to Judith H.J. Urlings, Bianca Ceccarelli, Claire A.G.J. Huijnen, Paulette J.J. Wauben, Joke Donné, Ronald Van den Bossche, Alejandra Rios-Cortes, Koen Beyers and Vanessa Vankerckhoven for the paper "Creating an anonymous, at-home screening for sexually transmitted diseases sent by letter mail: the cross-border development of a standardized urine collection device and associated testing service”

Engaging locals

Through the local visits to Thessaloniki's innovation centres, the participants received in insight in the local community. Next to that, residents of Thessaloniki were invited to a Living Lab session and informal gathering with the OLLD participants.

Action Oriented Task Forces

At the Breakfast Session with Action Oriented Task Forces, participants could interact with their coordinators and join the ATFs.


The Learning Lab Day is a one-day training offered to starter Living Labs and other Living Lab enthusiasts in learning all about the key elements and operations of Living Labs.

For the first time in 2019, the Learning Lab Day program had two tracks:

  • Track 1 A Starter’s guide to Living Labs: Expert presentations and hands-on activities that aim to provide a comprehensive overview
  • Track 2 Intermediate/advanced level: Interactive workshops for those ready to take the next step along their learning journey, digging deeper into the topics of panel management & business models in Living Labs