Public sector innovation papers


Mathias Van Compernolle & Eveline Vlassenroot

Submissions to this track deal with (open) public sector innovation.

European Green Deal the Living Lab for Codeveloping Digital Energy Solutions

by Joelle Mastelic, Francesco Cimmino, Stefano Tarantola

Category:  Research-in-progress


  • Green Deal
  • Living Lab
  • Digital Energy
  • EU policy
  • Smart Campus

Abstract.In the context of the European Green Deal, engagement of all stakeholders seems key to succeeding in
the energy transition. The Living Lab has been identified as one of the potential tools to support engagement as well as empowerment of the key stakeholders. Within the Living Lab, emerging technologies and user-codesigned solutions are tested in a real-life context, producing evidence of their societal impact and thus helping the development of smart-city policies at larger scale, in line with the Living Lab mission. The Living Lab Integrative Process has been tested on a smart campus dedicated to digitisation of energy. A milestone of the project was a co-design workshop held in January 2020. This paper describes the outcomes of this event and seeks feedback from the readers on possible ways forward.

Stefano Tarantola

Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre

Joëlle Mastelic

Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Societal Technology(ST) Methodology for analysing Social Issue of public sector in the future society

by Youngsoo Yoo

Category:  Research-in-progress


  • Societal Technology
  • Analyzing the Social Issue
  • Future Society
  • Public Sector
  • Societal
    Technology Impact Analysis
  • ICT R&D Strategy
  • Living Labs

Abstract. New roles for information and communication technologies (ICT) are required in an attempt
to solve the various complex social problems (Issue) which is threatening public safety in our society. On the other hand, this treat provokes ICT convergence, demanding its utilization. In this context, the paper was tried to design ICT Social Technology Effect Evaluation Methodology and an even more expanded all cycle evaluation management system including planning stage. And methodology would be a kind of a method to solve the social problem, moderating the social issue from civic side to R&D decision makers. It would be useful to prepare our future society in public sector because the social problem could be social “GOOD” by those who had solved and innovated theirs world in the previous. This research is ongoing project in order to prove the feasibility of the Societal Technology Impact Assessment into R&D strategy/planning and extend to a method for managing Living Lab R&D project.

The role of living labs in arts-led urban regeneration

by Yana Voynova

Category:  Research-in-progress


  • Living-labs
  • Arts
  • Development
  • Urban Regeneration
  • Social Innovation

Abstract. The arts have significant potential to promote and sustain economic growth and development. This research aims to explore the role of living-labs and the use of co-creation as an effective policy instrument in culture-lead urban transformation, with practical evidence base for desired sustainability and economic transitions. The project will take the form of a series of comparative case studies of examples of living-labs and arts co-creation and an analysis of their contribution to the integration and development of low-income areas. These case subjects are evaluated on a set of metrics such as GDP, GINI coefficient, formal market employment, and income inequality, in order to identify the key factors that make integration successful and compile a set of best practices for utilizing the potential of living-labs and arts co-creation in policy making and urban planning in a way that benefits local communities and negates the current consequences of gentrification.

Blending artistic and living lab approaches to engage with foreign citizens

by Isis Gouedard, Damien Gauthier, Nicholas Croquet

Category:  Practitioners Presentation 


  • Integration
  • Foreigners
  • Migrants
  • Citizenship
  • Political participation
  • Local democracy
  • Recognition, Inclusion

Abstract.LET’S VOTE!… is an inclusive multidisciplinary project at the service of citizens as part of the 2020 Citizen Challenge. The Challenge was mandated by the Bureau for the Integration of Foreigners of the Canton of Geneva (BIE) to encourage participation in the 2020 local election by foreign residents who have the right to vote at the communal level. During a three months period, we invited the local populations to participate in developing solutions to mobilize voters, especially foreigners by applying aggregated methodologies combining two complementary processes: the development of the power to act and the mobilization of citizens through participatory artistic interventions in the public space. This approach, inspired by Design Thinking and the principles of Living Labs, for co-creating innovative solutions with the populations and stakeholders. The project had both a direct impact, raising residents’ awareness on the subject and implementing solutions on the ground in view of the elections, and an indirect one with data collection and experimentation that can be exploited in the longer term and potentially on a larger scale. In a few short events, the artists, mediators and facilitators
of the project proposed to the residents of the district to become actors of this citizen

Design Sprint as a Tool to Support Collaborative Planning of Green Infrastructure

by Maija Bergström, Annamaria Rossi

Category:  Practitioners Presentation


  • Design Sprint
  • Living Lab
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Collaborative Planning
  • Public-Private-People Partnership

Abstract. Green infrastructure supports biodiversity and vitality of ecosystem services in urban environments, and is therefore crucial for the future urban development. A successful planning and implementation of green infrastructure require, however, cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary collaboration. Yet, the lack of this multidisciplinary collaboration has been identified to be one of the central factors challenging the planning and implementation of green infrastructure. This paper presents a case study of the Virtual Verdure project where a design sprint process was utilized as a tool for cross-sectoral joint development for developing multi-stakeholder planning process of green infrastructure.

Living labs as an ecosystem for innovation procurement - and vice versa. The FABULOS Pre-Commercial Procurement case

by Renske Martijnse-Hartikka

Category:  Practitioners Presentation


  • PCP
  • automated shuttle buses pilots
  • Innovative Procurement
  • Public-Private Collaboration

Abstract. FABULOS is a public sector innovation project focused on making last-mile public transport more flexible, attractive and efficient. In particular, Pre-Commercial Procurement is used for the first time to develop and test autonomous shuttle buses in cities.  Field testing of the prototypes takes place in the living labs of the so-called Buyers Group cities. In this 3-year competitive process, procurers from 6 countries work with 3 commercial consortia. The market is pushed to go beyond the state-of-the-art, based on the real needs of cities.