Digital Living Lab Days Scaling-Up Challenge

Scaling up challenge date and time:

  • 3rd September 2020 14-15:30PM  Green Deal and Living Labs      
  • 4th September 2020 11-12:30PM  Livingin.EU Capacity Building session      
  • 4th September 2020 14-15:30PM Citizen Card

Inspired by the first two editions of the SDG Cities Challenge taking place in Geneva in 2018 and the Scaling up Challenge in Thessaloniki 2019, we go digital and co-host three challenges with collaborating partners during this rather exceptional year of 2020.

Sessions will reflect on the main theme of the conference Connecting people and technology towards a citizen centered digital future. 

In the 2020 edition, 3 main initiatives are given the opportunity to connect their ongoing work, challenges, and future vision with the expert base that forms the ENoLL network and audience of #DLLD2020.

In a nutshell it is a fast prototyping session aimed to reflect on starting, on-going strategic documents, projects and initiatives.

The 2020 Scaling up Challenges are co-organised by the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, EuroCities, WaterEurope  and ENoLL members.

Please consult the respective room’s challenge offerings below and get to know the participating organisations and projects.


What it is?

The Scaling up Challenge is a special opportunity, particularly tailored for institutions, cities and urban actors, project and pilot coordinators, living lab experts, methodology and experimentation developers to share, discover, debate and create their responses to challenges and boundaries related to scaling up, internationalisation, interoperability, replicability and more. 

The workshop aims to transfer knowledge across different programmes that cities or urban actors with their civil servants, policy makers, Living Lab coordinators, academia and private sector are working on, looking for solutions to their individual and common challenges.

Who is it for?

Through a 1,5h dedicated workshop, challenge owners will have the opportunity to interact with experts of the ENoLL network and audience of the DLLD20 conference.

Challenge owners are selected primarily to the event based on matching strategic goals of the table owner and the vision and mission of the living lab community and aimed outcomes of the conference. 

Consult the Scaling Up Challenge sessions


Green Deal and Living Labs

3 September 2020, 16:00-17:30PM

Hosted by:  Water Europe, JRC Mobility, Energy LL, ENoLL  Living Labs and Office


Living-in.EU Capacity Building   

4 September 2020, 11:00AM-12:30PM 

Hosted by: DG Connect, Living-in.EU ambassadors, ENoLL


Citizen Card  

4 September 2020, 14:00-15:30PM

Hosted by: EuroCities, ENoLL

SESSION 1: Green Deal and Living Labs

Hosted by:  Water Europe, JRC Mobility, Energy LL, ENoLL  Living Labs and Office
3 September 2020, 16:00-17:30PM


Multiple sub-networks of Living Labs are forging around specific thematic areas connected to the EU Green Deal, sustainability and environment to create resilient future in urban and rural environments. During this session, following the referenced interest areas introductory slot:

  • Water Oriented Living Labs (WOLL);
  • Energy Living Labs;
  • Mobility Living Labs;
  • AgroEcology Living Labs;
  • Climate neutral Cities (TBC)
Moderator: Andrea Rubini (Water Europe)
  • Jens Prisum – Call Copenhagen & Prof Chrysi Laspidou (University of Thessaly), respectively Leader and Co-Leader of Water Smart Cities Vision Leadership Team (joint pitch on behalf of Water Europe) – Water Oriented Living Labs (WoLLs)
  • Fiona Zimmerman (Energy Living Lab initiative)
  • Maria Alonso Roposo (Mobility Living Labs initiative within JRC)
  • Alexia Rouby  (Agroecology Living Labs initiative  DG-AGRI; EIP-AGRI and Agroecollnet project)
  • Laura Wendling (Nature-Based solutions with Living Labs – Coordinator of Unalab project, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

As pilot action the water-oriented Living Labs will coordinate the session on scaling up such Living Lab interest areas and tackle the following challenges:

  • Lack of enabling environment and ambitions.
  • Missing of an enabling structure that encourages stakeholders from various sectors and industries to come together, commit and engage in the WoLLs.
  • Lack of a systemic view and approach that limits the capacity of different kind of WoLLs – urban, Industrial, rural – to come together.
  • Inadequacy of marketing and tools to establishing a harmonised and systemic market outreach framework.
  • Low visibility and dissemination of knowledge and finding of the WoLLs that are necessary to promote the adoption of innovating solutions and secure investments.
  • Lacking scalability and continuity.
  • Life of the WoLLs are limited due to either to low technology readiness to commercialization, lack of engagement of the stakeholders, or limitation in funding to grow LL and implement innovation.
  • Policy constrains

The aim of  the slot is to learn about the strategy of the WE WoLLs Network that aims at supporting and enhancing the development of WOLLs in EU and beyond, the role of WE WoLLs Network in enabling the twin effort for a European Green Deal and the Europe Fit for the Digital Age and importantly to identify a model which can be applied to similar initiatives for scale up ambition and replication.

SESSION 2: Living-in.EU Capacity Building  

Hosted by: ENoLL, DG Connect, and Living-in.EU ambassadors
4 September 2020, 11:00AM-12:30PM 


ENoLL being one of the core promoters of the Living-in.EU declaration, is working towards supporting the commitment points on Education and Capacity Building in a co-creative and citizen driven manner. On this scaling up session we aim to work together on addressing needs, challenges and co-deciding on first action points.

The activity is linked to the Capacity Building commitment points.


  • develop administrative capacities to make the best of digitalisation and to avoid technology or vendor lock-in;
  • develop citizen-centric design approaches as a new competence for policy-making;
  • identify new skills needed by public authorities and businesses, and take action to ensure that people acquire these skills;
  • provide the public with the digital education and skills they need to benefit from smart city solutions and to participate in decision making;
  • develop a culture of having a co-creative, participative and cross-sector approach to designing and implementing smart and sustainable local solutions;
  • facilitate and coordinate activities including knowledge sharing, communication, dissemination and consultancy provision, to scale up successful digital solutions;
  • take advantage of opportunities that can accelerate deployment, such as Digital Innovation Hubs.

The aimed outcome is to start working together with some volunteer signatory cities, conference attendees and citizens to define first steps to the commitments’ implementation roadmap.


  • Zsuzsanna Bódi (ENoLL) 


  • Andrea Halmos (European Commission)
  • Wim de Kinderen (Brainport Eindhoven, EU Office) 

Zsuzsanna Bódi

Senior Strategic Advisor and Innovation Officer

Wim De Kinderen

Senior Professional in EU Affairs


Hosted by: EuroCities, ENoLL 
4 September 2020, 14:00-15:30PM 


EuroCities based on the interest of its members is launching a pilot project in 2020 to co-create digital solutions, to tackle common challenges and to scale up existing successful solutions.

The aim of the project is to scale up the on-going Citizen Card prototype in many European cities, with different digital capacity and local contexts. This project also contributes as a pilot project of the initiative on upscaling existing urban digital solutions in
Europe’s cities and communities.

Current status of the project: Several European countries and cities have or want to introduce a Citizen Card. Based on these best practices, insights and current and future EU-regulations the project team will create a generic approach to and architecture for an interoperable, privacy friendly, convenient, safe and secure Citizen Card which can address several purposes and link to public and private services. To create such a model, 8 cities are sharing their expertise, experiences and insights.

Based on these learnings, a white label Citizen Card will be suggested combining both a physical card and an app.

Participating pilot cities: Zaragoza, Gijón, Porto, Pau, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Bratislava and Valladolid.

The cities of Barcelona and Ghent are also involved as reviewers of the process and the results delivered.

The Digital Living Lab Days Scaling up session will focus on aspect(s) in which the Living Lab community is strong and can more easily mobilize experts. Such as co-creation with end users and validation of first trials.

The aim of the session is to progress with the white labelling the good practices and building customised services which clearly connect to citizens needs and wishes.

Moderator & Speaker: Lodewijk Noordzij

Speaker: Wim De Kinderen (Brainport Eindhoven EU Office)

See the debrief presentation

Wim De Kinderen

Senior Professional in EU Affairs