As a rather young and recent phenomenon, Living Labs create numerous challenges and issues to be tackled by both scholars and practitioners. It is necessary to add to both the theoretical and practical knowledge on Living Labs in order to advance the learning in this field. Within the OpenLivingLab Days a call for papers was launched to address both conceptual and empirical challenges and stimulate discussion on a number of Living Lab related topics.
40 papers were submitted by researchers coming from all over the world. An international review panel led by Prof. Pieter Ballon (VUB of Brussels) assessed the articles and finally accepted 18 papers. These were presented during the Research Day of the OpenLivingLab Days and included into conference proceedings (online version is now available).
The paper presented by Yvonne Franz and entitled “Chances and Challenges for Social Urban Living Labs in Urban Research” won the Veli-Pekka Niitamo Prize for best academic contribution. The prize, awarded during the final World Living Lab Conference on September 5th, was given based upon the initial reviewers marks but also the votes of all the participants collected in a co-creation manner during the event.
If you are interested in submitted a paper to the 2015 edition of OpenLivingLab Days, to be hosted in Istanbul, Turkey, the call for papers will be launched in January 2015.
During OpenLivingLab Days we were thrilled to welcome the new 8th wave members of ENoLL
ENoLL grows through ‘Waves’ of calls for membership. Every year, candidate Living Labs are invited to submit an application to join the ENoLL network, and following an evaluation process, new members are welcomed to the network. 2014 celebrated the 8th Wave of ENoLL membership and a record number of new proposals.
During the 2014 application period, 85 proposals were submitted from 22 different countries – Argentina (1), Australia (3), Belgium (4), Canada (2), Chile (1), Estonia (1), France (4), Germany (1), Hungary (1), Ireland (3), Italy (39), the Netherlands (4), Portugal (2), Romania (1), Russia (1), Saudi Arabia (1), Scotland (1), Spain (7), Switzerland (1), Tunisia (1), United Kingdom (5), United States (1) – to become new members of the ENoLL network.
The evaluation process, as carried out in every Wave for membership, resulted in 25 new accepted members to this global community of Living Labs and to the association of the European Network of Living Labs. The Wave process, dating back to 2006, has up to this day resulted in 340+ accredited ENoLL Living Labs.
On the 5th of September 2014, the European Network of Living Labs announced the results of the 8th Wave of membership and officially welcome the members approved during the 2014 call for membership. This welcoming ceremony took place during the proceedings of OpenLivingLab Days.
Please see the official poster from the 8th wave new members as distributed during OpenLivingLab Days here
Please see here an interested analysis and presentation by Jesse Marsh, 8th wave coordinator, during OpenLivingLab Days
If you’re in search of some great visuals from OpenLivingLab Days 2014 then be sure to check out our event Facebook page where to can find pictures from every one of the 4 days spent in Amsterdam.
For those who did not receive one of our conference USB sticks please find here the articles uploaded including the conference programme, participant list and our published conference proceedings:
ENoLL is excited to offer our custom mobile app for attendees again this year. This FREE app gives you access with one click to the OpenLivingLab Days schedule, speakers and sponsor lists. Orient yourself easily by locating conference rooms on the map, plan your agenda, point out your preferred sessions, add notes, check who’s who and stay informed with all the OpenLivingLab Days news.
Available on Google play and on App Store on Tuesday 26th of August
- Download it here
- Register a new user
- Look for the conference in the conference list (OpenLivingLab Days 2014
- Click subscribe and then the app is ready to use
The networking dinner is a great moment to socialise with your peers whilst enjoying great food and even better surroundings. We decided to host this years dinner aboard the boat Wapen van Amsterdam which will be cruising on the canals of Amsterdam showcasing the city from the water as we socialise together.
The networking dinner & boat cruise will start at 19.30 and return to shore at 22.00. Please arrive promptly for the departure of the boat as we will not be able to wait for you.
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ
Piet Heinkade 1
1019 BR Amsterdam
(it is not far from Amsterdam central station)
19.30 – 22.00
We hope you’re lookng forward to this trip as much as we are!
Didn’t manage to attend our event in Manchester last year? Here is a great video illustrating what happened at the event and why you can’t miss out on attending this year’s event in Amsterdam!
The theme of this years OpenLivingLab Days is “The art of Living in a Lab; creative, smart & innovative cities & communities” where topics such as Smart Cities, eHealth, Future Internet, Open Data and Creativity will be at the forefront of discussions for our global audience of Living Lab and innovation practitioners & researchers.
We are looking forward to many inspiring discussions that come under this theme during the workshops, visits & conference.
Image designed by Visuology
Welcome to the website of OpenLivingLab Days 2014. Over the coming weeks we hope to provide you with lots more information on the agenda, specific location details and accommodation suggestions. Meanwhile our call for academic papers is open until June 15th and so is a call for workshops until April 30th so please help us in co-creating the programme for this exciting annual Living Lab summit.
If you are already keen to plan your time or trip to Amsterdam here is some preliminary information about the event:
Day 1: RESEARCH DAY – Tuesday 2nd of September
The research day will provide opportunities for the exploration of themes of interest to Living Lab researchers and scientists from many disciplines. The programme will include brokerage activities to support stakeholders in conceptualizing proposals and forming consortia for the Horizon 2020 calls. Both conceptual and empirical papers can be submitted by June 15th. Accepted contributions will be published in the proceedings of the 5th ENoLL Summer School with an ISBN number.
Day 2 & 3: WORKSHOPS & VISITS – Wednesday 3-4th of September
Workshops & visits are the pulse point of OpenLivingLab Days! During these days you will meet with Living Lab leaders and fellow specialists to discover latest Living Labs initiatives and open innovation stories. The programme will include:
Workshops providing forums for small groups of participants (between 20-50 people) to discuss crucial topics in Living Lab research and practice. Visits to a selection of Dutch Living Labs and innovation centers to discover their exciting research, products and services.
Day 3 will conclude with the OpenLivingLab Banquet, a networking & social event where participants will be able to connect with other participants whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.
Day 4: WORLD LIVING LAB SUMMIT – Friday 5th of September
The one-day World Summit is a unique occasion to build global professional relationships that keep you at the top of your profession. The summit and its diverse sessions will help you discover how the latest best practices and advances in governance and international collaboration can help your organisation profit from open innovation and Living Lab paradigms. The welcoming of the 8th wave of new ENoLL members will conclude the conference.
We’re looking forwarding to hosting you this September in Amsterdam.