Reflection on OpenLivingLab Days 2017

Between 29th of August and 1st September 300 participants from 31 different countries gathered in Krakow at the 8th edition of the ENoLL Summer School - the OpenLivingLab Days. For the first time, the event was hosted in Central & Eastern Europe - Krakow, Poland and introduced the living lab concept to the local governing bodies, universities and residents. At the same time, OpenLivingLab Days visitors were able to see how Krakow tackles the problems of transport congestion, recycling, air traffic control and life sciences. 

The event officially opened on Tuesday, 29th August although some participants have joined the Learning Lab Day on Monday - where selected participants were taught about living lab models and raised their questions and concerns about how to sustain a living lab. 

DAY 1: RESEARCH, POLICY & BEST PRACTICES 

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Presidents of ENoLL and KTP welcomed the participants to the first day on which two panel discussions and three Research & Innovation tracks were held. Research papers that were accepted were presented, among which the paper exploring "Drop-out in Living Lab Field Tests: A Contribution to the Definition and the Taxonomy" written by Abdolrasoul Habibipour, Annabel Georges , Dimitri Schuurman, Birgitta Bergvall-Kareborn. The paper has received Veli-Pekka Niitamo prize for Best Paper at the Social Dinner on 31st August 2017. 

DAY 2: POLICY & LOCAL ENAGEGMENT 

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On the following day more panel discussion and presentations followed. The day was concluded with visits to local challenges from five different sectors - smart cities, circular economy, health, living lab policy and service design. The participants visied Life Science Park, Selective Waste Collection Point – “Lamusownia”, Malopolska Greenery Authority, Traffic Management Center and Malopolska Laboratory of Energy Efficient Building. 

DAY 3: WORKSHOPS 

The most hands-on co-creative part of the OpenLivingLab Days was seen on the final two days. Participants could choose from 28 different workshops, which have undergone a pre-screening quality check by ENoLL. The workshops were also grouped in five categories (smart cities, circular economy, health, living lab policy and service design) and followed a learning curve from STEP 1: Ideation & concept design, STEP 2: Innovating through co-creation to STEP 3: Innovation adoption & evaluation. 

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Thursday was concluded with a guided tour and a SOCIAL DINNER at the Wieliczka Salt Mine. For their long-lasting contribution to the vision and mission of ENoLL Tuija Hirvikoski, Artur Serra, Marita Holst, Omer Onur, Brigitte Trousse, Pieter Ballon, Bror Salmelin and Paolo Aversano received a token of appreciation. 

 

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DAY 4: WORKSHOPS & CLOSING 

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Friday, 1st September was the last day of the event filled with workshops. Next to that, we have welcomed the hosts of the OpenLivingLab Days 2018 - Geneve Lab and Energy Living Lab, to let the participants know what they can expect at the next year's edition that will take place between 22 August - 24 August in Geneva. 

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SEE YOU NEXT YEAR IN GENEVA, SWITZERLAND!