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Krakow Living Lab

Krakow Living Lab

Krakow Technology Park is one of the key actors in co-creating and implementing the Regional Innovation Strategy and promoting smart specialization and user-driven innovation approaches in the region. It was established in 1997 as the joint initiative of city authorities, Malopolska regional authorities and Krakow’s three largest universities: Krakow University of Technology, AGH – UST University of Science and Technology and the Jagiellonian University.

Krakow Technology Park, as a unit responsible for managing not only the special technology park and incubator but also a special economic zone in Regions of Malopolska and Podkarpacie is focusing on internationalization of activities, especially when it comes to the small businesses which are supported by KTP along with medium and big companies. KPT mission is to support businesses at all stages, so they can develop by collaborating with one another. The scope of services for businesses includes the possibility of financing innovative projects as part of the KTP Seed Fund. Companies may count on free-of-charge advisory services, and training on managing business and developing the technological aspects of enterprises using advantage of up to date multimedia laboratories and studios run by KPT. Businesses that have already developed and are ready to implement new investments received from the KTP an opportunity to acquire public aid from the title of operation within the special economic zone (SEZ), together with a package of related services.

Innovation initiatives such as Apps4Krk, Malopolska Information Technology Park (MPTI), Krakow living Lab, Watify are examples of Smart City initiatives strengthening and enriching the Development Strategy of Krakow 2014-2020 and Regional City Strategy, with emphasis on Regional Innovation Strategy as the operational act.


KTP collaborates very actively with regional and local government, universities, NGO’s, business sector and local community, at the time when straight conversation and new approaches are needed to stimulate economy development and implement innovations. KPT plays a significant role as regional enabler and facilitator of innovative driven approach to smart city development. Development of innovative user centered and sustainable new public services for increasing the quality of life and wellbeing within different domains (people, living, mobility, e-governance, economy, environment) and targeted to different user groups (elderly, children, students, unemployed people, NGOs  and so on) using potential of experience, know-how and infrastructure of stakeholders: businesses, administration, universities is our advantage.


References and Track Record

Examples of Smart City Initiatives

  • Open Data and increased transparency: Krakow Open Data
  • Smart City adaptative model
  • Empowering Innovation and optimalisation of the product or service: living lab
  • Boosting and scaling up city innovations via harmonization and collaboration: clusters, Apps4Krk, mikropark
  • Managing technological change: Technological Incubator &KPT’s Seed Fund


Open Data and Increased Transparency: 

Krakow Technology Park thanks to learnt best practices during SMART_KOM project has been at the forefront of the open data movement over the last 2 years, most obviously through the aforementioned project. It has among others encouraged the City of Krakow to issue the act on opening data. KPT is supporting the City of Krakow in realization the mission to open up public data from to everyone basing on best practices and know-how of the foreign experts.

The road map of opening data in Krakow with defined stages, clear process of opening the data and stakeholders has been identified within the SMART_KOM strategy. It is worth menthioning here, that Krakow among other Polish cities is one of the pilot cities to start open data process.


Smart City adaptative model

Joint Smart City Strategy for Krakow and 14 communities within Krakow Metropolitan Area

It is the comprehensive and unic approach of adaptive responsive city, citizens driven strategy, city as enabler in contrary to silos oriented management. The basic idea behind it is to equip the city and metropolitan region in such tools of new technologies (eg. ICT, ITeS), which will increase citizens’ influence on shaping the development of the city and metropolitan area.


KPT is a leader of the project has created the roadmap for intelligent solutions in the Krakow Metropolitan Area, including a set of strategic direction and specific recommendations for four areas of Krakow and KMA development in line with the idea of smart city. In addition to the SMART_KOM strategy a bank of projects to the financed within the framework of the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme (including Integrated Territorial Investment Projects), Innovation and Development Operational Programme, Horizon 2020 has been created. It is first document as such being a joint work of almost 400 experts representing administration, business, NGO and science.


The SMART_KOM strategy has proved that smart participation plays a key role in creation of strategy and is one of key components of an open, smart, and citizen-friendly city.


Empowering Innovation and optimalisation of the product or service: living lab

One of key goals of KPT activities as the technology park is to stimulate the innovative capabilities of the companies by supporting them in delivery the product according to the market requirements and expectations.


Within the agreement signed with City of Krakow and Marshall Office of Malopolska Region KPT delivers advisory and consultancy for companies. It is the escalator for product and service development, both created and designed for citizens – participatory driven process of designing city infrastructure and functions, with respect to the rest of the city’s ICT ecosystem.


To achieve this goal, KPT has been actively supporting City of Krakow in offering e.g., API’s for developers, as well as in organizing developer events and competitions, e.g. Apps4Krk, Hackathons, TEDex or other events addressed to ICT ecosystem actors. One of the key benefits of the initiative has been the creation of financial tool for Regional Authorities to support innovation in the region. The financial instrument will encourage the creation of innovative products and services that are changing the way citizens interact with their city.


Boosting and scaling up city innovations via harmonization and collaboration: clusters, Apps4Krk, mikropark


KPT is the founder and coordinator of following clusters:

Malopolska cluster Makeit – gathers companies in the area of new technologies. The main mission of the cluster is strengthening the position of IT companies by joint business projects and promotion of cluster members at international level, in the framework of European funds, pilot projects and tests realized in high-tech infrastructure of Malopolska Information Technology Park.

The cluster focuses on developing open and mutually compatible digital service interfaces, processes, guidelines, and usability standards for creating digital city servicesAmong others there are:

J-Labs Sp. z o.o., SecuRing Sp. J., Velis Sp. z o.o. Sp. K


Digital Entertainment Cluster was established in 2013. The initiative aims to support the gaming market in Poland. Digital Entertainment Cluster currently has 27 companies operating in the gaming sector. The members are: KPT (Coordinator), Gry-Online SA, Artifex Mundi, Nimbi Studios, the Dardanelles studio, Ganymede, FunApp, Gamelab, Jujubee, Tribity, Teyon, EVERYDAYiPLAY, ATGames, 11bit studio. To date, the cluster members took part in many international conferences to promote the initiative and Polish games market: Casual Connect Asia in Shanghai and the United States. Digital Entertainment Cluster is present in many local events dedicated to the gaming industry and technologies, such as: Techcamp, internet Beta.

A cluster refers numerous international relations by cooperating with foreign accelerators and incubators.


One of the key event organized by KPT is Digital Dragons Event. It has become a leading event on the map trade events in Central and Eastern Europe dedicated to promotion of Polish gaming industry. In 2015 edition of the DD more than 1,100 representatives of producers, publishers, media, industry, business, mainstream and academics attended the 64 lectures, workshops and panel discussions. During the two days of the conference organized many competitions and networking meetings for start-ups, VC Speed Networking, Berlin meets Poland networking lunch, India Showcase, handed awards the best productions of 2014 and the best gaming independent. In 2015 Digital Dragon event there were 92 lecturers, including 44 foreign experts in programming, graphics, gamedesignu, management, monetization and marketing.


CD Projekt RED, located in KPT, which is a part of CD project group is a developer of video game RPG based on the brand Witcher® and others.

The Krakow Film Cluster, created in 2015 in partnership with leading companies from the film industry. It consists of 30 companies. The scope of the Cluster covers all stages of film production. The members benefit from each other and from the KPT premises by getting access to laboratories, showrooms, professional film equipment, including large reserves of lighting equipment, grip, a wide selection of cameras, as well as the power supply for the shoot.


Malopolska Cluster Training, was established in 2015, consists of 23 members, including representatives of the administration (counties and offices) and directors of schools and businesses. Its main objective is to improve the quality of vocational education, increasing the availability of students for practical training, apprenticeships and traineeships undertaken in the actual working conditions of the company.


Apps4Krk and mikropark – two pilot projects realized under SMART_KOM project. Krakow is smart cities network.


Managing technological change:


Małopolska IT Park (MPTI) is a platform for cooperation between research and development institutions and businesses in the IT sector. Małopolska IT Park provides the organisational back-office for the clusters. The cluster gathers over 30 bodies, including Krakow’s universities, research institutes, and representatives of the region’s business.


KPT Technology Incubator was created in 2008. The incubator provides a perfect place for young creative people considering starting their own business, operating in the ICT and/or engineering sector, and seeking an appropriate environment for their ideas and themselves.The tenants of the incubator are small enterprises and microbusinesses run by graduates, doctoral students, master degree students, and the academic staff of Kraków institutions of higher education. Every business that becomes a part of the incubator carries its own traits, and consequently brings something new into its structures. This allows collaboration between firms, which perfectly influences their further development.


KTP’s activity includes furthering the development of financial support instruments (KPT Seed Fund) for the companies cooperating with the Kraków Technology Park, to allow them acquisition of financing for their investment projects. Among others it has succesffuly supported (local cloud data, which enables private and quick sharing of files in groups), forDrivers (an application to promote safe driving by gamification), dr. omnibus (application for autistic children based on educational and diagnistic games)Husarion (robotic system dedicated among others to heart diseases), HG Inteligence (IT solutions for citizens and administration f.e beacons), Coolomat (a terminal for receiving food products purchased on the Web).


Recently KPT seed fund and venture SATUS in cooperation with the Krakow Center for Innovative Technologies INNOAGH, formed Innoventure investment fund specializing in the commercialization of results of research and development. The project was supported by the National Research and Development Centre under the bridge Alfa and by private investors. GeneaMed (dendrimers).


KPT Incubator is also the organiser of several Hackathons and coorganiser of TEDex – focused on new technologies, smart city solutions and enlargement of citziens in public decision process.

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