WIRE 2016 workshop with ENoLL & Eurocities: Open and citizen-driven Innovation ecosystems in cities, June 10 in Eindhoven
Objectives of the session
In alignment with the main topics addressed by the conference this session will address how (and what) local innovation ecosystems contribute to the competitiveness, job creation, sustainable growth and social progress of cities and regions. In particular the session focuses on the role of cities and other key stakeholders, including citizens, in those ecosystems and on the R&I policy and funding opportunities to support them.
Cities are the place where innovation policies and strategies are tested and implemented involving a great number of public and private actors. The ways in which the different actors of the ecosystem collaborate and interact are crucial for the success of those policies. In the session we will look at how local authorities cooperate and work together with the other players of the innovation ecosystems and how Living Labs operate as intermediaries among cities, firms, third sector and research organisations as well as citizens for joint value co-creation, rapid prototyping or validation to scale and speed up innovation.
In particular we will focus on the involvement of citizens and local communities in the experimentation, development and implementation of new concept and models.
Citizens are at the heart of innovation. To find solutions that respond to the real needs of people, it is important to involve citizens in the process. We will discuss new innovation models based on the co-creation, collaboration and co-participation of citizens identifying the opportunities but also the challenges for cities.
The development and greater use of digital technologies enable innovation in cities. EU research and innovation policies and funding that can stimulate a more and better use of digital technologies are thus crucial for stimulating innovation. As part of the session, we will finally identify and discuss EU policy and funding opportunities that can help cities in their innovation process.
Cities place citizens at the center of innovation and need to find the instruments to better mold the opportunities offered by new technological concepts and solutions to specific needs and aspirations of local contexts, cultures and creative potentials. In other words, cities are starting to function as Living Lab ecosystems for co-creation and large-scale experimentation of new concepts and models.
The session will cover the following specific topics:
- The role of municipalities in their local innovation ecosystems and how different governance models contribute to overcome societal challenges, and to boost economic growth and new jobs in Europe.
- Involvement of citizens in local innovation ecosystems and value co-creation
- Cities as Open Innovation 2.0 ecosystems for large scale experimentation and value co-creation (City as a Living Lab)
- Proposals for EU policies and funding opportunities for innovation ecosystems in EU
Draft agenda: Friday 10th of June at 10.00 (1,5 h)Moderators: Ana Garcia, ENoLL Director & Federica Bordelot, KSF Policy officer Eurocities
Format: Panel discussion with short presentations and debate with questions. 3-4 cities are invited, representing local ecosystems from different stakeholders (city authorities, innovation intermediaries, Living Labs)
- Mary-Ann Schreurs, deputy mayor in charge of innovation and culture, city of Eindhoven
- Wojtek Przybylski, President Krakow Technology Park, Krakow Living Lab
- Santtu Von Bruun, head of unit for urban development and competitiveness, City of Helsinki
- Jan Adriaenssens, Director for Strategy and Innovation at IMinds
Discover more about the event and register here: http://www.wire2016.eu/
For those of you unfamiliar with the other host of this workshop EUROCITIES is the network of major cities in Europe and acts as the political platform and the voice for cities in the EU. With over 130 cities in 35 countries, they cover the majority of Europe’s capital and second tier cities and together account for one quarter of the EU’s population. Through the network, cities connect, exchange and learn from one another across a wide range of policy areas such as innovation and Knowledge Society Forum (KSF)