Living Labs and Smart Cities: Open Innovation for the Future Internet

Tuesday 14 December 2010, Ghent (Belgium)

The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide. Founded in November 2006 under the auspices of the Finnish European Presidency, the network has grown in ‘waves’ up to this day. To this date, 4 Waves have been launched, resulting in 212 accepted Living Labs. The ENoLL international non-profit association, as the legal representative entity of the network, is headquartered in Brussels, at the heart of Europe.

IBBT focuses strongly on the link between ICT technology and its application domains. It recognizes that software, communication technologies & networking, service platforms, etc. are a crucial component for a number of industries such as health-care, mobility and media. Through its Living Lab centre iLab.o, IBBT not only hosts the Secretariat for ENoLL, but also provides services regarding Living Lab Panel Management, Methodology, Application prototyping and Business Model Simulation.

With the Living Labs and Smart Cities: Open innovation for the Future Internet-conference, we want to reflect on ‘Smart Cities’ as centres for user-driven open innovation, using Future Internet technology in a user-friendly way to enable a truly knowledge-based society. New, State-of-the-Art technologies can be used in developing new public services in domains such as health, mobility, environmental monitoring or energy management. Through the usage of Living Lab-methodologies in the City, succesfull concepts can be identified, and user co-creation can enhance the innovation process, resulting in succesfull and sustainable services.

A comprehensive approach to the digital society and economy will encompass the Future Internet, as one of the main building blocks to succeed. For the development of such an approach it is crucial that not only governments but also industries and the research communities join forces and interact to ensure maximum cross -fertilization.

This conference is therefore embedded in the Future Internet Conference Week, offering a program of back-to-back conferences, meetings and workshops related to the different topics of interest to the organizations involved and their stakeholders. IBBT, as a true believer of cross-regional and interdisciplinary research as a means to ensure real innovation, is hosting this series of activities and events.

The event will also include the announcement of the 5th Wave of Living Labs, as well as the approved Pilot B projects in the 2010 CIP Call for “Open Innovation for future Internet-enabled Services in “smart” Cities”. 

Who should attend

Living Labs and Smart Cities is open to anyone with an interest in the subject of ICT innovation and focuses on researchers, entrepreneurs from large and small companies, venture capitalists, civil servants, politicians and creative individuals with different disciplinary backgrounds.