Living Labs

Introduction to our Living Lab Events! Learn more about the programme for each Living Lab.

A Living Lab is a research concept. A living lab is a user-centred, open-innovation ecosystem, operating in a territorial context, integrating concurrent research and innovation processes within a public-private-people partnership. The concept is based on a systematic user co-creation approach integrating research and innovation processes. These are integrated through the co-creation, exploration, experimentation and evaluation of innovative ideas, scenarios, concepts and related technological artefacts in real life use cases. Such use cases involve user communities, not only as observed subjects but also as a source of creation. This approach allows all involved stakeholders to concurrently consider both the global performance of a product or service and its potential adoption by users.

How it works?
The living lab process, which integrates both user-centred research and open innovation, is based on a maturity spiral concurrently involving a multidisciplinary team in the following four main activities:

  • Co-creation: bring together technology push and application pull (i.e. crowdsourcing, crowd casting) into a diversity of views, constraints and knowledge sharing that sustains the ideation of new scenarios, concepts and related artefacts.
  • Exploration: engage all stakeholders, especially user communities, at the earlier stage of the co-creation process for discovering emerging scenarios, usages and behaviours through live scenarios in real or virtual environments.
  • Experimentation: implement the proper level of technological artefacts to experience live scenarios with a large number of users while collecting data which will be analysed in their context during the evaluation activity.
  • Evaluation: assess new ideas and innovative concepts as well as related technological artefacts in real life situations through various dimensions such as socio-ergonomic, socio-cognitive and socio-economic aspects; make observations on the potentiality of a viral adoption of new concepts and related technological artefacts through a confrontation with users' value model

Want to know more?
- You can also retrieve a list over the upcoming Living Labs in the Northern Connections project.
- Or check out the recent Living Lab Events held in the Northern Connections Project below this. 


Living Lab Event at South Energy 7th November 2018. Download the programme here and see an introduction to the Living Lab at our YouTube channel. See the full programme an get detailed insight on this page.

Get a look into the feedback from the Living Lab Event and find stories from our newsletter: video testimonials and the first Living Lab was a succes


Living Lab Event in Oslo on 29th November 2018 - Økern Sentrum. Download the programme here. And find a more detailed insight here. Furthermore, you can also read more about the event here - and watch this presentations video to get an insight. 


Living Lab Event at Hoppet was held in Gothenburg on the 8th May 2019 - The theme was sustainable building, and a 150 participant took part in the event. Read all about the event here - or watch a video of the event. 


Living Lab Evebt was held in Hamburg on the 13-14th June 2019. Download the event programme
- or get an insight into the concept of this Living Lab Event. Read more information about the event.

The Netherlands

The Living Lab Events was held in Alkmaar during 12-13th September 2019. Read about the challenges here
- get an overview over the two challenge owners or watch the after movie from the event.


The Living Lab Event was held in Brussels on the 20th-22nd November 2019 during G-STIC.
Read more about the results, the potential deals and testimonials from participants. 

Browse the catalogue from the Living Lab here, and watch the aftermovie here.  


The Living Lab Event in Scotland was held in Edinburgh during the 30th-31st of January 2020.
Read more about the Living Lab Event here - or watch the video from the event here.


The next and second Living Lab Event in Denmark will be held on the 24th of September 2020. 
Find more information about the event here. 


The second Living Lab Event in Sweden will be held digital on December 10, 2020 - and the challenges is already ready. Readmore about them here.