OpenLivingLab Days 2015 Conference Report

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OpenLivingLab Days 2015

OpenLivingLab Days 2015 Report 25th – 28th of August 2015 in Istanbul Turkey

Connecting, Sharing & Collaborating OpenLivingLab Days, previously the ENoLL Summer School, is the annual summit of the worldwide Living Lab community combing 4 days networking, sharing, learning and exploitation of theory, methods & tools. Comprised of interactive sessions, workshops, lively discussion panels with excursions and off-site visits the event aims to give the participants a wider insight about models, theories and technologies related to Living Labs. Participants have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience from the leading experts on the subject and to network with other Living Lab enthusiasts. After five successful editions in Paris 2010, Barcelona 2011, Helsinki 2012, Manchester 2013, Amsterdam 2014, the 6th edition was held in

Istanbul, Turkey, from the 25th to the 28th of August 2015, organised by European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) and hosted by Basaksehir Living Lab and Başakşehir Municipality. Attracting almost 200 participants from around the world, OpenLivingLab Days provided the ENoLL community a window into the innovator scene in Istanbul and how Turkish organisations are innovating with end users. Hosted at numerous locations across Istanbul the conference featured an exciting programme including a research day, worldwide Living Lab conference, interactive workshops, visits to local Turkish innovation spaces, pitching and a calendar of social events and touristic visits.


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Research Day: 25th of August OpenLivingLab Days opened for its 6th edition on the 25th of August 2015 and kicked off with the Research Day at Basaksehir Living Lab where researchers from around the world presented their academic research in the field of open innovation and Living Lab methodologies. As a rather young and recent phenomenon, Living Labs create numerous challenges and issues to be tackled by both scholars and practitioners. We feel it is necessary to add to both the theoretical and practical knowledge on Living Labs in order to advance the learning in this field. Within the OpenLivingLab Days a call for papers was launched in the Spring of 2015 to address both conceptual and empirical challenges and stimulate discussion on a number of Living Lab related topics. 34 papers were submitted by researchers coming from all over the world for OpenLivingLab Days 2015. An international review panel led by Prof. Pieter Ballon (VUB Brussels) assessed the articles and finally accepted 17 papers. These were all individually presented during the Research Day in three themed sessions and included into the conference proceedings. An online version is now

Inspiring hosts: Basaksehir Living Lab

available of the selected published papers and includes a great variety of papers from different domains and cases for example Living Lab panel management, Living Labs in the tourism industry and the use of wearables in Living Lab testing. The paper presented by Dimitri Schuurman from iMinds in Belgium and entitled “Living Labs: a systematic literature review� won the Veli-Pekka Niitamo Prize for best academic contribution. The prize, awarded during the Worldwide Living Lab Conference on August 26th, was given based upon the initial reviewers marks but also the votes of all the participants collected in a co-creation manner during the event. For the first time in Istanbul OpenLivingLab Days featured a non-academic session sharing relevant case studies including lab practice in Austria & France. Presentation available here. The research day concluded with a presentation from Lorenz Erdmann at Fraunhofer ISI who spoke about the Living Lab potential in Germany and roadmapping and shared fascinating insights into the future development and scope of the German open innovation scene. Presentation available here In parallel to the research sessions on the first day of OpenLivingLab Days ENoLL hosted its 2015 General Assembly where, most significantly, ENoLL elected its new leadership team. Dr. Tuija Hirvikoski, Director at Laurea University of Applied Sciences, was elected as ENoLL President and Chair of the Council. Prof. Dr. Pieter Ballon, Director of iMinds Living Labs, and Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel was reelected as the International Secretary of the Association and Mr. Esa Ala-Uotila, Customer Relationship Director at TAMK, Suuntaamo, was elected Treasurer of the Association. The ENoLL Council was consolidated to 18


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ENoLL General Assembly 2015 ENoLL General Assembly 2015

“Living Labs drive collaboration for the benefit of the global good” Ilari Lindy, World Bank Group at OpenLivingLab Days 2015

representatives, with the re-election of some of its existing members and the election of two new members: Prof. Joelle Mastelic, Professor & Researcher at the University of Applied Science Western Switzerland (Energy Living Lab) and Dr. Brigitte Trousse, President of France Living Labs.

Conference Day: 26th of August Officially opened by Mr. Mevlüt Uysal, Başakşehir Mayor, the Conference Plenary, featured inspirational local keynote speakers. The audience also listened to engaging presentations from Mr. Mehmet Büyükekşi President of TIM (Turkey Export Assembly) and the Secretary General of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Mr Hayri Baraçlı. The local speakers highlighted that hosting OpenLivingLab Days was a great honor for the city of Istanbul, the fastest growing city in Europe, helping to contribute to an Istanbul innovation culture and kick start the Turkish commitment to building a national network of Living Labs. Mr Mehmet spoke also about how Living Labs will be one of the key catalysts of the development innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystems in Turkey over the coming years. Following the morning keynotes ENoLL announced the results of the 9th Wave and officially welcomed 25 new members to our ever growing Living Lab community. The ceremony included a presentation on the evolution and the current status of the ENoLL network after


OpenLivingLab Days 2015 Open the 9 Waves given by Francesco Molinari and new ENoLL President Tuija Hirvikoski highlighting that with the conclusion of the 9th Wave, ENoLL has supported 395 historically recognised Living Labs and engages 170 active members today. The network is increasingly international with 20% of members now coming from outside Europe and this trend was reflected in the 9th Wave where the new ENoLL members originate from Europe, Canada, India, the USA, Tunisia & Mauritius. Discover more about the 9th Wave Living Labs here.

engaged in a dynamic pitching session where they presented their projects, organisations, Living Labs and new initiatives in only 4 minutes. This pitching has been very successful in previous editions of the conference as it allows members new and old to share and promote concepts in an interesting format maximising the potential for networking opportunities over the course of the event.

The afternoon Panel Discussion on “Living Labs what path for the future” moderated by Ersin Pamuksüzer (Co-Founder of Istanbul Startup BootCamp, Co-Founder Istanbul StartersHub and CEO of Basaksehir Living-Lab) featured Emiliya Hubavenska (European Commission, DG CONNECT), Ilari Lindy (Senior Operations Officer, Transport and ICT Global Practice, World Bank) and Nuria de Lama (ICT Program Manager at ATOS Research and Innovation, Vice-Secretary General Big Data Value Association). Although diverse in background and profession the panelist were united in the messages they conveyed to the audience. They enforced that one of the major roles for Living Labs in the future is the empowerment of future generations; educating them for innovation and entrepreneurship but not only looking to the citizens and SMEs when referring to this education but giving governments, municipalities and universities key roles in the discussion and process as without participation of different actors we cannot develop sustainable & long term solutions for problems. The panel also stressed that Living labs can and will increasingly drive cross border collaboration - and as highlighted by Ilari Lindy, drive international collaboration for the benefit of the global good. Living Labs also have a key role to play in ensuring the interoperability of products and services in order to facilitate their scalability across Europe & beyond.

The conference continued with two days of dynamic workshops and seminars learning, sharing and building future collaborations featuring workshop strands relating to Living Lab as a Service, Living Lab Methods & Tools, Smart Cities, Health & Wellbeing,

At the end of the conference sessions participants

Workshops & Visits: 27th and 28th of August

Officially opening of the Conference Day by Mr. Mevlüt Uysal, Başakşehir Mayor


OpenLivingLab Days 2015 Open International Living Labs presenting their projects at the Living Lab fair

within the open innovation field. In addition to the challenges faced there were also many inspiring success stories presented that inspired the community during the workshops like Istanbul Design Factory in Turkey, Smart City Lab in Kalasatama in Finland, CRIR-Rehabilitation Living Lab in the Mall in Canada and Les Labos in France just to name a few. In the afternoons social and innovation visits were organised for participants to visit the Turkish Airlines Air flight Simulator Center, TAV – Airport Management Company and İSTAÇ – İstanbul Waste Management and Recycling Company in order to discover more on how Istanbul and world renowned Turkish companies were innovating.

Design, Culture & Creativity, Social Innovation, Gamification and more. 22 different workshops were hosted over two days by Living Labs, foundations, partner networks and collaborative projects. Workshops organisers and participants alike remarked upon the openness of all participants to share best practice. One of the main messages taken away by participants was that many Living Labs are facing the same challenges even when working in different sectors, with different types of governance and in different cultural contexts. United by these challenges facilitated our community during OpenLivingLab Days 2015 to better explore, share and learn to solve problems and creative innovative solutions

During our evenings in Istanbul we also visited the Istanbul Municipality Project Demonstration Museum, Miniaturk, the Rahmi M Koc Museum and their in-house restaurant Halat and enjoyed a dinner with Basaksehir Municipality at Gölet in Basaksehir. The highlight of the social calendar was the evening boat cruise on the Bosphorus, the strait (waterway) that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia and joins the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea in Istanbul, where participants could enjoy the spectacular views of Istanbul at sunset with a delicious dinner whilst building closer relationships with other members of the community. The conference concluded with a closing ceremony Including words from Alberto Martin Torras (Head of Asia Pacific and Middle East, Smart City Expo World Congress), Jarmo Eskelinen (Former ENoLL Chair &

Exploring new technologies, smart living applications & Living Lab projects in Turkey


OpenLivingLab Days 2015 Open CEO Forum Virium Helsinki) and final words from Mevlüt Uysal (Mayor of Başakşehir).

A special thanks for the organisation and support of OpenLivingLab Days 2015 to our hosts and sponsors without whom the event would not have been possible: the hosts Basaksehir Living Lab and Başakşehir Municipality and sponsors Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Bahçeşehir University, Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), StartersHub, Startupbootcamp Istanbul, İstanbul Design Factory, Fongogo and TTNet. If you missed the event and want to discover more:  Photos are available on our Flickr account.  Videos of all the keynotes, panel discussion & 9th wave welcoming ceremony are available on our Vimeo channel.  Slides from the research day, keynotes, panel discussions & workshops are available on the at by clicking on the relevant session in the agenda.

Workshops in action at OpenLivingLab Days 2015

We are also pleased to announce that the 2016 edition of OpenLivingLab Days will be hosted in Montreal, Canada, together with Communautique Living Lab and Concordia University, in collaboration with Tourisme Montreal, the Quartier de l'innovation, members of the Quebec Network of Living Labs and France Living Labs in August next year. This is the first time the conference will be hosted outside of Europe connecting more directly with a North American audience. The move also reflects the increasing international nature of ENoLL, which now has 20% of its members located outside of Europe. We look forward to partnering with many local organisations to make the event successful and in order to showcase the best of the Canadian open innovation community to the worldwide networking of Living Labs. Visit for information on past & future editions of the event and join the community on Facebook for all the latest news:

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