On 26th August 2015, LivingLab SHANGHAI, hosted by Tongji University College of Design and Innovation (D&I) and Sino-Finnish Centre was officially accepted by the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). During the 9th wave, 37 applications were submitted from 22 different countries. The peer-evaluation process, headed by Jesse Marsh and supported by 17 international experts from 9 different countries, resulted in 25 new accepted Living Labs joining the worldwide Open Living Labs community. It was an important part of the annual 4-day Opening Living Lab Days which included interactive sessions, workshops, lively discussion panels with excursions and off-site visits with the aim of giving the participants a wider insight about models, theories and technologies related to Living Labs.
A Living Lab is a real-life test and experimentation environment as well as methodology, which involve public-private-people stakeholders co-create innovations. A Living Lab employs iterative process of co-creation, exploration, experimentation and evaluation to generate solution to bridge the gap between technology development and market, and solve the complex problems in the real world context.
ENoLL, founded in 2006, is a community of international Living Labs with a sustainable strategy for enhancing innovation on a systematic basis and the vision of “empowering everyone to innovate.” To this date, 9 Waves have been launched, resulting in almost 400 historically recognized Living Labs and a community of more than 170 active today. The association supports the evolution and wide uptake of the Living Lab paradigm throughout Europe and beyond.
At the Official Welcoming Ceremony, Dean Prof. LOU Yongqi told his story with Living Lab. He mentioned that China could be the best test bed for living lab concept. Living Lab represent a new culture of research which focuses on real world impacts rather than publication-based culture.
LivingLab SHANGHAI bases on the works of Sino-Finish Centre, D&I and DESIS Lab China. The overall objective is to contribute to the creation of a dynamic local innovation ecosystem with a global reach. LivingLab SHANGHAI aims to support co-creative, human-centric research, education and innovation in order to better cater for people’s needs in healthcare, transportation, community wellness and urban-rural interaction.
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