Living Labs are User Driven Open Innovation Platforms where stakeholders have formed a Public-Private-People-Partnership (PPPP) of firms, public agencies, universities, institutes and users all collaborating for creating, prototyping, and validating new service-products and societal infrastructures in real-life contexts. Currently 370 Living Labs are grouped under the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).
Initiated in line with the FP7 project GAINS (Galileo Advanced INnovation Services) this dedicated GNSS Living Lab prototyping prize, aims at facilitating the emergence of User Driven Open Innovation Demand for services and applications enabled by satellite navigation technologies.
The GNSS Living Lab Prize calls for developers and users to submit proposals for GNSS-related products and services that are ready to be tested and ideally implemented in a suitable Living Lab.
To compete for the GNSS Living Lab Prize, participants must have a prototype available, as a set of finalists will be invited to demonstrate their working prototypes to a panel of experts.
Furthermore, all those who enter to win this prize will need to point out how their product or service will benefit from user validation in a Living Lab.
Digital spaces are digital, virtual, or computer-generated worlds, but also the spaces in which we live and use digital media, communication devices, gadgets, etc. The Digital Spaces Living Lab (DSLL) in Sofia, Bulgaria, was founded in 2008 to support industrial and academic partners working in the field of new digital media technologies and location-based services (LBS). DSLL provides a creative environment for research and innovation, as well as new forms of direct user involvement in the innovation process. Since 2008, DSLL has been an active member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). DSLL has taken part in many research, innovation, and industrial projects in Europe and has carried out numerous large-scale technology validation trials for clients in the last 9 years. In 2012, a new section of DSLL called KidsLab@DSLL was created, which focuses on interactive ICT and digital media education and games for children. DSLL is currently one of the partners in the WEAR Sustain (Wearable technologists Engage with Artists for Responsible Innovation) EUR 3 Million project, funded by the EC Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
The main focus of DSLL is on digital media technologies, smart city services, mobile apps, wearables, apps and gadgets for museums, games, etc. DSLL has won several Open Call Living Lab competitions in Europe and has supported many of the winners/finalists of past GNSS Living Lab Prize competitions, including GoWalk (UK), TagStory (Norway), Ampido (Germany), SellNews (Germany), Vamos (Germany), Geo-Coupon (Taiwan). This year, DSLL is looking again for great new ideas on how to use various location-based services to explore and experience the digital spaces around us that are filled with user-generated digital content. It is particularly interested in novel wearables and smart clothes, apps and gadgets for museums and art galleries, and projects that explore novel aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The DSLL Partnership comprises many companies from different countries and fields of expertise, including interactive and attentive displays; human-computer interaction (HCI); image recognition and tagging in the cloud; Augmented Reality (AR); wearables; mapping and LBS; digital prototyping and fabrication. DSLL seeks to find synergies among these technologies and enable its members and other organisations to use them to create novel services. As co-founder of Smart Fab Lab (the first fab lab in Bulgaria), DSLL provides the ability to design and create both hardware and software prototypes, rapidly test with real users in a living lab and then further improve them back in the fab lab. In addition, DSLL can offer a number of its members’ services and other platforms to test the feasibility of winning ideas from the GNSS Living Lab prize competition.
IUL-LUTIN is a Living Lab based on a “userlab” platform for usability observations and experiments. It is currently under the supervision of Université Paris 8 (the university’s main institution), UPMC-Paris 6, UTC-Compiègne, and Universcience. The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, meanwhile, is the biggest science museum in Europe and home to a panel of over 1,500 dedicated individuals available to participate in observation and innovation. New products and services being co-innovated by researchers, companies, and individuals constitute the focus of their work.
LUTIN’s main activity involves usability testing both at the userlab level and in real-world living and working environments. Its observational approach is dedicated to knowledge technologies (web tools for topologies, web trail analysis, virtual class tools, e-learning, serious gaming, etc.), displaying content (from e-books to immersive 3D spaces made possible by interactive whiteboards and video enhancements), and mobile, Galileo-based technologies. The results of these efforts can be experienced by the greater public (including people of all ages and cultural backgrounds) at Parc de la Villette – one of the largest parks in Paris and home to restaurants, museums, concert halls, live performance stages, and theatres, as well as playgrounds for children.
IUL LUTIN provides access to various shared equipment and hosts most of the analytical instruments required for its work, such as eye-tracking devices (Eye Tracking Lab), EEG and physiological measures (Physio Lab), and a room for observing gaming experiences and HDTV viewing (Game Room). LUTIN is also equipped with CCTV cameras and recording facilities to observe user experiences and behaviour from different perspectives (Media Lab), as well as a mobile platform for observing user behaviour in ecological settings (Mobility Lab).