Piloting Living Labs

The strongest transnational element in CentraLab project is in the design of the trans-national pilot projects. Each project partner hosts a pilot project with a specific theme and participates in 2 other pilots. Every hosting partner thus also has 2 other partners participating in its pilot. All together 10 partners from 8 countries will run 10 pilots.
In CentraLab, this approach is explored through the bottom-up definition of multi-level governance structures, starting from the pilot innovation partnerships to reach the transnational level in a seamless scaling-up of the network model. This brings important multiplier effects to the innovation dynamics across key policy fields such as industry, agriculture, environment, transport, etc.


Piloting of Living Labs network:

One of the best approaches of piloting Living Labs is represented in above picture. The big advantage of this approach is that it is not centrally managed nor governed, thus it can be coherent with several Living Lab's birth and growth models, leaving the door open to sharing all or some of the respective key assets (local communities, ICT infrastructures, methodologies etc.) in the perspective of cross-border collaboration.
CentraLab‟s transnational added value to ICT R&D is twofold. First, application areas with a broader market potential, especially in fields such as environmental management, are investigated in their natural transnational context. Finally, the co-design model at the heart of the Living Lab model gains significantly in effectiveness from its application across the cultural, socio-economic and normative differences characterising the different Central European regions.

Direct links to pilot projects:

Climate change
Energy efficiency
Environment and education
Media and creativity
Micro-SME networks
Rural development
Waste management

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