Helsinki Living Lab (Arabianranta) Helsinki Living Lab is based on the place were Helsinki was established by King Gustav Vasa in the year 1550 in Arabianranta. By the year 2010 it will be the area for 13,000 students, 10,000 residents and 8,000 workers. Arabianranta is a real Living Lab and the most important hub of creative industries and creative people in the Nordic Countries.
Description of Concept
The initiative, NorthRULL, has been launched by a set of northernmost regions of Finland and, within them, by a Triple Helix constellation of the Regional Councils and development agencies, the two universities and the HEI network, and the key enterprise clusters. The formulation “Northern Rural-Urban Living Lab” states our intention to experiment with, learn from, and put into effect forms of innovative interplay between ICT-intensive growth- hubs on the one hand and rural areas on the other.
Laurea (www.laurea.fi) is a R&D oriented university of applied sciences. Laurea operates in the Helsinki metropolitan area and it is focused on service innovations. Laurea's strategic choice is to integrate its three tasks - education, R&D and regional development. It has created the Learning by Developing (LbD) model as a tool for reaching its strategic goals and implementing them in practise.
JAMK University of Applied Science in Central Finland is developing a modern residential area of Jyväskylä called Lutakko into a user-driven innovation, development and learning environment. Himos tourism resort in Jämsä takes part in the development activity as well through a Living Lab methodology. HumanTech LL includes Lutakko Living Lab and Himos Experience Lab.
The Tampere Central Region Living Lab (TCR-LL) was launched in late autumn 2008 with the support of the open innovation environments Demola and VTT’s (Technical Research Centre of Finland) Open Web Lab. The mission of the TCR-LL is to create an ecosystem, in which complementary actors, i.e. research entities, users and companies can work together harmoniously to create and exploit their synergies. The TCR-LL is an interactive and iterative process where the original ideas come from citizens, researchers and service providers.
Turku University of Applied Sciences Living Lab for Well-being and ICT (TWICT) coordinates several physical and virtual living labs inside Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS). The aim of TWICT is to clarify the methodology and tools supporting it, reduce the amount of administrative activities in separate living lab projects, help to design new projects and disseminate the results and lessons learned from previous ones.
The city of Oulu and the Oulu region with its developing infrastructure forms an excellent urban living lab which enables development of products and services in real-life environment with end users. The Oulu region is known for the intensive collaboration between companies, public sector and universities.
The Turku Archipelago is the Finnish part of the Scandinavian Islands. It is called Åboland in Swedish and consists of 20 000 islands and 22 700 bilingual inhabitants. The Turku Archipelago, represented by Region Åboland r.f., the regional development agency for the eight rural archipelago municipalities of south-west Finland, proudly joins the European Network of Living Labs. Åboland is a hotbed of technical development and innovation, featuring the first wireless WIMAX broadband network in Finland and MEBB, the citizens’ archipelago intranet.
Agro Living Lab focuses on usability and user-centred design for technologies in agriculture and forestry.Agro Living Lab locates in Finland, in the region of Seinäjoki which has a strong competence in the sectors the living lab is focusing on. It is a co-operation concept of Seinäjoki Technology Centre Ltd. and Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.
Snowpolis is a young and rapidly developing international multidisciplinary technology park. Snowpolis specializes in well-being, sports and year-round winter. Snowpolis is located in Vuokatti, which is ranked one of the world’s most versatile tourism centres offering activities all the year round.
The Lahti Living Lab promotes innovation in a challenging environment: Lahti has no university of its own and a low level of research input. To overcome these facts, the Lahti region has launched a network facilitating innovation policy, which aims at finding the seeds of innovations from the practice and daily life. To support the policy, resource- based futures research and concrete tools like innovation sessions, innovation catchers, innovation links are developed.
Joensuu area Living Lab is built on the collaborative activities between research and education, science parks and businesses. Regional industry includes plastic, machinery, wood, bio energy, forestry technology and service sector experience tourism and ICT- development for wellbeing, healthcare and educational solutions. From the main LL stakeholders the Karelia University of Applied Science has cumulated expertise implementing these networks and multidisciplinary approaches to user driven
Owela (Open Web Lab)
Owela is an online space for open innovation and co-design with end users, companies and researchers. It provides social media based tools and methods for understanding users’ needs and experiences as well as designing new products and services together.
Eservices become personnel. The Digital Living Finland Oy works for allowing any eservice provide you with help in daily living. Intelligence and knowledge management are turned into personalized user view for any generic information produced. The Digital Living Labs is an asset among others within agile digital living ecosystem design. The start is in housing.
Our mission is to strengthen the vitality and competitiveness of Kauhajoki Region and to increase the social capital. Living Lab activities started in Kauhajoki region in 2007 and they are closely connected to the Regional Centre Development Program of Kauhajoki. The program is divided into four different main strategic themes: