Living Labs and Open Innovation

(Texto em Português depois deste)

 

Living Open Innovation

Living Lab” is about experimentation and co-creation with real users in real-life settings.

In these environments users together with researchers, companies and institutions seek new solutions to meet another set of needs, through new products, services or business models.

A practical implementation of “Living Lab” can and should be established as an environmental project in Open Innovation, with thematic communities in Open Innovation and with a process to put the work and management of facilities infrastructure of the Living Lab in an environment that generates innovative projects.

These  infrastructure facilities can be:

Aid to the patenting

Facilitating communication

Interaction with participants and constituents through the use of Web 2.0

The Living Labs address the involvement of civil society on the promotion of innovation on the basis of society, involving universities, SMEs, public institutions and large companies in a process of open innovation, and because it happens in real environments, it has an immediate impact.

The Living Labs look for gaps and as ecosystems that are flexible can provide a substantial demand for innovation by engaging by interactions a range of actors in which the driver of the process is the user.

The Living Lab concept plays a crucial role in keeping users continuously involved, so that their expectations are monitored and can help develop better products and services.

One of the cases that can be inserted in this approach is the creation of a new (2009) Living Lab European network focused on open innovation in the field of lighting, with emphasis on energy efficiency. The creators of this Living Lab are the Portuguese city of Aveiro, the University of Aveiro and several companies.

User participation is one of the most important sources of innovative ideas.

These ideas are enshrined not only in documents of the European community and in other documents which I leave here an example.

“As the adoption (or integration) of the living labs approach has important implications, for its implementation into existing regional instruments of innovation it should be taken into account the specific situation in particular regions. Implementing the living lab concept into the existing instruments and policies requires the collaboration among key stakeholders at the regional level and cities, such as public administrations, regional and city development agencies, research institutes and companies as well as the cities end-users and also co -creators of innovations. Such collaboration could very well be agreed in a public-private partnership program for regional innovation. Such a structure would already avoid the fragmentation of projects and difficulties to pass the phases of applications development and prototyping, often found in current innovation programs. The region-wide collaboration and coordination would at least establish the conditions for systematic networking and exchange, reuse and sharing of knowledge and technologies, and scaling up and roll out. “- LIVING LABS AND OPEN INNOVATION POLICY IN REGIONS FOR THE BENEFIT OF SMES

Tell me your experiences or cases that you meet on Open Innovation! Thank you!

 

Viver a Inovação Aberta

Living Lab” trata de experimentação e de co-criação com utilizadores reais em ambientes da vida real.

Nestes ambientes os utilizadores juntamente com investigadores, empresas e instituições procuram em conjunto novas soluções para satisfazer outro conjunto de necessidades, através de novos produtos, serviços ou modelos de negócio.

Uma implementação prática de “Living Lab” pode e deve ser estabelecida como um projecto de ambiente em Inovação aberta, com comunidades temáticas em Inovação aberta e num processo para colocar o trabalho e a gestão das facilidades de infra-estruturas dos Living Lab num ambiente que gere projectos inovadores.

Essas facilidades existentes nas infra-estruturas podem ser:

Ajudas para o registo de patentes

Facilitação da comunicação

Interacção com os participantes ou constituintes através do uso de Web 2.0

Os Living Labs abordam o envolvimento da sociedade, sobre a promoção da inovação numa base da sociedade, envolvendo universidades, PME, instituições públicas e grandes empresas num processo de inovação aberta, e porque acontece em ambientes reais, tem um impacto imediato.

Os Living Labs procuram colmatar lacunas e como ecossistemas flexíveis que são, podem fornecer uma procura substancial de inovação por envolver de forma interactiva uma série de actores em que o condutor do processo é o utilizador.

O conceito de Living Lab desempenha um papel crucial em manter os utilizadores continuamente envolvidos, para que as suas expectativas sejam acompanhadas e possam participar na construção melhores produtos e serviços.

Um dos casos que pode ser inserido nesta abordagem é a criação de um novo (2009) Living Lab da rede europeia focado na inovação aberta no campo da iluminação, com destaque para a eficiência energética. Os criadores deste Living Lab português são o município de Águeda, a Universidade de Aveiro e várias empresas.

A participação dos utilizadores é uma das mais importantes fontes de ideias inovadoras.

Estas ideias estão consagradas não só em documentação da comunidade europeia, como noutros documentos dos quais deixo aqui exemplo.

“As the adoption (or integration) of a living labs approach has important implications, for its implementation into existing regional instruments of innovation it should be taken into account the specific situation in particular regions. Implementing the living lab concept into the existing instruments and policies requires the collaboration among key stakeholders at the regional and cities level, such as public administrations, regional and city development agencies, research institutes and companies as well as cities as end-users and also co-creators of innovations. Such collaboration could very well be agreed in a public-private partnership programme for regional innovation. Such a structure would avoid already the fragmentation of projects and difficulties to pass the phases of applications development and prototyping, often found in current innovation programmes. The region-wide collaboration and coordination would at least establish the conditions for systematic networking and exchange, reuse and sharing of knowledge and technologies, and scaling up and roll out.” – LIVING LABS AND OPEN INNOVATION POLICY IN REGIONS FOR THE BENEFIT OF SMES  

Conte-me as suas experiências ou casos que conheça em Inovação Aberta! Obrigado!

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