GAINS Project: Galileo Advanced INnovation Services
The heart of the project is a special Living Lab prize within the European Satellite Navigation Competition, looking for user driven suggestions for new businesses, responding to actual market needs. The thematic focus for this prize is on health, energy and media. The winning idea in the first stage of the 2011 competition is
Geo-Coupon. Geo-Coupon is an on-demand smartphone app based on GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) which has been developed by Che-Tsung Lin of the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan. It provides purpose-driven digital coupons according to predetermined rules, such as whether the user has visited branch stores within a limited timeframe.
In the second stage of the Prize it was called for interested Living Labs to submit proposals for launching a pilot for the winning Geo-Coupon idea. Following a competition in which a number of Living Labs from the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) participated and submitted proposals to trial the "Geo-Coupon" idea and app, the Digital Spaces Living Lab (DSLL) has been selected as the winner and it will trial Geo-Coupon in Sofia from February until August 2012.
GAINS is an EU-project collaboration between Anwendungszentrum Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO), Center for Innovation and Technology Management (CeTIM Munich), DKE Aerospace Swiss GmbH (DKE), and Associazione ESOCE Net (ESoCE-Net). The objective of the GAINS project is the implementation of an “innovation highway” as a seamless process of coordinated Galileo downstream application innovation services, in the three main phases: idea recognition, product and services development, and new ventures creation.
COIN Integrated Project: Collaboration and Interoperability for Networked Enterprises
The mission of the Coin IP is to study, design, develop and prototype an open, self-adaptive, generic ICT integrated solution to support the Europe 2020 vision, starting from notable existing research results in the field of Enterprise Interoperability and Enterprise Collaboration. DSLL is a COIN multiplier partner and a full partner in the COIN EEU sub-project via Favit Networks.
Apollon: Advanced Pilots of Living Labs Operating in Networks
One of the main strengths of the Living Lab approach is its ability to merge research and innovation processes with the local, real-life context. Over the past years, an increasing number of Living Labs have started operations throughout Europe, and are forming a vibrant and growing community. It is clear that networking and federation at a European scale is needed in order to fully leverage the strength of these locally embedded labs. Current initiatives focus e.g. on the exchange of general principles and best practices for individual Living Labs. The Apollon project will take the next step in networking and harmonising Living Lab approaches throughout Europe. DSLL is a support partner of Apollon.
The European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is a grown up initiative coming from the European Living Labs themselves and sponsored by the European Community through a number of European Projects and coordinating actions like COLLABS, CORELABS, Laboranova, EcoSpaces, Co-Spaces, C@R, WearIT@Work, VEP, etc. The development of the network started in the year 2006 according to a road-map, based on the project-plans of the EU coordination actions CoreLabs and CLOCK, in close cooperation with the Living Lab sites and the Living Lab Open Innovation Community. DSLL became a member of ENoLL in 2008.
Living Labs for user-driven open innovation @ Europe's Information Society Thematic Portal
Through partnerships between citizens, businesses and public authorities, the Living Labs model allows people and industries to test tomorrow's best innovations in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT). The Living Labs model includes end-user participation from an early stage of the creative process of technology development. As a result, evaluating aspects such as social and economic implications of new technologies has become more accurate. So the needs of users are better listened to and fulfilled.