Within the context of open innovation and user innovation, Living Labs have emerged as an innovation management approach based on stakeholder co-creation and relying on contextual user involvement. Living Labs can be physical regions as well as virtual realities where stakeholders form so-called public-private-people partnerships (Schumacher & Niitamo, 2008; Følstad, 2008; Ståhlbröst, 2008; Almirall & Wareham, 2008; Schuurman et al., 2011). Living labs are built on four key principles: co-creation, exploration, experimentation and evaluation (Schaffers et al., 2007; Pallot M.,2009, Westerlund & Leminen, 2011). Another Living Labs-characteristic is the natural context for end-users, allowing to capture contextual feedback on user experience. In practice, Living Labs have been put to use for social innovation purposes, giving a voice to end-users to allow to find bottom-up solutions to their own needs & wants, but also for more evaluative purposes, validating and finetuning ‘top-down’ innovations from companies or public institutions. Innovation is considered in a rather broad sense, as it can consist of incremental innovation, radical innovation, process innovation, service innovation, etc. This has led to a multitude of initiatives and projects being labeled as a Living Lab.”
As a rather young and recent phenomenon, there are still a lot of challenges and issues to be tackled by both scholars and practitioners. It is necessary to add to both the theoretical and practical knowledge on Living Labs in order to advance the state-of-the-art of this field. Within this call for papers, we welcome both conceptual and empirical papers.
Accepted contributions will be published in the proceedings of the Summer School with an ISBN number.
The submitted papers focus preferably, but not exclusively, on the following topics:
- Frameworks and paradigms for Living Labs
- Living Labs as open innovation networks and ecosystems
- User-driven innovation in Living Labs / Bottom-up Living Labs
- Living Labs for social innovation
- Entrepreneurship and Living Labs
- Living Labs and Future Internet (Research)
- Living Labs domain specific cases (education, culture, AAL, environment, energy, food, logistics, mobility etc)
- Urban Living Labs and their contribution to developing Future Internet enabled services in Smart Cities
- Living Labs involved service design and user experience
- Tools and methodologies for Living Labs
- Impact assessment in Living Labs
- Living Labs & Smart Cities
- Failed Living Labs cases
2-pager, with Abstract + keywords + research questions + main results + main lesson/take-away for the Living Labs community
Primary author must also submit a brief biography (max. 100 words) with the abstract.
Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by referees assigned by the Scientific Steering Committee for acceptance or rejection.
By submitting your abstract, you are hereby authorizing ENoLL to publish your abstract and full paper in the Summer School proceedings.
EXTENDED Deadline: JULY 10th, 2013
Notification: July 17th, 2013
Send your abstracts to the ENoLL Office (info(at)enoll.org) by the end of the deadline June 28th, 2013.