Digital Spaces Living Lab

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Information doc: 


Dr Stavri Nikolov (, Digital Spaces Living Lab Founding

Director, (c/o) Attentive Displays Ltd, 132 Knyaz Boris I Street, Sofia 1000, Bulgaria, tel: + 359 888220778

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Digital spaces are digital, virtual or computer-generated worlds, but also the spaces we live in, where we use digital media, digital communication devices, digital gadgets, etc. The Digital Spaces Living Lab (DSLL) in Sofia, Bulgaria, was founded in 2008 to support industrial and academic partners working in the field of new digital media technologies.

DSLL ( provides a creative environment for research and innovation, as well as new forms of direct user involvement in the innovation process. It aims to establish links between business enterprises, media partners, academia and citizens to ensure the successful collaboration between all these parties.

Main Objectives

The main objectives of the Digital Spaces Living Lab are:

  • to help IT, media and communications companies to test new technologies and products in very early stages of their development and with real users;
  • to support new ideas and start-up companies in the digital media sector via the DSLL Technology Incubator;
  • to give start-up companies in the digital media sector access to unique, specialised and cutting- edge infrastructure and facilities which will help them develop quicker and better their products and services;
  • to foster co-creation and co-development of new technologies and products that combine and fuse core technologies developed by industrial and academic partners; to create a real-life and online community of specialists and non-specialists who are interested in digital media technologies and a venue and forum where they can meet and discuss ideas.

The means by which DSLL involves and engages its main users – members and citizens - are organizing workshops (real-life and online) to showcase cutting-edge digital media technologies and products under development and by using interactive systems to collect relevant feedback from current and future users. The Digital Spaces Living Lab (DSLL) and DSLL Technology Incubator are co ordinated and managed by Attentive Displays Ltd. The DSLL Technology Incubator was created in 2009 by Attentive Displays Ltd to support teams and start-up companies in South-Eastern Europe in (further) developing novel technologies and services in the digital media domain.

References and track record

The Digital Spaces Living Lab ( is a joint initiative of a number of partners.

The members of the DSLL Partnership include:

  • Attentive Displays (
  • FAVIT (
  • HiLab, New Bulgarian University (NBU) (
  • NEVEQ (
  • Ontotext AD (
  • Astea Solutions (
  • Imagga (
  • Lucrat (
  • Informatics and Telematics Institute (ITI), CERTH (
  • Rapan (