Lahti Living Lab

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Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lahti unit Suvi Konsti-Laakso Tel : +358-400-574701 mail:

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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.

Description of Concept

The special focus of the Lahti Living Lab is to develop and study innovativeness and productivity in the public sector. The main activity is to integrate the users into the innovation processes of public sector service development. For this purpose, the methods and tools are developed and studied. The methods of involving and activating the users vary, there are methods based on ICT but also on face-to-face communication. The Lahti Living Lab concept consists of different research and development projects, which all have a common nominator, i.e. the users as innovators.

Lahti Living Lab is situated in the Päijät-Häme region in southern Finland. The region has app. 200 000 inhabitants, which makes the region large enough for piloting user-centered applications for the public services. The region also has favorable conditions and structures for the public sector development: A good example of public sector innovativeness is that the first public utility of social and health care in Finland was founded in the Päijät-Häme region. The variety of projects related to the restructuring of public services and management of innovativeness can be characterized as pilot activities in Finland. The Lahti Living Lab consists of different stakeholders and is coordinated by the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lahti Unit.

References and Track Record

There are several ongoing research and development projects under the Living Lab concept. In these projects, the users are integrated into the development of public services. The ongoing projects concentrate for example on involving ageing people in generating ideas for a future welfare centre service concept. The innovation system based on network facilitating innovation policy in the region has also been recognized one of the third generation innovation systems in Europe.