Living Lab ‘Antioquia, Departamento del Conocimiento’

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Fundación País del Conocimiento (Country of Knowledge)

Tel: 057-300 259 58 03 and 057 312 290 66 53

Francisco Javier Roldán V., President




Effective member: 

'Antioquia, Department of Knowledge' Living Lab, which is found in Colombia, is aimed at development of the Department of Antioquia as a ‘Territory of Knowledge’, from the strengthening of entrepreneurship in  Antioquia and the creation of ventures in the 125 municipalities of the 9 sub-regions of the Department, including its capital Medellin for their productivity and competitiveness, through intensive, productive and efficient use of ICT as a means of appropriation of open and collaborative innovation with direct and extensive involvement of citizens, impacting more than 6 million people.

With the Certification for the Department of Antioquia Member of the European Network of Living Labs, ENoLL, and with the support and co-participation with its network, it develops a joint multi-sectoral collaborative strategy, about ICT as a tool for Open Innovation, with broad and direct participation of the citizens.

‘Antioquia, Department of Knowledge Living Lab development model, which incorporates integrally with a systemic and holistic approach, everything that has been leading the region in relation to strategic planning and appropriation of the ICT led to education, innovation, research and generating ventures during the last 7 years.

Department of Antioquia is prepared to structure, implement and consolidate the project of Living Lab ‘Antioquia, Department of Knowledge (including the City of Medellin, and its Metropolitan Area) the largest appropriation model of Science and Technology in Colombia and Latin America, through intensive, productive and efficient use of ICT as an instrument of Open and Collaborative Innovation.

As a member of ENoLL, we want to share experiences, knowledge and methodologies with the existing network of Living Labs around the world through national and international collaborative work, involving all actors of society in the Department of Antioquia, with a joint organized multi-sectoral between the State, the productive sector, academia and civil society organizations, by highlighting the direct and collective participation of citizens, as the basis of a Living Lab model.


References and Track Record

Antioquia is leading the country in research. Research groups located throughout the  department running 26% of research projects carried out at the national level. Of the 71 groups ranked by Colciencias as excellence in the country, 26 are in Medellin, 37%, and 600 graduates in doctoral programs, 200 are located in Antioquia, 33%. This region showed greater connectivity and ICT infrastructure of the country, mainly over 4,350 public educational institutions, without having the private, all of which have computers with Internet. Likewise, the growing boom in new businesses and strengthening of entrepreneurship throughout the department.

Their key attributes and key success factor of ‘Antioquia, Department of Knowledge LL’ is the enormous capacity for creativity of its population, shown for years by the strength of its people in the country's business innovation.

In the Department of Antioquia we hope to receive knowledge of the methodologies of the open innovation that is generated in t by co-participation of all Livings Labs, that allow us to generate a dynamic active participation of all actors in the ’Antioquia Institutional Network’.  With our Living Lab we want to participate in the development of open architecture, in the management in research and innovation, in the incubation of joint projects, together with our European partners and co-founding members: The Territories of Tomorrow Foundation, European Network of Digital Cities and the European Association of Arts, Education and New Technologies - ARENOTECH.