Within the context of
Jacques Cartier and
Francophonie Living Labs

22nd november 2016

Living Labs: advantages of an approach led by users for companies and communities

The Living Lab model represents a methodology of open innovation "led by users" whose popularity keeps on growing at an international scale. If, at first, it distinguishes itself through advantages such as the active participation of users at an early stage in the innovation process and an experimental mode of action in realistic conditions. That being said, it also creates an innovation ecosystem founded on a public-private-citizen based partnership in the case of societal projects and also the development of intermediation processes that enable the reconciliation of divergent interests of the multiple parties involved. The Living Labs also bring new approaches of governance and project management. But the notion of ecosystem is central here because the creation of a real exchange dynamic between all parties involved shaped as collaborative processes which mix professional knowledge, activist knowledge and knowledge derived from usage in order to favour the emergence of technological and social innovation is at the heart of the process.
This day-long colloquium will explore the advantages of innovation devices such as Living Labs for various actors: researchers, companies and communities in order to better understand and apprehend modern societal issues. The exchanges will regroup Francophone Living Labs from multiple horizons (mainly from Quebec and France), companies or professionals from various industrial sectors, communities and associations representing civil society.
A mix format including testimonies from various actors, presentations, panels, posters, networking and the mutualisation between participants on the basis of numerous practical experiences in varied fields (health, tourism, energy, sustainable development, getting old, living together, smart cities, smart territories etc.)

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