Next week from the 2-5 of September 2019, the European Network of Living Labs is hosting the OpenLivingLab Days (OLLD) conference in Thessaloniki, Greece. OLLD is a 3-day long annual event that gives public authorities, entrepreneurs, academics and Living Lab practitioners a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge, best practices, methodologies and tools related to Living Labs and user engagement. ENoLL – which has over 130 active Living Labs members across 20 EU Member States – has been organising this conference since 2010, and their popularity and significance has been growing since.
OpenLivingLab Days’ 2019 edition will focus on the theme of “Co-creating innovation: scaling-up from local to global.” As co-creation grows into a key component of user-driven innovation systems as well as a large focus within Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework, it becomes even more important to scale it up and connect innovation with design methodologies to ensure the quality of products. Through a combination of interactive panel discussions, hands-on workshops with leading experts and site visits to local organisations, visitors will be able to explore cutting-edge co-creation methods and tools, meet new partners for international cooperation, engage citizens in co-creating products and services to transform markets, and find new experimentation and testing grounds for their own projects.
It goes without saying that SISCODE couldn’t miss this opportunity. SISCODE and many of its partners will be flying to Thessaloniki next week to spread the co-creation and RRI message, represent the project and create new partnerships. We will be located across the conference but we will be featured in the “RRI Lab”, a booth shared with other projects such as NewHoRRIzon (a European project aimed at further integrating RRI in national and international R&I systems). This booth will be situated on the exhibition floor in section 3.1. Co-creative activities, interactive display walls, multimedia content, we’ll have it all. So, whether you are a SISCODE partner or someone who has been following the project and want to learn more about co-design methodologies or RRI – we will be glad to meet you at the RRI House next week.