OpenLL16 in pictures…

…or better yet – Tweets and Insta pics!! We collected some of the Tweets and Instagram posts that were published during the Open Living Lab Days 2016 to tell the story of the four days we have spent in Montreal

23 August was the first day of OpenLL16

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and so, it began

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The first day was dedicated to Research Papers. Divided into three sessions, we had an opportunity to hear 14 different presentations! Participants were also able to vote for the best paper – a prize which was awarded at the end of the Open Living Lab Days (scroll down to find out who won)

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Refreshments are always needed on busy days

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Research session was followed by Networking and OpenLL JAM session parallel to Appropriating Technology through Inclusive Pedagogy workshop.

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In the afternoon, we had a pleasure of listening to two Keynote speakers – Kim Sawchuk and Graham Carr

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We ended the first day with a welcome cocktail in our hands which was offered by Concordia University

Day 2 also known as “Conference, Pitching & Networking Day”

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After attending Shintaido class and followed by Day 2 registrations, we attended the Official Welcoming to OpenLL16.

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At the Discussion panel 1 we learned about Living Lab network as human-centric and citizen-driven open innovation and experimentation platform

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Time to refuel!

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Presentation by Ilary Lindy on Urban Innovation in the World Bank work

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Presentation by Gabrielle Dew on European- Canadian collaboration (Era-CAN+) in Research and Innovation.

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In the afternoon OpenLL16 participants could choose between three activities

  1. Networking sprint and pitching

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2. Agile Piloting to accelerate urban service development

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3. Co-designing board / digital game for inter-generational learning

For the final activity of the day, we had Glam Games – Game Jam

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OpenLL16 participants then either joined Cité Mémoire – walk around Montreal or had a cocktail with Francophonie Living Labs

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Learning and co-creating on Day 3

In terms of how many workshops were offered on this particular Thursday, we could say that day 3 was the busiest day! Here is a quick summary in pictures

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There were also plenty of fun, educative activities

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On the last night of OpenLL16 we had a Social Dinner to celebrate ENoLL’s 10th anniversary.
& We welcomed 10th wave of ENoLL members

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…last “activity” of the day. Party in SAT Montreal

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Final day: more learning and co-creation sessions & closing session

Until lunch break OpenLL16 participants were attending workshops and walking through a Poster Forest

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hopefully the following question is clear to all #OpenLL16 participants

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Closing session:

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At the closing session we saw Saul Polo, Tuija Hirvikoski and Gohar Sargsyan speaking

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Best Paper Award 2016

Best paper award of OpenLL2016 goes to “Towards FALL: a Framework for Agile Living Lab projects ” author Tanguy Coenen from iMinds Living Labs.

The award was presented at the Open Living Lab Days 2016 in Montreal.



Living lab methods need to enhance reactivity to changing requirements as these appear in a project. Agile methods allow for quick reactivity, but have been critiqued for not taking the end-user perspective enough into account. We describe how to blend living lab methodologies with agile methods and to this end present a Framework for Agile Living Lab projects (FALL). To make it actionable, a number of principles and actor roles are proposed. With concrete examples from living lab practice and a discussion of the theoretical basis, this paper is relevant to both academics and practitioners. Being rooted in Design Science Research, it follows this discipline’s tradition of generating practical recommendations based on theory.

As a rather young and recent phenomenon, Living Labs create numerous challenges and issues to be tackled by both scholars and practitioners. It is necessary to add to both the theoretical and practical knowledge on Living Labs in order to advance the learning in this field. Within the OpenLivingLab Days a call for papers was launched to address both conceptual and empirical challenges and stimulate discussion on a number of Living Lab related topics.

What is a Best Paper Award?

Veli-Pekka Niitamo Prize for best academic contribution has been established in 2013 in memory of Veli-Pekka ͚Vellu͛ Niitamo, the Father of the Living Lab movement, long standing member of the ENoLL Council and one of the founding members of the ENoLL Association.

How is the best paper selected?

The laureate for the best paper award selected based on the votes of both the Scientific Committeeand conference participants. The prize was given based upon the initial reviewers marks but also the votes of all the participants collected in a co-creation manner during the event. Each paper was reviewed by two or three reviewers for neutrality purposes. Criteria according to which the best paper was chosen is: 

  • Background and Significance
  • Readability
  • Originality / Novelty (contribution)
  • Research (design/method)

You can read all of the papers that were submitted for Best Paper Award in Conference Proceedings: LINK

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You can find out more about the selection procedure by clicking on the Best paper award presentation

Concordia turns 42

Concordia University was formed 42 years ago – on 24 August 1974 when Montreal’s Loyola College and Sir George Williams University officially joined forces.

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You can read more about Concordia’s story on the following link:


Experimental Activity: Co-designing board/digital games for intergenerational learning

Participatory game design in intergenerational contexts

This experimental is to LEARNSHARE and BUILD FUTURES


Wednesday 24th of August from 14h00 to 17h00




Participatory game design fosters the ability to promote inclusivity and strengthen social solidarity among diverse groups. The participatory game design is a process aiming to engage end-users not only as a players or testers but as active participants of the game design decision process. The process and experience of collaborating on a game design project provides participants with meaningful, fulfilling experiences that may bring them closer together and help raise critical awareness of the lived experiences of other individuals and groups, specifically related to seniors and technology in this context.

The main objective of this workshop is to examine how through collaborative and participatory methods, seniors and students work together to examine perceptions of seniors on technologies, modes of usage, older and newer technology, and ageism and technology. These themes are incorporated in the design and creation of the digital game. Furthermore, we will explore and bring forward how intergenerational dynamics in terms of seniors’ interest and usage of technologies contribute to the creation of the games, and ways in which seniors themselves co-design the games collaboratively with the students.

The expected outcome is twofold: first participants will learn the basic mechanics of coding for Scratch . Scratch is a cloud based visual programming software used to create interactive stories, games, and animations. Second, participants will engage in a co-design process that focuses on intergenerational perspective son gaming design and development


Education, Intergerational leaning, game design, participatory methods


Scratch is a cloud based visual programming software used to create interactive stories, games, and animations developed by Mitch Resnick of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT’s Media Lab. The first iteration of Scratch was developed in 2002 and since has become a popular entry-level platform for several educational settings working with programming language.

Often overlooked is how Scratch can be used in intergenerational and collaborative settings for learning. Our workshop explores that gap between accessible programming software and intergenerational and collaborative game design. Participants of all ages will learn basic Scratch and collaboratively develop games based on themes.

During the first half of the workshop participants were guided through a basic introduction to Scratch; groups will then be formed on the basis that each one had to have representative age groups; prompts will be handed out and groups will spend the rest of the time designing and developing their games.

This research project is funded as a pilot study by a SSHRC partnership grant Ageing, Communication, Technologies (ACT): Experiencing a Digital World in Later Life (PI: Dr. Kim Sawchuk). The research project aims to develop a shared perspective on the experiences on intergenerational participatory game design.

Who should attend? Living Lab Managers and Living Lab practitioners

Capacity: 15-20 people

(Expected duration: half a day)

Session facilitators:

Dr. Giuliana Cucinelli, CONCORDIA University

Dr.Ann-Louise Davidson, CONCORDIA University

Margarida Romero, Universite de Laval

We are pleased to announce a new extended deadline for the call for papers for OpenLivingLab Days 2016. The new deadline for submission is the 25th APRIL 2016.

Please find all details about the call below:

OpenLivingLab Days 2016 brings together both academics and managers from fields of innovation and fields applying Living Labs and Living Laboratories to explore the benefits Living Labs provide for a variety of stakeholders. The 4th edition of the Living Lab Research Day at the OpenLivingLab Days conference hosted in collaboration with Concordia University and Communautique is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to:

  • Bring together a state-of-the-art review of Living Lab concepts and their usage both for managers and scholars
  • Strengthen Living Labs as an area of innovation
  • Assess new trends, current challenges and developments of Living Labs in collaboration with a large network of researchers and practitioners
  • Co-create new disruptive innovation models
  • Establish strong connections with other emerging disciplines in order to develop collaborations for future research, innovation projects and initiatives.

The submitted papers can focus on, without being limited to, the following topics:

  • Theoretical insights from Living Lab research. Frameworks and paradigms for Living Labs
  • Urban Living Labs and their contribution to developing Future Internet enabled services in Smart Cities
  • Impact of Living Labs: frameworks, measurement, best practice cases
  • Living Labs & Smart Cities
  • Living Labs in relation to other kind of collective innovation spaces (makerspaces, hackerspaces, Fab Labs, co-creation spaces or co-working spaces…) and tech Innovation ecosystems in cities
  • Living Labs domain specific cases (health, education, culture, environment, energy, food, logistics, mobility etc.) including failed Living Labs cases or initiatives
  • Openness and closeness in Living Lab networks
  • Policies, territorial innovation and Living Labs
  • International Property Right issues with users in Living Labs
  • Entrepreneurship and business models in Living Labs
  • Big data, data visualisation and Living Labs
  • Innovation paradoxes in Living Labs
  • Open Innovation 2.0
  • User innovation & Lead Users in Living Labs
  • Tools and methodologies for Living Labs
  • Citizen Design Science and Living Labs
  • Innovation and process drivers in Living Labs
  • Living Labs for social innovation
  • Management and orchestration of Living Labs and Living Lab networks
  • Living Labs & new social and technological paradigms
  • Scales and instruments for the measurement of Living Lab benefits

Accepted contributions will be published in the proceedings of OpenLivingLab Days 2016 with an ISBN number.

Format for full papers for OpenLivingLab Days:

  • Please submit your paper in .doc (Word Document) or .odt (Open Document/OpenOffice) format.
  • Indicate if your submission has been previously published elsewhere. This is to ensure that we do not infringe upon another publisher’s copyright policy.
  • Include a 1-paragraph abstract that provides the key messages you will be presenting in the paper
  • Include 3-5 keywords relating to the theme or topics covered by the paper
  • Provide a 2-3 paragraph conclusion that summarizes the article’s main points and leaves the reader with the most important messages
  • Include a 75-150 word biography of the author(s) & photo
  • The paper length should be between 2000 and 5000 words maximum
  • References should be made according to APA-style and included at the end of the paper in alphabetical order
  • All papers must be submitted in English

Submitting papers: Please submit your full final paper to with “Paper Submission for OpenLL16” as the email title by the new extended deadline of Monday the 25th of April 2016.

Submitted papers will be reviewed by referees assigned by the Scientific Steering Committee for acceptance or rejection. The Scientific Steering Committee is chaired by Professor Pieter Ballon, Director Living Living Labs at iMinds, Belgium, & International Secretary of the European Network of Living Labs. Papers submitted to OpenLivingLab Days 2016 will be evaluated on their appropriateness of theme for the conference, innovativeness, scientific quality and the final recommendation of the Scientific Steering Committee.

By submitting your paper, you are hereby authorizing ENoLL to publish your paper in the OpenLivingLab Days 2016 proceedings which will be part of the Research Day of OpenLivingLab Days in Montreal, Canada on Tuesday the 23rd of August 2016 hosted in collaboration with Concordia University and Communautique .

Collaboration with the TIM Review:

TIM Review

For the first time this year, ENoLL is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Technology Innovation Management Review (TIM Review) in order to offer the best papers submitted to OpenLivingLab Days 2016 the opportunity to be published in a special TIM Review dedicated to Living Labs.

The TIM Review is a free monthly publication providing quality and insightful content regarding the issues and emerging trends that are relevant to launching and growing technology businesses, and it focuses on the theories, strategies, and tools that help companies succeed. The TIM Review regularly publishes articles and research on Living Labs and this collaboration sees ENoLL and TIM come together for the first time to produce a Special Issue of the TIM Review on Living Labs due for publication in December 2016.

The guest editors of the Special Issue on Living Labs are Adjunct Prof. Seppo Leminen, Dr. Dimitri Schuurman, Prof. Mika Westerlund, Prof. Pieter Ballon. Along with Chris McPhee, Editor-in-Chief of the TIM Review, the guest editors will select papers for the special issue from among the conference papers.


Interested authors should note the following timetable of deadlines for the conference:

8th December 2015 Submissions for papers open
25 April 2016 Extended deadline for full paper submission
20 May 2016 Acceptance Notification
23 August 2016 Research Day at OpenLivingLab Days 2016 in Montreal
Additional deadlines for those papers selected for the TIM Review:
15 September 2016 Invitations to submit full papers to Technology Innovation Management Review
1 October 2016 Deadline to submit the revised version
15 October 2016 Preliminary acceptance/rejection
15 November 2016 Final acceptance of paper
15 December 2016 Publish papers in Technology Innovation Management Review

If you have further questions regarding this call for papers or OpenLivingLab Days 2016 please do not hesitate to contact the ENoLL Office;

Veli-Pekka Niitamo Prize

The Veli-Pekka Niitamo Prize for best academic contribution for OpenLivingLab Days has been established in memory of Veli-Pekka ‘Vellu’ Niitamo, the Father of the Living Lab movement, long standing member of the ENoLL Council, and one of the founding members of the ENoLL Association.

This prize will be given the best paper presented at the Research Day during the proceedings of OpenLivingLab Days.

Veli-Pekka Niitamo was a member of ENoLL Council for many years and as one of the founding members of the association, contributing actively to ENoLL meetings and policy work. He passed away in December 2012 and this prize has been set up in memory of the great work he did and the contributions he made.

Now it is your turn to transfer knowledge, find your peers and build future around emerging topics as OpenLivingLab Days 2016 opens its call for workshops.


As in previous editions we would like to invite our members, stakeholders and Living Lab practitioners to contribute and co-create the agenda of the conference by submitting a workshop proposal. Workshops will take place on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th of August on the last two days of the conference.

The theme of OpenLivingLab Days 2016 is “Citizen Driven Innovation: Developing the innovation system that empowers everyone to innovate.” We are looking for workshops that allow participants to advance learning, collaboration and discussions in relation to citizen and community-driven innovation. Potential workshops themes could include Health & Active/Creative Aging, Social innovation, Smart Cities, Regional Living Labs, Education, Living Lab methodologies etc.

Submitted workshop proposals should include title, type, objectives, theme and brief outline. They should facilitate active discussions and constructive interactions on current or emerging topics relevant to Living Labs.

Workshop proposals should be submitted by Thursday April 14th and will be evaluated by the OpenLivingLab Days Organising Committee based on various criteria including: quality and level of details of the proposed idea, theme of the workshop, its relevance to the conference theme, and the overall balance of the conference program.

For more information on the call and to submit your workshop proposals please use this form.

We are pleased to announce that early bird tickets for OpenLivingLab Days (23-26 August 2016) are now available for purchase!

Participants registering before the 1st of July 2016 benefit from a 15% discount on listed ticket prices which includes full access to the 4-day conference.

The agenda is currently in production but meanwhile you can consider submitting a paper on Living Labs for our Research Day.

Early Bird Tickets

Ticket prices below are the early bird rates which are available until the 1st of July 2016 with ENoLL members benefiting from preferential rates:.

Ticket Price
Early Bird Regular Participant Ticket $250,00 CAD
Early Bird Full Time Student Ticket (with proof) $125,00 CAD
Early Bird Day Pass $85,00 CAD

Please note that paying members of ENoLL benefit from a 40% discount on full participant tickets. This discount cannot be applied for student tickets. Apply your personal Living Lab discount code before the purchase of your ticket to benefit from this reduction. If you have not yet received your discount code please contact

Click the link below to purchase your ticket:

European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)

Read more about registrations, our cancellation policy and other requests like paying via bank transfer here.

We look forward to welcoming you at the biggest Living Lab gig of the year together with our hosts Communautique and Concordia University!