In connection to the celebration of the winners of the Nordic Independent Living Challenge (congratulations to AbleOn Medical for taking home the main prize!) the Nordic Business and Living Lab Alliance invited companies, municipalities, clusters and living labs to share their views on best practices and to take part in a discussion of how the Living Lab Alliance might contribute to the Nordic ecosystem.
The workshop brought together more than forty people and we, in the Living Lab Alliance, would like to extend a great thanks to all for actively participating. The workshop was initiated by a short presentation by project leader, Kristoffer Riis, of the purpose and idea behind the Living Lab Alliance. This was followed by a presentation by Harald Sundt-Ohlsen, head of section in Oslo municipality, who spoke about Oslo’s work on welfare technology and living labs. Lastly, Jon Ingar Kjenes, CEO of Motitech, gave a presentation of the company perspective when it comes to collaborating and testing solutions with municipalities across the Nordics countries.
The presentations where followed by a co-creation workshop with great discussion on e.g. the value of being able to compare test results across the Nordic countries, the potentials for Nordic collaboration, the wishes for Oslo when they are designing their living lab and the processes around this. The summaries, recommendations and conclusion for each workshop can be found in separate post by clicking the links below:
- The future Nordic collaboration – How can the interaction between companies, living labs and municipalities be improved – on a Nordic level?
- A Nordic Network of Living Labs
- The future Oslo – Welfare technology and living lab-activities in Oslo
- Access to the Nordic market – how might the Nordic Business & Living Lab Alliance assist companies?
- Open topic – discussion on tendering, living lab business models, test groups, involvement of civil society and innovation partnerships
Throughout the Autumn of 2016 and into 2017 we will be following up on all the great advice and input we received in the workshops. We will be looking to find great tools and methods for working with needs-driven innovation, screening and selecting products to test, test & evaluation methods. We will also be looking at creating a country info-sheet highlighting the major differences and similarities between the Nordic markets when it comes to health & care solutions – as well as providing a map and overview of Nordic living labs and their offerings. And last, but not least, we will be actively matching the needs in Nordic municipalities and living labs with the right type of solutions from companies.
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Would you like to be involved or have questions for the Nordic Living Lab Alliance? Contact one of your local representatives in the Living Lab Alliance or project leader Kristoffer Riis.