The living lab model of the future

The use of tools such as Harmonization Cube (HCENoLL) and Regulatory Sandbox offers a great opportunity for private living labs today. These tools allow innovative companies to test and develop products and services in a controlled and regulated environment, making it easier to identify potential issues early and to adaptat to legal and regulatory requirements.

However, using these tools also presents some challenges. One of the main challenges is to ensure that legal and regulatory requirements are met at every stage of the process, which can be complicated in a rapidly changing technology environment. In addition, it is essential that companies use these tools effectively to achieve successful results, which requires a solid strategy and good project management.

In conclusion, the use of HCENoLL and RS can be a valuable strategy for private living labs, provided that the challenges are properly addressed. Therefore, in the part of the project, we worked on a new development model for living labs with the use of these methodologies and a roadmap for a successful implementation.

How did we define a roadmap for implementation of the new living lab model?

As part of the research, a study was carried out during the “From Idea to Sustainable Businessworkshop. We use this knowledge and experience to outline a roadmap for living labs to successfully implement the Living Lab generic Model. The study was conducted through a survey with over 30 questions, with participants providing invaluable information about their living labs.

The workshop was hosted and organized by CIRCE Technology Centre. For the workshop, researchers, representatives of industry and policymakers, user associations and other stakeholders were invited to encourage the use and make the most of living lab spaces for activities such as exhibitions, training courses, industrial reports, innovation projects, etc. Several activities were carried out that made it possible to compile the information available to evaluate the application of the HCEnoll and RS methodologies in other Living Labs in the public and private sectors.

To this end, activities triggered a dialogue to discuss with LL managers how to implement the elaborated approach, learn more about the services and opportunities available to LLs to capitalize on within the LLU network and compile information on the main results of the application of the methodologies.

What have we achieved?

We have developed an Implementation Roadmap for Living Labs based on those methodologies:                                                   
1. Draft an initial characterization of your living lab, including early ideas and assumptions.
2. Create an ecosystem map that includes all actors you currently have access to.
3. Use the template provided in T3.1.0 to identify the roles of these actors according to the Open Innovation ecosystem (provided in Annex C).
4. Select your living lab project topic , along with the global challenges, problems, industries, and operational fields that you want to focus on and contribute to.
5. Identify the presence or absence of a Regulatory Sandbox in your industry.
6. Shift your mindset from a need-based approach to a problem-based approach.
7. Conduct a survey of the stackholders you have access to in order to understand their shortterm challenges and current difficulties.
8. Identify who the Challenge Owners and Solution Providers are in your ecosystem.
9. Bring value to the challenge owner by proposing their involvement in a cocreation project that includes all the necessary actors needed for each role in the open innovation ecosystem.
10. Address these problems and clearly identify your Key Exploitable Results (KERs) from the cocreation project.
11. Use the Acceleration cards to conduct a selfassessment and ensure that all issues are covered.