Nordic Baltic Programme on Living Labs
Seven countries in the Nordic-Baltic region have joined in an initiative named LILAN (Living Labs in the North) financed by NORDFORSK. The objective of this initiative is to establish Nordic-Baltic cooperation and a joint Innovation and R&D project funding programme within the field of living labs by the end of 2009.
LILAN wants to enhance Innovation by empowering users. LILAN will also increase the competiveness of organizations and improve people’s quality of life. This is done through funding of R&D projects involving people in everyday situations together with a structured setting of openly collaborating developing companies, researchers and public authorities.
Companies of today meet the challenge to be globally competitive and at the same time face the trends of individualization. Industry urge for new business models and innovation methods to stay successful. Correspondingly, citizens are facing an information society, where options are overwhelming and their choices influence not only their own wellbeing, but also the state of the planet.
To face the challenge, one way is the development of new products and/or services, secured on a wider market and offering solutions that meet people’s needs and play along with a desirable behavior. The LILAN initiative is convinced that there exist some characteristics in the Nordic-Baltic region on which one may build such development.
Photo by Jose Maria Cuellar
NordForsk has made their final decision about funding projects in Call one. Information about the projects can be found here.