- about us
1. Living Lab description
The Living Lab de Montréal is a citizen-led innovation center founded by entrepreneur-minded individuals, designers and innovators from various fields: technology, sustainable development, urban studies, etc. Corporate or institutional organizations may buy a yearly subscription to support Living Lab de Montréal activities and projects.
In 2010, the Living Lab de Montréal was the first to involve bike-sharing users into a field study on citizen mobility (“BixiWiki 2.0”). Innovation and co-creation were the hallmarks of this user experiment, from the various way users created mapping mash-ups to track their bike trips to their use of a Wiki to record and share the experimental data.
In 2011, and again in 2012, the Living Lab de Montréal organized the first Open Forum on urban transportation in Montréal, bringing together citizens, public services, universities and start-ups to explore what can be done to help reduce urban congestion in the city. The Montréal TranspoCamp was a huge success bringing together over 150 people each time. After meeting and befriending young entrepreneurs and start-ups, public transit authorities agreed to release and share their data with the community.
Since 2014, the Living Lab de Montréal studies the effect of telecommuting on urban congestion. Specifically, we are gathering coworking space operators, coworking users, universities, governments and real-estate owners to help us to understand new office space usage and optimization.
Currently, the Living Lab de Montréal is developing a pilot project, The Interspace Network (“Réseau Interlieux”), a proposed network of coworking centers (“shared workplaces”) allowing citizens to choose where and when they want to work, from Monday to Sunday, 24 hours a day, on an on-demand basis, anywhere in cities, suburbs and country towns.
We are inviting users of existing shared spaces through their current space operators to participate to cocreation workshops. Already, HEC-Montréal students contributed to a 30-hour seminary during the Winter 2015 session. In 2016, we plan to implement e-access equipment and software in designated coworking places to field-test a prototype with end-users.
Offering shared offices at this scale may seem challenging, but the first step forward is primarily a social experiment aimed at measuring the real and untold demand for such services in the near future, a reality that most countries will have to deal with if it materializes.
3. Living Lab methods and tools:
The Living Lab de Montréal uses a range of tools and activities to involve users and partners: open forums, cocreation workshops, prototyping, usability tests, etc. A key factor of user involvement is value creation: does the product/service helps them to achieve their goal, to solve their problems or to increase their benefit?
4. Your living lab or project in a box
The Living Lab de Montréal studies the effect of telecommuting on urban congestion. Specifically, we are gathering coworking space operators, coworking users, universities, governments and real-estate owners to help us to understand new office space usage and optimization.