- about us
LLio is based in Rivière-du-Loup (Quebec, Canada) with a first base in Eastern Quebec. The LLio is a generalist living lab, conducting projects in various fields, especially (as for now) tourism, rural and regional development and organisational development. As a LL linked to an institution of higher education, LLio is doing research in open innovation, co-creation and user involvement. In addition to promoting consideration of users’ needs and ideas, we boost the innovation capability of users and stakeholders. As an example, our tourism project provides tangible evidence of such enhanced capability (Lapointe, D. et al., The living lab approach to raise innovation capability among tourism practitioners. Tourism Dimensions, June 2015). In addition to LL projects, we facilitate collaborative innovation with organizations in meetings and events.
Finally, the LLio is very efficient at effecting transfers. Indeed, the whole process facilitates engagement of all the participants involved, allowing instant and lasting transfer. Obviously, as processes are also analysed by the LLio, we have the opportunity to study and publish on these topics.
References and Track Record
Examples of living lab projects of the LLio :
We play an active role in bringing together Quebec living labs and French-language living labs. Accordingly, we held, in May 2015, a conference on shared research and open innovation issues involving at least eight Quebec living labs: http://www.acfas.ca/evenements/congres/programme/83/600/33/c. We are also part of a three-year France–Quebec funding agreement aimed at promoting partnerships between Quebec and French living labs.