Smart Village Living Lab India


Dean, School of Applied Sciences, Kathjodi Campus, Campus 3, KIIT University, Patia, Bhubaneswar 751024, India.



Smart Village Living Lab is a network of Open Innovation enthusiasts from academia and business with its hub in a few villages in Odisha, a South Eastern State of India.

This project is locally coordinated by School of Applied Sciences, KIIT University, India; and very closely supported by experts from Finland, Belgium, UK and from other parts of India. The Rural Living Lab’s current focus is on Education, Water, Energy, Environment and Affordable Housing sectors. All activities are managed through student projects, in the end user driven, real life environment of the rural  communities and processed into knowledge through  Living Lab infrastructure.

This Living Lab has its strength in the following domains: Students are involved at all levels ranging from village schools to University level. Hence, percolation of innovation culture is faster and deeper in this framework. The location of the Living Lab offers several challenges and each can be taken up as a field of research in the Living Lab domain. Odisha is much resource rich but needs more innovation  in terms of science, technology and global connectivity to make it to the next level. Majority of its' population  are in the Base of Pyramid segments and Living Lab intervention aims to yield  local skill development, local entrepreneurship development and creation of science and technology knowledge empowered workforce.

References and Track Record

This Living Lab traces back its origin from academic outreach activities in the rural high schools in Odisha, with a mobile science laboratory, since 2005. With added scopes beyond education, Smart Village Living Lab presently has identified  many areas to create infrastructure in which villagers can avail the urban amenities without moving to the cities. It shall be the most effective way to bridge the rural-urban divide.