Call for Workshops at OpenLivingLab Days 2017

As in previous editions ENoLL would like to invite its members, stakeholders and Living Lab practitioners to contribute and co-create the agenda of the conference by submitting a workshop proposal. Workshops will take place during the 2017 edition of OpenLivingLab Days, held in Krakow (Poland) from 29 August to 1 September.

We are looking for workshops that help participants advance in learning basics of community-driven innovation, discuss and shape up future collaborations.

Important dates

April 3, 2017: Official launch of 2017 Call for workshops

April 28, 2017: Workshop proposal deadline (EXTENDED - read below)

May 5, 2017: Extended proposal deadline

May 30, 2017: Acceptance notification

Content and format

We invite applicants to submit workshop proposals for one of the 5 workshop tracks below: health, circular economy, policy, design and smart cities. Every track will be composed of 3 workshops for a total of 15 Learning by doing workshops.


Every accepted workshop submission will contribute to one of the 5 tracks by investigating one of the steps below: 


  • Ideation and concept design (exploration): Workshop organisers will overview how to gain as much info as possible on underlying project circumstances, but also how to mix different competencies and stakeholders to brainstorm efficiently and conceptualise the product/service
  • Innovating through co-creation (experimental): These workshops will delve into Living Lab methodologies and describe how to involve actors of the quadruple helix and end users to design a better product/service in a co-creative and iterative way, with an eye on sustainability and openness
  • Innovation adoption and evaluation (evaluation): The third horizontal block of workshops will study how to introduce innovations to target groups and assess their potential on the market. As importantly, insights on Living Lab performance analysis will be given to help demonstrate effectiveness of LL methodologies


We will use the maturity of innovation as a variable. Based on Jespersen (2008):

  • idea: (the innovation is still an idea and does not exist in any material form yet)
  • concept (the innovation idea has developed into an innovation concept that explains how the innovation will function)
  • prototype (the innovation has materialised in some kind of prototype which demonstrates the basic functionalities) 
  • pre-launch (the innovation has been developed in the form of a Minimum Viable Product, but has not been launched on the market)
  • launch (the innovation is launched in the market)
  • post-launch (the innovation is already on the market)

The workshops will be recoded into three categories which are also used to describe the type of Living Lab projects;


  • exploration (indicating a project where the innovation starts at the idea of concept stage and ends in the idea or concept stage)
  • experimental (a project that includes the prototype stage)
  • evaluation (projects that start at the pre-launch stage or later) 


The following table summarizes the three workshop types:  


Participants will follow the learning curve: 

learning curve

Final aim is to propose 15 workshops covering 5 key domains for Living Labs worldwide, and offer participants useful tools for the efficient running of Living Lab projects from concept design to prototyping, from innovation design to go-to-market and final assessment.

The Evaluation Committee will give priority to hands-on, co-creative workshops involving participants in collaborative activities.

We encourage applicants to team up with other Labs when proposing a session! 

In addition to the 15 “Learning by doing” workshops, ENoLL accepts other workshop ideas on different topics. Please note that only a few number extra-workshops will be accepted, so we strongly encourage you to apply to the “Learning by doing” track first as this will be the key workshop programme for 2017. 


Please send your submission to Submitted workshop proposals should include:

• Title and workshop number you are applying to (see table above)

• Abstract

• Brief outline including format, objectives, expected outcomes. Overview the methodologies and exercises you want to use to engage audience

• Schedule

• Please specify which ENoLL active member you represent (if any)

• Info on workshop organisers

• Bibliographic references (if any)

Applications should not go beyond 2 Word pages. CVs can be attached to introduce workshop organisers’ profiles. Every applicant can submit a max. number of 2 workshop applications. 

Workshop proposals will be evaluated by the OpenLivingLab Days Organising Committee based on various criteria including: quality and level of details of the proposed idea, theme of the workshop, its relevance to the Call for workshops and the overall balance of the conference program.