Living labs as instruments for business and social innovation in rural areas

Hans Schaffers, Christian Merz, Javier Garcia Guzman

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This paper presents results of the living labs methodology as applied to rural development. Within the C@R project, seven living labs have been launched in various regions in Europe and South-Africa. A collaborative platform has been developed to support rural communities' collaboration. The architecture of this platform is based on open service oriented architecture and allows for reusing and sharing services and applications. The paper demonstrates the validation and use of this platform, integrating various tools for various user communities, in different living labs settings. A common methodology has been designed to support the living labs launch, operation, experimentation and monitoring process. The paper presents results and evaluation of the living labs methodology. Particular focus is on the impacts of the living labs approach on the innovation process and on rural development in the different rural settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 IEEE International Technology Management Conference, ICE 2009
ISBN (Electronic)9780853582595
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventIEEE International Technology Management Conference - Grand Hotel Huis Ter Duin, Leiden, Netherlands
Duration: 22 Jun 200924 Jun 2009


ConferenceIEEE International Technology Management Conference
Abbreviated titleICE


  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Living labs
  • Rural Development
  • Systems

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