Helsinki Living Lab

Future Innovation Environment


What is a Living Lab?

Future Innovation Environment

A Living Lab is a system for building the future innovation environment in which real-life user-driven research and innovation will be a normal co-creation technique for new products, services and social infrastructure. This human-based involvement enables the development of useful new services and products. A Living Lab takes advantage of pools of creative talent, socio-cultural diversity, and the unpredictability of inventiveness and imagination of end-users.

A Living Lab

Living Labs quadify different stakeholders in cooperation, bringing together Enablers, Utilizers, Developers and Users. These co-creators include the public sector, business and science parks, incubators, universities, companies and, of course, the end-user communities, both non-professional and professional.

Real World Testing

Living Labs use real world testing by end-users in an authentic digital, physical, and social environment. For Living Lab partners, this process ensures that emerging technologies, and the innovative products and services they enable, are fully developed before they reach the market.

The Origins of the Living Lab

The Living Lab concept was developed by Professor William J. Mitchell, of the MIT Media Lab and School of Architecture. In constantly evolving social and work environments, Professor Mitchell proposed user-centric research methods in real life environments to identify and build prototypes, and to evaluate multiple solutions.