What is Apollon?
One of the main strengths of the Living Lab approach is its ability to merge research and innovation processes with the local, real-life context. Over the past years, an increasing number of Living Labs have started operations throughout Europe, and are forming a vibrant and still growing community.
It is clear that networking and federation at a European scale is needed in order to fully leverage the strength of these locally embedded labs. Current initiatives focus e.g. on the exchange of general principles and best practices for individual Living Labs.
The APOLLON project will take the next step in networking and harmonising Living Lab approaches throughout Europe.
The Next Step
The APOLLON project will take the next step in networking and harmonising Living Lab approaches throughout Europe. It will evaluate the positive impact of domain-specific cross-border Living Lab networks.
This approach enables SMEs to test and experiment their products and services outside of their home market and gain access to a true European market space, while being supported by large industrial companies, academic centres and other Living Lab stakeholders.
APOLLON selected four domains in which ICT products and services innovation may benefit most from cross-border Living Lab networking: Homecare, Energy Efficiency, eManufacturing and eParticipation through Social Media.
The main objectives of the APOLLON project are
- to conduct cross-border Living Lab pilots, aimed in particular at SMEs,
- to harmonise methodologies and tools for cross-border Living Lab projects, and
- to create sustainable cross-border domain-specific Living Lab networks.