Building from debates previous to and part of G-STIC 2017, ENoLL and its members recognized the present opportunity to broaden the discussion on the role and potential of Living Labs as mechanisms of open and user-driven innovation in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. For this reason, this year’s edition of Open Living Lab Days (OLLD) will centre on the interaction of Living Labs and the Sustainable Development Goals.
As described by the United Nations Development Programme, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
Taking full advantage of its extensive network, OLLD’18 is materialized in Geneva within a rich ecosystem of actors. OLLD’18 will allow discussing policy developments with high-level speakers from the United Nations, the European Union and local and regional governments. Participants will also engage in research sessions with experts from across leading institutions and fields at CERN, the University of Geneva, HES.SO and beyond. Moreover, participants will experience and share knowledge with Living Labs through more than 20 dedicated workshops as well as site visits suggested by the Geneva Innovation ecosystem.