Last July 8, CENTA held the virtual workshop “Open Water Living Lab: towards an open innovation model in the water sector” with the objective to share the context in which the TWIST Spanish Living Lab will operate, its approach, user community profiles, functional dynamics, etc.
Since Living Labs do not respond to a specific, exportable and standardized model, their configuration depend on the context in which they are developed, the infrastructure, the actors involved and the objectives. Therefore, the participation and involvement of all the parties involved from the early stages of its creation will undoubtedly facilitate the process.
For the implementation of the Spanish Living Lab, Open Water Living Lab – OWL2 , it is necessary to define its constituent and differentiating elements and establish its operational mechanisms. Especially relevant is the relationship of actors who will be involved in the Living Lab and who will shape its user community, since these will depend on the innovative processes carried out, the objectives, the relationship models, etc. Thus, the workshop has been divided into two axes:
- Analysis of the context (physical, technical and social) of the OWL2
- Definition and objectives of the OWL2
The participants have shared their visions, the results of their experiences and the lessons learned, as well as their reflections, all of which have contributed to the configuration of the Open Water Living Lab CENTA.
The workshop had the participation of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), researchers from the Universities of Seville and Cádiz, IMDEA Agua and representatives of companies, administrations and civil society, such as EMASESA, FACSA, Technological Corporation of Andalusia (CTA), the Provincial Council of Granada, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, will participate. Fisheries and Sustainable Development (Junta de Andalucía), the Botín Foundation Observatory and Infoaguasresiduales.
The results of the workshop will can be consulted HERE.