Dublin Living Lab secures membership of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL).

Dublin has secured membership of the prestigious European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). ENoLL is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide; it is a community of Living Labs with a sustainable strategy for enhancing innovation on a systematic basis. The overall objective is to contribute to the creation of a dynamic European innovation system.
Under the auspices of The Green Way its founders submitted a collective application for the Dublin Living Lab. The Dublin Living Lab is there to support companies in pre-commercial testing of new technology or services in the cleantech sector. It’s a collection of public infrastructure – buildings, networks (energy, water, transport) and street lighting owned, operated and managed by founders of The Green Way. The Dublin Living Lab allows innovators to test in a real environment. Users – or potential consumers –try out the technology or service and give feedback, thus helping to shape the new products, services and processes. This co-creation drives innovation and productivity.
Welcoming the announcement, President of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Prof. Brian Norton said: This is a wonderful success and places Dublin in a global ecosystem of innovators. At DIT we have a strong track record in innovation and R&D, and membership of ENoLL allows us to share our experience and also allows us to learn from global experts in the emerging thematics of smart cities and cleantech. In addition to sharing knowledge we are committed to collaborate with innovators that wish to test new technology or services at new campus at Grangegorman, ultimately supporting Irish organisations to generate job opportunities. Adding to this comment, Prof. Norton said: DIT is partnering with Dublin City Council (DCC) on a Horizon 2020 Smart Cities Project. The purpose of the project is to better understand convergence of energy, ICT and transport between Grangegorman campus and housing owned by DCC. Insight from the ENoLL community will be invaluable in this endeavour.
Commenting on this success, President of Dublin City University, Prof. Brian MacCraith said: Being part of ENoLL underpins DCU’s role as the University of Enterprise and our commitment to industry engagement in order to support research, development and innovation which can better cater for societal needs. Our recently opened Innovation Campus typifies this commitment; it is home to dynamic and innovative companies and acts as a test-bed where new technologies and solutions can be demonstrated and verified in partnership with co-located DCU researchers.
Ronan King, Chairman of The Green Way added: The Dublin Living Lab is a manifestation of academic, industrial and public sector leaders that wish to work together to support economic development. It will open up opportunities for the Irish cleantech ecosystem to connect to a global innovation and research. Dublin city region is dynamic in its approach to economic development, and membership of ENoLL supports this approach. It is an important milestone in terms of international recognition. Adding this Aideen O’Hora, Executive Director of The Green Way said The Green Way is working with our founders, Enterprise Ireland and a consortium of companies to develop Guidelines for a Living Lab – a methodology for how one should use a living lab. We are continually connecting with a wider community of private sector collaborators that are willing to work open-up their asset base to test new technology in the cleantech sector.
Further details on ENoLL, The Green Way and testing technology or services in the Dublin Living Lab, please contact aohora@thegreenway.ie

About European Network of Living Labs European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) is the international federation of benchmarked Living Labs in Europe and worldwide. Founded in November 2006 under the auspices of the Finnish European Presidency, the network has grown in ‘waves’ up to this day. To this date, 7 Waves have been launched, resulting in over 340 accepted Living Labs. Dublin’s membership of ENoLL is part of an 8th Wave which will be announced at the 5th ENoLL Summer School to be held in Amsterdam from the 2nd to the 5th of September, 2014. http://www.openlivinglabs.eu/
About The Green Way  The Green Way was founded in 2010 when a number of key regional and national stakeholders and thought leaders identified an opportunity for Dublin City Region to promote job creation and green economic growth through the stimulation of the cleantech sector to take advantage of this emerging market. It is a collaborative cluster, located in Dublin, connecting companies, government and researchers to work together in the development, promotion and deployment of clean technology solutions. The founding partners of The Green Way include Ballymun Regeneration Ltd (BRL), Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), Dublin City Council (DCC), Dublin City University (DCU), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT),Fingal County Council (FCC), and North Dublin Chamber (NDCC). Corporate and strategic partners include ESB and Magnet Networks. www.thegreenway.ie

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