LILAN info

Nordic-Baltic Living Labs - The creation of a Nordic-Baltic Programme

Seven countries in the Nordic-Baltic region have joined in an initiative named LILAN (Living Labs in the North) financed by NORDFORSK. The objective of this initiative is to establish Nordic-Baltic cooperation and a joint Innovation and R&D project funding programme  within the field of Living Labs by the end of 2009.

LILAN wants to enhance Innovation by empowering users. LILAN will also increase the competiveness of organizations and improve people’s quality of life. This is done through funding of Innovation and R&D projects involving people in everyday situations together with a structured setting of openly collaborating developing companies, researchers and public authorities.

Companies of today meet the challenge to be globally competitive and at the same time face the trends of individualisation. Industry urge for new business models and Innovation methods to stay successful. Correspondingly, citizens are facing an information society, where options are overwhelming and their choices influence not only their own wellbeing but also for the rest of the world. 

To face the challenge, one way is the development of new products and/or services, secured on a wider market and offering solutions that meet people’s needs and play along with a desirable behavior. The LILAN initiative is convinced that there exist some characteristics in the Nordic- Baltic region on which one may build such development.