The living labs are experimentation and validation environments characterized by the early involvement of the users, who work together with the developers and other stakeholders, concluding in quick cycles of innovation (Garcia – Plaza, 2009)
According to the definition of the European Union, Livings Labs are centers to:
- Develop co-creation and co-design actions between users and the manufacturers
- Identify business opportunities by continuously observing the market and its actors, especially the users and their habits
- Create user communities with whom you can experiment new ideas
- Evaluate new concepts, products, and services according to the social-economic conditions of the targeted markets
H-Enea belongs to the European Network of Living Labs, a community that groups more than 340 centers in all Europe.