The “Biomedical Technology/ Engineering and Living Labs” Workshop, was successfully organized by the Hellenic Society for Biomedical Technology (ELEVIT) and the Lab of Medical Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). The workshop took place at AUTH premises in Thessaloniki, Greece, on March 1st 2016.

Living labs are both practice-driven organizations that facilitate and foster open, collaborative innovation, as well as real-life environments or arenas where both open innovation and user innovation processes, can be studied and subject to experiments, and where new solutions are developed. This unique capability enables living labs to generate concrete, tangible innovations based on user and community contributions, and at the same time to advance understanding of open and user innovation principles and processes. 

The workshop served as a meeting point to discuss ways to achieve much needed developments in the domain of health in order to create open, flexible co-creation and experimentation environments for quick tests in the field of health to support businesses in Europe, bridging the gap between research and market.

Τhe event was chaired by Professor Panagiotis Bamidis (AUTH), president of ELEVIT. Ms. Ana Garcia, Director of the European Network of Livings Labs (ENoLL), presented a “Living Lab network for pan-European experiments and prototypes for new markets”.  

Professor Eva Kehayia  (McGill University & CRIR) spoke about “Innovation and Technology for participation and inclusion in the RehabMALL”. 

Mr. Juan Bertolin, Chief Innovation & Project Officer at Espaitec introduced “The essence of Co-fostering competitiveness through Open Innovation Generation: Living Labs”. 

Dr. Evdokimos Konstantinidis (AUTH) presented “The Active and Healthy Ageing Living Lab in Thessaloniki”.

The last presentation was delivered by Professor Leontios Hadjileontiadis (AUTH), member of the ELEVIT Board, concerning “iPrognosis for Parkinson’s care: the need for distributed pilots and living labs“.