URBAN INNO addresses the challenge of making central Europe more innovative and competitive by maximising the innovation potential of smaller and medium sized urban ecosystems. A significantly better linkage of actors within urban innovation ecosystems (public authorities, research organizations, industry as well as end-users respectively customers and citizens) is needed for a better use of innovation potentials. Public and private sectors recognise that there is especially a significant gap in the field of participation in innovation processes from people as citizens and as users and customers. Many smart solutions, technologies and services are not used widely because of the lack of knowledge and motivation or acceptance of end-users.

URBAN INNO focuses on maximising innovation potentials of urban ecosystems through:

  • Better linking actors in innovation systems by establishing and interlinking quadruple helix clusters and networks in the partner regions; and 
  • Developing and implementing new participatory methods and tools to engage end-users in innovation processes with the objective to have educated and motivated users. 

URBAN INNO will be implemented in small-medium sized urban ecosystems in central Europe with strong replication potential due to the big number of similar-sized cities in the EU. Quadruple-helix networks will be established and regional/urban innovation action plans developed (setup of demo centres and testbeds for industry). In parallel, new participatory methods and tools will be developed and tested in pilot projects. Participative urban environments will substantially improve their innovation performance with the established innovation environment. A transnational cooperation strategy and platform will provide all interested regions the best available participatory tools and qualified facilitators and best practice will enable transfer and exchange of urban innovation models and practices throughout central Europe.

project activities

WPT1 Setting-up quadruple-helix urban innovation clusters/networks in target regions

WPT2 Development of a toolbox of smart participatory methods

WPT3 Implementing and evaluating (Smart) participatory methods in urban innovation processes (pilots)
WPT4 Transnational urban innovation cooperation strategy

WPT1 Setting-up quadruple-helix urban innovation clusters/networks in target regions  - the objective is to establish 5 new urban innovation quadruple helix (UI4) clusters with the support of mentoring partners in Rijeka (HR), Hartberg (AT), Vas County (HU), Kielce (PL) and Kosice (SK). The newly established UI4 clusters will elaborate urban innovation action plans (UIAPs) for implementation Development of a toolbox of smart participatory methods.

The objective of WP2 is to identify and further develop participatory methods and tools with the aim to generate SMART USERs of ublic and private services and technologies. Results of this WP will provide solutions for quadruple-helix clusters to engage citizens  and/or customers into the innovation process  in the field of urban development.

WP3 Implementing and evaluating (Smart) participatory methods in urban innovation processes (pilots) - innovative solutions in urban environments should be developed in close cooperation with end–users (citizens-customers-civil societies) and private sector (investors) to make them operational and commercially viable. Participatory methods and tools will be tested in different scenarios - pilots in the field of mobility (Voralberg), energy (Karlsruhe, Pinkafeld, Hartberg), smart user and smart user/ innovative governance (Trento and Maribor), agriculture (Kosice), integrated infrastructure (Rijeka) and SMEs economic growth (Kielce, Vas County). 

The objective of the WP4 Transnational urban innovation cooperation strategy is to define a transnational urban innovation cooperation strategy, relevant to the development of smart urban innovation quadruple-helix (UI4) clusters and their ecosystems in the project areas.

PROJECT DURATION

Start Date

01.06.2016.

End Date

31.05.2019.

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