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General Information
Programme: 
2014-2020 INTERREG VB Central Europe
Project duration: 
Wednesday, 1 June, 2016 to Friday, 31 May, 2019
Total budget: 
€2.620.125
EU Contribution: 
€2.163.778
Partnership Composition: 
Organisation nameFunctionCountryWebsite linkECCP linkIs Cluster Organisation ?
City of Rijeka
Coordinator
Croatia
No
CyberForum e.V.
Partner
Germany
Yes
Inno AG
Partner
Germany
No
E-zavod
Partner
Slovenia
No
City of Maribor
Partner
Slovenia
No
Technical University of Kosice
Partner
Slovakia
No
TechnologyPark Kielce
Partner
Poland
No
Ericsson Nikola Tesla d.d.
Partner
Croatia
No
Pannon Business Network Association
Partner
Hungary
No
Forschung Burgenland GmbH
Partner
Austria
No
Fachhochschule Vorarlberg
Partner
Austria
No
Informatica Trentina Spa
Partner
Italy
No

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 recognize 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 maximizing 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.

Our project is funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme that encourages cooperation on shared challenges in central Europe. With 246 million Euro of funding from the European Regional Development Fund, the programme supports institutions to work together beyond borders to improve cities and regions in Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Development of a toolbox of smart participatory methods accomplished

Objective of this activity is to identify and further develop participatory methods and tools with the aim to generate SMART USERs of public 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. For efficient implementation of tools, this WP will provide a training process for facilitators in participating regions.

The main output is a smart urban innovation participatory methods toolbox.

The activities are structured as follows:

1) Analysis and capitalization of previous project results and inventory of existing available tools to test within pilots to avoid duplication of activities or costs.

2) Iterative adaptation of participatory methods and tools based on their test within pilot projects: short-comings of existing methodologies enhanced in accordance with experiences made in pilot projects.

Toolbox of SMART urban innovation participatory methods: