D5.10: Trondheim Innovation Lab Solutions Catalogue

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The deliverable D5.10: Trondheim Innovation Lab Solutions Catalogue was submitted by Trondheim Kommune (TK), with contributions from NTNU, SE, RK, and TE in December 2021. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable at the end for download:

“This report is a catalogue of energy-related Innovation Lab Solutions, which have been developed and tested in Innovation Playgrounds in the Lighthouse City (LHC) Trondheim. Innovation Playgrounds are designated areas of a city where different physical and virtual places and activities relating to innovation are brought together to facilitate collaboration, empower citizens, and find new ways of addressing challenges that matter to people. Innovation Playgrounds in LHC Trondheim have focused on co-creation between business, public sector, academia and local residents.

An Innovation Playground includes a System (consisting of places, activities, data and enabling mechanisms), a Journey (which requires observation, sense-making, co-design and
prototyping) and Localisation (to bring various places and activities together in a coherent structure). The methods that have been employed to develop and test solutions in LHC Trondheim include:

● Ideations, competitions and games (which led to the generation of ideas, initiatives and proposals)

● Co-creation and learning workshops (which led to the development of policies, strategies shared understanding of tasks and collaboration agreements)

● Festivals and special events (which contributed to wider engagement, dissemination of ideas and promotion of Positive Energy Blocks/Districts)

Innovation Playgrounds in LHC Trondheim have used these methods to test and develop 13 innovation solutions, featured in the Catalogue of Innovation Lab Solutions (Section 4 of this report). The Catalogue features technical and social solutions ranging from energy trading platforms and green mobility apps to youth sustainability workshops and energy board games. These solutions have been demonstrated in LHC Trondheim, and have the potential for upscaling and replication outside of the demonstration areas.

In LHC Trondheim, the most successful testing of innovation solutions occurred where co-creation between business, public sector, academia and local residents was felt the strongest. For example, the Mobee mobility app solution required the formation of an advisory board across sectors, partnerships and data from mobility companies and user testing with students and local residents. This type of solution had a clear objective (to improve access to green mobility options) and received high levels of media attention and public support.

To replicate these results across the +CityxChange project, it is important to consider the intended impact of the solution, the business case for implementing such a solution and the partnerships and resources required to make it happen. In this way, LHC Trondheim, and Follower Cities across Europe, can co-create the future we want to live in.”

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