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PACA Labs programme


Regional programme in support of user centered innovation processes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France



Contact person:



UHLMANN  Rodolphe
ARII-PACA
ruhlmann@arii-paca.fr
 

URL: http://emergences-numeriques.regionpaca.fr/innovation-et-economie-numeriques/programme-paca-labs-2014-2020.html

Link of the GP to the RIS3 steps:



Step 5. Establishment of suitable policy mixes

 

Location:



Country: France                  Name of the region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur                          NUTS Level: 2      



Description of the GP:


User innovations place the needs and behavior of the end user at the heart of the innovation design processes. This user-led approach is applicable to any form of innovation and is one of the priorities of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur’s Regional Innovation Strategy.

Since 2008, the regional programme PACA Labs supports innovation dynamics through user innovation by involving local entrepreneurs, institutions of research and higher education as well as user communities who wish to set up experimental projects.  The PACA Labs programme makes users active participants in innovation activities and allows to develop with them new concepts, products and services that truly meet their needs.

Organisations involved in the PACA Labs governance:

  • Usage Lab :Telecom ParisTech
  • Think Tank : Fing
  • Digital Cluster : SCS Cluster
  • The regional Innovation Agency : ARII PACA
  • The Regional Council

 

For the period 2014-2020 PACA Labs programme has three main features:

 

 

PART 1: INNOVATE WITH YOUR MARKET

Supports Experimentation and Co-Design of Innovative Solutions

  • Collaborative Projects
  • For SME
  • Partnership with Social Science Lab
  • User community
  • Territory
  • Market driven experimentation of Product or Service
  • 240k€ grant/1 year max.

 

 

 

 

PART 2: « LIVING LABS »

Develops User Centric spots (Labs) and User Centric Innovation Services

  • Manage a Regional Network of Labs
  • Finance Infrastructures of Labs
  • No more Studies
  • Up to 300k€ / project
  • Private Initiatives

 

 

 

 

 

PART 3: PACA LIGHTS

Fosters Disruptive Innovation

  • Focus on Disruptive innovation
  • Social Challenges (Transport, Energy, Health Care, Education, …)
  • Bar Camp to prepare the Challenges
  • One Call per Year / One Challenge
  • Pitch Competition
  • 2k€ Award / Idea
  • 2nd Pitch Competition
  • 10k€ Award / Idea

 

Challenges addressed by the GP:


 
- Ensuring there is no gap in the innovation chain
- Understand and take into account companies needs


Impact and beneficiaries:


For the period 2008-2014: 53 projects have been financed

Smart Objects / IoT

29

RFID Applications

26

On Line Services

19

Interactive Terminals

12

3D / Augmented reality

7

Serious games

7


Requirements and limitations:


The main challenge is to set a multi-diciplinary competences governance and project teams
   

Funding source:



For the period 2008-2014: total funding of 13,5 M€ of which 6,1 M€ by the Regional Council and 2,1 M€ by ERDF.

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