What's an I Living Lab?
I Living Labs are course units in a study programme (or extracurricular course units) in which teams of students set to work on a challenge. This challenge is a complex problem that confronts an entrepreneur, (non-profit) organisation or local government for example, for which there is no cut-and-dried solution and for which a solution can have a positive impact on the region they are located in.
The student teams working together over the course of several weeks in the I Living Lab have the benefit of profiting from all the individual backgrounds of each student - coming from different study programmes, different countries and being equipped with different skills, the teams represent a diverse mix of people, each bringing in their own strengths to solve the challenge they are working on. This is what we call trans-disciplinary work - and it’s also an important component in the tool belt of future jobs. Students will also work with entrepreneurs, policymakers, citizens, researchers, and other groups of people, who may offer a different perspective on the challenge the students are facing. Finally, education professionals will supervise the students in every step along the way. They are not there to tell them what to do and how to do it, but to coach the teams and provide maximum support.
Timeline of an I Living Lab
The process of an I Living Lab is divided in different stages. The event which lasts over several weeks can be roughly divided into three phases: The (Pre-)Preparation Phase, the Work Phase, and the Showdown.
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The E³UDRES² ambition is to allow students to acquire the necessary competencies to be ready for future changes in the labour market. We also offer every student the necessary skills and stimulate a certain ‘daring’ quality so that they can become a change agent in their own environment.
This obviously requires an innovative educational approach. Want to support us in realizing the next I Living Lab? Become an Educational Entrepreneur and support students in solving their challenges! As a lecturer, you act as the facilitator of the I Living Lab learning process. It is therefore not necessary that you are an expert in the specific matter of the challenge. Your part is to monitor the process and to coach the students through it.
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If you want to get some first-hand experience of what being an Educational Entrepreneur is like, read this interview with four of the Educational Entrepreneurs based at St. Pölten UAS!
Past I Living Lab Showdowns & Team Pitches
During the I Living Lab Showdown, the participating teams present their solutions to the challenges they've been working on for several weeks. Check out the past team pitches at the I Living Lab Showdowns we had so far below: