Coventry University, in partnership with its local authority, Coventry City Council, applied to and were successful in becoming a member of the 5th wave of Living Labs in July 2010. The result of this was City Lab Coventry (CLC).
CLC is a joint venture between Coventry University and Coventry City Council, set up to address the Grand Challenges within the Smart City Context. The University and the City Council own 90% of the land within Coventry City Centre and are offering it for use as a real-life experimentation environment where users and producers can co-create and test innovations.
Since its inception, CLC has developed a strong brand and conduit for project partnering in European projects in the area of Transport and Buildings. Although this has naturally become its focus, it does not exclude projects and opportunities in the wider discipline areas. As such, CLC is expanding rapidly to support social mobility and working with neighbourhoods in Coventry to support education development for underrepresented groups of citizens.
Coventry’s decision to become a Living Lab and a member of the European Network of Living Labs was driven by its ambition to be active in the Smart Cities arena and to strengthen its relationship with the local authority in this area. There was also an aspiration to build and strengthen links in Europe with a view to partnering in European Funding proposals.
The CLC has allowed multiple relationships to be developed through a seat on the ENoLL Council and access to its wide membership base. Some examples of success are below: