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Innovation at School in Finland

The city of Espoo is the second largest city and municipality in Finland located in the far south of the country. Espoo has a population of 270 000 people and us knowns for beautiful nature and a place where several large companies have their base. The city of Espoo was recently ranked as the most sustainable city in Europe by the EU.

KYKY Living Labs

In Espoo, they have created a project called KYKY Living Labs. It is a process for collaboration between schools and local businesses to innovate new products and services to promote learning and growth.

The “Living Labs projects” refers to a specific model of projects, where everyone who participated in the creation of a product or service also take part in the development and testing of that product or service.

Through the living lab's project, the student gains valuable real life experience from innovation at school, preparing them for a future where knowledge is the new oil.

Fronter is the hub

Because the city of Espoo uses Fronter as their preferred Learning Management System, the KYKY project uses Fronter as a hub. Through Fronter, teachers, students, parents and local businesses can connect and share their ideas to cooperatively develop new products and services.

Image: The KYKY-portal created in Fronter.

From MIT to Espoo

The Living Labs model originated at MIT Media Labs and spread to Europe as a result of cooperation between Nokia and Finnish universities.

The Living Labs project has become part of Finland´s Six City Strategy for sustainable development and receives funding from The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

If you want to read more about the KYKY-project, visit their webpage created with Webfronter.

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