14 Aug 2015

Free shuttle bus to the conference venues

We will be providing a shuttle bus service to participants staying at certain hotels & areas of Istanbul to bring you to the different venues free of charge in the morning and return you to the hotel at the end of the day on each day of OpenLivingLab Days. This should help you move around the city stress free during the conference and allowing you to select a hotel from any part of the city.

There will be a pick up points from Downtown Istanbul, Old Town Istanbul and at all 3 of hotels we have suggested in Basaksehir, you can find more details specific details below. We will be able to indicate specific times of pick up to you closer to the date.

Pick up points in Basaksehir:

  • Holiday Inn İstanbul Airport
  • WOW Airport Hotel
  • Hampton by Hilton Kayaşehir Hotel

 Pick up points downtown:

  • Atatürk Culture Center, near the Marmara Hotel
    (41°02′ 12.52”N, 28 59′ 14.73” E see here on the map)
  • Opposite side of the road of the Radison Blu Hotel
    (41°01′ 51.53”N, 28 58′ 19.28” E see here on the map)
  • Beşiktaş, behind the Shangri La Hotel, on sea front
    (41°02′ 26.38”N, 29 00′ 21.17” E see here on the map)

Pick up point in the old town:

  • İşpark Otoparking Place, near Beyazıt Mosque
    (41°01′ 00.34”N, 28 57′ 50.50” E see here on the map)

For more ideas about hotels to book whilst in Istanbul please read suggestions here.

14 Aug 2015

Local Visits on Thursday 27th of August

We are pleased to be able to announce the list of confirmed visits to a selection of Turkish innovation centers and organizations so you will be able to discover their exciting research, products, services and culture.

The visits will take place on the afternoon of Thursday the 27th of August from 14h30 to 18h and will include a trip to the following places:

    • Turkish Airlines Air flight Simulator Center visit
    • TAV – Airport Management Company
    • İSTAÇ – İstanbul Waste Management and Recycling Company
    • Istanbul Municipality Project Demonstration Museum

There are only a limited number of spaces for this trip so we will require participants to sign up in advance. More details for this registration to come soon. Please find more details about the companies we will be visiting below:



Turkish Airlines(THY) was formed in 1933 and started operations with 24 personnel and 2 King Bird (5 seater), 2 Junkers F-13 (4 seater) ve 1 ATH-9 (10 seater) aircraft’s in its fleet. Today THY is Europe’s leading Airline with 290 aircraft’s and flying to around 110 countries and over 220 destinations all around the world. For more detail “http://www.turkishairlines.com

Turkish Airlines Simulator Center provides trainings to its own pilot trainees as well as training to other international airlines. THY has 4 simulators B737-400, B737-800, Avro RJ ve Thales A320 (used for A319/320/321 models).

TAV – Airport Management Company

TAV Airports is a success story built on the accumulation of knowledge, experience and creativity gained in airport operations, one of the world’s most challenging sectors. TAV’s history started in 1997 with the tender for the Istanbul Ataturk Airport International Terminal. Having grown to become a great success story within a very short period of time, TAV soon became a global brand in airport construction projects as well as airport operations. In May 2012, 38 percent of TAV Airports’ shares was sold to Aéroports de Paris.

Today, TAV Airports, Turkey’s leading brand in the global airport operations sector, operates Istanbul Atatürk, Ankara Esenboğa, Izmir Adnan Menderes and Gazipaşa-Alanya airports in Turkey. The Tbilisi and Batumi airports in Georgia, Monastir and Enfidha-Hammamet airports in Tunisia, Skopje and Ohrid airports in Macedonia, Madinah Airport in Saudi Arabia and Zagreb Airport in Croatia are also operated by TAV Airports. The Holding also operates in other areas of airport operations including duty-free, food and beverage, ground handling services, IT, security and operation services. As part of these diversified services TAV Airports also operates the duty-free, food and beverage and other commercial areas at Riga Airport in Latvia. In 2014, the company provided services for 743,000 flights and 95 million passengers.

For more detail ” http://www.tavhavalimanlari.com.tr/en-EN/Pages/Main.aspx

İSTAÇ – İstanbul Waste Management and Recycling Company

Within the scope of waste management activities, İSTAÇ carries out activities of disposing domestic and medical wastes, recycling of packaging wastes, management of construction and excavation wastes, building and operation of sanitary landfill areas, treatment of landfill water leakage, production of electricity from landfill gas, collection and disposal of wastes from ships and sea surface, cleaning of seacoast lines, squares and streets, stream mouth mud scanning and betterment works, compost production and recycling from organic wastes.

İSTAÇ A.Ş., which is a leading company in the efforts for obtaining a sustainable development with the environmental awareness,  takes basis the Integrated Solid Wastes Management Strategic Plan compliant with EU Environment Legislation in all its activities.  It’s main objectives are Prevention of Waste Formation at Its Resource and Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, Recovery and Disposal in a manner to minimize the adverse effects on human health and the environment at the final point.

For more detail “http://www.istac.com.tr/en


İstanbul Municipality is one of the largest cities in our world with a population nearing 15 million people and has 39 municipalities. Istanbul covers a land area of 5.300 km2 and sits on Europe and Asia continents. Istanbul is the cultural and economic center of Turkey and many projects are developed and implemented to make life better for residents as well as visitors. The museum provides people with a visual exhibition of major projects implemented in Istanbul.

For more details http://www.ibb.gov.tr/en-US/Pages/Home_Page.aspx


14 Aug 2015
Day 3 and 4 workshops announced

Day 3 and 4 workshops announced

Please see below a more detailed outline of Day 3 and Day 4 of the conference including the individual workshop that will be happening on these days. The full agenda for the 4 day conference is visible here.We will be bringing you more complete information on the individual workshop agenda’s and organisers bio’s in the coming days so you will be able to plan your conference schedule ahead of arriving in Istanbul. Please note that this agenda is subject to change over the coming weeks.

14 Aug 2015
Social dinner boat cruise: Thursday 27th of August

Social dinner boat cruise: Thursday 27th of August

On the evening of Thursday the 27th of August we we depart on an optional boat cruise departing from Bakırköy on the Bosphorus, a strait (waterway) that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia and joins the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea in Istanbul.

The menu for the dinner is available here and features a selection of local dishes catering for both vegetarians and meat eaters. It will be a great occasion to socialize, network and eat whilst enjoying the incredible views from the boat.

Make sure to select your ticket for the boat cruise (40euros additional fee) when registering for the conference here.



14 Aug 2015
Living Lab Fair – Open call for stands

Living Lab Fair – Open call for stands

The Living Lab fair is a dedicated networking space during OpenLivingLab Days 2015.

The Living Lab fair will run on Day 2 and 3 of OpenLivingLab Days (Wednesday the 26th and Thursday the 27th of August) and offers a great opportunity for you to present your Living Lab or Living Lab project, disseminate your research, conduct Living Lab testing or prototype a new product or service. We will also be organising pitching & matchmaking sessions in this area with interactive displays.


The Living Lab Fair is an opportunity to showcase your Living Lab activities, services & tools and fair will be at the heart of networking at OpenLivingLab Days. With an international audience of around 150 delegates & Living Lab experts, the fair is a dedicated space to network with your peers & gain new contacts whilst exploring the synergies between science, technology, culture and innovation, it’s also therefore a fantastic opportunity to network for collaborative projects

What is provided (for free):

  • A space including board where you can attach posters & visual materials, table and chairs.
  • Wi-Fi access & electrical power
  • Online catalog of the exhibitors and publicity (web/social media etc).

In certain cases it is also possible to allocate a double sized space for larger displays but it must be clearly requested in the application form.

What is NOT provided:

  • Equipment costs (e.g. PCs/laptops, projector, promotional materials, posters, rollups) – you have to bring your own equipment;
  • Transportation costs for equipment to and from the venue in Istanbul
  • Any other costs associated with the stand eg insurance costs for materials

Logistical Information:

The Living Lab fair will be open from Wednesday the 26th (Day 2: Conference Day) to Thursday the 27th of August (Day 3: Workshop Day). You will be able to set up your space on Tuesday the 25th or on the morning of Wednesday the 26th.

Please note that the venues of Day 2 and Day 3 of the conference are different.  We will take charge of the logistical elements of moving materials from Lütfi Kırdar ICEC Convention Center (Day 2) to Basaksehir Living Lab (Day 3) but we ask you to keep hold of your valuable items (laptops, tablet computers etc.) over night.

Space is limited so priority for exhibition stands will be given to members and official partners of OpenLivingLab Days & ENoLL. Stands are free but all participants must have purchased a ticket for OpenLivingLab Days.

Apply to be an exhibitor here by filling out the form.
Deadline: 22th July by 17h CEST


14 Aug 2015

Innovation visits & social events at OpenLivingLab Days 2015

We are pleased to be able to announce the first confirmed visits to a selection of innovation projects, organisations and touristic attractions so you will be able to discover their exciting research, products, services and culture during your trip to Istanbul.

Tuesday 25th of August

Social dinner with Basaksehir Municipality at Gölet, Basaksehir.*

Wednesday 26th of August

Visit to Miniaturk (18:15 – 19:30) followed by a welcome cocktail at the Rahmi M Koc Museum at their in-house restaurant Halat (20:00 – 21:00). *

Thursday 27th of August

The innovation visits will include a trip to the following places: (14:30 – 18:00):

    • Turkish Airlines Air flight Simulator Center visit
    • TAV – Airport Management Company
    • İSTAÇ – İstanbul Waste Management and Recylying Company
    • Istanbul Municipality Project Demonstration Museum

Thursday evening concludes with a social networking dinner on a boat from from Bakırköy on the Bosphorus River in Istanbul (19:00 – 21:00). The menu is available here and offers a wide selection of vegetarian and meat options and local specialties. This trip is an additional 40euros and tickets can be purchased at the same time as your conference registration. More information available here. *

Friday the 28th of August

To close the conference the lunch on Friday the 28th of August will be organised at Bahçeşehir University on the Bosphorous (13:30 – 15:00). *

*Please note this is a social/touristic visit


14 Aug 2015
Venues announced!

Venues announced!

 OpenLivingLab Days 2015 will be hosted in coordination with Basaksehir Living Lab and the majority of the conference will take place at M. Emin Saraç Convention Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

The address of the conference venue is:
M. Emin Saraç Convention Center
Başakşehir Mah 2.Etap  411. Sok.
Başakşehir / İstanbul


Istanbul Map for OpenLL15


The venue is located very closely to Basaksehir Living Lab (3km away) and we will also visit the Living Lab during the conference which is located at:
Başak Mahallesi, 5.Etap, 2.Kısım
Abdülhamithan Caddesi, No:5 Başakşehir, İSTANBUL

We have also compiled a list of suggested hotels for you according to your needs and tastes whilst in Istanbul (close to the venue, in the old town and down town) & which ever you choose rest assured that there will be time to enjoy the many faces of Istanbul during your visit


14 Aug 2015

We’re pleased to announce that tickets for OpenLivingLab Days 2015 are now open for purchase via Fikket. Follow the link below where to can purchase your ticket directly by paying by PayPal or Credit Card or afterwards by bank transfer.

Participant Ticket €150.00
Participant Ticket with Social Dinner €190.00
Student Ticket €75.00
Students Ticket with Social Dinner €115.00

Please note that paying members of ENoLL benefit from a 40% discount on full participant tickets (with or without social dinner). This discount cannot be applied for student tickets.Apply your personal Living Lab discount code before the purchase of your ticket to benefit from this reduction. If you have not yet received your discount code please contact info@enoll.org.

European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL)

If you need an invoice to go along with your ticket please request this at the time of purchasing your ticket via the ticket site Fikket as it is not possible to issue it retrospectively.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting new faces this summer in Istanbul!


14 Aug 2015

Hosts of OpenLivingLab Days 2015: Başakşehir Living Lab

The hosts of ‪OpenLivingLab Days 2015‬ are Başakşehir Living Lab. Based just outside of Istanbul, Başakşehir Living Lab is Turkey’s first Living Lab on information and communication technologies

Başakşehir is one of 39 districts of Istanbul. With its population of 380.000, it is located on the European side of Istanbul and covers a large area of 104 km2. The objectives of Başakşehir Living Lab are to be one of the leading cities/municipalities in the world in which new developed and IT-related products and services from all over the world are experimented in addition to making the people of Başakşehir inspiring examples for the other cities around the world, in terms of technology usage and creativity.


During OpenLivingLab Days we will visit their spaces and we’re looking forward to experiencing their activities live in Turkey this August.