ProjectUpside - User-driven Participatory Solutions for Innovation in Digitally-centred Ecosystems

Competence Areas at RISE ICT
Upside - User-driven Participatory Solutions for Innovation in Digitally-centred Ecosystems

UPSIDE is a 3 year project supported by the European Union's seventh framework for research, technological development and demonstration. Interactive Institute Swedish ICT has been participating as a member of the Kista/Stockholm region represented by researchers Brendon Clark and Sara Reinholtz alongside representatives from regional partner organizations Kista Science City, Egovlab at Stockholm University and innovation agency Bevel. 

Other members of the consortium includes representatives from city administration, research and business in the cities of Tartu in Estonia, Karlsruhe in Germany, Eindhoven in Germany, Maribor in Slovenia and Copenhagen in Denmark.

Fostering economic growth

UPSIDE focus has been to foster the convergence of the digital research and innovation agendas of leading ICT clusters in the partner regions and their home city administrations, which have a strong policy dedication to digital services. The project aims at promoting the development of cooperation frameworks and synergy linkages between research, innovation activities within the companies as well as open innovation, urban development policies and open user-driven innovation ecosystems “which are close to the interests and needs of cities and their stakeholders, including citizens and businesses, and which may bridge the gap between short-term city development priorities and longer term technological research and experimentation.”[Hans Schaffers et al.: Smart Cities and the Future Internet: Towards Cooperation Frameworks for Open Innovation.].

Strategic markets / application areas

Building on the priorities of the cities involved in the project and the estimated market potential, the UPSIDE partners will focus on the following fields of action:

  • health, including ambient assisted living,
  • new solutions for public transport (intelligent transport systems) / intelligent mobility,
  • public services (e- and m-Government), and
  • energy (energy autarkic cities)

with a common viewpoint of developing user-driven participatory solutions that use the ICT specializations within each of the partner regions. Within these fields, the partners will define a common strategy and measures to be implemented so as to foster the development of innovation systems able to accelerate the cycle of research, innovation and adoption in real-life environments. 

Facilitating Participation

As one of our main contributions to the project, the Interactive Institute has curated hands-on participatory innovation activities for the consortium in support of our internal collaboration. The sessions has aimed at showcasing both practical methods and theoretical frameworks of participatory innovation while putting them to use in this context of international cross-sector collaboration. 

Participatory Methods Inventory

The participatory methods used within UPSIDE, alongside selected methods used in preojects together with IKEA, Kista Science City and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden is now made available through the Participatory Methods Inventory, an extensive collection of practical methods and their theoretical references.

The Participatory Methods Inventory is available online. 

External homepage: