LANVA - Digital assistance laboratory for independent living

Launched in November 2018, LANVA (Laboratoire d’Aide Numérique à la Vie Autonome) is a laboratory dedicated to stimulating innovation in digital technologies to foster independent living for seniors.

How is LANVA needed?

“In Québec, seniors are more and more connected, and more and more optimistic about digital technologies.”
This is one of the findings of CEFRIO‘s most recent NETendances 2018 survey, Vieillir à l’ère numérique (Aging in the Digital Age).

“They have an Internet connection and are surfing the web every day. They have an electronic tablet or, sometimes, a smartphone. Above all, they have an optimistic view of the evolution of technologies and their impact. Truly, those aged 65 and over, in Québec, are more connected than ever in 2018!”

In this context, CEFRIO, in collaboration with the Maison de l’Innovation sociale (MIS), supported by the ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation and the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation, created LANVA .

LANVA’s mission

The main objective of the laboratory is to provide new products or services with high impact potential, intended for seniors and other clients wishing to remain autonomous and active in the public space.
LANVA is part of a broad context where multiple areas of life are targeted:

  • safety and prevention; 
  • health and social services;
  • wellness, sports and recreation;
  • social inclusion and communication;
  • housing and living environments, transportation;
  • as well as the occupations and tasks of daily life.

LANVA adopts a living lab approach

Alongside citizens, actors from private, public, socio-community and academic circles participate in this process. This social innovation approach places seniors at the heart of LANVA and all of its development phases, acting as a living laboratory (a “living lab”). This type of open environment is at the centre of the MIS’s innovation process.

This social innovation approach places seniors at the heart of LANVA

LANVA’s mission, which continues until 2020, is focused on designing innovation processes using a co-creation approach, as envisioned in a living laboratory. LANVA is first and foremost a network of innovators who collaborate and share complementary objectives. Actors are put into action around the issue of supporting independent living using co-design and transfer approaches. They are citizens, local organizations, researchers, institutions, investors as well as actors from the private sector, such as residences, insurers, manufacturers, distributors of adapted equipment, etc.

What happens to the innovations generated?

The innovations generated can be incubated or accelerated by the ecosystem supporting social and digital entrepreneurship. Following a transfer process that aims not only to share learnings, but also to carry out practical experiments in the real world to foster direct buy-in by the target users and communities, a scaling-up of structuring initiatives for all of Québec is planned.

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